Yesterday I finished going through The Story with the young professionals I teach at my home church. As a way of moving from the classroom to the culture I gave the young pros two prayers, encouraging them to pray these daily. I wanted to share them with you.
The first comes from the fantastic book by J.D. Greear, Gospel. The second is a threefold prayer I encourage my students to pray I will call the Great Commission prayer. The first prayer grows out of the message of God, the gospel, and reminds us of who we are in Christ. The second grows out of the mission of God, and reminds us of the honor we have of announcing good news.
The GOSPEL PRAYER:
“Father, there is nothing I can do today that would make you love me more; nothing I failed to do yesterday made you love me less.”
“Father, your presence and approval are all I need today for everlasting joy.”
“Father, as you have been to me, so I will be to others.”
“Father, I’ll measure your compassion by the cross and your power by the resurrection and pray accordingly.”
The GREAT COMMISSION PRAYER:
“Father, give me an opportunity today to speak to someone about Christ and to show others how you have changed me.”
“Father, give me wisdom to see these opportunities as I go throughout the day.”
“Father, give me the boldness to take these opportunities for the glory of God and the sake of the gospel.”
I would encourage you to pray these daily as a spiritual discipline. Let me know how God uses this in your life.