The Cross Chapter 17




For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

God’s Invitation

John 3:16 is probably the most well known verse in Scripture. Sometimes you’ll even see an enthusiastic follower of Jesus on a televised football game waving a sign with “John 3:16” written on it.
? John 3:16 is very familiar.
But is it personal for you?

A Personal Invitation to You

On this historic journey around the world I have issued invitations to people to follow Jesus and I have prayed the blessings of God upon individuals, families and nations. I would like to offer this invitation to you. Today, right now, I want to lead you in a prayer inviting Jesus to come into your life.
This is a simple prayer, but it will be the beginning of a new life. You will be born again into the kingdom and family of God. Jesus will give you eternal life. His presence will be with you always.
Just as if you were standing by the cross on a roadside, please pray these words to God:

Dear God, as best I know how, I give you my life. Lord
Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I
open my heart and invite you, Jesus, to come and live in
me. I repent of my sins and ask you to wash them away
through your holy blood shed on the cross. Write my
name in your book in heaven. Fill me with the Holy Spirit.
I want to follow you all the days of my life. Fill me with
your love and presence as I forgive everyone I need to
forgive. I am not ashamed of you, Lord Jesus and I now
confess you as my Savior.
In Jesus’ name I pray.

I encourage you, now as a follower of Jesus, to pray the following prayer:

Dear God, I love you. Not my will – but your will – be done.
Take out of me anything that does not look like Jesus. Put in
me everything that does look like Jesus. Fill me with the fruit
of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Free
me from fear; tear down any walls in my heart and mind;
fill me with love for others. I welcome the power of the Holy
Spirit to use and guide me in being powerful, sensitive and
effective in sharing Jesus with others, wherever you lead me.
May I hear your voice clearly and do your will perfectly. I
welcome your will for my life; give me the power to do it.
Help me to love others as you have loved me. Here am I,
Lord. Send me.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

One of my favorite things to do as I meet people is to bless them. I have prayed for countless numbers of people around the world as I bless them in Jesus’ name. Time and distance are no problem with God, so as I have done with people in every nation, I pray this prayer of blessing over you and your family.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you
His peace, blessings and love.
May He bless your going out and your coming in from
this day forth and forevermore.
May he give you health and prosper you in all things.
May the love of God and the grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you now
and forevermore. Amen


I would like to invite you to visit our website: www.Blessitt.com.
There, in the “Inspiration and Witness” section, you can find help in following Jesus and in sharing Jesus with others. You can also read my weekly columns and my online blog.
Stories and photos of walking with the cross in every nation are posted. We have an online store that includes DVDs of us carrying the cross around the world with original footage, as well as discipleship and evangelism training materials.
The “Travel Tips” section includes suggestions for walking, buying shoes and boots, international travel and links to helpful travel websites.
I also invite you to write, call or email me. I would love to hear how God has encouraged or challenged you through this book.

God bless you! A pilgrim follower of Jesus,
Arthur Blessitt
Luke 18:1

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