Devotional For May 17, 2024

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬

Paul’s words give us a great truth about the Christian journey—the burden of our hearts for the salvation of others. Just as Paul prayed for the salvation of his fellow Israelites, so too are we called to intercede for the lost and share the message of salvation with those who have yet to hear and believe.

As followers of Christ, we are commissioned to be ambassadors of the gospel, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with a world in need of hope and redemption. Like Paul, we should have a heart’s desire to see people come to faith in Christ, to experience the transformative power of His love and grace.

But our passion for souls should not end with just emotion. It should drive us to action—to fervent prayer, bold witness, and compassionate outreach. We should be willing to sacrifice our time, resources, and comfort for the sake of seeing others come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

As we meditate on Paul’s words, let us examine our own hearts and ask ourselves: Do we share Paul’s burden for the salvation of others? Are we willing to pray earnestly for the lost and engage in the work of evangelism and discipleship? May we be inspired by Paul’s example and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be faithful witnesses of the gospel, sharing the message of salvation with love, boldness, and compassion.

Pray

Lord, ignite my heart’s desire for the salvation of the lost. Grant me the courage to pray fervently for those who have yet to know You and the boldness to share the gospel with others. Use me as an instrument of Your grace and mercy, that many may come to experience Your saving power. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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