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.
25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
There may be costs that we have neglected to count in following Jesus. If we don't expect suffering or spiritual opposition to come in our walk with Jesus, then it's possible that we haven't fully understood what it means to truly follow Him (John 15:20; Ephesians 6:12). Take a few moments to reflect on this weighty truth.
Ask God to generously give us wisdom in counting and understanding the cost of going to unreached people groups. Pray that we would be willing to pick up our crosses and follow Jesus to any place He leads, for the sake of the gospel and for those who need to hear.
Satan does not want the gospel to go to the unreached. He does not want the light to shine in dark places, so he attempts to hinder that work (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Praise God that He has defeated Satan forever through Jesus's life, death, and resurrection (Hebrews 2:14). Pray that we would all remember this truth when the enemy tries to come against our work. Pray that the church would be faithful to regularly intercede for the men, women, and children who have taken up their crosses to follow Jesus and shine the light of the gospel in dark places.