“It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.”
– John R. Mott
What have you done recently to fulfill the Great Commission?
I know, that question is hardly fair. Most of you are reading this from the comfort of your homeland. Please, don’t walk away mad and please don’t think I am trying to heap extra guilt on you. One statement I get more than any other, when people find out that I am involved in missionary work, is, “I really respect what you people do. I could never do that because of ______ fill in the blank.” These folks are not being rebellious. Many wish they could do more to be involved in God’s mission, but circumstances seem to prevent it.
John R. Mott helps us see that engaging in missions happens differently. There are those who go — actually, we need a few more to do this. However, one of the most important and least celebrated members of the missionary team is the one who stays and prays. The missionary gets his face on a prayer card, but the prayer-warrior has her voice heard by the Savior. Paul told the Thessalonian Christians that their prayers were key to his success (see 2 Thess 3:1). Tomorrow, if someone asks you “What have you done recently to fulfill the Great Commission?” Let’s pray today so that we can say, “I talked to the Lord of the harvest and begged him for fruit.”
Lord of the Harvest, forgive me for neglecting the great missionary tool of prayer. Teach me to pray for missions in a way that is meaningful and successful . . . .
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com