As we have been reading and praying this week, it is clear that God has given the call to take His Word and declare His glory to all nations. He has given us everything we need to accomplish His mission; we just need to heed the call, prepare with wisdom and diligence, and go where the Spirit leads, trusting God to work through us to accomplish His will.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few (Luke 10:2). We are asking God to send more workers, and we believe He will! The first step in seeking Him and His will for us is partaking together in this season of prayer and fasting.
Reflect on your time this week and discuss the following questions with your community.
Were you faithful to pray each day this week and to fast together with the church on Tuesday? If the answer to either is "no," share why with your community. Do not let guilt and shame take hold. The goal of these 40 days is not perfection in following the "rules"; it's a communal attempt by the local church to beg Him in faith to sow vast numbers of seeds among the nations, that a great harvest would be reaped. Our foundation is God and His Word, and our goal is that God's will would be done through us. This community is for you and with you. Rest in that knowledge, and take a moment to encourage one another, whether you have succeeded in what you set out to do or have fallen short of the goal this week. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).
Are there any peoples or nations to which you are unwilling to go or to send people? Be honest with your community about who those people or nations are and why your heart is not open to them. Confess any underlying sin or issue, such as political motivations, racism, or apathy that has taken root in your heart, that you might be healed (James 5:16). Ask God to give you a heart for all peoples to know Him.
Do you believe God's Word when it says the harvest is plentiful? Do you believe that people in nations and cultures very different than our own will hear the gospel message and believe? How does that belief impact how you pray? Do any of your prayers or intentions need to change? Share with one another.
God, You are glorious in all Your ways, and we greatly desire to tell the nations of that glory. You have clearly called us and shown us that many are ready to hear and believe. Make us faithful to pray, prepare, and go. Make us a people who eagerly raise our hands to join in Your mission. Thank You for giving us great joy as we seek You together. Amen.