28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” 29Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
As I was reading the passage from Acts, I was smiling. Smiling the stubbornness displayed by Agrippa and also at the boldness that Paul displays in his answer. In a way this is a conversation that can speak about who we are as Christians. From time to time I had different interactions with different people that follow the very pattern: I will listen to what you have to say, I will respect what you say but you will never convince me to change my ways. And you know what? I am thankful for those conversation, because if nothing else those become a starting point for prayer. I pray for them that God will continue to speak in to their lives and for me to have another chance to be that Christ presence in their lives.
So what will it take? It takes perseverance, it takes commitment and it takes faith to be praying for people. And that is what we can do, be faithful and be praying for people.
I pray today for you as you read this that you will be encouraged to stand before God and pray that you would be bold just like Paul to speak the promises of God to the people around you but also to be faithful in praying for them that God will work in their lives.