Today you are praying with a huge team...
Have you ever made a grand New Year’s promise — but failed to keep it?
In the waning years of the 1800s, an enormous cry was heard across college campuses and student conferences: “The evangelisation of the world in this generation!” In the twilight years of the 1900s, a similar cry was proclaimed: “A church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000 and beyond!” Yet, despite an enormous push, the Great Commission wasn’t complete in 1900 — nor in 2000. Researchers estimate that in 1900 some 900 million people had no access to Christ, Christianity or the gospel. By 2000, that number had doubled to 1.8 billion. Today it is over 2 billion, many of whom are Muslim.
Bringing the Good News to a world that doesn’t want it, in the face of an enemy who is hostile to it, is a challenge. How can we realistically face up to this challenge?
We must prepare — not for the challenge of making a promise, but for the challenge of keeping it. There are also a couple of practical keys:
- Be part of a team. Greg Livingstone, founder of Frontiers, once told me, “we should worry less about the specific location we are going, and more about who we’re going with.” An African proverb says: “If you want to go fast — go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
- Persevere in faith, hope and love. Today you are praying with a huge team for the Muslim world. That world will not be reached without significant prayer. But the prayer must be with faith, hope and love for the men, women and children in the Muslim world who are loved by God. Greg Livingstone says he is praying for 5 per cent of the Muslim world to come to Christ. Why 5 per cent? “God gave me faith for 5 per cent, so I’m going to pray it and act upon it till it happens.”
Researchers estimate that in 1900 some 900 million people had no access to Christ, Christianity or the gospel.By 2000, that number had doubled to 1.8 billion.
* Pray for teams working in the Muslim world to love each other because “by this all men will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:35) and “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).
Pray for God’s grace for us to be humble and flexible in the face of challenge, and for “eyes to see and ears to hear” God’s plans (1 Corinthians 2:9–16).
Posted on Wed, July 10, 2013
by Donna Shiflett