Click here to listen to Pastor Nate Hall’s sermon ‘Praying for Your Five’
Listen. Paul introduces our God to the Athenians. He wants them to know several things about him: 1. God made everything and doesn’t need anything from us. 2. God created all people from one man (Adam), and he set the time and place for every person to live. These truths change our lives in so many ways, but we will focus only on one for now.
Because God has set the time and place for all people to live, this means that the people in your life are no accident. God placed them there. At the same time, God has commanded us to make disciples of all nations. Where do we begin? We begin with the people we already know, the people God has placed in our lives.
Reflection. Take some time and think about the people God has placed in your life that is not yet following Jesus. Write out a list of names. Talk about which of the people on the list God is prompting you to pray for.
Set Goals. Think about your time, talent, and money.
Pick five names and make a plan to pray for them on a daily basis. Pray two things for them:
- Pray for five people in your life that God will work through the circumstances of their life, both good and bad, so that they are open to following Jesus.
- Pray for opportunities to invite them to follow Jesus with you.
Who will you share this lesson with?
- Listen to God. Sit silently in his presence; listen for his voice, submit yourself to his will for the day.
- Respond to God. Pray through the outline of the Lord’s Prayer: worship, surrender, daily needs, forgiveness, and protection.
- Bible Reading. Read the Bible as a disciple, listening to what God has to say, responding with obedience, repentance, worship, and trust, and sharing with others what you are learning.
- Praying for your five. Pray for five people in your life that God will work through the circumstances of their life so that they are open to follow Jesus. Pray for opportunities to invite them to follow Jesus with you.
- Prayer with others. Pray with spouse, family, and others.
- Discipling Friendships. Cultivate friendships with others for the purpose of following Jesus together.
- Community Worship. Join with fellow believers to receive the Gospel through the Word and communion and respond with worship and prayer.
- Participate in training that develop your gifts and deepen your walk as a disciple of Jesus.
- Give your time, money, and talent. Give what God has entrusted to you to love your neighbor, make disciples, and strengthen the church.
- Sabbath. Take a twenty-four hour break, where you cease from all paid and unpaid work. Connect with God, family, and friends. Rest. Play. Enjoy activities that recharge you.