As you pray you will begin to experience God’s heart for your others. God softens our hearts toward others as we pray God’s best for them. It is nearly impossible to have an authentic love in our hearts until we can sincerely bless others with our lips. If you find it difficult to ask for God’s best to be upon someone confess that to him. Of course, he is already aware of the situation. By agreeing with what is already obvious (to God anyway) you are humbling yourself. He will start at the point of your availability.
Out of your praying, God can send you out to serve. Praying is not enough. If you don’t hear his invitation to invade the community you aren’t hearing very well yet. With nearness to God comes the invitation from God to serve him—to make him known to those who aren’t yet connected. He is hungry to love your community to himself. He wants to use you—he wants to move through your network of relationships to bring many to the Father.
During your group gatherings take time to specifically pray for people to come to know Christ. Our prayers precede the fulfillment of things by God’s grace. It’s an amazing proposition—God allows us to co-create with him. We get to ask him for help before he shows up to bring it about.
Originally posted 2011-03-28 01:02:33.