Be Full of Grace

By Terry Wardle

December 11, 2011

Cheryl and I were leaving our motel on the morning of the last day of the Outpouring. As we passed through the doors to the outside Cheryl stopped and told me to go ahead and get the car while she went back into the motel restaurant where we had just finished having breakfast. She said that there was something she had to do. I went ahead and drove the car up to the door and waited until she returned, which took several minutes. As Cheryl got into the car I asked her what she forgot. She said, “Nothing, but the Lord wanted me to go ask our waitress how I could pray for her.”

Paul told us to “make the most of every opportunity … let your conversation be full of grace” (Colossians 3: 5 and 6). On that morning, the Holy Spirit stirred Cheryl to do that very thing, and it opened the door to discovering a deep need in a “strangers” life, and enabled Cheryl to plant a seed of the gospel that may some day bear great fruit. It took some faith and a bit of courage, but Cheryl felt the opportunity was too important to pass up, and so she obeyed the Spirit’s leading. The waitress was deeply touched and did share a need that Cheryl has now placed on her daily prayer list.

Pastor Neal May commented recently that whenever he is at a restaurant, he always says to the waiter or waitress, “We will be praying for our meal. As we do, is there anything we can pray about for you?”  I have been challenged by Cheryl’s and Neal’s examples. May we all go and do likewise, making the most of every opportunity, allowing every conversation and contact to be full of grace.

Keywords: gospel, grace, prayer
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The Fruit of Outpouring:

Spirit activated seed
Made real in deed,
Picture, story
Word and song
Shared and
Feasted on
To become
A vital part
Of the Body,
Blood and Prayers
Gracing tables
Of strangers
Walking and waiting
Among us.
Betsy Mummaw at 2:40pm EST - December 14, 2011

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