Today at work, I had a little time to listen a *conversation on discipleship. They covered a lot of ground, but two things struck me. First was the reminder to gather with others to pray specifically for courage to be disciples who make disciples. I cannot think of many occasions when a brother or sister prayed for me to have courage. Discipleship requires risk – and without courage, risk won’t happen. Just off the top of my head, I need…
- courage to speak with people I don’t know or don’t know well,
- courage to take conversations a little deeper,
- courage to point to Christ
- courage to hold my tongue
- courage to avoid the easy conversations
- courage to pray for someone out loud and in public
- courage to proclaim the name of Jesus
- courage to ask someone else to do the same
- courage to love difficult people
- courage to trust God
- courage to represent Jesus well while inviting others to do the same.
The second thing was the call to ask God to give our eyes to see. It reminded me of the old hymn: Open My Eyes – “Open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth you have for me…” It’s a prayer to ask God to help us see:
- who and what he’d have us see
- with his perspective
- with great love.
Give it a try. See what happens. Get some people together. Pray for courage to be a disciple who makes disciples. Pray for eyes to see what and who God would have you see. (I’ll be praying that for Unity Day). You try it. Let me know what happens!
* It was a conversation between David Platt and Francis Chan that I came across on YouTube.