When Jesus gave the Great Commission, calling Christians to spread the gospel, He did not intend for us to do it alone. Immediately afterward, He said, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). What a comfort to know that Christ is with us as we go about the joyous, yet sometimes difficult, task of proclaiming His love to unbelievers. We do it through His power, to His glory, not having to rely on our own strength. As you seek to fulfill the Great Commission in the way God has called you, be confident, all things are possible through Christ!
Give the Lord your concerns, and ask for His strength to replace your weakness: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit,to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you” (Psalm 51:10, 12-13).
Pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in close fellowship with Him: “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you” (Psalm 63:1, 3).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).
As you make your requests know to the Lord, include:
- Strong Christian friendships,
- Opportunities to witness for Him,
- A closer walk with Christ.
Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:1-2).
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).