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“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen the brethren.”

Luke 22: 31, 32 King James Version

Last night I listened to a pastor preaching on tape for nine hours. I listened to the same tape over and over because in the sermon, the pastor used an illustration which went straight to my heart. The pastor said “The day I was saved, my mother and her prayer partners were praying for me”. Every time I heard the pastor say this, I realized what a loving mother this wonderful pastor has. The last time I listened to it at one o’clock in the morning, these verses came to my mind and lodged deep in my heart.

While it is true that nobody prayed for me or told me how to be saved, Jesus says that He prayed for me. I didn’t know the words to ask Jesus to come into my heart and save me. All I had ever heard preached was if a person is not saved, he or she is going to hell. So, I said the only thing I felt was right, I told Him that I loved Him and that was all I said except to ask Him to forgive me. I knew that I loved Him but I sure didn’t think that He would ever or could ever love me because I was so unlovable.

I realized that when I laid under that bed in the mental hospital so many years ago not wanting to live, afraid of everyone and everything and had nobody to pray for me, Jesus prayed for me. Today, He is still praying for me and He is praying for you. He prays for us when we are hurting, scared, lonely, and when we believe that nobody loves us.

He came to me when I couldn’t go to Him. He put His loving arms around me, lifted me up from under the bed and from the depths of heartache and despair, sat me on His lap of love and has never let me go. Is it any wonder that I say this and will continue to say it as long as I have breath? There is no friend like Jesus! No one loves like Jesus! No one cares for us like Jesus!

Do you know this Jesus? I didn’t ask if you are saved; I asked if you know Him? To know someone, you have to spend time with the person. How much time do you spend with Jesus? Does He have first priority in your life or does He get what is left over at the end of the day? Do you love Him? Do you have a burning desire in your heart to make Him happy? Before you can know Him, He must be in your heart.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you swallowed your pride, admitted you were a sinner, and asked Him to forgive you and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour? If not, I urge you, I plead with you to give your heart and life to Him right now before it is too late. None of us have the promise of tomorrow or even another hour. Say yes to Jesus and you will have a joy, happiness, excitement and peace that you have never known.

Joanne Lowe
March 10, 2007

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