“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
The gospel is going to be preached to all nations. Jesus said so. If Jesus said so, then we believe it will happen. Sometime after the gospel has been preached to all nations, the end of all things will come. Evangelism is tied to the Second Coming of Christ. Sometimes we get caught up in the minutia. “What does it mean to preach the gospel to all nations?” “How soon after that will Jesus return?” On and on the questions come, until we find ourselves spending our time on the details instead of the main event.
The real question is, “Do we want to be a part of the fulfillment of Jesus’ words?” If our answer is “yes,” then we will find our lives caught up in the greatest of all adventures. Everything we do from this point on will revolve around who Jesus is and our desire for all people everywhere to know Him as we do. No longer will we see “missions” as a program within the church. Instead, we will see life as mission. Our prayer lives especially will begin to shift away from our own needs, and will focus on the completion of the Great Commission in our own day.
Holy Father, I can hardly wait for You to give the word for Jesus to return to planet earth. How I long to see Him face to face! But You have given us a task to do first. I ask You Lord, to pour out Your Spirit upon the Church to empower us to finish the task of world evangelization. Father, You are the only One who knows where the finish line really is. We seek in vain to try and figure out when and how we have completed what the Lord Jesus has given us to do. Set us free from such details, and help us to pull out all the stops in our desire to share Christ with everyone on the planet. Wake us up Lord. Let us be done with lesser things. Give us Your heart for those who are lost without Christ in this world. Come soon, Lord Jesus!
–Adapted from Revolution on Our Knees: 30 Days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nations by David and Kim Butts
Praise the righteous God whose face shines upon you (Psalm 4). Thank him for setting apart the godly for himself. Confess any unresolved anger that causes you to sin. Commit yourself to bringing to God gifts worthy of his name. Ask the Lord to surround you with his favor and spread his protection over you so that you may rejoice in him.
Pray that the Spirit may thrust believers into worldwide mission, impelling young and old, men and women, to go next door and far away, into science and art, media and marketplace with the good news of God’s grace.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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