Wednesday evening church meetings are often called "Prayer Meetings." Some churches do meet in the middle of the week for this purpose, others have a special time after a shortened service dedicated to prayer. Often times, prayer requests are gathered from the people of God, as well as praises for the visible work of God in hearts and lives. Honestly and very sadly, I find it hard sometimes to pray in this public setting, and may skip through the list much quicker than in my "prayer closet" at home. Irregardless, God hears. This is a special time for God and His people.
Yet, even while we are spending this important time talking to God, He speaks to hearts. We were visiting a church, hearing requests for people that God knew, when a request caught my ears. "Please pray for my lost loved ones." At just that moment, God spoke to my heart: "All the lost of this world are MY lost loved ones. Will you pray for them? Will you tell them?"
Before my salvation when I was 15, I was someone's lost loved one. I know members of my family that I would consider lost, though very loved. This common phrase often tugs at heart strings at a prayer meeting because so many of us relate to having a family member or close friend far away from God.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
God loves everyone, and it's His desire that "all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9) and faith in Him. But I miss the point. Regrettably, I don't even say "hello" to everyone, much less try to witness to all those with whom I come in contact. Oh, for eyes to see as my loving Heavenly Father, the eternal souls destitute and destined for hell, that only Jesus can save! They need to hear of my Jesus! He loves them even when they are lost!
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8