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33rd Annual Christian Prayer Breakfast Fort Worth Tarrant County

#MyFWCPBStory: Randy Elston

The Christian Prayer Breakfast Fort Worth Tarrant County exists to bring together men and women from across our community to pray for our leaders and be inspired by a message from our speaker. But that just scratches the surface of what the event is all about. The prayer breakfast is about impacting people, changing hearts, and altering lives as a result of prayer and the good news of Christ. 

Making Disciples

As Christians, The Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV) calls us to “make disciples of all the nations.” It’s a verse we’ve probably heard hundreds of times. So we may gloss over the command that Christ gives us. But this calling to deliver the good news of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection is found throughout God’s Word.

In Romans 10:14-15 (ESV), the apostle Paul writes:

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”

Sharing the gospel doesn’t happen by accident. Unbelievers aren’t going to “believe in [someone that] they’ve never heard [about].” God wants to work through us and has even prepared ahead of time the opportunities for us to be his hands and feet, as it says in Ephesians 2:10 (ESV):

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

However, sharing our faith in Christ with our family, friends, or even coworkers isn’t always comfortable. There’s the fear of rejection, along with the fear that he or she will look at us differently, feel threatened, or feel judged. But we’re serving as God’s witness. Acts 1:8 (ESV) says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses … to the end of the earth.” 

You’re Not Alone

The power to change someone’s heart is solely the work and gift of God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV). If you think that you’re alone in delivering the good news of Christ, you’re not. The Holy Spirit is with you, and once the good news is delivered, that’s when God takes over working in the individual’s heart

There’s no doubt that it takes boldness to share the gospel. And the author of a desiringGod article aptly summed up Christian boldness as “spirit-empowered conviction, courage, and urgency.”

Need for a Change

It’s this type of boldness that led Randy Elston, a current board member for the Christian Prayer Breakfast Fort Worth Tarrant County, to make a change in who he chose to invite to the prayer breakfast. Randy first began attending the event in 2008 as a guest, and started hosting tables intermittently after that. 

Randy’s says his prayer life begins with “being intentional.”

“I can personally be swallowed up by my worldly concerns if I’m not intentional about my devotional time and prayer time. It makes a life changing difference.”

This intentionality in being connected to God through prayer led Randy to experience a desire to invite people to his table that might be seeking something spiritually and be in need of an opportunity for conversation.

“[When I started hosting tables], I found myself inviting the same people each year,” he says that he would bring the usual suspects of Christian friends, who he was comfortable having at the event. 

There may be a need to bring a Christian friend to the prayer breakfast. Being encouraged by the good news of Christ isn’t an exclusive need of unbelievers. Believers need to be reminded of the power of Christ, but Randy felt called to take his table in a different direction. As a result, Randy invited five of his employees with him to the event. 

After the prayer breakfast, he also invited them to the prayer breakfast’s follow on events that allow for focused conversations on different topics and questions. This is where Randy “had the opportunity for in-depth spiritual discussions.” 

“I had the opportunity to share my faith and talk about the gift God has given to us through his son Jesus Christ, which is available to all who accept the gift through faith and believe in his sacrifice for our sins.”

The prayer breakfast offers a unique opportunity to hear an uplifting message about the power of Christ. And Randy says he looked for people out who might be open to hearing that message.

It’s Never Too Early to Start

Start thinking now about how you could invite to the next prayer breakfast. Begin by asking God to put people in your path. Then look for the people in your life who might need:

  • Encouragement during a difficult season of life
  • The life-changing message of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection
  • To start a conversation about questions of faith

We can’t wait to see who God inspires you to bring with you to the next Christian Prayer Breakfast Fort Worth Tarrant County! Get details for the next event here.

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