One of the most humbling things about making disciples is that it requires us to accept help from people who do not yet know Jesus. In fact,
Jesus assumes that lost people will care for those who are sent to point them to himself!
That is why Jesus sent the Twelve without any provisions (Matthew 10:9-11) and why he told the Seventy-Two to rely on the people he was sending them to reach for their food and housing (Luke 10:5-7).
In short, making disciples is a two-way street!
One way I am practicing this principle of seeking help from those I am seeking to reach is by asking them to pray for me and my family. As you might expect, my prayer requests get mixed reactions. For example:
- One person glossed over my request and redirected our conversation – and that’s ok.
- But another person prayed for my family – and discovered God in a new, powerful and personal way when He answered that prayer!
- How are you seeking to receive from those you are sent to reach?
- In what ways is God using the humility of you asking for help to accomplish His purposes?
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences!