Saturday, 30 June 2012

Towards Another Great Awakening: Praying the Marks of Mission—By the Mark, Three!

To respond to human need by loving service.

When revival happens loving service expands. When hearts are warmed by the Gospel compassion grows. William Wilberforce is a good example. A significant part of what propelled him into social justice ministry was the Second Great Awakening at the close of the Eighteenth Century. 

Prayer for more of the Third Mark of Mission: 

Since, "to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good" (1 Cor 12:7), pray that 
  • God will stir up and appoint many with the Holy Spirit's gift of helping (1 Cor 12:28), service (Rom 12:7) and doing acts of mercy (Rom 12:8)
  • these people will use their gifts cheerfully (Rom 12:6 & 8) and well
  • by our loving service, those in need would taste and see how good Jesus is.