Devotional: April 23, 2020

Mission through Prayer, Part III

Our mission as Christians is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and, ultimately, the world. Reaching, feeding, and releasing people to be the hands and feet of Jesus for God’s glory. This is no small task, and no one in their right mind would believe they could accomplish it on their own. Some might accuse us of hubris to even think we could achieve it.
But with God, all things are possible, and he doesn’t shy away from improbable challenges. Our mission begins with an acknowledgment that Jesus is Lord, that he is the one who sends us into the world, and that he is the goal of all our ministry.

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul encouraged the believers to pray as a means to reach people with the gospel.

Scripture: Colossians 4:2-6 (NLT)

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Devotional Time

  • What is the connection here between prayer and the opportunity to proclaim the message of Christ?
  • How devoted am I to praying? Am I watching for the day of Christ’s return? Am I thankful?
  • Notice that prayer is understood as a means to open the door to the message. Prayer is like a door handle that allows us to make a way in. In what ways has prayer been a handle for me to hold?
  • Are my conversations with family and friends consistently filled with grace? 

God of our salvation, you come near to us through the mystery of Christ by his cross and resurrection. Help us to be watchful and thankful; and help us be people of prayer. So that our conversations will be grace-filled and well-seasoned, and that everyone we encounter will experience Christ’s love through us in an unmistakable way. We pray all this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.