WEEK 2 – Devotional by Mark Rowan
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus declares, “I will build my church” to Peter. The Messiah is taking ownership and responsibility of church growth upon His shoulders. Since Jesus has got it all taken care of, that means we can sit back and watch it happen … right? Wrong.
The last instruction Jesus gave us before returning to Heaven was to make disciples of all nations. In essence, He was telling us to go out and convince the people of the world to become followers who believe, speak, and act just like Him.
In other words, becoming a disciple of Jesus means that we care about the things that He does. The aforementioned scripture in Matthew 16 gives us insight to one of the things that is close to His heart: the church. Because it is His, He is determined to build it. Astoundingly, He is sharing that responsibility with us!
What does that look like? When something is mine I take time to invest in it. For example, let’s take my woeful Redskins. I grew up gleefully cheering on the team as a child during their heyday. Despite the fact that they have yet to return to glory or even
field a competitive team, I continue to watch games, read articles, follow draft prospects, etc. This has no eternal value and I’m all in! How much more can we be invested in the team that is destined to be undefeated for all time … the church!
It’s beyond me! When we each take on the responsibility to see the church grow, it’s no longer just about what “I” can get out of it. Jesus modeled that the church is about others. Everywhere He went people were changed by His presence. We can walk in that same reality. My church becomes “our church” as we bring the presence of God into our homes, our schools, our work, and our community. Let’s build our church together in 2020!
Day 9 – Pray For Our Church Leadership
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV
Day 10 – Pray for Unbelievers Visiting Our Church
To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
Acts 26:18 ESV
Day 11 – Pray For New Christians In Our Church
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
Day 12 – Pray About How You Can Take The Next Step In Serving Others
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Day 13 – Pray For Current And Future Volunteers
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”
Matthew 9:37-38 CSB
Day 14 – Pray for Power To Influence Our Community And Beyond
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Acts 1:8 ESV