Center of Hope Devotion – May 29, 2020

Dear Friends and Family,


The unsaved walked down the church aisle slowly, some with tears in their eyes. Soft worship music played as prayers of confession and commitment were offered up to the Lord. The prayers, like those offering them, weren’t perfect, but God honored their step of accepting His invitation to relationship.

Hezekiah reinstated the Passover Festival after cleansing the temple and consecrating the priests. Many people scorned the festival and did not attend; others came, but failed to purify themselves as the Law required. Hezekiah prayed for these Israelites.

Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover . . . But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone . . .” And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people (2 Chronicles 30:18, 20).

Like Hezekiah, believers today should pray for those who may be trying to do the right thing in relation to God, but in a wrong or misunderstood way. Not only are we called to pray for our enemies, we are challenged to pray fro those who are taking the faith step towards our Savior, they may not make all the right steps, but we should remember that it is the Holy Spirit who is drawing them to God.

Thought for Today: God honors any step of faith.