What is Something Good and Honorable?

Because He Listens

“What is something good and honorable that, if God provided it, would greatly benefit you, your family, and others?” was the question I considered in my recent readings from War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon by Chris Fabry, Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick.

I pondered that question for a few days. For me, some thoughts came to mind. As I considered this question in prayer even further, I was prompted to write on my Facebook page:

How would you prayerfully answer this question today…

What is something good and honorable that, if God provided it, would greatly benefit you, your family and others?

If you answer this question – either on this thread, in a message, or by email, I will pray for it! Love you guys and desiring to be praying more….

You may wonder if anyone answered my question.

The answer is yes. Yes, they did.

Was it an overwhelming response? No. No, it wasn’t.

However, the prayer requests that were sent to me reflect, and I’m talking about every-single-request, a significant matter to pray for and certainly not for just one day. No. These prayer requests require time and a commitment to seek the Lord for something good and honorable and transformational in the lives of the people my family and friends love and adore.

So, what did I do?

I wrote every single request in my prayer journal as a prompt to pray. Every.single.one.

Later, as I was continuing to pray and seek the Lord for what else to devote myself to pray about – He provided an image through a movie I was watching. It had a plane full of people. The plane was in fact – packed with people. Incredibly, in mid-flight, a handful of  passengers completely disappeared. In their seats, left in a heap, was their clothing. At the time, there was no explanation given for what had happened to the missing passengers. Of course, the crowded plane erupted in panic and chaos.

The movie I was watching was the older version of the film, Left Behind.”  This movie takes a dispensationalist view of Scripture in which the true Believers of Jesus Christ will be raptured before the Tribulation. The missing passengers, along with Believers throughout the world, were raptured and raised immediately to Heaven and into the Presence of God.

I’m not going to go into anything more about the movie, or whether the dispensationalist view is correct – I honestly don’t know how this is all going to play out one day – but as I shared, the image that struck me most was all of the people who were left behind in that single airplane.

As a missionary, I travel by plane back and forth from the States often. In a couple of days, John, his mom and Micah will head back to Colorado for a mission conference and will enjoy more time with our relatives in Colorado. We board planes all the time with people and know absolutely nothing about any of them. We have no idea which of them have faith in Jesus Christ and are growing in that relationship and which do not.

Taking that idea further, how many of us know people, who are in our sphere of influence, who believe in Christ and have placed their trust in Him wholeheartedly?

And how many of us know whether people in our sphere of influence have no relationship with Christ at all?

Would we want them to be left behind?

Now, I realize these words are challenging and for some people, these words may even be offensive.

Yet, for me, as a follower of Christ, the image of the passengers on the plane has expanded my prayer focus even more. I want all people I know and love to believe and trust in Jesus Christ. In fact, I want everyone to know Jesus.

Praying for people in my sphere of influence to believe and perhaps, one day, to join me in singing the chorus of “We Believe” by the Newsboys is the conviction of my heart:

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

Yes, praying for people in my sphere of influence to believe and trust in Jesus Christ is something good and honorable, and if God provided it – because faith in Christ is truly a drawing and working of the Holy Spirit – would benefit us, our families, and all whom we love and care for in this world.

Jesus once said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears what I say and believes in the One who sent me has eternal life”  New International Version, John 5:24

I believe that. Wholeheartedly.

This is why I commit myself to praying – however, long it takes – for the prayer requests I’ve been given and prayers for the world to come to know Christ. My God is prompting me to pray more – I’m not sure why – but He is.

I want people to know that Jesus Christ is worthy of their love and devotion.  He can help us address the worries, fears, concerns and cries of our hearts. Wherever you are in your faith walk – whether you have doubts or even whether you have no faith in Christ at all – I will pray for you and that Jesus Christ will open your heart to see Him in all of His grace and wonder.

Honestly, I just don’t want anyone to be left behind on a plane in a state of confusion and chaos – eternity awaits – I want us all to believe and be there!

So, if you have a doubt, a rebuttal, or even prayer, please let me know. Let’s start the conversation and in the mean time, I will pray and sing:

“We Believe”

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!

And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again!
He’s comin’ back again!
We believe!
We believe!

Verse Image retrieved from the website of For Our Tomorrow

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  1. You already know my thoughts on this, but I just want to say thanks again for remaining respectful to me and those with alternative views. 🙂

  2. Hey there, Evan! Thanks for dropping in! I’ve been meaning to check in with you! How was your time in Colorado? I’m sorry we couldn’t meet up – our time was not our own – between mission stuff and family. We had a great time there overall and I hope you did too, with your studies.

    Yep, I am aware of your position. And like you, I agree, there is no need to be disrespectful or mean-spirited just to get a point across to some one. Unlike you who have moved on from a faith in God and in Christ, I truly desire for you to discover and then encounter Jesus Christ in an altogether different way than your experiences from the past. That’s my hope, at least.

    I just appreciate you for taking the time to write to me – instead of just doing the ‘like’ thing on WordPress. Whenever some one does that I have no idea what they liked, why they liked it, or honestly are ‘liking the post’ to invite me to their site. So, thank you, Evan. Really.

    Have a great week and enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

    Take care ,heather

    • Hi! My time in Colorado was great; I learned a lot. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay as well. I hope you get a little bit of down time though… it sounds like a whirlwind!

      You’re welcome for writing. I think it’s nice to keep up with each others’ thoughts and lives. I sadly won’t be enjoying the last weeks of Summer very much since I have my graduate written exam this Friday (AAAH!) and I’ve been studying for it frantically. And after that I’m running a week-long training, so no time to rest. After that, however, I’m going to visit my in-laws and grandparents briefly before my classes start, so I have that to look forward to at least. 🙂

      All the best!

      • I’m so glad, Evan, that you had a great time in Colorado! I hope your time goes just as well or more so with your family! I am enjoying time with my family a lot. My dad isn’t doing as well as in the past and turns 80 soon, so every day here is precious to me. I do hope your written exams went well and you felt like you wrote what you wanted to communicate. It’s a ton of work, I know. Take care and blessings, heather

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