Today evangelist Greg Laurie turned 60 years old.
Like many pastors, Laurie was not someone you would expect to become a preacher. He didn't grow up in a Christian home and thought that serious Christians (he called them "Jesus Freaks") were crazy.
But God had plan.
Last year The Christian Post described Laurie's conversion.
Laurie said he joined the circle of Christians at school because he “saw this cute girl and I wanted to get to know her better.”
“And she was sitting there with the Jesus freaks and they’re singing these weird little songs that all had like four chords to them on the guitar,” he recounted. “And I thought ‘look at these deranged people. They are all nuts.' I thought all the Jesus freaks were a few clowns short of a circus. Something wasn’t right.”
But he began to listen and opened his heart.
“A guy spoke and made a statement which was that 'Jesus said you are either for me or against me.' And I looked around at the Jesus freaks and thought 'well, they are definitely for him, but I’m not one of them. Does that mean I am against him?'”
“Well, I didn’t want to be in that category. That was the day I put my faith in Jesus Christ. That was the day I found the meaning and purpose of my life,” he said.
In examining Greg Laurie's career, I noticed that the need to pray is a common theme in Laurie's writing. He finishes one of his devotionals with these words: "Has your prayer life been lacking lately? Prayerlessness can be a direct result of self-confidence." Another devotional concludes with these words: "The key to effective prayer is getting our will in alignment with God's will, as the verse at the top of today's post explains. Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer, except that which lies outside of the will of God.
Greg Laurie's devotionals can be found here.