An Ancient Prayer for Ministry and Mission

We have been given all we need for faithful and effective ministry and mission in today’s world.  We have been given the gospel which is God’s power for salvation (Rom 1:16).  We have been given the gift of a new life in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).  We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit’s empowering presence (Acts 1:8; 2:38; 4:31).  We have been given spiritual gifts through which God impacts people with His love and His power (1 Cor 12:4-7).  We have been given all this and more by our good, good Father in heaven who is determined to be good to us.

If this is true, what hinders us in ministry and mission in today’s world? Sometimes the thing that hinders us is us. Sometimes we are willing to settle for less than all God has in store for us. Sometimes we have wounds from the past that are still influencing our present in unhelpful ways. Sometimes we are believing lies to be truth. Sometimes we have constructed a God-box which is our understanding of who God is and how He wants to speak and act in the world, and in some cases our God-box is too small.

Where and when any of these things are the case, we need God’s power to be at work in our lives. We need the Lord to encourage us to not settle for less, to heal those wounds from the past, to replace those lies with His truth, and to blow up our God-boxes so we can embrace a fuller understanding and experience of who He is and how He wants to speak and act in the world.

This is where an ancient prayer can be helpful for us today.  That prayer is this: “Lord, do whatever You need to do in me so You can do whatever You want to do through me.” 

We can pray this prayer with great confidence and expectation because God’s Word tells us: “This is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

So, let’s persistently and expectantly pray this ancient prayer. Then, let’s listen as the Lord speaks to us about whatever He needs to do in us so that He can do whatever He wants to do through us in order to impact those around us with His love and His power.

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