Today we begin the ninth theme or unshakeable of the prayer covenant, discipleship. The line of the prayer reads, Use me for your glory and be a blessing to others or use me for your glory and to invite others to follow you.
The Great Commission was Jesus’ last command. In Matthew 28:18-20 He declared:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Making Jesus a Priority in Our Lives
So how do we make Jesus’ last command a priority in our own lives?
Paul offers guidance in Ephesians 6.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:18-19).
If there was ever a time for the Church to rise up and share the hope of the gospel, it is now. We can do that by the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Intentionally pray and ask God to open doors of opportunity to share with others. Pray, as Paul instructs, that His Holy Spirit will give you the right words as you share, and then pray for that person specifically by name. You will be amazed how God shows up and immediately answers your request. His Holy Spirit will empower you. He will give you the right words. He will speak through you and pray through you.
Remind yourself of God’s heart for the world, the world He so loved that He willingly gave His life.
The Lord…is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32).
Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:13-14).