Pray for a Burning Passion for Evangelism, Discipleship and Missions
June 26, 2017
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost -Luke 19:10
It is God’s heart that His people exude a burning passion for evangelism, discipleship and missions. Beyond question, evangelism, discipleship and missions are primary heart passions of God. For this reason, no believer or church can be right with God without a burning passion for reaching lost souls and disciplining believers. (Mat 28:19-20; Acts 1:8) All true revivals involve fervent prayer for the lost, passionate missions and empowered evangelism. Truly revived churches and explosive evangelism are inherently linked!
Genuine surrender to Christ always produces a passion for souls. If anyone thinks they are “spiritually or theologically advanced” yet have no burning passion for souls, it is not genuine spirituality. Mark this well — if any person or church claims to be “in revival” yet there is little passion for souls, it is not true revival! In many ways, evangelistic prayer is the very heart of walking with God.
It is also true that if any person or church emphasizes evangelism but marginalizes discipleship, they too are out of balance. Mark this well — the Great Commission does not stop with baptizing. It equally includes “making disciples and teaching them to observe all things I have said.” (Mat 28:18-19) The strongest discipleship is usually the one (or few) on one mentoring as modeled in Scripture. Unfortunately, most churches barely have discipleship classes, much less true personal mentoring. Today, far too many want merely to teach and have little passion for soul winning. Even those who do evangelize often have little interest in serious discipleship. Today, the desperate need is for biblical balance! To embrace God’s heart is to embrace a consuming passion for evangelism, missions and discipleship. Yet, because we cannot “manufacture or guilt” ourselves into true balance and passion, we must fervently pray for grace to empower our hearts. (Rom 5:5) As we trust God for power, we can then step out in empowered obedience.
- Holy Father, we praise You for the gift of Your Son to a lost world. Please fill us with a burning passion to pray for and witness to the lost. Cause our eyes to weep for souls that we may reap in joy. Fill us with holy resolve to aggressively evangelize and do outreach. Teach us to use all possible tools for reaching the lost. Empower us as burning witnesses unto Your Son. Grant to us a fiery zeal for missions and planting churches. Please forgive us when we have so little concern beyond “me and mine.” God, give us a passion for missions giving, missions going and missions praying. Grant to us a burning passion to pray for, support and do missions at home and abroad. Fill us with that same passion for going into all the world. (Jn 3:16)
(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009, www.frizzellministries.org, www.masterdesign.org/frizzell.html, by permission from the author. Download Covenant)