Is this one of those glorious evenings when you feel so blessed that you'd like to talk with God a little longer but are wondering "Who can I pray for?" I'd like to encourage you to intercede for some people who greatly concern me.
Lately, as God's prophets and pastors have been intensifying their exhortations to follow God's Word without compromise, some people are stomping out of the church very upset. As one girl put it, "I don't like anyone telling me it's wrong to live with my boyfriend. I'm leaving."
The prophet Elisha got that reaction when, speaking for God, he told a leper, Naaman, to wash in the Jordan and God would heal him. Naaman wanted to be healed, but he didn't want to obey. So, he "turned and went off in a rage." He would have died a leper if his servants hadn't intervened. Running after him they persuaded him to calm down, obey and be healed.
Perhaps tonight, God would like to lay a "Naaman" on your heart to run after. In the book of Jude He tells us, "(...convict some who dispute with you, and) on some have mercy who waver and doubt. (Strive to) save others, snatching (them) out of (the) fire; on others take pity (but) with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality" (Jude 22-23, AMP).
Ask the Father if there's someone He wants you to "snatch from the fire." Then enjoy incredibly sweet dreams, knowing that for His sake, you haven't let a Naaman get away!
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, help me to be one of those in the Body who run after their troubled brethren to exhort them, persuade them, and even pull them out of the fire. Show me who to run after. Anoint my lips to speak Your words of truth, and prepare their hearts to receive them. May the wayward be guided back onto Your path of life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.