I continue praying for a man that first came to my house a couple of months ago, asking me to explain the Bible to him. His name is Mr. Checa.
Every Wednesday he comes to my house in the morning. From there, we go out together to visit the brothers and sisters in a small community 30 minutes away called Pueblo Libre. He comes on his bicycle from another community nearby and when he gets to my house we eat lunch together. After that, we ride on my motorcycle to Pueblo Libre. When we get to the home in Pueblo Libre, we study the Scriptures with them.
Along the way, as we are riding on the motorcycle, I ask Mr. Checa about his spiritual life. I ask him, “Mr. Checa, are you reading the Scriptures?” He tells me that he has been. We have been talking together about the importance of reading the whole Bible.
I ask him also, “Mr. Checa, are you spending time praying?” He tells me that he has been, but that sometimes he doesn’t know how to pray. I tell him that he should pray using the Scriptures. He asks me, “What do you mean?” I tell him, “Well, one time the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, and the Lord taught them. And that’s also one of my prayers to the Father, that He would teach me to pray. And the Lord has taught me to pray using the Scriptures.”
I give him an example. “Mr. Checa, when I have sinned against the Lord, I pray like it says in Psalm 51, ‘Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.’ Or, when I am putting my daughters to bed I teach them to pray like Psalm 4, ‘In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.’”
“Wow, that’s good, brother,” Mr. Checa tells me. “Can you send me a message with a Bible passage that I can pray through?”
That’s how I am helping Mr. Checa and I continue praying that the Lord would bless his life with the gospel.