The Apostle Paul opens Romans 10 with these words, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). He is talking about his fellow Israelites, but not in detached way.
As I reflected on his posture last week, I was asking God to do the same in me and in us as church towards the lost. I want my heart’s desire and prayer to be saturated with this similar burden. Like Paul, we are surrounded with people who are seeking to achieve their salvation. They pursue it by works instead of faith, in ignorance instead of knowledge, in pride instead of humble submission, and according to the law instead of Christ. We can become numb to this and be content to just let people go their own way. Not so with Paul.
As a way of praying according to Romans 10:1, I called the church last Sunday to gather at 9am this upcoming Sunday, May 31st to pray for the lost and our hearts towards them. Would you please consider carving out this time before our Sunday gathering? May God work in us and through us to reach the lost in Jacksonville and beyond.