Spiritual Practice


Theron St. John, 22

To speak or not to speak? That seems to be the question when it comes to talking about our faith. We’re afraid of discussing our faith because we might be rejected, teased, or worse; so we keep our mouths shut. However, we are not supposed to be silent. We are to be the salt of the earth and a shining light on top of a hill (Matthew 5:13–14).

Jesus calls us to be salt and light in Matthew 5:13–16.

How can we talk about our faith? I’ve tried numerous ways, but I have found one particular approach that seems to spark Christian conversation. I ask people if they have one specific prayer request that I can pray about for them. Few people say no when I ask if I can be in prayer about something in their lives. I have also found that offering to pray opens the door to conversation, giving me a chance to talk with others about the gospel and about my relationship with Christ.


ACT ON IT: If you are wondering how to spark Christian conversation, try asking someone this question: “Is there one thing I can pray about for you this week?” If you do, you may see God at work.

—from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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