Monday, June 1, 2009

Day 152- Answered Prayer

This morning I met a group of men at a coffee shop who meet every Monday. They normally will enjoy a cup of coffee together and then walk to the city courthouse to preach and pass out tracts. Monday is the day that jurors arrive for duty which can create a rather large line outside. As we approached the courthouse, I noticed that most of the jurors were making their way downstairs into a parking garage. Outside of the courthouse contained a line of maybe thirty people. I mentioned to the group that I would follow the jurors to see where they were going and one of the evangelists agreed to follow. As I reached the bottom of the stairs inside the parking garage, the longest line that I have ever seen was wrapped around the garage. Realizing that I had a captive audience, I preached to probably eighty people. I started like this, "Excuse me. If I could have your attention for just a brief moment, I have some very important information to share with you. I am not a representative of the courthouse, but I am well aware that you are here for jury duty. I have a message today that pertains to life and death. It has to do with where you will spend eternity." For the next ten minutes I shared with them the good news of Christ Jesus. I remember walking back up the stairs after I had finished preaching and was extremely overjoyed. It wasn't because I had the chance to share with so many people. It was what I was seeing as I faced the courthouse. A friend of mine was preaching to the crowd outside of the courthouse, another friend was discipling a young lady that he had witnessed to the week before, someone whom I had recently trained was greeting people arriving at the courthouse with a tract, and my faithful brother-in-law was sharing the good news to a homeless man. Three years ago, it was my brother-in-law and me who began passing out tracts at the courthouse alone. We used to pray that others would join us, and quite often I wondered if that prayer was ever going to be answered. God has answered our prayer, and he did it in a mighty way.

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