Today salvation has come to this house.
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household.
Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
How much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
The conclusion of the Bread talk in Luke 11:1-13 startled me. Then it thrilled me. If Jesus is the Bread of Life, then the Bread talk is about Jesus. If God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are One, then the Bread talk is about salvation.
I believe The Parable of the Friend at Midnight says our loved ones can be saved. How many Christians fret for their families? Instead of fretting, let's keep knocking on God's door in prayer. Because He hears us. Eventually, He will answer!
In my Gospel course this very day, I 'happened' to be reading Luke 23--about Jesus' crucifixion. In Luke's account, one of the criminals on the cross next to Jesus received salvation: 'Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise' (v.43).
God's Word says salvation can come at any time--even in the last day or the final hour. In The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard,* the landowner (God) hired servants at the 'Eleventh hour' (Matthew 20:9). They received equal pay (salvation) compared to those who had worked all day (lifelong Christians).
The workers complained: 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day' (v.12). The landowner explains: 'Friend, I have done you no wrong... I wish to give to this last man the same as to you' (v.13-14).
Therefore, the moment of salvation for our beloved family and friends may happen at their eleventh hour. Even at the brink of death, they can meet Jesus and receive the gift of eternal life. According to God's Word, I believe they will!
'All things are possible to him who believes' (Mark 9:23), 'For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost' (Luke 19:10). 'Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him,' (Revelation 19:7), because persistent prayer can save the living and raise the dead!
To Be Continued...
*Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+20%3A1-16&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Bread of Life series.