The Prayer of a Willing Heart

Aug 13, 2014

Hand holding a heart

“I want to give my life…I just want to give it all to Christ.” Levi, a high schooler at youth camp, had come forward to pray with me and surrender His life to God’s will. As we stood outside the chapel in the muggy Mississippi heat to pray together, I was excited about the step he was taking.

Kayti and I had the great opportunity to be a part of the youth camp just last month, where I was privileged to be one of the keynote speakers. It had been a long, full day at camp for this young man in the tropical state of Mississippi, and the Lord had been working in his heart to surrender his life to do whatever He would lead him to do. He had come forward after the evening service and when I asked why he came, his answer, though simple, was to the point and sincere. “I just want to give it all.” It was exciting to see the Word of the Lord convicting the hearts of these young people at the camp. That night I couldn’t help but think of Thailand and the hearts that need the same convicting work of God’s Word.

There are over 69 million people in the country of Thailand and only 0.5% profess to have trusted in Jesus Christ. That means that there are 65.5 million people who still need the Gospel! So many—too many—that would not be willing to hand their life over to Christ. They would not be willing because just as Paul said, “how shall they hear without a preacher?” How can they give their lives to something they have no knowledge of? So many, young and old, are searching—grasping for anything that resembles hope, anything that promises a future after death.

It is our prayer as we minister throughout deputation that the Lord will do a work much like he did in Levi’s life, and that we will see many more people surrender their lives to serve the Lord as He leads. It will only be through the witness of faithful and willing believers that the lost in the world will come to the knowledge of the saving grace of our Lord Jesus.

How about you? Are you ready and willing to surrender your heart to Jesus Christ? Would you be willing to let go of your plans, goals, and wants in exchange for His will? Many of us have read of the young rich ruler who walked away in sorrow upon hearing what Jesus required of him, to sell his possessions and follow Him. Don’t misunderstand. The Lord may not be asking you to sell your earthly possessions, but He is asking that you make Him first and foremost in your life.

What has been difficult for you to surrender to the Lord? How has the Lord worked through you and your willingness to surrender?

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Keith and Johnette Barton
August 13, 2014 4:14 pm

Great to see how God is using you along the deputation journey. We can see great things ahead when you reach your field. Praying always…The Bartons


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