ImageA number of years ago as I was in my seminary room, I heard the early bell of the nearby Catholic seminary. It was about 6:30 AM.  I was wondering why this bell tolled so early only to be told that the brothers from the seminary were gathering for their early morning prayers.  I was impressed by their devotion to prayer and worship.  I was so impressed with their commitment that I used this story as an illustration in one my sermons.

A number of years later I found out that at our seminary a group of professors and area preachers came together to pray early in the morning.  I felt that I should go, but I reasoned that on the preceding day I had three Bible studies and I usually arrived on campus around midnight.  I further justified that in view of the fact that my class did not start until 9:30 AM, I could afford one hour of extra sleep.  Yet, whenever I saw the announcement somehow the Holy Spirit would invite me to go.

One morning I was scheduled to meet with a colleague at 8:00 AM.  As we decided the place for our meeting, she invited me to go to the prayer and Bible study at 7:00 AM and then we could continue to discuss our common agenda.  I could not say no.  I went and I have been going ever since.

I am amazed at how God is using His people to accomplish his will in us.  For a number of years, I have been inviting one person to come to our church Bible study and this person resisted without ever giving me a good reason.  One morning he showed up.  Another member from the church had asked him to come and he showed up.

Another lady refused for years to come to a Bible study. One morning this person showed up. Someone invited her to come telling her that I will not ask her any questions for a long time.  The promise of this person made the difference.  This person came and now she is not only a part of the Bible study, but she is a Bible Study leader.

Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that he has sown, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.  Statisticians tell us that a person usually receives in the neighborhood of 20 invitations before they decide to come to church.  One never knows the inviting number that you have in the divine scheme. 

The last book of the Bible, Revelation, tells us that the Bride and the Holy Spirit say, "Come.  Let him who hears say, ‘Come.’"  Let each of us continue to invite people to come and to see Jesus, let us invite them to come to a Bible study or a prayer time and allow God to surprise us when we shall see fruit of our labor for the glory of His Holy Name.