Daily Devotional for Friday July 18, 2003


( Deuteronomy 18:10-12, John 3:16 )


Harry was back in his old bedroom, laying in his bed, trying to get some much needed sleep. Just a few hours earlier he had been at Hogwarts, playing Quidditch, laughing with Ron and Hermione. But Harry sensed deep down that something important was happening to him. He couldn't put his finger on it, but somehow Harry knew things were very different in the Dursley home. As tired as Harry was from a long day at school, then the journey with Hagrid to the Dursleys, and finally the emotional meeting with his uncle, he simply could not sleep.

Harry continued to wonder if Voldemort had cast a spell on the Dursleys and he had walked right into a trap. As he tossed and turned in his bed, all of a sudden Harry froze. The moon was full and its light came thru the window and illuminated part of the wall. There hanging on the wall was a picture of a man in a long white robe riding a white horse. On his thigh was written the words, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!

Harry bolted up in a cold sweat. Was this the King that his uncle said that he was going to go see when he died? Who was this King riding the white horse? Harry was now wide awake. He quietly slipped out of his room and went down the hall to Dudley's room. Harry lightly tapped on the door. There was no response so he tapped again and said in a hushed voice, "Dudley, its Harry. Wake up, I need to talk to you." After a moment, Harry heard footsteps approaching the door, and slowly it opened. Dudley had been sound asleep and rubbing his eyes, asked, "what's wrong Harry, are you OK?" "Dudley, I must talk to you right now. It is urgent," Harry said.

Dudley opened the door for Harry, flipped on the light switch, and climbed into his bed. He motioned for Harry to sit on the chair beside the bed. As Harry sat down, he looked around and realized in all the years he had lived in the Dursley house, this was the first time he had ever been in his cousin's bedroom. Dudley would never allow Harry to even step one foot inside. "Dudley," Harry said, "something very strange is going on here." Dudley, now wide awake, looked at Harry and smiled. "You are right Harry, things are not the same as they used to be. Things changed in our home about six months ago," Dudley stated. Before Dudley could go on, Harry interrupted him. "Right before he died, your father told me that he was going to see a King," Harry declared. "Who was this King that he was going to go see?" Harry asked.

A big smile broke out on Dudley's round face. "My dad is with Jesus, Harry," Dudley beamed. "Six months ago, we all became Christians," Dudley proudly announced. Harry looked at his cousin with a puzzled look. He had heard of Christians before, but really didn't know much about them except they were Muggles that did not like witches and wizards. That even made him more curious since if the Dursleys had become Christians, they would dislike Harry even more than before. Now he was really confused. "But, I thought Christians did not like witches and wizards," Harry said. "No Harry, Christians love everyone, but they do not always like the things people choose to do," Dudley said.

Harry was now very curious. "How did you become a Christian, Dudley?" he asked. "Well, about a year ago, one of my friends who was a Christian kept asking me to go to church with him. Our family would go on Christmas, but I never liked it much. Since I wouldn't go to church with him, he started to forward me these Devotionals he was getting from some Christian in the U.S. I used to delete them, but one day I started to read them. Harry, they were amazing. Every day they talked about God, and real life problems, and that all the answers to life were in God's book. One day, I decided that I wanted to become a Christian, so I got down on my knees, right here in this room Harry, and asked Jesus Christ into my heart," Dudley said.

Harry's head was now spinning. He felt hot like there was some sort of spell being cast on him. He barely heard Dudley tell how within a week of becoming a Christian, his mom and dad also accepted Jesus into their hearts and became Christians too. Harry felt like running out of the room, but for some reason he couldn't move. He was sure now that someone had cast a spell on him but he was powerless to do anything about it. It was at that moment Harry saw a bright light and heard a loud deep voice. "Harry Potter," the voice bellowed, "renounce wizardry and accept Jesus as your King and you will have powers greater than any wizard or witch that ever lived!"

"Dudley," Harry cried, "did you hear that?" "Hear what?" Dudley replied. "That voice!" Harry said. "Are you all right Harry? Nobody is here but us," Dudley said. Harry told Dudley what he had heard and Dudley looked at his cousin smiling. "Harry," he said, "that must have been God speaking to you." All of a sudden, a perfect peace came over Harry. He looked at Dudley and said, "Dudley, I want to become a Christian!" Dudley leaped off the bed, and wrapped his arms around Harry. "Come on Harry, you can do it right now," he said excitedly. Dudley told Harry to get on his knees and led him in a prayer to accept Jesus Christ into his heart.

When he finished, with tears streaming down his face, Harry Potter realized that something special had just happened to him. It was not a magic spell. It was not anything that he had ever experienced before in his life. He had such a peace about him. Deep inside, he knew that something was different. As he stood up, his hair flew to the side and his cousin gasped. "Harry, look at your scar!" Dudley cried out. Harry looked into the the mirror on Dudley's dresser and froze . The scar in the shape of a lightning bolt that he had received as a baby when Voldemort tired to kill him, had changed into a cross! Harry Potter had found the KING!

***If you want to find the King and become a Christian like Harry Potter did, please take a moment and pray for God to open your heart, then read the words at this link: www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.html . Also, please take a moment and say a prayer for Harry Potter's author, J.K. Rowling, that she will invite Jesus Christ into her heart and also become a Christian.

In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller