Archive for November 2013

Does God Answer Prayer?

November 26, 2013

Was heading into town to do my volunteer duty at the Food Bank. As I walked down the road I was asking God to really use me in loving others. Two minutes later, as I passed a man sitting on a low wall, I felt God say “stop and talk to him”. By this time I had gone past him, so I doubled back and sat down beside him for a chat. To cut a long story short, he was suffering all sorts of rejection by family members after the death of his mother, whom he’d looked after 24/7 for a long time. He also suffered several illnesses, plus a withered left hand that he had covered in a glove, “because people make fun of it”. He was a very sad man. He shared how he’d tried to end his life  before. He confided that some days he even sat out in the rain in shorts to try and catch pneumonia so that he would die!

I offered to pray for him and he accepted. I prayed, but was conscious of my inadequacy and of having to leave him to get in to do my shift. I offered him a good news booklet, but he said he couldn’t read.  I tried to encourage him as best I could, then went on my way. It’s so hard seeing the world’s misery in human terms! It makes you wonder how badly God feels about it, knowing an answer exists that so many find hard to grasp hold of, for whatever reason.  words god is love written on wristband

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Sharing The Gospel Again

November 11, 2013

one man praying for another   Chatted with a guy who was thrown out by his mother at age 15. He’s now around 30, and by his own admission he has “done some bad stuff”. I sensed he wanted to change, so I shared the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis and what it means for us. After sharing different aspects of the gospel, I offered to pray for him. He agreed, so I put my arm round him and prayed. Afterwards he looked puzzled and I could see something had happened.  I asked him what was up. He said “what’s that I’m feeling ?”  I said: “that’s the presence of God confirming that what I’ve told you is true”.  He was quite taken aback!

I told him about a true story on video I watched last night about a career criminal called Davey Falcus. His father was a bank robber and Davey started carrying a gun at 17. He eventually controlled a drugs and club empire in North East England. One day when it all got too much, he got on his knees and met with Jesus and his life turned completely around.  My friend said he’d like to see the video, so I’m arranging that. In the meantime I gave him a tract to take away: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”.

This is the video: