PRAYED INTO THE KINGDOM
Chuck Sackett did not grow up in a Christian home. But he joined the Boy Scouts and wanted to complete the "God and Country" merit badge. So he walked a few blocks to a small church for several weeks. He filled out his papers and did what he had to do get that badge.
While at the church, he met an older coupled who befriended him. He even worked for them for awhile doing yard work. But he soon left all that behind, and went on with his life.
Twelve years later the Holy Spirit began to work in his life and brought him to faith. He even became a Christian. He and his wife decided to pay that older couple a visit to thank them for all the nice things they did for him.
They remembered him immediately. In the course of their conversation, they said something that stunned Chuck. They not only remembered him, they said that for the last twelve years they had not missed a day praying for Chuck. He knew right then and there that he was a direct beneficiary of the prayers of the saints. He was prayed into the kingdom!
(Chuck Sackett. From a sermon by Michael P. Walther, Be Strong in the Lord, 5/25/2011)