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(Photo: Catalyst Conference 2014/Bobby Russell)Evangelist and church planter Francis Chan spoke on having a relationship with Jesus with less distractions during the Catalyst West conference at Mariners Church in Irvine, April 4, 2014.
Francis Chan has revealed that after 30 years of praying for his best friend to find Jesus Christ, he was finally able to baptize him into the faith a couple of years ago.
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The Christian pastor, author and church planter said that prayer is essential in such cases, admitting that his past efforts to convince people through words were "ridiculous."
He said it's similar to the first time he climbed into a cave and experiencing how pitch dark it was, and compared it to the darkness the Apostle Paul described in 2 Corinthians 4:3–6.
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"We all walk in complete spiritual darkness unless God decides to shine his light on us. In some mysterious way, God shines light in a person's heart so that he instantly sees the beauty of the Gospel. No amount of human effort can produce this. Salvation is a miracle of God," Chan wrote on desiringGod.org on Wednesday.
"Many of us would say that we believe this theological truth, but our actions betray us, revealing just how much we trust in people, speeches, and events. On more than one occasion, people have begged me to speak to their lost friends, believing that my words would make the difference," he continued.
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"Too often, I have granted their wish (rather than correcting their theology), and tried desperately to come up with the perfect words to talk their friends into falling in love with Jesus. Do you see yet how ridiculous this is?"
Chan pointed to Jesus' words in Luke 18:1 about how people "ought always to pray and not lose heart," and shared of his own 30-year prayer journey for his best friend.
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