Pray For Disciples

Pray for Disciples

Daily Reading: (Luke 10:1-2):

“After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Some manuscripts say seventy others seventy-two. I believe that Jesus sent out seventy and I will explain why that is and what message that conveyed moving forward.

Jesus just sent out seventy other individuals to every place Jesus was about to go. The word “others” here is important because this word derives from (heterous), which means “others of a different kind”. This tells us that the seventy are totally different disciples of Jesus that does not include the original twelve.

“And sent them two by two”. They were sent out in pairs. I cannot stress how powerful and important it is to go and do ministry together with others. Why would Jesus send them out in pairs? It provided the 4 C’s of courage, cover, companionship, and credibility.  

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:1 “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” When somebody tells you something it is more likely to be believed when more than one person is saying the same thing. The news the Messiah that has been waited upon for centuries has finally come, and you can see Him if only one person is telling you this at this time it would have been hard to believe. You might share the miracles you have witnesses but who would believe you? Chances of you reacting to a single person telling you this is not great. But with two, there is credibility to what they are sharing.

Also, when you are together with another it gives you courage. You are not alone, you have someone to pray with, someone to encourage you, you are embolden to speak and share the Gospel because you have the support of another with you. There is also the building of companionship through the adventure that ministry brings. Going out on mission can be dangerous when you find yourself in a new area all by yourself. Together you are safer, there is protection and cover as you traveled the highways and the byways. Jesus sent them two by two.

Why did Jesus send seventy? The number sent on this mission had spiritual and symbolic overtones and this is why I believe it was seventy and not seventy-two. The Jews held that the Gentiles were made up of seventy nations; and at their feast of Tabernacles, “seventy bullocks were offered on behalf of the Gentile nations to make atonement for them.” The cities and places to which these seventy were dispatched was in the Trans-Jordan where Gentile population predominated[1] and so Jesus sending seventy was a sign for the Gospel to be for all people, the Gentiles as well as the Jews, and the Samaritans.

Jesus sent out seventy and it seemed like a lot but Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

Jesus gives us the answer when there is so much Kingdom work to be done and there are seemingly not enough people engaged in disciple making.

“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2).

Praying, “Lord, send out workers to Your harvest” is just the kind of prayer that builds a harvest-interest within the one who prays. If you will pray this prayer, it will change you. When we will pray this way, your heart will become focused on Kingdom work. We are now actively seeking and expecting the Lord of the harvest to send workers. Imagine praying for God our Father to send us more Kingdom laborers and then believing He will, and then being ready when He does, to disciple those He sends us.


[1] Coffman’s Commentary on the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bcc/luke-10.html

Your Life Calling

Your Life Calling

Daily Reading: (Matthew 28:19):

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  

                                                      And

Ephesians 5:17: “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

There is a way to know what God’s will is and it is found in 1 John 5:14.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

After reading that verse in English you wouldn’t know what God’s Will is but it is clear in the Greek. The Bible tells us one of the reasons we might not have something is because we haven’t asked God (James 4:2). In 1 John it is telling us that we can be confident that if we ask anything that is a part of God’s Will He is going to hear it, which means He is going to respond and give it to you. So, this must mean that we can be confident in knowing what God’s Will is for us all the time, otherwise it would be impossible for us to have any confidence whenever we pray.

The Greek word for “will” (thelēma)-

  1. the purpose of God to bless mankind through Christ,             

                           (and/or)

2. of what God wishes to be done by us.

If we ask anything according to the purpose of God to bless mankind through Christ or if it is that of what God wishes to be done by us…. The answer will be yes. So, if the answer appears to be a no, God must have something better in store for us that He wishes to be done by us. That’s why Paul would write to the Ephesians, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We give thanks to God in all things when we realize God’s purpose is to bless us in Christ.

But what does this have to do with making disciples? If more believers understood the answer than more and more disciples would be made. Which means that more and more people would be blessed in Christ.

What if I told you that I know exactly what the calling God has on your life is? Would you be excited about it and would you want to move forward into it? How about if you knew that your life calling contains blessings from God.

This is your life calling:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

Your calling is to go and make disciples and it is God’s Will for you. So, you don’t have to pray and ask God if He wants you to go and make disciples. A more mature thought would be how is this thing that I am praying for (the new job, the sale of my home, etc…) how can it be used to expand the Kingdom by being a vehicle to make disciples?

“Therefore Go.” Imagine that I set up the Boardgame Monopoly and that you have never played it before and I tell you that it is your turn to go. The word go expresses movement but where are you to go and what are you to do if you don’t know the purpose of the game? “Go and make disciples of all nations,” this would mean everywhere in the world. So, wherever you are, be intentional about disciple making (Matthew 28:19). 

How do we make disciples? “Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The word Go “poreuō” is to lead or order one’s life. Make your life centered around disciple making. The way we make disciples is through the message that we have found in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: (your message comes in the very next verse).

“that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Wherever God has placed you, whatever gifting He has given to you, it shall be used to tell others the good news of the Gospel of Jesus that in Christ there is favor with God forever.