People Need the Lord
The song “People Need the Lord” Words by Greg Nelson and Phil McHugh, aptly describes the process of how I started in prayer and intercession as a way for evangelism..
Who shall I pray for?
As an external and internal auditor, and then controls advisor for much of my career which I enjoyed very much, in several multi-national companies and industries, mine was a roving job into many, many organizations, departments, project teams, partnerships and with individuals. I worked with people at the highest levels of management to the lowest levels, from headquarters to the local one man establishment, from President to even the janitor in various countries and cultures, industries and operations.. Assignments were during times of steady operation or the turmoil of mergers and acquisitions, shutdowns, turnarounds retrenchments and during the trauma of accident or business ethics investigations, in high profitability or bankruptcy.
Every assignment involved people who passed me by or was it the other way? Many times I saw people bowed with cares of the workplace, home, family and other relationship problems. I saw them in their best and worst moments. I saw that there were many empty people filled with care, headed to who knows where. I knew many who hid their private pain and fear behind laughter and behind masks was fear and dread of the future.
You must believe in prayer and intercession
As a believer in Christ, I always felt I was privileged to have His light and joy and with the infilling of the Holy Spirit and His internal witness, I grew in faith and boldness to take a stand on His Word from an early age, starting in primary school. I had also heard in Sunday School of His Great Commission, to go tell the gospel and make disciples, and this was reinforced in taking the leadership role in youth and Christian fellowships and on mission trips.
Prayer and intercession became my door openers for evangelism. Initially, it was “How Lord to tell?” was my question. The empathy, the burning passion to do something grew over the years. I knew that it is one thing to pray, but it is altogether another to pray without giving up until the answer to my prayers is received. Jesus taught the disciples about a widow who wouldn’t give a judge any peace until she got what she needed. The lesson for his disciples was that people “always ought to pray and not lose heart”. (Luke 18:1-8.) I knew that faith is a growing thing. Paul said “faith grows” (2Thessalonians 1:3) as we find and claim specific promises during times of need. Faith grows as we ask God to increase our faith and as we advance in our understanding of the trustworthiness of our Lord. We must remember that it is not great faith we need but faith in a great God. Paul taught that God’s love is poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5) , and Jesus said that the world will recognize we are Christians by our love (John 13:35). I realized that love grows as we nurture it and develops as we feed it. It expands as we persist in it with staying power. The future can be faced in only two ways- with faith or with fear and many face it with fear. If we have to see the next step before moving ahead, we are trusting our sight instead of the Savior.
When I started, it was through much simple personal interaction and interest in the lives I contacted at shared breakfasts, tea/coffee breaks, lunch and dinners with colleagues, with trust building between individuals. At other times, it was sharing work problems and resolutions (a privilege of auditors who conducted WIN-WIN Audits) and lending a helping hand wherever I could to facilitate a controls outcome. Sometimes we shopped and bargained or were involved in recreational sports of group or individual nature '” these were times of relaxation where burdens were more easily shared. I started praying with bosses, colleagues and friends during those times of stress and de-stress, continuing intercession (as I moved from job location to job location) on my own depending on the severity and urgency of needs. Personal e-mails after work provided an avenue of communications across miles and kilometers and national boundaries for sharing of problems, feedback and encouragement with answers to prayers. There were times when over weekends shared invitations to the local church meetings opened up personal evangelistic opportunities. Each invitation backed with prayer and intercession.
Since retirement, the Lord has opened up other avenues for fellowship and sharing of personal tragedies, trauma and sickness, treatment and recovery, anxieities of coping with transitional issues about moving into a new communiity or examination phobia or even an earnest seeker. Each person is an individual with special needs. God works in wondrous ways to perform His miracles and salvation from life incidents small and great.
It must be remembered that under-girding every prayer request is a promise of God applied with the objective of glorifying God in resolution. It is in intercession when the boundaries of faith are pushed to the limit when faith is the substance of things hoped for, founded on the Word of God, in the will of God and in His time, with the evidence which may not yet be seen. Sometimes it is faith joined with another individual, or a group, and sometimes it is solitary faith with the help of the Holy Spirit. Whatever it has been, I know God has answered prayers in His will and in His time and all things work together for good to them that love Him. These answered prayers have included many healings, bosses returning to the Lord, even a child for couple, and many relationships restored and healed, and individuals led to Christ.
If you have not come to know our Lord through prayer and intercession, you are really missing a wonderful blessing and opportunity to know Him in His resurrection power and might for yourself, and the people whom you pray for and intercede. I urge you to taste and see that the Lord is good in prayer and intercession for yourself and the people who need the Lord.
Look and you will find nearby – someone needs the Lord!
Be prepared to stand in the gap and stand in awe at what God is going to do next in the life of that person who needs the Lord.
People Need the Lord
Every day they pass me by
I can see it in their eyes
Empty people filled with care
Headed who knows where
On they go through private pain
Living fear to fear
Laughter hides their silent cries
Only Jesus hears.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door
People need the Lord, people need the Lord
When will we realize, people need the Lord.
We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right
What could be too great a cost for
Sharing life with one who’s lost
Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear
They must hear the words of life
Only we can share.