Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet your mind and prepare your heart to receive God’s Word. Read the following passage at least twice, and then pray through the points below.
1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
We don't need stirring or provocative words to make people believe in the gospel message. It is the most wonderful and compelling news that has ever been told, and we can rest in Christ's power alone to move in hearts. Take a few moments to reflect on that truth, and ask God to help us believe in our own hearts that the gospel is better than anything else we can give to others.
It's okay if we feel weak, fearful, and unsure of our words when we try to share the gospel. We can trust the Spirit to work in us and in those who hear the good news. Ask God to root out and remove any wrong belief in us that we have to say the "right" things or that the salvation of anyone is in our control. Pray that God will remind those we send to the nations to trust in Him, in His power, and in the work He has promised to do. "So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11).
Pray that, as a church body, our faith would rest in the power of God and not in the wisdom of our leaders or anyone among us, however influential or wise. Pray that, above all things, together we would know Christ crucified and would boldly speak that message, that many would be saved and that our joy would be complete with them.