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Jesus’ Prayer for His Church

When Jesus spoke of His Church, He spoke of a people and not a building (Matt. 16:18).  We are not called to come to church but to be the Church.

In John 17, we get insight into how Jesus prayed for the universal Church and how that applies to each expression of a local church.  Our hearts should be comforted by the fact that – of all people – Jesus Christ has prayed for us as a church.  The better we understand how Jesus prayed for us, the more we will comprehend how we are to live for Him.

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Pray Through Psalm 20

Praying through the psalms is a process that keeps your prayer life fresh and your prayer requests specific.  Using God’s Word, you can articulate your prayers keeping in line with God’s will.  As you read, you take a phrase and flesh out ways to pray that scriptural truth.

The method I use to pray through a daily psalm is to take the calendar day of the month to pray that psalm or an increment of 30 (e.g., May 20 – Psalm 20, 50, 80, 110, 140; on months with 31 days, I go back to the long Psalm 119).  I take a section of 30 each month and then keep moving forward.  Within 5 months, I have prayed through every psalm.

Here’s an example of how you can use Psalm 20 to pray for you and your church.

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Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity

Colossians 4:2-6

Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity

Instead of waiting for unbelievers to come to the church, the church is meant to go to the unbelievers out in the world.  By making the most of every evangelistic opportunity, disciples engage in Kingdom work by the way they pray, walk, and talk.

Pray for Opportunity (Col. 4:2-4)

  • Be devoted to a spiritually alert prayer life.
  • Instead of praying to get out of your circumstances, pray that God will use your circumstances to open doors for ministry.
  • Pray that God would equip you to proclaim the gospel’s mystery with clear simplicity.

Walk with Integrity (Col. 4:5)

  • If you are going to impact outsiders with the gospel, you have to learn how to live among them with integrity.
  • Non-believers are watching to see if your practice of life matches your profession of faith.
  • Seize every opportunity you have with a non-believer because you never know how God will use it.

Talk with Specificity (Col. 4:6)

  • Preach the gospel at all times.  Since it is necessary, use words.
  • If you are sharing grace with another, then your words should be gracious.
  • Have specific conversations with specific people that leave them thirsty for more.

Next Step

  • WHERE
    • Onsite – What do you need to adjust to think about outsiders in worship with us?
    • Online – Do you represent Jesus well online?  Do you use it as a tool to reach others about Jesus and the church?
    • Offsite – How will you be intentional to reach people outside the church?
  • WHO
    • Write out the top 5 people you interact with regularly in each column (family, neighbors, work, and play).
    • While you cannot be completely confident regarding a person’s salvation, you can have a genuine leading based on a person’s profession of faith and evidence of fruit.
    • With that in mind, mark a cross besides those you believe to be saved, a “x” beside those you believe to be lost, and a “?” beside those of whom you are unsure.
    • Evaluate how your list shapes out and make some observations about those closest to you in life.
    • Circle three of the names with either a “x” or a “?” beside them, and make a plan to start intentional gospel interactions with them in how you pray, walk, and talk.

Prayer and Discipleship

A personal prayer habit is vitally important in the life of a disciple maker.  Not only does it remind us of our dependence upon God for sanctification, but we must also model healthy prayer disciplines in our discipleship of others.

We learn how to pray by praying.

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Fully Pleasing to God

Colossians 1:9-14

Fully Pleasing to God

As the gospel transforms us from the domain of darkness into saints standing in the light, our lives are meant to be fully pleasing to God.  Disciples strive to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Pray for Spiritual Wisdom (Col. 1:9)

  • Knowledge is the content of truth, wisdom is the comprehension of truth, and understanding is the application of truth.
  • “To be filled” means “to be controlled.”  We need more than biblical information – we need biblical motivation.

Pray for Obedient Lives (Col. 1:10)

  • Our partial obedience can never obtain God’s full pleasure.
  • The closer we get to Jesus, the clearer we can see the areas that still need work.

Pray for Fruitful Ministry (Col. 1:10)

  • Bearing spiritual fruit is due to the work of God and for the benefit of others.
  • Learning God’s will enables us to obey God’s will which equips us to share God’s will.

Pray for Joyful Endurance (Col. 1:11)

  • We burn out trying to live for God when we attempt to do it apart from the power of God.
  • A great indicator of your maturity is determined on how joyfully you can endure through trials.

Pray for Redemptive Gratitude (Col. 1:12-14)

  • We are qualified by God’s grace and not our merit.
  • If Christ has brought us from the dark into the light, why would we ever drift back towards sin’s shadows?