Most Christian leaders I know, including myself, have a desire to see the Kingdom of God expand. Some want to grow their churches, some want to send missionaries to the field, some evangelize the lost and heal the wounded, and some pray for revival.
Each of us has a part to play, and every one of us will have a different vision. At the moment, I am called to write, while you might be called to share Jesus in your workplace. God invites ALL of us to help build His Kingdom, yet we ALL need to invite God into our processes first to see His Kingdom expand!
If you’re longing to bear more fruit for the Kingdom of God, these words the Lord shared with me recently will encourage you.
PARTICIPATION REQUIRES INVITATION
A few weeks ago, I heard the Lord say:
“Begin every task with the simple prayer of invitation. If I dined with sinners and tax collectors who invited Me, how much more will I come to you, My beloved! Inviting Me stirs up something new on the inside of you; it is not for My benefit but for yours that the lesser invites the greater to come.”
What is the prayer of invitation? It can be as simple as “Jesus!” (or as my pastor teaches our kids, “Help me, Jesus!”) For me, it is often a prayer of consecration, surrendering my mind, body, and senses to Him as I listen and then act on what He shows me.
At the start of a new project, it can be “Lord, I don’t know how to do this right, but you do. Give me wisdom.” When we’re not sure what to do next, it can sound like: “God, I need your direction and confirmation for the future. Show me what You’re doing, and help me to recognize Your signs along the way.”
Sometimes we have to take the first steps before we see what He is doing!
Just this week I was put on the spot. My husband and I had to attend, quite unexpectedly, a funeral for someone who died a tragic death.
Because we had been away for several days, I had not had time to pray beforehand and found myself in the receiving line at the funeral home, wondering what on earth I could say to a mother whose child had been taken far too soon. There are no words for situations like that!
As we drew nearer and nearer, I began to quietly cry out one simple word: “Jesus! Jesus!” Only He could know what was needed at that moment.
When my turn came with the grieving mother, I found that Christ’s love had overtaken me. His compassion welled up in me and I discovered that He did have something to say - something that brought hope and comfort as I embraced her with His love. All because I invited Him to be there.
God longs to reach people with His love much more than we do. When we ask for His help, He answers. His participation simply requires our invitation.
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.