Are You Willing to Be Divinely Interrupted? by Lisa Burkhardt Worley | Pearls of Promise

Are You Willing to Be Divinely Interrupted? by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

When you dine out, how do you interact with your servers?

A month ago, I was having dinner with two Christian sisters, Rosemary and Bella, when a sweet waitress took our order. I recognized her from another time that I was at the restaurant so I started a conversation by telling her I remembered her and asked, “Where are you from?” “Costa Rica,” she replied. I complimented the energetic, petite woman on her upbeat personality, then she left to take care of another table.

The three of us wondered, Is this a divine appointment? When she came back with our glasses of water, Rosemary didn’t waste any time and asked, “Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?’ She answered, “I pray a lot” then hurried off. We were worried that we scared her away with our boldness.

It was at that moment we prayed, Lord, if we are supposed to pray with this woman to receive Jesus, will you provide an opening for us?

Our waitress returned and showed us a card that a man gave her. She said, “It’s written in Hebrew and says that I am going to see Jesus soon.” The door was wide open. The three of us looked at each other and knew what we had to do. Bella asked her if she wanted to know Jesus personally before she saw Him, and she said yes, so Bella grabbed her hand and the three of us led her to Christ with a prayer.

The waitress was joyous and was giddy with excitement after receiving Christ as Lord and Savior. We all took a photo with her and gave her copies of our books to start her on her journey.

Meanwhile, last night I was praying with people at the altar after our Shabbat Service at church. A woman approached me who I knew I’d met before. As it turned out, it was a waitress from a nearby restaurant, someone who had waited on me numerous times and who I knew was a Christian. Because of that, she came to me for prayer during a difficult season of her life. What an honor. This happened because I was willing to allow a divine interruption at a restaurant, and break away from my conversation to show kindness to a sister.

I always pray to recognize divine interruptions, or God appointments, each day. Whether it’s just a word of encouragement I’m supposed to give, or an invitation to receive Christ, I want to be aware of the holy promptings,. I’m doing some evangelism training at church under Dr. Rice Broocks, the author of God’s Not Dead, and he has a simple formula for leading someone to Christ. S.A.L.T. S: Start a conversation. A: Ask questions. L: Listen and T: Tell your story.

The world needs to hear the good news about Jesus Christ. Are you willing to make a connection with another believer or to be divinely interrupted to share the gospel of hope? A restaurant is a good place to start.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…(1 Peter 3:15).

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? If not, simply pray: “I know that I’ve fallen short of your perfect standards, O God, and I repent of my wrongdoing over the years. I believe that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to this Earth to sacrifice His life for my sins and to bridge the gap between you and me so that I can be in right relationship with you, a holy and righteous God. I now invite Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and I commit my life to Him. AMEN”

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  • Gerry Wieding

    Lisa, thank you for this lesson. You gave me some helpful ways that I think will tweet what I am doing and to help me go further with confidence. The praying for God to show me the open door to speak is one. Also the prayer you suggested to pray is another. God is so good as I was praying this week for the Holy Spirit to help me as I want to hear God’s voice only every day for His direction and prompting and yes Gerry that is right. So That I could be more effective in ministering to people that I come in contact with , even my family. Then today I received your post . Wow! God so faithful , I am so thankful that for years He has sent me resources to me and His word that I am needing at that time. … So now He is sending me resources from you that I am needing at this time. So thank you again and may God continue to anoint you and teach you as well as the other ladies in Pearls of Promise Ministries. Love and prayers. Gerry

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