Last Saturday night in downtown Fort Worth, one particular young man wouldn't budge while listening to the preaching of gospel.
After a few minutes he slowly turned his back and began to walk away. He looked troubled. I walked towards him with a friend and from a bit of a distance I called out to him saying, "Sir!"
He turned his head back to look.
I continued…"Sir, we are Christians and we are with the group of people that are preaching. I know this may sound weird but…how can we pray for you?" "Do you need prayer for anything?" I inquired.
(Keep in mind that it is very rare for me to ask this. I typically don't...in fact I can't even recall a handful of times that I approached someone with the question "Can I pray for you?")
"Yes." He quickly responded as he turn around and started to walk towards us.
Very soberly he looked at me and said, "My good friend shot himself last Thursday."
"I am so very sorry to hear this…I'm so sorry." I said while shaking my head.
"Yeah, we are really sorry." My friend Amy added.
"What is your name?" I asked.
"Shay". He said.
"And what was your friends name?" I questioned.
"Kyle." He replied.
"Hmmmm, that's interesting."
Then I pointed my arm and extended my finger to the open air preacher on the box and said, "That's interesting…because the young man on the box right over there is named 'Kyle'."
Shay looked stunned like a deer in headlights.
He immediately teared up and I proceeded to tell him the Gospel.
"I know that there probably aren't many words that can comfort you, Shay, during this difficult loss but just remember that Jesus Christ has the words of life…eternal life."
I continued. "Shay, if Kyle were to come back today and talk with you I know what he would say. He would tell you to repent of your sins and to put all of your trust in Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose from the dead."
He intensely listened and hung on every word.
As I was talking to him the evangelism team was packing up and within seconds the men on the team began to gather around him. I introduced him to Josh, then to Greg and also to Cole.
I explained to Josh about his loss and after a few words, Josh put his hand on his shoulder and we all prayed for him.
You could see the gratitude in his eyes.
I looked up and Kyle was standing behind him.
I pointed behind him and said, "Shay, I want you to meet Kyle."
Shay's face lit up with a new ray of hope. As if he had known Kyle for years. He had a look on his face that was priceless. On my way home the thought of him moved me to tears.
"Good to meet you, man." Shay said.
"Hey, good to meet you, bro." Kyle responded.
We invited him to church and he gave hugs to a couple people on the team.
May God save that young man.
You just never know who you will come in contact with and what has happened in their lives. It was only 48 hours prior to our meeting that Shay received the horrific news that his friend killed himself. And the Lord was faithful to send him hope through the preaching of the Gospel.
I pray that this small encounter will encourage you to ask someone this week, or perhaps today or tonight, if you "can pray for them". Then share the Gospel with them and leave them with a tract.