“The motive is this, ‘Oh! that God could be glorified, that Jesus might see the reward of his sufferings! Oh! that sinners might be saved, so that God might have new tongues to praise him, new hearts to love him! Oh! that sin were put an end to, that the holiness, righteousness, mercy, and power of God might be magnified!’ This is the way to pray; when thy prayers seek God’s glory, it is God’s glory to answer thy prayers.” ~ C. H. Spurgeon
As I sit here, the day after my birthday, I’ve had some time to reflect on the last year. God has been and will remain incredibly good. And while I had a wonderful time on my birthday, it has caused me to think about the coming year. I can only be grateful at a time like this, I’ve been beyond blessed.
And yet, I have to pause and be a bit morose. I pause because at this time I am also thinking of the many who have passed away in the last year and of those who will pass away in the coming year without Christ. For those of us who know Christ, we can rejoice! We have anticipation for him to come again and reign and we will be with Him forever.
But at a time like this, as we come nearer to celebrating Easter, may we who know Christ be able to hear the cry of the lost. May we know the realities of those that are hurtling headlong into a Christless future.
May we be moved with more compassion as Jesus was. May we beg for repentance for those we did not preach the truth to and weep for those we failed to bring out of darkness. May we see the torture, torment and anguish that our savior suffered at Golgotha. And then be spurred onward to reaching those that He died for.
As I start a new year and as we approach Easter, I am praying that God would give us a vision and mission for this next year. That our desires and plans would be secondary to seeking after His will, that sacrifice would be done joyfully and without hesitation. I pray that God would allow us to hate the things that we currently hold so close and so dear. I pray that we would truly understand what Christ means when he says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
I am praying that I would realize my momentary life, and despise time-wasting distractions. I am praying that we would all consider the cost, and pour ourselves out, fully relying on God’s provision, and then press onward to fight against the enemy with all our energies for the name of Christ. I pray we would do this in order to make Christ known and cherished to those who currently live in darkness.
These prayers are not necessary only for what we consider the “mission field”, but in our day to day lives. I pray that we would meet the needs of those in front of us, and be faithful in the little things. I pray that the reality that Christ sacrificed himself so that humanity could know, understand, and commune with God would weigh heavily in our hearts. I pray that the reality that there are those without Christ, just simply living or working with us, would burden us so greatly that we cannot help but preach the Good News to them.
“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” ~ C.T. Studd
“If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” ~ David Livingstone
“For God did not send his Son into the world m to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” ~John 3:17-21