Lifting the Veil
“Hey Ben! Journey [Our Fall Conference] really opened my eyes to what prayer can do. I have been struggling with depression and an alcohol addiction. It has gotten to the point where I have been having to go to the hospital. If you don’t mind I would really appreciate if you could pray for me.” These sad and alarming words came from one of my students (David, pictured right) shortly after our fall conference. He and I sat down to discuss what he texted me and uncovered that he is a reluctant atheist. He wants to believe in something more than “chaos” but can’t see the “logic” of God existing (his words). He knows his depression and alcoholism is his heart screaming: there must be more to life! As we sat there talking, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 came to my mind:
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
David’s mind is blinded. We prayed through the scripture above and agreed to explore the book of John together in order to understand who Jesus is and to allow God’s Word to work in his heart. He asked me to pray for him and eagerly agreed to have me share his story with all of you and ask you to pray for him. Will you join me in asking the Lord to lift the veil from his heart and mind and that he would embrace Jesus as his savior this year? Thank you for praying for David, he was blown away by the thought of 200 people praying for him!
Ben lives in Greeley, CO and works with college students at the University of Northern Colorado.