So Many Souls
One Sunday morning the members of my Sunday school class went prayer walking. Several small groups walked the nearby neighborhoods. Some stopped at each intersection to pray aloud together. My group walked silently, praying as we went.
As my two partners and I walked our route, for me the recurring thought was “so many souls.” I wondered: how happy are the people in these homes? Many, I’m sure are content. Many have a relationship with God and a church home. But how many souls are hurting, struggling to survive without God? How many suffer from shattered marriages? How many fill the spiritual void with drugs and alcohol? How many appear happy on the outside but are miserable on the inside? How many struggle with physical ailments or watch loved ones suffer with health problems? I wonder how many souls along our walk lack the saving grace of Jesus Christ. How many carry burdens that Jesus would gladly shoulder? How many desperately need the peace that only He can provide?
When we walked, we saw evidence of children living in this neighborhood: Swing sets, bicycles, and basketball goals. I wondered about the children. Are these children learning about our loving God? Do they know about His awesome power and amazing love? Are they growing up in homes with loving, Christian parents who teach them about Jesus and model Christian behavior?
While we walked, God opened my eyes and let me glimpse what He must see in the neighborhoods. He doesn’t see elegant homes, shiny cars, or stylish clothing, nor does He see broken shacks, rusted junkers, or raggedy clothes. He sees deep into our souls. He sees pain and disappointment. He sees spiritual hunger. He sees souls lost without Him.
We who know Christ have a responsibility to pray for those who do not. We may not know the conditions of their souls, but that should not prevent us from praying. There are so many souls in our neighborhoods who have not accepted the saving grace of our Lord—so many who need His peace and joy.
Thank you, God, for this glimpse into the souls who are lost and hurting. May they develop a thirst for You. Lord, there are so many souls; keep them on my heart and keep me praying for them—so many souls, Lord, so many souls.
Matthew 9:37-38 “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”