#DETOX is designed to prioritize God in the new year as we allow him to cleanse and renew our souls (Psalm 51:10). Together, we are committing to 21 days of prayer and fasting so that we might come into greater alignment with God’s will, purposes and plans believing and trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact and change in our lives, our church and our world.
Over the course of our #DETOX journey, we will have a daily prayer focus that will help guide and unify us as a community in prayer as we seek God's heart together on a variety of topics. You can find an overview of our daily prayer focus topics here. The following post is meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration on what and how you might pray on today's prayer focus, but should not limit how God leads you in praying. Be sure to follow along daily at our #DETOX Daily Blog here.
Prayer Focus: Deliberately Multiplicative
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth. -Acts 1:8
These were Jesus’ last words before he ascended to heaven. I don’t know about you, but if I could choose my last words, I would choose them pretty deliberately. I believe Jesus did just that. In fact spreading the Gospel was so important to Jesus that his first words to his disciples were to spread the Good News:
He said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” -Matthew 4:19
From the beginning Jesus made it clear that in order to be a disciple of God you must also disciple others. Thankfully, unlike the disciples, we don’t have to go to Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth. While some are called to become missionaries in a foreign country, God has called us to spread the Good News right where we are—in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Seattle, Lakemont, Kennydale, Bothell, and wherever the Marketplace family is present.
Growing up my perception of discipleship entailed a one on one conversation, probably at a coffee shop, where my discipler and I read a passage from the Bible and then I answered questions to dive deeper into what I just read. At the end of our one on one we would pray, and he would encourage me to keep seeking the Lord daily. This model of discipleship can work great to edify an individual, but it is not the only way.
Discipleship can come from an individual but also from a community, and if you have been at Marketplace for a couple of months, you have probably already engaged in discipleship—through a co-op Bible study, prayer night, or Sunday hospitality, through one of the church’s ministries: children’s, prayer, education, A/V for example, or through Fourth Sunday Serve. We model for each other and our visitors what it looks like to follow Christ. Each year we see the effects of our diligence in the growth of our community—in spiritual maturity and also in numbers—with launching of new co-ops, multiplication of established co-ops, baptisms, and starting a whole new service in Seattle.
As our church continues to grow, so will the opportunities for discipleship. New roles will open and ministries will expand. The harvest is plentiful here at Marketplace, and thankfully we are all working together.
Thank you all. This truly has been an effort from each one of you.
Things to pray for today:
Thank God for the leaders at Marketplace who work to build disciple-making communities.
Ask God to build up new leaders as we continue to multiply.
Thank God for setting an example of what disciple making looks like.
Thank God for the community at Marketplace that builds each other up in His love.
— Bryce B.