The Empty Chair

LLucas - Empty Chair

by Linda Lucas

 

Have you ever been at a big family gathering when as you sit down to eat together there is an empty chair there? The loss of the one who is missing, for whatever the reason, leaves a sense of heaviness in the air and the sense of brokenness, or feel that the moment is not complete without the one missing whose presence would change the whole atmosphere. If only … if only they would walk through that door and take their place at the table with the family then all would be well, joyous and complete.

Prayer has been a growing passion in my life over the past year few years and U4theU’s Global Prayercasts have been a little taste of heaven for me. I love my global family and I long for these moments and am thrilled at any opportunity to gather together with my family at our Father’s throne and talk with Him about those who are yet missing from the family gatherings and about our desire to fill those empty seats at His banquet table.

As God’s children we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, yet we cannot be complete or content while there are so many in this world who have yet to have one opportunity to hear the good news about Jesus and to embrace Him and the hope of salvation that came at such a great cost. God’s love for mankind and His desire to redeem us cost Him everything.   King David once said, “I cannot offer that which cost me nothing”,   how will we respond or to what extent will we go to bring even one more to His table with us? When He calls us home will we come alone or will we need to add chairs to His table for those we’ve invited to come home to the Father’s table?

Does the thought of the empty chair at His table haunt you as it does me? I pray that each one of us will make the most of the God’s gracious gift of prayer for it is a great privilege and honor to meet with Him at His throne and to lift up those who are lost or yet unreached with such good news and petition Him to intervene on their behalf for their precious souls.

Oh for that moment when yet one more will walk through that door and take their place at His banqueting table, then we and the angels will together rejoice as one less chair is left empty and one by one our brothers and sisters find their way home.  Come, let us pray together…..

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Author Linda Lucas

Hi! I’m Linda. I am a Midwest, born and raised, PK who grew a heart of passion for missions and the global church by way of being a witness to the exemplary lives of my parents and the missionaries that passed through our home. After attending Cincinnati Bible College for one year I married my husband, Jim Lucas. We have since been very blessed to raise three amazing sons, gain three wonderful daughters and three perfect grandchildren with one more on the way. Firmly believing that my ministry begins at home I was always a stay at home mom and ended up home educating the last 10 years of our sons education. My feet first hit foreign soil in the spring of 1993, joining with a Team Expansion partnership in the Ukraine for a 17 day journey through which my life and direction of service for the Lord were forever changed. Following that point of transformation I began serving on our church’s Missions Ministry and to participate in our annual, short term / exposure trips. By the year 2000 I found myself transplanted from Ohio to Indiana and leading these trips. I reconnected with Team Expansion in 2009 and am currently in partnership with Team Expansion as a volunteer Regional Mobilizer for NW Indiana, a Connections Trip leader and mobilize prayer warriors for the Shuar peoples of Ecuador. A favorite of passage of Scripture that gives me courage to do all that I do is Philippians 1:3-6: because of this passage my hope abounds and all fears are dispelled …To the work to the work… until all have heard … or He calls me home.

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