Last week I spent a few hours with a praying saint. It was a blessed experience and one where the Spirit was very present.
We come from different backgrounds, attend different churches, and have different understandings in some cases. But there was a connection and respect that was beyond question. Why? A few things have come to mind.
We spent time praying together. They say one of the ways to tell if a person is a Christian is that He prays. A person who doesn’t pray cannot really be called a Christian. I know that seems harsh, but it is impossible to walk with Jesus and not pray. When Ananias was sent to ﬁnd Paul, he was told he would recognize Paul because he was praying. Though it may have been coincidental, when I asked to pray as we began sharing time together, it may have been the ﬁrst inkling that the Spirit was present.
There was a point when we also began sharing stories of answers to prayer. Any time I hear stories of answer to prayer, it speaks strongly to me of where a person is in their walk with Jesus. Many people pray, but I am not sure everyone is as concerned to learn how to prevail and get answers, since prevailing takes time, takes courage-not everyone wants God’s way in their lives, takes searching of our prayers-are we praying for something that is for our good as God sees things, and searching of our lives-checking to see if there are things we are cherishing that would hinder answers. I ﬁnd sharing stories of answers to prayer is the easiest way to connect with other people, regardless of whether they are Christian or not.
Since spending time with him I have also wondered if my friend did not recognize the voice of Jesus echoing through my words. Jesus said: “and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” When Jesus lives in my heart, and He is communicating through me, another follower will hopefully hear the my Master’s voice coming through my voice. I’ve been thinking a lot about this. We often speak of people knowing us by our love, but might it not be true that believers will know that we are His followers because they recognize His voice in what we are saying.
If you would like to read more on interacting with others for Jesus, here is a reading by James McConkey. I have many readings from James McConkey on path2prayer.com. They are all wonderful and to be read!