Praying for the Lost
Joshua* lives in one of the Central Asian countries with a name ending with “stan.” Recently we talked over Skype and he told me that he had been invited to lunch with Andrew, a fellow missionary. As he arrived he was happy to see some local men were there too. Joshua sat with a young man and they began to talk. Soon he realized the young man was a follower of Jesus.
Eager to learn how he’d come to know Jesus in this strict Muslim country, Joshua asked him for his story.
“One night I had a dream. I was at the bottom of a pit unable to get out. People stood above me looking down but no one would help. Suddenly I saw Andrew appear among the crowd of faces.” The young man then pointed to Andrew across the table. “He reached down and pulled me out. Then he took me and we walked over to Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah).” He continued, “I had the exact same dream the next night!”
“I knew I had to go talk with Andrew. When I found him, and told him my dream, he stood amazed. Then Andrew told me that a few months earlier he had begun to pray that Allah would speak to me in a dream.”
A dream come true for both! Andrew was now able to introduce this young man to Jesus.
Joshua and I marveled over this story. A beautiful example of partnering with God through prayer. How true: “We cannot do it without God. God will not do it without us.”
*not his real name