Monday, January 7
A church where no one is meeting Jesus should be impossible for us to comprehend. We are called to make disciples of Jesus locally and globally. Today we’re going to pray for success in what matters most. The leaders in the early church in the Book of Acts knew their commission was to preach the good news wherever they were. Even while Paul and Silas were in prison, the Holy Spirit was using them to speak the gospel. In Acts 16 there was an earthquake while they were sleeping in jail one night. Surely any prisoner would run when the gate swings open, but not these prisoners. When they didn’t, it got everyone’s attention. In verse 29 we read:
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He escorted them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him along with everyone in his house. 33 He took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds. Right away he and all his family were baptized.
It mattered so much to Paul and Silas that they were faithful to tell other people about Jesus that they would stay behind on a prison break. This got everyone’s attention. Our mission is the same. No matter where we are or what the circumstances, we must preach Jesus. Let’s pray throughout the day today for more people to believe in our area and for our partners around the world.
Father, today we pray that we would see people meet Jesus through the people and ministries of our church and follow Him in baptism. We know that the mission is to make disciples, and so help us to reach those who do not know You. We long for people of all ages to be meeting Christ every single day like it was in the book of Acts. We also ask for your provision and for power for our missionaries around the world and for new future partnerships that are to come with the advance of the gospel around the globe.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.