18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
As we continue praying through the above passage, often called “The Great Commission,” we will take a look at verse 19 together.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Jesus’ command is clear. Make Disciples. As we pray that God makes us a church that makes disciples of all nations… we must also pray that God helps us understand what it means to BE a disciple.
Looking through the gospels, we see that the disciples not only listened to Jesus and His teachings, but were eager to apply what was learned to their daily lives. They didn’t always get it right, but there was a consistent and growing pattern of understanding and obedience. They left their old lives behind and surrendered their hearts to Jesus.
To be a disciple is to put Christ before all else and align your desires with His desires. It is to deny yourself, and take up your cross. Being a disciple is to live your life by God’s Word, and not your own. To be a disciple is to reach out of your comfort zone and make sacrifices for the Kingdom. To be a disciple you don’t just go to church, you are the church. To be a disciple is to make disciples.
Prayer Focus #1:
- Pray that God would show us how to be authentic disciples. Pray that our dependency on Christ is deepened and that we would be rooted in Him.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
- Two questions that are always great to ask: Who am I discipling? Who is discipling me? Pray that the Holy Spirit reveals to our hearts and minds that the call to make disciples is not optional.
Prayer Focus #2:
- Oftentimes, we think that by bringing someone to Christ is the same as discipleship (and it is certainly a part of it), but we are not called to make quick converts, we are called to make disciples. Jesus spent years with his followers as they slowly grew in understanding and obedience to the lives that He was calling them to live.
- Pray that God would help us create margin and time for discipleship relationships (Lifegroups, Godly and edifying friendships, intentional relationships with unbelievers.).
- Pray that God gives us the boldness and discernment to find someone to disciple and instruct them in God’s word.
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Tim 2:2
- Pray that as God connects us to discipleship relationships, that we be rooted in his Word. It was once said, “you can make disciples without the Word of God, they just won’t be disciples of Jesus.” Pray that we are always using Scripture as the heart of any discipleship!
Prayer Focus #3: Delaware Launch Prayer Points
- Take time to praise God for an incredible first preview service. We had 175 folks there!
- Pray that God would set it on the hearts of our folks to take seriously the encouragement to invite at least one person to launch.
- Pray that God would open avenues for us to reach people in Delaware across ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic boundaries.