I’m excited about the next 40 days of prayer starting in five days! My prayer as a pastor in the community I serve is to see God move incredibly in the lives of people. Yesterday we talked about how to co-work with God in sharing his love and kindness. Today, we want to see how that actually works. I am going to use another article from seek God for the city to help us put that into perspective.
Caring prayers, tangible kindness and well-timed words. Think of your prayers for others as accelerating what God has already been doing. Since God’s work is always a story, your best praying will be part of an ongoing story. We know that prayer is more than some kind of quick-fix for problems. It’s confusing to think of utilizing prayer as a procedure that, if performed correctly, will bring about “results.” Instead, God delights in our praying as a way of enlisting us into His work and His purpose. Prayer is a way of collaborating with God.
God is already on the move. Prayer does not push God to get started. He’s already doing good things in everyone’s life. And He desires to do even better things. Instead of holding off the worst, think of your prayers as asking God to bring on the best.
As you pay attention and take notice of what God may be doing in the lives of others, you will often recognize simple ways for you to do small acts of kindness that can reveal God’s great love to them. Putting God’s love on display often opens ways to present the gospel with sensitivity and clarity. As you take notice of what God may be doing in their lives and ask Him to advance His work (prayer), you will often find that there are simple ways for you to do small acts of kindness that can reveal God’s great love (care). Putting God’s love on display often opens ways to present the gospel with sensitivity and clarity (share). It’s a simple sequence that we can pursue together: Persistent, life-giving prayer for others often leads to opportunities to care, displaying God’s love, which opens the way to share the gospel, declaring God’s love.