I Will Pray For You

April 27, 2013
by Kirsti Sipila

Matthew 5:14-16a – You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others. (NRSV)

It is nothing short of a miracle when a Christian has an open opportunity to say, "I will pray for you! Do you know Jesus loves you?"

One day, I was sitting on a park bench when two young men stopped to share a weed. I got up and went the step or two to them and asked, "What is your first name? I will pray for you." One of the youngsters, smoking and laughing to my face, said that his grandmother prays for him, too. I continued a little longer talking to them.

Some time had passed after that, when I heard someone say a loud "Hello!" Running towards me was one of those youngsters saying that he wanted to thank me for praying for him. He looked handsome, cleaned up, neatly dressed, hair trimmed. He said that he had found a job. He looked quite different from the one I had met before. My heart leaped with joy. Such a transformation was hard to believe, and I told him so. He said that he is blessed to have people praying for him. I thanked God for his grandmother.

On another occasion, I was visiting in my birth country, travelling on a train, sitting alone with only a few passengers on board.

A young woman was sitting with a young man, who apparently had been drinking. Their conversation could be heard by all in that car. My own ears soon picked up an effort by the woman to witness to the man, who must have been a brother or a cousin. She was not moved by her companion's persistent backtalk, but had something from the Word of God to counter the young man's unbelieving sentences. His head down, he had more to refute her words, and found all sorts of reasons to doubt. The other passengers drew to themselves, but could not avoid overhearing what was happening. I prayed for the Spirit of God to bless the young woman, and that the same Spirit would bless the young man to sober up from his failing to trust God.

I sensed the Spirit of God present, and as time passed, my heart leaped for joy as he seemed to be listening.

The train approached the station at which I was to get off. I stood up looking at the man, and said, "You know, she is right in everything she told you. There is a God who longs to save. I pray you will seek Him."

The man stood up as if he had sobered up in an instant. We looked at each other in the eye as the train was coming to a stop, and as I hurried out, I said, "God bless you."

I will not forget his eyes looking at me as if something had struck him the first time. I read into his silence volumes: he had his head up as if waking up to digest for himself a new hope and a future.

It was the right time in the right train to meet in passing the deep questions of life. For some in the train, it was uncomfortable timing for the subject; for others, it was an eternity moment for the salvation of a soul.

Even if we are not able to go where unbelievers are or meet them where they are, we all can pray for salvation in Jesus Christ for all who are on a train heading for destruction.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for those Your servants who knowingly and unknowingly witness the good news of salvation to the lost who are on a train heading for destruction. Keep strong the faithful ones in Your service, to be unafraid to step on the train and strong to change the destination for some. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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Kirsti Sipila <kirstiksipila@hotmail.com>
Brantford, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good reminder Kirsta.


    Dear Kirsti:Thank you for today’s message.


    This has truly helped. God has spoken to me. Thank you.


    So encouraging!!!
    Thank you.


    Well said, Kirsti!
    Thanks for writing to us.


    Kirsti – Thank you for your devotional which gives us encouragement to speak up for Jesus in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. God bless you.


    Thank you for this devotional. Please pray for me and all your readers that we will be faithful in praying for others and will have the courage to tell people we are praying for them.


    Dear Kirsti,
    I loved your devotional from today.
    Thank you so very much.


    Thank you Kirsti for this encouraging testimony! Without a doubt, prayer is a powerful tool God will use for His glory.
    Bless you for sharing.


    A lovely story Kirsti,
    It is truly amazing the mysterious way in which God moves to perform His wondrous miracles of saving grace.
    That word spoken in good season is the answer to many a need.
    God Bless.


    Kirsti, this was awesome and I enjoyed what you shared with us today. I thank God for the prayers for me as I am living a wonderful live of sobriety today. I try to make today for God and helping others if I can. May God continue to bless you and let’s keep praying and helping others when we can.


    Dear Kristi,
    Thank you for telling of your experiences of witnessing to persons about the power of our God to save.
    I pray that God will continue to give you the power of his Holy Spirit to tell others of Jesus love and sacrifice and Way to live.
    And I pray that many will be thankfully living in the Way of Jesus Christ because you and I and many others were faithful to tell the Good News of our self-sacrificing Lord Jesus.
    Keep writing,


    Dear Kirsti,
    Praise the Lord!
    What a great devotional this morning! Isn’t it so wonderful what God will do as we are obedient to the work He has called everyone of us to do!!! Prayer is so amazing and I’m sure that only eternity will reveal all the results of our prayers and obedience to his promptings.
    God bless you, dear sister. Some day we will meet. What a time of rejoicing will be ours as we spend eternity in His presence and share with those we have met down here.


    My the grace of God that surpasses all understanding be upon you. Thank you all for always encouraging and bringing Jesus to the afflicted and poor in spirit. May God bless you in everything and teach you the right words and passages for his people. Thanks for bring a blessing to me and my household.


    Thank you Kirsti for sharing your prayers and God’s words with those you meet and with us through the PresbyCan Daily. Blessings.

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