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
- Defensive Prayer
Through defensive prayer, we can ask the Lord for the needs of ourselves and our acquaintances.
- 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!
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
This verse is the epitome of the Lord’s provision, explaining His desire to provide for each and every one of our earthly and spiritual needs. Luke explains that God feeds the birds, but think about the process He uses to provide their food. The Lord does not simply sprinkle bread crumbs from the clouds, but instead uses the rest of His obedient creation. He created trees and plant life, which grow berries and fruit for the birds. He also created humans, who harvest plant life, set out their own bird feeders, and buy French fries on the boardwalk for seagulls to steal.
If the Lord has developed such an intricate plan in order to sustain bird life, imagine the way He uses His children to sustain one another! Timely provision exercises faith, and expands the Kingdom of God. The Lord invites us, as His obedient disciples to take part in providing for others.
Following discipleship training, Manoj ventured into a village in South Asia. He encountered a Hindu woman who had suffered from a large stomach tumor for many years. She came to Manoj and his team for prayer and after six months was admitted to the hospital for an operation to remove the growth. She required a blood donor, but her entire family refused to help because they feared they would contract her disease. The Lord spoke to Manoj and told him that he should donate his blood. A test revealed he was a suitable donor. Manoj explained to her family that since Jesus Christ sacrificed all of His blood for their salvation, the least he could do was donate a few pints to save a life. Her surgery was successful and the woman was healed. Her entire family came to Christ, and are now serving as disciples.
Kiran leads a discipleship training center in South Asia. One day, his chef came to him and explained that there were no more vegetables in their kitchen, and they did not have the necessary funds to purchase more. Kiran questioned, “How much money do we have?” and the chef replied, “We have enough to buy vegetables for the next three days.” Kiran needed to feed his students for another 12 days, but did not fear, for he knew the Lord would provide. He told his chef to purchase chicken for all the students today, which would exhaust their remaining funds. The next morning there was no breakfast, but as Kiran walked to the chapel for prayer, he saw a man. He asked Kiran to hold out his hands and into them he put money. The man explained that the previous night he could not sleep well, and the Holy Spirit prompted him to prayer. During prayer, he received word from the Lord that Kiran and his school needed money. “I want to obey God,” the man said. Later, another man arrived at the school with 10 jugs of milk. The discipleship training was able to continue as a result of the obedience of these two gracious men.
The Lord could produce resources out of thin air if He so desires, but instead He seeks to use His disciples to provide for each other. Sustainable provision develops our relationships with one another, as well as our relationship with the Father. Make sure you are aware of His promptings, and obedient to His calls for generosity and sacrifice.
“Last year, we could not train due to Covid-19 restrictions. But God’s work did not stop. It went on in ways we did not expect.”
Prior to COVID-19’s most recent devastating sweep across South Asia, Global Disciples program directors had opportunities to gather in small regional groups to pray, fellowship, and share reports on the past year. While acknowledging disappointment over discarded plans, they expressed their joy, wonder, and gratitude at the powerful hand of God.
“God’s work did not stop,” Jai said. “To have regular fellowship and evangelism, we divided our congregation into 24 house fellowships.” The money they had budgeted for training went to help church planters and many needy people in their community.
“We challenged our believers to win 300 people for Christ this year, and everyone is playing their part!” Jai said. By the end of the initial lockdowns, this local fellowship had grown to 500 believers. God is at work!
Suchi leads a small business development training which sent out 20 church planters to do ministry through business. “During the lockdown,” Suchi reported, “I lost my first-born baby and tested positive for Covid—it was a very difficult time.” Yet God was at work. One of the church planters had started a vegetable business—a business allowed to continue during lockdown. He helped many families in need, and by living out Christ-like compassion, ten people accepted Jesus! He’s planted two small fellowships.
Another church planter had a tailoring business. During lockdown, she led 12 people to Christ, and started two new fellowships. God’s work does not stop!
In a community where believers faced intense opposition and arrest, God did a wonderful work. Surya, a high-caste man from a wealthy background, saw the sign board for a local fellowship. “I feel that somebody is forcing me to come here,” he told the pastor.
Surya had lost everything, his wife was working as a housemaid, and his young son was possessed by an evil spirit. They had a temple in their home that people came to visit. “I have tried everything to get rid of these problems,” he said, “and now I come to you.”
The pastor prayed with him, and Surya accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. God also delivered the son from the evil spirit; Surya’s son and wife joined him as believers in Jesus and demolished the temple at their home. The pastor rejoiced, “God did this miracle in the same place where believers were persecuted!”
In these desperate days, millions in India and around the world are looking for hope, for comfort in the face of death and despair. God’s work doesn’t stop, and neither do His people.
Pastor H leads a Global Disciples partner program in South Asia, training local believers in discipleship-mission and small business. He sent along this story.
This year, as we were conducting our training, the Holy Spirit spoke to us to take the Gospel to the ‘rejected and neglected’. We didn’t understand, but we kept on praying, asking God to guide us to the place He wanted us to take the living Word.”
The Lord answered their prayers and directed them to a community with no witness for the Gospel. As they entered the village, they saw a group of women sitting outside their houses.
‘The Lord led us to share the love of Jesus with them,’ Pastor H said. ‘All were eager to hear the Gospel of Jesus, of His deliverance and acceptance. When we began to pray, several started crying and confessing their sins.’ The disciple-makers learned that twelve of these women were involved in prostitution, with about 14 children between them.
‘The Lord put a burden on us to counsel these women and help them come out from this evil experience,’ Pastor H said. For a month, the disciple-makers counseled and prayed with them, showing them how Jesus offered life and freedom. Finally, all twelve surrendered their lives to Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior! A church was planted in the community and these women are now engaged with the new fellowship, growing spiritually.
As new disciples of Jesus, this group of women knew they needed a different way to support themselves and their children. With help from Pastor H’s church, each was given a sewing machine and a teacher came to teach them.
‘They have learned to sew,’ Pastor H shared, ‘and they are taking care of their families with their daily earnings. Before they start work each day, they have time for prayer and Bible reading. Kindly pray for them, and for the entire village that we can win the lost in this area.’ This is the redemptive mission of Jesus: to seek and save the lost, to set the captives free, to bring hope, dignity and life eternal to those trapped in sin. And a dozen women, with their sewing machines, can tell you how that mission transformed their lives.