The Element of Prayer
The fourth element I have listed for every disciple-maker is prayer, yet, this really should be where we start. Jesus always spent time with His Father through prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17). He only did what the Father told Him to do (John 5:19-20; 30).
Do we do this? Do we only do what the Father tells us to do? Or, do we do what we think we should do? Do we take time to find out what the Father wants?
Prayer is a must in every disciple-making friendship.
Every part of disciple-making is a result being with God in the Word and prayer.
To answer these questions and more, the disciple-maker must go to the Master through the Word and prayer. God always gives His children the ability and power to do what He commands by faith. He has commanded us to go make disciple-makers. If we are not in the Word (the Bible) and prayer (talking with God) disciple-making will not work! Period.
As we do this we have to remember only God causes the growth in a disciple’s life (1 Corinthians 3:7). We can plant seeds, we can water, but only God causes the growth. This is why prayer is so important.
So, how do we pray for our disciples?
In John 17 it shows how Jesus prayed for His disciples. Jesus prayed the will of God. Read Jesus’ prayer in John 17. In John 17:17 Jesus asks the Father, “Sanctify them (his disciples) in the truth; your word is truth.” We pray scripture over our disciples.
Here is an example of a disciple-makers prayer:
Pray this prayer for you and your disciple-making friendships everyday. This is God’s will. This will transform your disciple-making friendships. Embrace the power of prayer.
To follow through on this vital element of disciple-making it will require intentionality and time. Get a prayer journal. Write down your prayer. Write down the names of the people you are praying for daily. Make notes next to their names.
God will provide the growth. Watch Him work as you labor in prayer.