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Series: Luis Palau | Intercessory Prayer

On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis will encourage us by looking at the resources we can draw on in times of crisis or grief.  He points us to the “Father of all mercies and the God of all comfort” whom we read about in the Bible. 

Share your Faith Friday, October 18, 2019

Paul reminds us in Second Corinthians, “Since we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. . . For Christ’s love compels us, because we are CONVINCED that one died for ALL, and those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died and rose again.”

As followers of Jesus, we’re convinced. We’re convinced of God’s goodness in our lives. We’re convinced because of His goodness, He’s the only One worth living for. Because we are convinced, as Second Corinthians says, “we try to persuade others, because Christ’s love compels us . . . “

If you are truly confident in the reality of God and eternal peace and life for those who believe, be bold in telling others. We must share the Good News!
Romans 10 says, “How can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One they have not heard of? And how can they hear without somebody telling them?”

It’s simple. We believe life with God is better than life without Him and as followers of Jesus, we must share that with others. It’s our greatest responsibility and privilege.

Be bold. Be brave. You can truly make an impact on lives for eternity.

This is Andrew Palau.

Who is on your Prayer List? Thursday, October 17, 2019

God wants to fill us with Himself fully and completely. He wants to be “the God of all comfort” [2 Corinthians 1:3] when we face the pressures of life. Then the Lord wants us to comfort others and pray for the salvation of relatives, neighbors, friends and acquaintances who don’t yet know Jesus Christ.

A friend took up my challenge to pray by name for the salvation of five businessmen he knows. Then we got together for lunch a few weeks later. The Lord already had given him the opportunity to witness to one of those five business friends, who surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Can you imagine how excited my friend was? And you better believe he wants to keep praying for the other four men.

A teenage girl we met in Scotland took up a similar challenge. She actually went the extra mile, praying by name for ten of her friends at school. Within a year all ten had trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. This girl was elated. Many others have told me similar stories.

After all God has done for you, multiply the blessings by praying by name for the salvation of five or ten people you know and care about. Ideally, pray for them by name daily. And then don’t be surprised when they come to faith. Just shout for joy!

This is Luis Palau.

The Ministry of Comfort Wednesday, October 16, 2019

It’s powerful when a Christian can tell someone, “Because of a similar situation that I’ve experienced, I think I may understand what you’re going through. May I share with you what God did for me?”

In the ministry of comfort [2 Corinthians 1:3-4], God’s Word comes alive, and His promises become active and real. Suddenly you understand why you went through your hardship. And, praise God, it was worth it!

The apostle Paul wrote that even the most severe pressures of daily life never separate us from the tenderness and compassion of our Heavenly Father. On the contrary, when we feel like our world is falling apart, God’s power and grace are magnified. As someone once said, “Peace is not the absence of conflict. Peace is the ability to cope.” The God of all comfort can provide that “cope-ability” in the midst of any crisis.

Paul is not saying that we won’t face disappointment, suffering, or conflict in life. But he is saying that no Christian need ever despair. Why? Because we worship the God of all comfort—the God who is sufficient for the pressures of life. When you have experienced God’s comfort, you are equipped to comfort others who are in distress.

This is Luis Palau.

The God of all Comfort Tuesday, October 15, 2019

When a crisis arises, the worst mistake you and I can make is to pretend that nothing is wrong. To find relief from our problems, we must first acknowledge them and the inner despair they cause. Only then can we embrace the “Father of all mercies and the God of all comfort,” as we read in 2 Corinthians 1:3.

Unfortunately, too often when we Christians face trials, we forget to look to God for comfort. “I’m such a nice person,” we say. “Why does God allow these things to happen to me?” One reason we experience trials is to enable us to comfort others who are hurting. Christians who are walking with the Lord have much to share regarding the comfort and peace God has given them in times of deep need or despair.

As a Christian, have you met the true Comforter? Do others turn to you for counsel because they sense God’s comforting presence in your life? Or are you a Christian who tends to complain about everything? Do you blame God for your own failures? It must grieve our Lord deeply to hear some of the ridiculous things we complain about when He has given us so much. He must ache when He sees His children facing adversity yet refusing to call upon Him for comfort. Why wait? Call on the God of all comfort”right now. Then share God’s comfort with others who are hurting.

This is Luis Palau.

"It's not I, but Christ" Monday, October 14, 2019

Imagine how different your life would be if you were completely, totally filled with God Himself. No area of your life would be untouched. You would love God so much more deeply. You would care so much more about others. And you would have such compassion for those who don’t love God yet. Even with the weaknesses we all have, the power would be tremendous.

Our whole purpose is that God takes over more and more of our lives. That we become like His Son, Jesus Christ. What really counts is this: Does God run my life? Is He in control? Or am I trying to run the show?

I still remember the day I finally understood that it’s futile trying to please God in my own strength. But, praise the Lord, He is pleased to live in us! All the resources of Jesus Christ are entirely at our disposal. Because He indwells us, all that is Christ’s is ours.

God’s wish is that we live today enjoying the reality of what the apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20. “It’s not I, but Christ who lives in me.” Is that your experience and reality? If not, pray right now and ask God to completely, totally fill you with Himself. Then share this life-changing experience with people around you. Reach your world!

This is Luis Palau.

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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.

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