Last Sunday, our interim pastor spoke about the 7 things you should know if you're left behind (he was preaching on the rapture). It was intended to get us thinking about not only our own salvation, but the salvation of others. He pointed out there are no more "signs of the times" that are yet to be fulfilled, which means Christ could come back literally at any moment. I was moved to pray even harder for people I know who aren't Christians. I wanted to shout a hearty "Amen!" at times and weep in other parts of his talk. The whole issue of praying for others took on a totally different meaning for me. I thought I was serious about praying for the salvation of some friends and family but apparently, I hadn't been serious enough.
If God could suddenly confront and change the apostle Paul, He can confront and change anybody. Didn't He confront and change us?
We must never get tired of praying for the salvation of others because sometimes God works suddenly and sometimes He works over a period of time. But He does work in response to our prayer and praise. Acts 16:26 tells what happened when Paul & Silas were singing praises to the Lord in jail: "Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone's shackles were unfastened."
As soon as the jailer head the noise and saw what had happened, he attempted to kill himself with his sword because the prisoners had escaped. But Paul called out to him, "Don't harm yourself, we're all still here!" When the jailer brought Paul and Silas out of the prison cell, his first question to them was in verse 30, "Men, what is it necessary for me to do that I may be saved?"
What a big change! The same man who had them beaten, chained and thrown into a dungeon of a prison was now asking them for salvation! Once he became a believer, the jailer took them into his own home, bathed their wounds, and served them food. The Bible said he was so excited he "leaped for joy and exulted with all his family that he believed in God." (verse 34).
God may be moving in a supernatural way for you or for your loved one or in an ordinary way. He may move "suddenly" as He did for the jailer.
If the rapture were to happen today, is there anyone you love whom you believe would be left behind? Do you WANT them to be left behind to deal with what they will be forced to face here on earth? If not, what are you and I going to do about it?