“They said to each other, ‘Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?’” Luke 24:32 NLT
The pictures of the wildfires sweeping across Western North Carolina are amazing. Terrifying but yet amazing. Images of vivid orange flames and smothering gray smoke fill our social media and television screens. It is so heartbreaking to watch as the wildfires take over more and more acreage, over 40,000 acres now, growing fiercer and stronger as the winds and lack of rain make it the worst wildfire in North Carolina history. And what’s even more discouraging is that there is little hope that it will be contained any time in the near future. It has the potential to do catastrophic damage.
However, as I continue to see news footage and images from the fires, I am in awe of just how intense the flames are. It is remarkable how quickly the fires have spread, taking over everything in sight for miles. I am reminded to pray often for the people in Western North Carolina who are in the path of this devastation.
But I’m also prompted to pray for everyone else who isn’t affected by the blaze because I truly believe that God desires our faith and love for Him to be just as intense as these blazes are. What would happen if our hearts were filled with the desire, hotter than any other flame imaginable, to spread the news of Christ to others? What would the world look like if we had a passion so deep, so intense, that we just couldn’t keep it inside us? We couldn’t contain it. We just had to share our story and what Jesus has done for us with our unsaved co-workers, friends, neighbors, family members. How would our communities be changed eternally for the honor of God?
Remember the story from the Bible when Jesus, following His resurrection, appears to two men traveling on the road to the village of Emmaus? Scripture tells us that the men were believers but God kept them from recognizing Jesus. Jesus walks and talks with them for a long while, explaining the writing of Moses and all the Scriptures concerning himself. Later, He even had supper with them and after He had blessed the bread, the men’s eyes were opened to the true identity of Christ (Luke 24:13-31).
“They said to each other, ‘Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?’” (Luke 24:32). The men’s hearts burned in the presence of Jesus. And immediately when they realized who Jesus really was, they took off down the road to find the disciples to spread the news that Jesus was alive! They instantly took action, getting down to the business of telling others about Him. I want to have passion like that! I pray God will ignite a fire within me that even the waters of an ocean cannot quench. Our churches need hearts that are set ablaze by the Holy Spirit. Our communities need hearts that are impassioned for Him. Our states, our country, our whole world needs love and grace that can only be set into motion by the power of God working in our hearts, propelling us forward, giving us encouragement, and sending a revival throughout this whole land.
Will you join me in praying for the victims and those working around the clock to control the wildfires? But also, will you come alongside me in prayer for revival to be brought into our hearts and souls, for an awakening of the desire to be faithful to the Great Commission, to spread God’s love and message throughout our communities and ultimately, our world? Be inspired to pray for the Lord to set a wildfire within the boundaries of your own heart, burning with a fierceness that makes the North Carolina wildfires pale in comparison. All we need are some small sparks, and the burning message of love can be carried throughout this land. Decide today to be the tiny spark that ignites a fire in someone else’s heart.
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