Almost

Acts 26:27-28 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

Often, when we read this passage of scripture, we might feel saddened that King Agrippa may have never gotten saved. It makes for good preaching to press the issue with those who may sit on the fence trying to decide.

Yet, often, I think we fail to trust the power of the Word, and the power of Paul’s testimony. King Agrippa did not suddenly die to give evidence that he went to Hell, almost trusting. But the Word of God is silent as to King Agrippa placing his faith in Christ as well.

I guess the prevailing thought for me has been, “Why is my first inclination toward the negative?”

If King Agrippa is almost persuaded, why can’t he be fully persuaded later and saved? Arguments can be made for and against King Agrippa’s salvation. But, where is my faith to believe that God can gain the trust of a king, a former Pharisee (like Paul), and a fisherman like a Peter?

We are to pray believing.

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

In the next few days, many of us will be with family and friends who need to trust Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Should it not be our prayer that God move in their hearts to be open to the gospel message? Should we pray to believe that they can and will be saved? Should we not pray for our witness to be pure, Spirit-filled, and clear?

This is precisely where my negativity casts seeds of doubt on God’s ability to save my family and friends. I know I am not alone, but is that right to have such thoughts? I see it as a tool of the devil to cast doubt and pull us from the power we have in believing the impossible.

Some may get the news of cancer and that death is imminent. Others that sudden illness has come and could take their life. Do we concentrate more on God’s power and ability to do the impossible? Or are we resigned to such things without ever bowing our knees to try?

I would much rather have travailed in tears praying for a lost loved one who seems hard to the gospel message than giving up so quickly, having never tried. The first opens the door to a miracle, and the second closes the door without even trying.

This holiday season should cause us to increase our prayers for the lost — especially those closest to us. 

As we head into the days of Christmas, let us believe that God can and will work the miraculous enough to affect our prayers to reflect the same.

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