stop.think.act | prayer mobilization

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This is the second post in a seven part series on going slow in order to go fast.

What is the first word you think of when you think about the Great Commission?

My suspicion is that we probably think of the same word: “Go!”

But there is another word that is an equally important part of the Great Commission: “Wait!”

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about … [And] you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:4,8)

What does waiting look like? Waiting looks like prayer!

  • Immediately following the command to wait, the men and women closest to Jesus “joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14). What followed was the baptism of 3,000 new disciples.
  • When Peter was staying in Joppa, he “went up on the roof to pray” (Acts 10:9). What followed was the baptism of Cornelius, together with all his relatives and close friends.
  • While the prophets and teachers at Antioch were “worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them'” (Acts 13:2). What followed was Paul’s first missionary journey.

Bottom line: it is hard to imagine the rapid spread of the Gospel among Jews and Gentiles throughout the Roman Empire occurring without prayer!

So my question to you is this:

Who is praying for the message of the Lord to spread rapidly and be honored by the people you are seeking to reach?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!


Prayer mobilization resources:

  1. CityPrayer – a series on using the Lord’s prayer to pray for our cities.
  2. Three parts of a prayer movement – a video by City Team’s Paul Watson

3 thoughts on “stop.think.act | prayer mobilization

  1. Even in the life of Christ, victories were preceded by prayer. He would have never made it through the cross without first going through the garden.

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    1. Thanks, Ray, for pointing out the precedent of prayer set by Jesus. It is interesting, however, that Jesus seemed to do very little in terms of mobilizing prayer in support of his ministry.

      There are only three possible examples that come to my mind:

      1) Jesus’ teaching on what we call the Lord’s prayer
      2) Jesus’ command to pray for more workers
      3) Jesus’ desire for Peter, James and John to keep watch with him in the garden

      I’m sure I am missing something, but I wonder what Jesus’ example in this regard should mean to us when we think about mobilizing prayer.

      Thoughts, anyone?

      Kirk

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