Praying for a Christ Awakening - Captivated
Prayer Focus: Join Jesus-followers who believe God for a Christ-Awakening. Pray specifically for commitment to radical generosity as evidenced by compassion ministries and global missions. Pray also for individual prayer, fasting and other spiritual disciplines leading to more effective discipleship.
Imagine this scene from the Gospel of John. It is a warm, Sabbath day morning in Jerusalem, and you are strolling along with Jesus and His disciples. The road you travel is a busy one. The hustle and bustle of people and animals mirrors the holiday chaos of a modern-day shopping mall. Jesus stops suddenly. You are poised, ready to inquire about the reason for the pause, but are silenced by the intensity in Christ’s eyes. Following His gaze into a shadowy corner, you discover the object of His attention. A blind beggar is huddled alone, barely out of reach from the river of humanity.
Just before the Master reaches to touch this obviously needy, handicapped man, one of the disciples shatters the tender moment. “Master, whose sin caused this man’s blindness? Did he do something wrong or were his parents at fault?” You are struck by the contrast. The Master’s focus is, “How shall I minister to this poor man’s need?” The Master’s disciples are wondering, “How did he get this way?”
What a significant insight into the irrelevance of the twentieth-century church:
God’s heart is captivated by human need; God’s people are too often preoccupied with human sin. God dealt with sin for a purpose: to restore relationships—people to God and people to people. God’s heart, longs deeply for relationship. If we are to restore love and relevance to ministry, we must model the compassionate heart of God who is as concerned about human aloneness as well human fallen-ness.
Could you spend the next few moments praying…
Prayers of Thanksgiving
- Thank You, Lord, that we will see radical generosity and compassion ministries thrive as we fulfill Your commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39).
Prayers of Confession
- We are guilty at times of not seeing people as God sees them. Forgive us, Lord, for not loving others as You love them.
Prayers of Petition
- Dear God, might we demonstrate compassion toward the distressed and downcast as Christ did: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them” (Matt. 9:36). Jesus, help us to create change in our communities through expressions of service, just as You are among us “as one who serves” (Luke 22:26).
Promises to Claim
- Lord, might our churches bring healing to relationships at all levels in our neighborhoods, for “the land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side” (2 Chron. 14:7).