Jesus sent the church on a mission – to continue what He started on the earth. (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 24:14; Luke 10:1-3)
Prayer are Preaching go hand in hand to truly fulfill the Great Commission. The effectiveness of the mission is the result of the prayer focus. The Prayer emphasis is what empowers the mission.
How the Mission Starts
A real vision and heart to be missional Christians is birthed from a place of intimacy with Jesus Christ. “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” Mark 3:13-15
In a place of being with Him is where He shares His heart with us. That is where we are empowered for the mission, and that is where we get sent out.
Ongoing prayer and intercession is what keeps the mission going and gives us the power to be His witnesses.
In Exodus 17:8-15 God gave victory to the Israelites as long as Moses help up His hands with the staff of God. Whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites (enemies) were winning. Moses’s hands held up is a picture of his dependence on God. Israel’s strength and victory depended on their faith in God. Our only hope of victory comes from relying on God.
The early church
When the early church faced obstacles of persecution, they raised their voice to God (Acts 4:24) showing their dependency on God to give them the boldness and power they need to fulfill the mission that was entrusted to them.
The apostle Paul also asked the churches to pray for him that he may fearlessly preach the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19-20).
Paul asked the Colossians to pray for open doors for the Message (Colossians 4:2-3).
Many others throughout church history have seen amazing results when they followed this example.
Charles Finney is know mighty Revivals in his ministry. Look at the secret.
“On one occasion when I got to town to start a revival a lady contacted me who ran a boarding house. She said, ‘Brother Finney, do you know a Father Nash? He and two other men have been at my boarding house for the last three days, but they haven’t eaten a bite of food. I opened the door and peeped in at them because I could hear them groaning, and I saw them down on their faces. They have been this way for three days, lying prostrate on the floor and groaning. I thought something awful must have happened to them. I was afraid to go in and I didn’t know what to do. Would you please come see about them?’
“‘No, it isn’t necessary,’ Finney replied. ‘They just have a spirit of travail in prayer.’”