By: Carole L. Haines
In The Gospel of John, there is one of the saddest statements ever penned.
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. (John 1: 10-11 NIV)
The Creator of the World, the one through whom all things were made came here and many did not even recognize the hand of their Creator. Just who is this Hand of God who spoke the world into existence? Do we see His hand as the fingers writing on the wall, sealing our doom; or as the Hand that made us? What does the Hand of God have to do with me? Shall I kiss it or refuse it? Shall I spit on it or take it firmly into mine? Will I follow where He leads me or will I break away and try to do it my own way, in my own strength? It’s not usually all or nothing in answering these questions. Some tend to call on God when they have come to the end of themselves. While others commune with Him daily in a wonderful relationship. Still some spurn Him as the enemy of their freedom. But Jesus is our Creator and so much more than that.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:14-17 NIV)
My heart weeps when I read the above passage in John 1. I have come to know Jesus as my precious and loving Creator, Savior and Friend. It actually hurts me when I think that some of those I love don’t know Him and don’t seem to want to. I pray for them often, but I can’t make them see Him as I see Him. I am powerless to open their eyes to the precious Hand that made and fashioned them into who they are. He filled them with all their potential and gifts, their personality and talents. But God directs us to pray for those who do not know Him yet. Don’t you love that word, YET? Just the sound of it inspires hope of a future fulfillment of our desire for our loved ones to walk with Jesus. His Word tells us how to pray for them. Here is one example of how to pray for your loved ones to come to know and treasure God, and the Hand that fashioned them.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Sometimes I feel so helpless to reach those I love with Christ’s message of hope. They have ceased to listen to me. But God has His ways of reaching them and loving them beyond all that I could ever do. My call is to pray for them and to trust the Spirit to do His work in their hearts. I just place their names in the Scripture above and pray it over them. Perhaps you are feeling a deep desire for people you love to know Jesus. Pray this over them often, it brings hope and encouragement to us, and is filled with the Power of God toward them. Be Blessed.