Week 3 - Mission
5(hundred) Hours is an ambitious, church-wide call to prayer aimed at spending five hundred cumulative hours in corporate and private prayer to prepare for the January launch of re:Generātion, a new Young Adults Ministry taking place Sunday nights.
Week 3 - Mission
If the church exists to worship God, then its mission is simple: “Make worshippers.” This is what the Great Commission is all about. In John 20:21, Jesus connects his mission to the mission of his followers: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” Being a follower of Jesus Christ means being “sent.” The aim of this sending is to call people of every kind to turn away from all that is “not God” and embrace the reality of the one, true and living God as revealed in Jesus Christ.
re:Generātion exists to equip and send its members—as individuals and as Life Groups—into the world around them to “seek and save the lost.”
What to pray for as we ought . . .
Lord of the Harvest, send out workers into the harvest field.
Send the individuals and Life Groups of New Life re:Generātion out into their families, communities, neighborhoods and workplaces with the message of salvation (Matt. 9:37).
As you sent Your Son, so send them (Jn. 20:21):
Not to be served, but to serve;
Not to be loved, but to love;
Not to save their lives, but to lose them.
For though they are free and enslaved to no one, I pray that they would make it their aim to become the servants of all (1 Cor. 9:19).
Make them to be all things to all people that by all means they might reach and save some (1 Cor. 9:22).
Make them, Father, salt and light, deeply embedded agents of grace shining as light in dark and crooked world (Matt. 5:13-16; Phil. 2:15).
Move them, in all this, to set apart Christ as Lord in their hearts that they would be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in them.
May they do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clean conscience, so that even if their message is rejected their lives and good behavior may put all objections to shame (1 Pet. 3:15-16).
Help them to conduct themselves wisely, making the most of every opportunity (Col. 4:5).
Let their speech be gracious and authentic, seasoned with salt, so that they might know how to answer each individual person (Col. 4:6).
Create through this ministry :
New opportunities for the gospel to be advanced,
New relationships for the gospel to be shared,
And new communities for the gospel to be spread.
Open for re:Generātion a wide door for effective work that the mystery of Christ might be boldly and powerfully declared (1 Cor. 16:9; Col. 4:3).
Use those who join together as emissaries of King Jesus, heralds of the coming kingdom, that all the ends of the earth might acknowledge and turn to you, that people from every nation might worship before you.
Kingship belongs to you, our LORD God and Savior, for you rule over all the nations.
Say, therefore, Sovereign LORD, to the north and to the south, say to all the world, “Give up My people, do not withhold them” (Is. 43:6-7).
For a printable version of these prayers to take with you throughout the week click on the following link.