Jesus laid down His life for every person. He did this for many reasons that we could detail here but they would side-track us from one of the primary reasons. I believe that one of the primary reasons that Jesus laid down his life for us was so we could lay down our lives for him.
There are many examples in history of martyrdom but this is not what I am referring to. There is a physical death but there is also spiritual death and this only come through prayer. Are you willing to lay down your life in prayer for what you believe? Are you willing to lay down time and effort to pray for something that you know either needs to happen or needs to stop happening?
If Jesus is our model to follow then how many times did he draw aside to pray? How often did he pray all night? The gospels detail some of these times quite clearly but, as the gospel of John states, a lot more happened than what was recorded in the gospel so we can confidently say Jesus prayed a lot more to see the result he saw. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray not because they never heard or saw him pray but because they knew he prayed They wanted to learn how to pray as well so they naturally asked him because they knew he could teach them how to pray at a level they were not currently walking in.
There does exist an amazing tension and responsibility with the truth of what Jesus has done for us. He has transformed us not for us to just be satisfied with being transformed but to also transform the surrounding environment that we live in.
Let me give an example of this. A thermostat will always set the temperature and a thermometer will always respond to the temperature. Are you operating as a thermostat or a thermometer? Unfortunately, it is often seen in the church that Christians are thermometers and respond to the temperature around them rather than being a thermostat. Jesus was a thermostat and has enabled us to be a thermostat. We are called to be a thermostat.
We set the temperature.
- If some law gets passed that we know is wrong are we prepared to go on our knees for that law to be changed?
- If some law needs to be passed to establish righteousness are we prepared to go on our knees for that law to be passed?
- If we are seeing a distinct lack in an area in a Christians life are we prepared to go on our knees for this person to be changed?
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples,“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.25 For whoever wants to save their lifewill lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? [NIV]
We have Influence
We have a greater influence on this earth than what we have ever realized and it is our time to influence. We can wholeheartedly pray and believe for God to operate based on our prayers.