Passion For Others

“Now [Jesus] was telling a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.”  Luke 18:1

One of the most important privileges that God has given us is to intercede for those in need.  We cannot take lightly this partnership that God has called us into.  Whether you are a missionary in various parts of the world, or a missionary in your own town, your own job, or your own family, either way, our tasks remain the same… to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to lift up our communities, nation, and world in prayer, interceding on their behalf asking for God’s mercy, grace, healing, renewal, and justice.

Throughout the work to which you’ve been called, you will see things with your eyes, hear things with your ears, and feel things in your heart that scream injustice.  It just doesn’t seem right.  It may anger you or put tears in your eyes. No matter what you do, it will never be enough to heal the past, present, and future injustices in this world. God has made no provision for you to have any kind of effect on your own power. Discouraged?  Don’t be, because God has made one provision to heal past, present, and future injustices and that is His Son, Jesus Christ.

“…Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?  I tell you that He will bring about justice quickly; however, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7-8

In order to bring about healing for our communities, nation, and world, God asks us to cry out to Him day and night.  He promises that He will bring about justice.  Your job is to cry out, passionately, for our world, to seek the justice and restoration that only He can provide.  What is your other task?  He’s looking for faith, so trust that your prayers are being heard and that He will fulfill this promise.

  1.  When is a time when I’ve struggled with faith?
  2. What is a time when my faith did not waiver and I had full confidence in God?
  3. What has my prayer life looked like in the past and how can I be more fervent and passionate?

Father God, continue to expand our hearts for our community, our nation, and our world where we will serve you. Let us see what you see, hear what you hear, and feel what you feel.  Show us specific needs of the nations that you would like us to cry out to you.  Lord, forgive us for the times when we have been complacent and uncaring for those around us.  Instead, give us passion for you, passion for prayer, and passion for the people we will serve.  Give us increased faith to trust in your answers to these prayers.  In Jesus Name,  Amen.