The key to praying with power is to become the kind of persons who do not use God for our ends but are utterly devoted to being used for His ends. - John Piper
Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations. We pray to this end - to His end - that each one of us will work toward bringing the gospel to the least-reached people and places of the world. The Great Commission is a goal we can always pray for and we shall continue to pray toward each and every day until we see that it is fulfilled.
However in the midst of praying to see that promise come true, we naturally progress along a path that has its natural stages. Stages that look different, have points of celebration, have points of difficulty, and each of them require trust in the Lord. So throughout your journey becoming a Market Place Worker, we want to emphasize and encourage your communion with the Lord through prayer.
To start committing your journey to one of prayer, we encourage you to read or listen to a sermon via www.desiringgod.com that John Piper shared called Prayer: The Work of Missions. He highlights these three points:
In order to mobilize a movement of prayer in the church and in order to sustain a will to pray in our hearts, we must think and talk about other things besides prayer. This is the key lesson I have learned in recent years.
1. We must talk first about war. Because life is war. And it is utterly impossible for people to know what prayer really is until they know that they are in a war, and until they know that the stakes of that war are infinitely higher than the stakes in the Persian Gulf or in the Reagan-Gorbachev consultations.
2. We must talk about the Sovereignty of God. Because only from this great truth can we know that we will win the war. And only then will we have hope and strength to press on in a life of prayer.
3. Then, when we have spoken first about the war we are in and next about the sovereignty of God, then we can come to what I will call the awesome place of prayer in God's purposes for the world.
As we grow in our relationship with God through prayer, we will get to know more of who He is and His purposes for the world. To read the full sermon or listen to the full audio, please click one of the buttons below.