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    "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."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    - Phillipians 4:19

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    "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."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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At Global Disciples, we understand that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the deepest core need we have as human beings.

Intimacy with God is the very source of life, strength, and fruitfulness and this intimacy is nurtured and encouraged by worship, prayer, and obedience to the Word of the Lord. Therefore, one of our core values reads, “Everything we do must be conceived, birthed, and carried out with prayer.”

Amit served with Global Leadership Equipping and Development (LEAD) as a leadership trainer. As part of the three-track Global Disciples training model, LEAD seeks to raise up believers who are capable, visionary leaders, serving in the global Body of Christ in all areas of society.

At a leadership training in Southeast Asia, Amit taught his trainees about the power of prayer. He trained them to use prayer in two ways: offensively and defensively.

2 Types of Prayer
  1. Defensive Prayer
    Through defensive prayer, we can ask the Lord for the needs of ourselves and our acquaintances.
  2. Offensive Prayer
    Offensive prayer allows us to use divine authority in asking the Lord for miracles such as healing and liberation from evil spirits.

Immediately following their training, Amit exposed his trainees to the power of prayer through practice.

People from all over the community brought prayer requests to Amit and his students. One teenage girl had been possessed by the evil spirit for almost 13 years. When she was brought forward for prayer, she began to shout, drawing attention to herself. All 70 people in attendance began to pray for her, and they were able to bind the evil spirit, liberating the young girl from possession.

The faith of these trainees was increased, as they experienced visual evidence of prayer’s power.

Next, a married couple came to Amit and his students for prayer. They had been married for almost 15 years, but had been unable to conceive a child. They’d spent lots of money on medical procedures and fertility treatments, to increase their chances of getting pregnant, but with no success. The trainees began to pray for this couple, and continued relentlessly for ten months. In the eleventh month of prayer, the woman conceived and became pregnant! By the power of prayer, they gave birth to a beautiful baby.

The intimate relationship we desire with Jesus is despised by the evil spirit. Therefore, in any attempt to build the Body of Christ, we will face a spiritual battle as described in Ephesians 6:12“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.” 

In Ephesians 6:13-18, Paul describes that one way to combat the schemes of the evil one is to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amit’s trainees experienced God’s power through prayer to heal and liberate, and their intimacy with the Lord was strengthened as a result.

How can you use the power of prayer in your life today?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Psalm 78 tells the story of an army fully equipped to fight but which turned back in the day of battle because they “forgot what God had done.” They lacked unwavering faith in God’s power and care. The enemy speaks often in our ear that God is not able, or God does not care, or God is not good. Faith counteracts this lie and helps us to keep praying even when the battle is difficult or long. 

And without faith, it is impossible to please God. For anyone who comes to Him (that is prayer) must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.Hebrews 11:6

It is impossible to have relationship/communication with God without faith. When we come to God in prayer, we must have two things:

  • Faith that He exists – confidence that He created all things and holds them together
  • Faith that He rewards – confidence that he cares and responds to our prayers

Faith and Prayer are inseparable.  If we have faith that God is sovereign, cares for us and loves to communicate with us, we will pray.  As we pray, obey and testify, we naturally grow in faith in God’s strength and care.

Our faith filled declaration of God’s word and His love plays a role in overcoming the kingdom of darkness.

“They overcame him (Satan), by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives
so much as to shrink from death.” – Revelation 12:11

3 Ways to Grow Your Faith in Prayer

There are many ways we can begin to understand the beautiful character of God but three ways we can grow our faith and pray faith-filled prayers is to focus on creation, the bible and history.

1 – We spend our days focusing on the character and works of God in creation, in the Bible, in history, and in our own lives.

Creation – The vastness of our universe is incredible. The Milky Way Galaxy, of which the earth is a part, has about 100 billion or more stars. The Milky Way is one of about 100 billion galaxies in the currently observable universe (some believe there could be two trillion). The average distance between stars in our galaxy is about 48 trillion kilometers. Traveling at the speed of the space shuttle, 8 kilometers per second (30 minutes from USA to Indonesia), it would take 201,450 years to travel the average distance between stars. Unimaginable–and our God is the creator of it all. 

Psalm 103:11 states, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.”

Let that love settle into your soul!

The Bible – Consider the story of God’s deliverance of his people from the sovereign and powerful nation of Egypt as recorded in Exodus chapter 14. Read it as though you have never read it before. In response to the cries of His people, God literally split a sea in a night, dried the ground beneath, and led his people through. What an amazing act of deliverance! The Bible holds countless records of his power and works on behalf of His children.

History – In the early 1960s while reading through a Time Magazine story about a brutal gang related murder in New York City, the pastor of a small country church 350 miles away, heard God speak. He saw a picture of the seven members of the Dragons gang who were charged with the murder, and he began to cry. In the book The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson recounts his experience, “I was dumbfounded by a thought that sprang suddenly into my head – full-blown, as though it had come into me from somewhere else: ‘Go to New York City and help those boys.’” Wilkerson obeyed God, went to New York City and brought the life of Jesus to the leader and members of that gang. The story of God’s work described in this book is nothing short of remarkable. Take time each year to read at least one biography or autobiography of a Christian to encourage you to see how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom.

2 – We tell of the works of God to our children and to those we meet, both those who know and don’t know Jesus.  As we share the works of God, the faith of all will grow.  

Just as you read or hear stories of God’s work in the lives of other people, remember your own stories. Take time to reflect on what Jesus has done in your life–how you came to salvation, where he’s changed your habits, your attitudes, your actions. And tell these stories to your children, your friends, your co-workers. This is your story of faith; as you share it, it will build your faith and influence others to see the great work of God. Be honest, humble, open but give God praise for His work.

3 – We obey when God tells us to take risks of prayer and action that depend on God to display his power and glory in our day. In doing so we multiply the testimonies of God’s work in this day and our faith grows.

As you reflect on the work God has done in your life, or you see the testimony of His work in the lives of people around you, pray for more–more opportunities to say yes to him, to act in obedience and faith. Praise Him for His power and love, then obey–take action–on what He shows you to do. It may be uncomfortable at times, even risky, but it will be worth it. It’s how you exercise the faith that’s growing in you. And yes, it will be part of your testimony, and can multiply to greater faith and deeper prayer in your life and in those you influence.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Prayer is relational. In both Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4 when Jesus talked to his disciples about prayer, He initiated the prayer with, “Our Father…”

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:3-8 

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15

God is our Father! We come to him in prayer as His children. Our communication with Him is relational.

When you’re a parent, you know that most of the time your children come to you when they need something or have a problem. 

  • They want something to eat when they are hungry. 
  • They want empathy and a listening ear when they are troubled or struggling. 
  • They ask for a certain pair of shoes, or toys, or tech they want. 
  • They want to use the bicycle or motorbike when they get older.
  • They ask for help with a school project.

While asking for things comes easy, it seems rarer for most children and even many adults to offer thanks on their own initiative. Many cultures seldom express thanks. It takes discipline to learn to be thankful. Luke shares an interesting story from Jesus’ life in Luke 17:11-19 about ten lepers who were cleansed.

While Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers who stood at a distance; and they raised their voices and called out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were [miraculously] healed and made clean. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying and praising and honoring God with a loud voice; and he lay face downward at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and over]. He was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten [of you] cleansed? Where are the [other] nine? Was there no one found to return and to give thanks and praise to God, except this foreigner?” Jesus said to him, “Get up and go [on your way]. Your faith [your personal trust in Me and your confidence in God’s power] has restored you to health.”

Jesus heals ten people of their disease and yet nine out of ten didn’t bother to come back and thank Him.  Only one man returns and thanks Jesus over and over again. This man receives more than just healing–Jesus actually makes him well and restores him to full health.

The word in the original language that is translated “well” actually means “whole.”  Nine were healed but only one was made whole. 

Something happens in us when we are thankful. It also impacts the relationship with the one to whom we offer thanks. The writer of Psalm 50:23 heard God speak about this: “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”  

In Psalm 100:4 we are reminded to “enter His gates with thanksgiving.” 

Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.

This is how the psalmist pictures worship at the temple. Pilgrims first passed through the gates to enter the courtyard which held the water for cleansing and the alter for sacrifice.  The psalmist pictured this as a first step of moving into prayer and worship.

Our thanksgiving to God is powerful.

Father, thank you….”

“Heavenly Father, I so appreciate you because….”

“Our Father, we are so blessed….”

“Abba, I love it when you….”

God loves to hear from you. He loves to hear the gratefulness of our hearts.

What the Bible Says about Being Thankful

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:11

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:12

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. – Psalm 106:1

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples 1 Chronicles 16:8

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Examples of Thanksgiving prayer

“Our Father, we bring _______ before you today. Thank you for your tender mercies towards _______. Thank you for your promise to be close to the brokenhearted. Thank you for your power to heal and the many times we have seen you heal. We remember the blind man. We were so blessed when you healed _______. Our Father, we need you to do it again in ___________ life.”

“Our Father, thank you for your love towards the _______ people group. Thank you for revealing your heart towards the lost. Father, we so appreciate that all people are precious to you and that you are willing to leave 99 to search for one that is lost. Oh Father, we want to be like you with the same love for them. Please increase our love.

“Heavenly Father, thank you for your love towards me. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Thank you that you have forgiven my sins. Thank you for your patience and kindness that you have shown me. I humbly ask you to teach me your ways. Teach me to love like you love, to speak as you speak, and to embrace others like you would have me do. I am thankful that your love is living and active in me.”

Thankfulness is not an attempt to flatter God so that He does something for us. Our thanksgiving prayers flow from a heart that recognizes His goodness in our lives and His amazing character. It takes discipline, and helps us to remain in a posture of humility, adoration and thankfulness for all that God has done.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“I give thanks to God and Global Disciples,” Chetan reported. “Since we started our leadership training in 2011, we’ve trained 675 leaders, pastors, and church planters.”

Chetan directs leadership training and discipleship-mission training near his home in Nepal. He’s seen tremendous growth as they reach out and share the Good News of Jesus. Through the discipleship-mission training, he’s trained 6 groups of disciple-makers, averaging about 15 participants per group, and so far, they’ve planted 32 churches in nine different areas of Nepal. The leadership program has multiplied too – planting another 27 churches.

Chetan said, “In our district, there are one hundred fifty churches; our vision is to have a church in every village. One place we preached, 11 people came to Christ. Another group wanted to have a church there so we gladly handed the new believers over to them. In another village, 40 people believed. It’s very far from our base and so the follow up was going to be difficult. But a nearby church offered to help and they are now looking after these believers.”

But it’s not been easy. Chetan reflected on the challenges they face. “When one person believes, there is persecution,” he said, “When one family believes, there’s opposition. One place we planted a church, a local police officer gave us land on a lease to establish a church. Our prayer is to purchase the plot. But the community is circulating a petition to keep us from building a church there.”

At times, those participating in the training were difficult to deal with, Chetan says, “With spiritual training, we must humble ourselves and serve. We spent much of our time in prayer. I have 11 prayer warriors who prayed for 72 hours, and God blessed and worked in this area. The Holy Spirit has helped us develop workers for the ministry.”

With prayer, persistence, and a God-given vision to reach those still waiting for the Gospel, Chetan and those he serves are seeing the Lord do great things in their area of Nepal.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

The Christian dictionary defines a servant as, a person who serves the needs or purposes of another, especially one who serves out of devotion.

Bob Gordon in his book, “Foundations of Christian Living“, defines a servant as one who is not his master but rather he has another as his master. He further says,” A person serves that which occupies most of his time or that which has priority in his heart, or that which he spends most of his money. Whoever or whatever you serve to them or to that you are a slave or a servant”.

A servant is one who carries errands on behalf of the master. A servant of God is one who has dethroned himself/herself and everything else in his or her life or experience and enthroned Jesus and made him Lord of all his life. This means that he puts Jesus first in everything. As disciples of Jesus, we are expected to serve God only 1 Corinthians 4:1,” So then, men ought to regard as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God”. This implies we will put God first in our lives.

Matthew 6:33,”But seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”, and we will not serve riches, possessions or anything else.

“So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments and sat down again, He said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me teacher and Lord and so I am. If I then your Lord and teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master nor is he who sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.”
John 13:12-17

Jesus Christ is our great example in John 13:12-17 when He washed the feet of His disciples and instructs his followers to do so also.

People often forget things that are said, but they rarely forget things that are acted out. Here Jesus carries out a teaching action. Jesus models something in His behavior so that they will not forget. He takes on the role of one of the most menial of household servants, the one who washes people’s feet. This is not a position worthy of a teacher and yet he does it. Jesus serves the men gathered as he gets ready to give His ultimate act of service to all of human kind.

Jesus makes it clear that he is modelling a behaviour He expects for them to follow. John 13:15, “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you”.  In verse 16, He reminds them that they who are servants are not greater than he who is their master and the one who sent them.

SERVANTHOOD IS THE WAY TO GREATNESS

As Jesus finished washing the feet, He said in John 13:17,” There is a blessing in serving”. Knowing about it wasn’t good enough. We have to do something about it to get the blessing of God. It says. “Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.” There is a clear separation of head knowledge verses actually doing something about it. All too often, Christians seem to pay lip service rather than actually live it out. In Matthew 20: 25-28,” You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave just as the son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Jesus makes several contrasts. This is between the “great ones” and the” great ones’’ in the kingdom. The great ones of the gentiles ‘’control and subjugate” their followers, however the” great ones” of the kingdom “run errands, wait on tables, and perform menial duties for others.” In verse 27, Jesus tells us how to be number one or at the top. It is to become a slave. A slave gives up their rights to another and is devoted to another’s interests rather than their own. Giving up one’s rights is not something that sits well with us. No one wants to be a slave.

God is calling us to the ministry of serving others. How often do we wash the feet of others? We can do that through prayer.

HOW CAN WE SERVE OTHERS AND WASH PEOPLE’S FEET?
  1. Carrying the burdens of others through prayer. Gal 6: 2,” Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ”.
  2. A servant of God gives himself to the needs of the master Jesus and to the needs of others. He serves others through prayer and in doing so serves the Lord Jesus. Matthew 25:31-40, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, He will sit on His throne in Heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him. And He will separate the people from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the king will say to those on His right, “Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirst and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” “Then the righteous will answer Him,” Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirst and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invited you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” “The King will reply,’’ I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did foe me.” We can offer our service by supporting God’s work. In Global Disciples Alliance we believe in transforming prayer as one of our core values. Hence when we pray for others we are fulfilling what we believe in.
  3. He follows the example of Jesus in that he is unselfish and serves rather than he is waited on.
CONCLUSION

God is calling us to servanthood among in prayer. When we pray for others, our needs are satisfied too. Proverbs 11:25,” A generous man prospers, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

We always find time for important things. The most common excuse for little time spent in prayer is the, “To Do List” that crowd our day, all our many duties. To Martin Luther an extra load was reason enough to pray more, not less. Hear his plans for the next day’s work, “Work, work from early till late. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer”. If Luther was busy and prayed so can we.

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the name of someone in need of prayer. Envision you washing the feet of the person and then pray for that person as the Holy Spirit leads you.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

In many places around the world prayer is considered a one way conversation. When we think about prayer, we often first think about speaking, asking, enquiring, petitioning, or complaining to God. Less often when we think about prayer, do we think about listening.

Prayer involves both sharing and listening! Prayer is relational.

Can we really hear God’s voice?

The Bible is full of expressions and experiences in which God Spoke. A few of those examples include;

We consider the Bible as the written Word of God and Jesus to be the visible expression of God’s Word.

In the original language of the New Testament, Greek, there were two different words used to communicate God’s “Word.”  The first is “logos” which is normally used to refer to the written Word of God or scripture.  The second is “rhema” which is usually associated with a fresh Holy Spirit revelation in the moment.  Sometimes God uses scripture (logos), nature, another person, or even His Spirit within us to communicate these “rhema” words that touch our mind and emotions in a fresh way.

Both Jesus and Paul encouraged us to believe that God speaks to us in the present to give and sustain life!

Matthew 4:4 is the account of the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness.  When he was tempted to turn stones to bread, Jesus answered:
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every (rhema) word that comes from the mouth of God.

Jesus makes it clear that we depend on God’s Rhema in the same way that we need daily physical food.

Paul also communicates this truth to the Hebrew Christians, Hebrews 1:1-3:

In the past spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful (rhema) word.

The primary way to hear from God is by spending time in God’s written (logos) word and by doing so the Holy Spirit encourages our heart with a fresh life giving (rhema) word specific for that day and season of our life.

All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

If we want to hear God’s “Rhema” to us, it is important that we:

  1. Believe He desires to speak to us.
  2. Give time and energy to listening in prayer.
What are some of the ways God speaks?

God speaks in a variety of ways. Some of the ways people hear from God are:

  • Small voice
  • Knowing – an impression or sense
  • Bible passage or reference
  • Song
  • Picture or vision
  • Feeling, emotion or senses (smell, taste, pain, heat, pressure…)
  • Audible voice
  • Dreams
  • Thoughts or mental pictures
  • Nature
  • Through others

Don’t dismiss a thought or picture in unbelief. God uses many unusual ways of communicating. Just think of ways He communicated in scripture! Many times the more unusual the word or picture, the more you know it wasn’t something you would have thought up!

Obstacles to hearing God’s voice

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.” 
Mark 4:3-7

In the above passage, there are three categories of obstacles that are identified that hinder our ability to receive the seed of God’s Word.

  • No soil. Obstacles where God’s Word cannot be heard.
    • Theology – God does not speak today.
    • Unconfessed sin.
    • Anger or Rebellion toward God.
  • Rocky soil. Obstacles where God’s Word cannot take root.
    • Doubt – Why would God speak to me?
    • Fear – Afraid of what God might say.  Will I have to do something difficult?
    • Distracted – Too busy to take time or make the space to listen.
  • Compromised soil. Obstacles where God’s Word takes root but is choked off.
    • Circumstances – Difficult or confusing experiences.
    • Others – The voices of others become louder than the voice of God

I am the Good Shepherd, and I know [without any doubt those who are] My own and My own know Me [and have a deep, personal relationship with Me]— even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My [very own] life [sacrificing it] for the benefit of the sheep. I have other sheep [beside these] that are not of this fold. I must bring those also, and they will listen to My voice and pay attention to My call, and they will become [f]one flock with one Shepherd. 
– John 10:14-16

Do you want to hear from God? Do you need his guidance in your life today? God still speaks and wants to speak to you today. Read God’s Word and allow his words to comfort you, guide you and instruct your life.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Is it okay to complain to God about the injustices in society?

One of the most solemn prayers of triumph is made by Habakkuk when he complained about the injustices in society. After complaining about the worldly trials and tribulations, he ends his prayer with the professed confidence in God. He acknowledges that there is no greater power than God.

What is Triumphant Prayer?

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.2 Corinthians 2:14

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:15

The Romans gave a military procession of triumph to a conqueror who had met the qualifications of victory established by Roman rule. One qualification was that the victory put a complete end to the war with no enemies remaining. In the procession the conqueror would ride in a chariot pulled with four horses and all the temples were covered with flowers and incense was lit on all the altars. The city greeted the victor with a cloud of aroma.

In the same way, the victory of Jesus at the cross was complete. All enemies including Satan, sin and death were defeated. We pray as Jesus taught us that His will would be done on earth just as it has already been done in heaven. The victory is complete in heaven and now we walk and pray in that understanding. We are the trophies of His victory. Our lives and prayers continually go forth as a cloud of sweet-smelling aroma to Jesus and a stench to Satan.

Triumphant Testimony
 One leader in Global Disciples had a dream 20 years ago. In his dream he saw a very large religious place of worship. It was not a Christian place of worship. In the dream he saw many people throwing stones at the roof. He believed these to be prayers. After some time, the roof exploded into pieces and a snake rose up out of the building. A hand came from behind the leader and cut off the head of the snake. He saw many people running from the building and rushing behind him. When he turned around, he saw a vision of Jesus on the cross and people running to Him. This story helps us to see what Jesus has already accomplished in the spiritual realm. Now we can pray and walk by faith that we will also experience this on the earth in those places where people are bound by the false religions.  

This dream is a testimony of the mission of Global Disciples. We pray and walk by faith to bring the gospel to God’s people and give them the good news that the battle for their salvation has already been won by the blood of Jesus.

The Bible reveals to us the story of the victory of God. Throughout its pages we read of the ongoing work to defeat the forces of evil. Nowhere in the Bible does evil have the final victory. Hebrews 11 reminds us that even those who have lost their lives because of faith in God do not, in the end, suffer defeat. They experience glorious victory in the life to come. 

Triumphant Prayer Works

Whenever you pray, remind yourself that you are praying to Jesus who has completely destroyed the work of the enemy. The victory ALREADY belongs to us!

Pray with confidence through faith and belief in our salvation and that no evil will prevail against us – “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? ONLY those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God”  –   1 John 5:4-5     

Pray with confidence through worshiping and glorifying His name and by doing this we are sharing God’s victory and glory with all the nations– “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to SHARING God’s glory”Romans 5:2

As a Christian, we cannot let the worldly trials and tribulations make us feel defeated, when the eternal battle for our souls has already been won. We need to walk with a bold confidence and endure life’s challenges and ordeals in our stride, as it pales in comparison to the victory we have in Christ.

Encourage family, friends, co-workers, and whoever God sends across our paths, to remember that God is ultimately in control, we just need to walk in his Glory. God’s ways are not our ways, yet He can be trusted, even when things seem out of control. God loves us and only wants the best for us. It is NOT our job to understand what God is doing, it is our job to trust Him and have the confidence that the battle is won.

It’s Your Turn

Let’s come together in agreement and stand on the powerful Word of God. As we pray let’s remember that we are the trophies of His victory. Our lives and prayers continually go forth as a cloud of sweet-smelling aroma to Jesus and a stench to Satan and his demons. 

When we pray, we must pray with great confidence and expectation, with the confidence that Jesus has defeated the devil’s works and God’s power is supreme. Let us be bold to ask for change, for intervention, for healing, because we know there is absolute power in prayer. Nothing is impossible for our mighty God. He has won the battle. Amen.

When we give thanks, praise and worship, let us do so with the knowledge of WHO we are giving our thanks, praise and worship to – the Creator of Heaven and Earth, God Almighty, let us feel the power of our words in honoring His name.

Pray with people to encourage them, in their everyday lives, to walk with the confidence as they claim the victory of the battle against good and evil. God has already won the battle for us – we are victorious in His name. We must pray and walk by faith that God will use us to bring His people running toward Him, just like in the dream from 20 years ago.

Let us consider the prayer of triumph that Habakkuk sang before the Lord where he acknowledges the  trials and tribulations of the world yet he continues to rejoice in his salvation – “Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit; though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:1).

I invite you all to take their trials and tribulations to the Lord in prayer and thank Him that the battle has been fought on our behalf and the victory belongs to us, His beloved children.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings.  He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in the will of God, mature and fully assured.  I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those in Laodicea and Herapolis.” Colossians 4:12

I grew up wrestling with my dad.  He wrestled in high school and taught us the basic holds and throws on our living room floor.  Eventually, my brother and I were matched up against each other but he was in a different weight and muscle category than me.  He had a lean, six-foot-four-inch frame with 230 lbs of raw, farm-boy power.  I was a wirey, 220 lbs spread over a 6’7”.   There were times when I could hold my own with him as long as the match was controlled.  During these controlled matches, I really didn’t know how much he was holding back until one day when discovered his true strength.

It was an after-school arrival to an empty house and we were both getting on each other’s nerves. Pushing and shoving led to me throwing wild punches.  In the chaos of the moment, one of my flailing fists connected with the back of his head.  In a rage, he grabbed me, and tossed me into the air. I felt my whole body elevate and then take flight toward the kitchen window. Just before my head connected with the glass, I grabbed hold of the kitchen counter and brought myself to a halt.   

The brief encounter gave me a new respect for my brother’s strength that I had never fully comprehended until that moment and changed my understanding of our relationship. 

In the book in Colossians, the Apostle Paul tells the believers that Epaphras is “always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in the will of God.”  The metaphor of wrestling beautifully captures an important aspect of prayer that plays an important part in the discipleship of every believer. 

Prayer is a struggle with God on behalf of others and often a struggle with Him about our circumstances that leads to our transformation. The benefit of spiritual wrestling, like my physical wrestling match with my brother, is that we discover God’s power in a deeper way than we ever knew before.  Through the struggle of prayer, information that we have in our heads about God travels down to our hearts and souls.

Jacob’s story in Genesis illustrates what it means to wrestle with God and be transformed by Him.  While Jacob’s wrestle with God is one of the most famous stories in the book of Genesis, it is also one of the most mysterious.  The narrative is set in the midst of a long conflict with his brother Esau.  Jacob has decided to return to his homeland after living with his uncle for many years.  Messengers have just returned to Jacob with a message that his brother Esau is coming toward him with 400 men. Sure that his brother has come to attack him, Jacob fears for the safety of his family. 

These emotions are understandable given Jacob’s past life.  Before these twin boys were born, God spoke to their mother, Rebekah and told her that, “Two nations are in your womb…one will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger.” Jacob, being the younger twin, who was prophesied to be stronger and rule his brother does not pursue these promises in faith.  Instead, he attempts to ensure they are fulfilled by resorting to manipulation and deception. First, he swindles his brother’s birthright (Genesis 25:27-34) for a meal.  Then he tricks his father into blessing him by dressing up as his brother (Genesis 27).  The effects of this con-artistry are predictable, Esau’s anger boils over and Jacob needs to run for his life to his uncle Laban’s house.

Fear, then, is the natural response to meeting his brother for the first time since stealing his blessing.  Eager to avert the anger of this brother, Jacob devises a plan to appease his brother by sending gifts ahead to him.  However, as he camps that night by Jabbok river, he comes to the realization that no amount of coercion or manipulation will not get him out of this mess. The tension of this moment is perfectly captured by his prayer just before he wrestles with God,  “Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me and also the mothers with their children.  But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted’” (Genesis 32:11-12).  God’s promise is set in tension to Jacob’s dire circumstances. Jacob puzzles at how God’s promise will be fulfilled in the face of impending doom. 

That night as Jacob attempts to sleep, “a man” who is later called “God” (Genesis 32:28) wrestles with him late into the night.  Jacob wrestles so hard that the man cannot seem to overpower him at first.  As they entered the last round of their match, the man suddenly dislocated Jacob’s hip by touching it.  Shocked by this sudden display of power, Jacob hangs on desperately insisting that the Man bless him.  God then gives him a new name, “Israel” meaning “God fights” or “Fights with God” and does bless him. This new name is the marker of a new identity and a transformed life.  From this point forward, Israel walks with a limp.  Rather than relying on his own strength and manipulation skills, Jacob must now rely on God’s power to fulfill His purpose. 

What God did for Jacob he wants to do for us today.  He wants to transform us into his likeness. In order for us to follow Him, we need to give up control of our lives. We need to deeply believe that it is the cross of Christ that has purchased a blessing for us and not our own work. God’s wrath has been turned away by His mercy and He has promised to bless us eternally in Christ.  This surrender is not an easy one and it may require several rounds with the Almighty in order to fully submit to His purposes but as we learn to trust and follow Jesus we will experience his blessing on our lives and the lives of others. 

Finally, wrestling is not only about personal transformation, it is about seeing others fully transformed into devoted followers of Jesus. Ephaphas wrestles on behalf of the Colossians so that they stand firm in the will of God and become mature and fully assured. 

Is there a person in your life today that you need to wrestle with God for?

So often when we think of discipleship, we think of teaching or doing something to help others.  However, we see in this passage that discipling others also involves working for them in the unseen realm. As we do the work of wrestling in prayer, God waits to bless us and those in our community.  

Jordan Mayer – Global Disciples Canada Advocate & Prayer Supporter

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

As disciples of Jesus many of us read the Word and pray, but are we meditating on it?

Do we really know what meditation is?

What is Christian Meditation?

Christian meditation is reflecting on God, on His character and on His Word. It is prayerful reading of the Bible with our ears open wide, and pondering on it (Isaiah 30:21; John 8:47; John 10:27). That is why meditation requires a quiet place and time. In Psalm 1 we read that the one blessed of God is he who delights in the law of God and meditates on it day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2).

Meditation involves detaching ourselves from the controlling and hindering influences of the world and attaching to the living God through Christ to experience the sufficiency of the Savior and reach out to a hurting world in need of the living Christ. Meditating on the Word of God and responding in obedience, will give us success and makes us prosperous (Joshua 1:8). Psalm 143:5 says: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.

How often do we take a quality time to meditate on God, his goodness, faithfulness and His Word?  

Time and patience are important elements to effective meditation. Effective meditation requires a quiet place and time. Meditating on the Word, internalizing and personalizing it, is a crucial part of Disciples of Christ. It becomes part of the means by which we can bring every thought captive to Christ. In Psalm 119, we read that the Psalmist meditating on the Word of God beyond circumstances:  

V. 15: I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways 

V. 23: Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees 

V. 27: Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. 

V. 48: I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.  

V. 78: … but I will meditate on your precepts.  

V. 97: Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 

V. 99: I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statues. 

V. 148: My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.  

In the same way we need to meditate on the Scripture day and night and respond in the way it glorifies God.  

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). Again in Psalm 104:34 it says: Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord. From these two verses it is clear that there are times when our meditation can be unacceptable and displeasing to the Lord. So we need to understand the word we are meditating on well and respond to it according to what the Holy Spirit revealed to us. In such a way our meditation will be become acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.  

The importance of hearing God

Intimate friends always listen to one another to understand each other. The same is true in our relationship with God.

Learning to hear God is essential to knowing Him (1 John 5:14-15; Matthew 7:7; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; John 10:10-11, John 10:27; 1 Kings 19:11-12). We must develop the habit of stillness in order to have an intimate relationship with a living God (Psalm 46:10). We can’t hear what God is speaking when there is a loud noise inside of us. Jesus said, “Enter into your room and shut the door” (Matthew 6:6). When we shut that door, we get direction about how to proceed in the midst of what’s going on. We must practice being present to God. We are to wait on Him, worship Him, and recognize that we want Him, not His blessings; we want Him, not the experience of Him speaking (Psalm 63:1-5).    

Hearing God’s voice is not optional. It is one of the marks of disciples of Jesus (John 10:4-27; Luke 10:38-42; Luke 11:28; Proverbs 4:20-22; Joshua 1:8; Isaiah 48:17-18). If we are longing for a close relationship with God more than anything else, we will better be able to hear His voice and obey Him (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 3:7-10; Revelation 2:1-4). If we are not living in complete fellowship with God, we will never hear Him (1 Kings 19:11-12). Knowing God’s voice comes from having an intimate relationship with Him. Wherever we are & whatever we are doing—working, reading God’s word, driving, cooking, praying, doing any routine thing—we should have the attitude of, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9). There were people of God who had intimate relationships with Him & heard His voice even in the darkest times of history (Luke 2:25-26).  

To hear God clearly, we must live in a habit of meditation upon His Word. We must immerse ourselves in the Word of God, filling ourselves with it and letting the Living Water wash our minds and cleanse us of the world’s distractions. As we grow in hearing His voice, we deepen our relationship with our heavenly Father.   

How does God Speak to us?

Does God really speak to us in our generation? Absolutely, He speaks to us in many ways (Job 33:14-18). He speaks through creation (Psalm 19:1-2); dreams (Genesis 20:3); visions (Acts 11:4-9); Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17); angels (Luke 1:5-38); an audible voice (Exodus 3:4; Matthew 17:5); and ultimately through Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3). God speaks through people (Acts 9:10-18); sometimes He speaks through people who may not be believers. He sometimes speaks through animals (Numbers 22:21-35), circumstances, open and closed doors of opportunity. But we need to confirm what we think He is speaking by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Since God never contradicts Himself, the Scriptures help us to confirm what God is speaking to us in many different ways.  

We are called to walk by faith that comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). God’s love, joy, and peace in our hearts are some indicators that we are hearing and obeying His voice (Isaiah 55:12). We recognize His voice only if we know Him (John 10:14). The better we get to know Him, the more clearly we recognize His voice. In our prayer life it is crucial to hear His voice and to be led by the Holy Spirit in what to pray and how to pray (John 17:3; Romans 8:26-27).  

How can we hear Gods’ voice?

As His children, God wants to speak to us directly, even if He speaks to and through His people. If we have an intimate relationship with Him, hearing His voice is as natural as hearing our best friend talk to us. Sometimes He speaks to us in in a still small voice, and sometimes He speaks dramatically through wind or earthquake or fire (1 Kings 19:11-13). If we want to hear His voice, we must walk in complete fellowship with Him and be attentive to His voice. As Oswald Chambers says, “The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze—so gentle that unless you are living in Complete Fellowship and Oneness with God, you will never hear it.”     

Do we remember the story of little boy Samuel? There was no word from God in the land at the time when Samuel was a child. The priest Eli was a tired old man who had let his children get out of control. During that dark time, Samuel’s mother gave him to the tabernacle to serve the LORD. One night when he was falling asleep, he heard someone calling his name. He jumped up and ran to the high priest and asked, “Did you call me”? That tired old man remembered something about how God speaks. He told Samuel, “Go back, and when you hear that voice again, say, ‘Speak Lord, your servant hears’” (1 Samuel 3:4-14). That is how Samuel began an incredible career of listening to the voice of God and being a navigator for the nation of Israel through those terrible days. As Samuel matured, God whispered and Samuel heard Him (1 Samuel 9:15-17).  

What are your experiences of hearing God?

What changes do you need to make to hear God’s voice more clearly? 

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Worship and confession go hand and hand together (Nehemiah 9:3; Psalm 15:1-5; Romans 14:11).

We can’t approach God without confessing our sins. Confession allows us to live in the amazing grace of God found in the forgiveness granted to us through the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Revelation 5:9-10; Philippians 2:9-11). As we enter into the presence of God, He will show us our unconfessed sin and give us the confidence to confess (Isaiah 6:5-6). 

What is Worship?

True Christian worship is to both honor and obey God, to be extravagantly loving (Psalm 86:9; Psalm 95:6), and to have extreme submission (1 Samuel 15:22; John 4:23; Romans 12:1) to his Word and Will.

Worship is offering our lives as an act of respect and love to God. It is a willingness to exalt God and yield to His Will (Psalm 145). We can never comprehend all that God is, but the more we worship Him and the more we love to worship Him with every breath, He reveals Himself to us (Revelation 5:9-14).  

Worship is an expression of our awe and praise for who He is (Psalm 149); it is giving to the Lord the honor and glory He deserves 24/7.

Worship is not something we do occasionally as a ritual; it is something we need to do continually. It is the way we can express how we love Him more than anything else in life. True worship is not only confined to singing in a church building—it is the continual, heartfelt acknowledgment of God and of all His power and glory in every routine thing we do.

True worship comes out of knowing God and His good and glorious nature (Acts 17:23). Worship is a life of giving (2 Corinthians 9:7-15); we give our lives, time, and finances. We need to always remember that we are called to worship God with our every action and with every day of our lives.  

Why is Worship so important?

We are created to worship God, and He is worthy of being worshipped (Revelation 4:8-11). Worship is an expression of submission and respect toward God who is holy, loving, and worthy of all of our devotion (Psalm 95:1-2; Psalm 96:1-3). Our heart’s desire should be to worship God since we have been designed by Him for this purpose. God alone is worthy of our devotion, praise, and worship. He is God, our Creator, and we are commanded to praise and worship Him (Psalm 96:9; Psalm 29:2; Matthew 4:10).

A life of praise and worship fills our deepest need and, amazingly, it also brings great joy to God and growth to us as worshippers. “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17). 

Our true relationship with God is expressed and shown in our worship of Him. It’s our expression of His worthiness. We should not worship God in expectation of something in return, but rather as an expression of our love for Him. Such worship is reserved only for God. Only God is worthy of being worshipped, not any of His servants (Revelation 19:10). When we worship God, we are joining all of the creatures worshipping Him (Revelation 7:9-11); if we are not worshipping God, we are worshipping something or someone else.  

Worship and its Outcome

While we do not worship God for something in return, it is still helpful to know what does happen when we worship God. In Psalm 95:1-7 and Psalm 96:1-13, we read an invitation to “come to worship and bow down” to our God. There are many songs that call us to worship, and this Psalm is a message for the people of God to come to worship; such songs direct us to God. They are expressions of love, adoration, praise, rejoicing, celebration, petition, intercession, and confession from one’s heart. We praise God for who He is through music as well as through prayer. Being in God’s presence stimulates our heart and minds, making us want to praise Him for the deeds He has done, for how He has moved in history, and for His character and attributes (Revelation 4:11; Revelation 5:9-16; Revelation 11:16). His presence also moves us to confess our sins.  

God can change the world through people who truly worship. Most of the time, revival is a by-product of worship and confession; we should always worship God expecting the Spirit of God to work in and through us. He moves in different ways—sometimes for salvation, sometimes for deliverance, sometimes for sanctification or healing. As we worship Him, He also visits us through prophetic gifts. To experience these outcomes as we worship, we must open our ears to listen and open our eyes to see what God is going to do (Acts 13:2, Acts 16:25-26).  

What is the right way to Worship?

There is no one specific way to worship God. The Old and New Testaments describe many ways of worship. Praising God in worship involves our whole being, spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23; John 4:24; Psalm 103:1-5; Psalm 95:6; Psalm 150:1-6). Singing, playing musical instruments, dancing, kneeling, bowing down, and lifting hands are some of the forms of prayer and praise. “We need to present our bodies to God in worship in a posture consistent with the inner spirit in worship” (Romans 12:1). 

We can express our worship through physical and emotional expression that results in dance and body movement. This is an appropriate response to God as long as the focal point is on true celebration in the Lord rather than on the dance itself. Intimacy causes us to meditate, even as we are singing, on our relationship with the Lord. God might call to our minds our failures in life which can lead us to confession of sin. Tears may flow as we see our disharmony but His harmony; our unfaithfulness but His faithfulness; our limitations but His unlimited possibilities.  

What would it mean for you to live a life of worship and confession?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!