Prayer Focus: Somalia

Bible Reading: Matthew 21:23-22:14; Mark 11:27-12:12; Luke 20:1-19 ; John 12:37-50

Scripture

Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. (John 12:37)

Observation

People often say, “Prove to me that there is a God. If I could see God, I would believe.” This is simply not true. Many (most?) who encountered Jesus in the flesh—and His miracles—failed to believe. Three verses later, Jesus quotes Isaiah who said, “He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn — and I would heal them.” (John 12:40; Isaiah 6:10) This poses challenging question such as, “Why would God blind eyes and deaden hearts?” “Why doesn’t everyone believe?” and the age-old controversy, “Do we choose God or does God choose us?”

Application

I have no simple answer to the difficult questions. However, I am grateful for the faith that God has allowed me to have and I want to do whatever I can to encourage others to experience and follow Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Open the eyes of their heart, LORD. Open the eyes of their heart. I want them to see You. I want them to see You. Specifically, I pray for Rod, James, Doug, Don, Andrew, Curt, and Larry to follow You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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