When My Child Was Lost
Jesus said, "You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere."1
Dr. Leighton Ford tells the story of when his young daughter got lost years ago.
"I was minding the children while my wife was shopping. Debbie Jean had returned from school and was playing with her four-year-old brother in the back yard. When I called them to come in, Debbie Jean was missing.
"I walked up and down the street calling her nameófearing the silence.
"Later (after she was found) I reflected on the incident. During the nearly two hours that Debbie Jean was missing, nothing else mattered. In my study were books to be read, letters to be answered, articles to be written, planning to be doneóbut it was all forgotten. I could think of only one thing: my little girl was lost.
"I had only one prayer and I prayed it a thousand times: 'O God, help me to find her.'
"'How often,' I ask myself, had I felt that same terrible urgency about people who were lost from God?"
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, give me a passion for those who are lost without Jesus. Please use me today and every day to be as Jesus to someone who needs the Savior and grant that they, seeing Jesus in me, will want You for themselves. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
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1. Mark 16:15 (TLB).