“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
A recent Gallup poll shows that belief in God is at a new low in the United States. There appears to be a trend that Americans have grown distrustful of organized religion, while others share they were raised “without religion”. However, we are seeing that things are not as hopeless as they might seem. This news is simply a clear indicator that there is a desperate heart cry for a real power encounter with Jesus.
And he is answering.
Jesus Answers the Heart Cry
There is a desperate need to make disciples in the Western church. And we are seeing that the hunger for real revelation, to truly taste and see that the Lord is good, is growing.
People all around the world are encountering Jesus in dreams and visions. In fact, believers in the United States and the rest of the Western church are experiencing Jesus in a miraculous and very real way. His presence is rocking preconceived notions and long-held traditions. These encounters are causing a new movement of believers that truly understands the need to equip and release disciples.
Streams in the Wasteland
“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 43:19
Even though the numbers in the Gallup poll say one thing, we know God is in our midst. He is making ways in the wilderness of self-reliance and comfort. He is making streams in the wasteland of apathy and tolerance. He is mighty and powerful to save. He quiets us with his love and rejoices over his people with singing.
All of the old traditions and religious veils that have pushed people away from the church building are being stripped away. In his goodness, God is tearing down those veils and purifying hearts.
“But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” 2 Corinthians 3:14-16
Turning to the Lord
Our God is raising up a new generation of followers of Christ, ones who earnestly seek the Father and hunger and thirst for righteousness. Just as King Asa took action to remove the detestable idols from the land and called together the people of God, we are seeing believers from all over the world come together to seek God and offer themselves as living sacrifices. The Word promises that when we earnestly seek after God, we will find him.
A New Season
The Church needs to be sensitive to the season of change we are entering and join together in a covenant to seek the Lord. There is a very real need to help our congregations hear from the Lord. In order to meet the challenge of making and releasing disciples, believers need the ability to stand alone and to be highly reproducible. Not only that, the church must be willing to lovingly obey the Lord’s command to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice in an act of true worship, a fragrant offering to our heavenly Father.
How to Pray for Disciple Makers Around the World
As believers across the globe seek to obey the Lord’s command to go and make disciples, they desperately need your prayers. The enemy is always on the loose, prowling around like a lion seeking people to devour. Please join us in praying:
- For the Spirit to soften the hearts of unbelievers
- That disciple makers remain close to the Lord through prayer and fasting
- For boldness and obedience in following the Spirit’s leading
- Disciple makers will be good listeners, not only to those they are reaching but also to the Spirit
- For leaders to embrace the culture they’re in and to truly love the people they serve
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