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Summary: Who’s on your prayer list? We spend more time praying for the saved who are sick than for the unsaved who are lost ... more time trying to keep the saints out of Heaven than the lost out of Hell.

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Praying for the Lost

Matthew 9:35-38

Billy Graham once said that he estimated that only 5% of believers had ever shared the gospel message of salvation with someone else.

Evidently, a young fellow named Jim did not want to be left out of that group.

Having lived in Orlando, FL all of his life, Jim was labeled learing disabled by the public school system. He never learned to read and had a speech impediment.

He walked with a limp and was a social outcast. After several frustrating years in the school system, Jim dropped out and committed himself to an assortment of odd jobs. He was extremely willing to give every ounce of effort that he could muster in order to please his employer.

Jim had trusted Christ and was in church every time that the doors opened.

His church offered a class on witnessing and Jim was the first to register. He soon discovered, however, that reading was necessary to successfully be trained in evangelism.

But Jim was not to be deterred. He had a plan.

Armed with a handful of tracts which he had practically memorized, Jim set his sights on several friends and co-workers. He approached them by saying with his slurred speech, I cannot read this. Would you read this to me?

The Holy Spirit did the rest.

In one year, Jim lead over forty of his friends to Christ.

He used what he had.

God honored it.

Matthew 9:35-38

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

(NIV)

Jesus loved sinners more than He hated their sin.

Matthew 9:36

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

(NIV)

Harassed = Fleeced

Helpless = Flung away

No creature is more apt to go astray than a sheep, and when gone astray more helpless, shiftless, and exposed, or more unapt to find the way home again. Sinful souls are as lost sheep.

Will you love the lost person God has placed in your life more than you hate their problem?

The critics of sinners are never the ones who can redeem them.

A young lady named Sally took a seminary class taught by Professor Smith, who was known for his elaborate object lessons. One day Sally walked into class to find a large target placed on the wall, with several darts resting on a nearby table. Professor Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone they disliked or someone who had made them angry and he would allow them to throw darts at the person’s picture.

Sally’s friend (on her right), drew a picture of another woman who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend (on her left), drew a picture of his younger brother. Sally drew a picture of Professor Smith, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on his face! She was quite pleased at the overall effect she’d achieved.


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