Prayer is talking and listening to God. It is sharing our thoughts, questions, fears, desires – opening our lives to God, holding nothing back. It is telling God our admiration for who He is, and contemplating His qualities. It is listening while He talks to us, providing comfort, peace, guidance, and direction requiring our worshipful obedience.
“Go and make disciples” were Jesus’ parting words as he sent his friends to join his mission in drawing all people to Him. We understand His words as a mandate for believers to form deep friendships through which we help each other grow in Christlikeness. In the spiritual practice of discipling, we walk side-by-side along the faith journey, teaching, encouraging and loving one another.
Just as the earliest Christians “pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met,” (Acts 2:45, The Message) believers today eagerly share what they have to bring new members into God’s family. One simple and essential way to express mission passion is financial support. NMI has designed a bunch of opportunities to support mission workers and meet human needs around the world through resource sharing.
An adult Bible study group in Ireland passes around a letter from a missionary. A congregation in the Philippines watches a video testimony from Colombia. Children in South Africa play a mission game before church. A U.S. woman reads about Guatemala AIDS ministry while she waits in a doctor’s office. Nazarenes everywhere are sharing the mission stories of the church. Telling the story instills passion for mission. Some say knowledge is power. We believe knowledge is motivation. When Christ’s followers know what is at stake and hear how others are obeying God’s call to mission, they are challenged to participate as well.