November 29, 2013
There are a few prayers that I know God answers quickly, and better yet, He answers by saying “yes.” One particular prayer should actually come with a warning label that goes something like this; “Don’t pray this unless you are ready for instantaneous results.” The prayer is simple; “Please Lord, make me an instrument to carry out some important mission of mercy for you.” In other words, please use me to help someone in need.
We are called to be salt and light in this world, to be a Good Samaritan to those whom others ignore, to always be prepared to give an answer for our joy and hope. This answer could be through actions or words, or both. Amazingly though, after you say this prayer, someone in need will practically show up on your life’s doorstep! Why does God answer this prayer so quickly? Because it facilitates God’s whole plan of eternal salvation and the Great Commission: to save others by using us. You see, if He didn’t want to use us, He would take us to heaven as soon as we are saved. But many people are in need, and God calls us to go out and spread the good news. That’s the Great Commission.
I believe that when we ask God to use us to solve other people’s problems, another phenomenal process immediately happens. He begins in earnest to help us with our own issues. The natural outcome of helping others is that we get to share in their benefits ourselves. In many ways it’s the “what goes around comes around” dynamic in reverse. Many people experience this principle when helping someone in need or when participating in a missions trip. The experience of blessing others blesses us as well.
Our natural bent is to be looking out for #1, ourselves. We focus on activities that help us … using the “What’s in it for me?” mentality. But God chooses to bless us whenever we humble ourselves to be used by Him to impact others. The blessings and growth we reap are powerful motivators to continue praying this prayer and be mission-minded in our everyday activities!
Today, instead of being self-focused, ask God to use you as His instrument to help another person. Then watch how quickly He answers your prayer and be amazed. Be alert to the ways He will act for your growth. He will raise your antennae so you are alert and ready to help others. In fact, it might be someone who’s already in your life waiting for you to step boldly out of love. Whether you become an instrument to help others or stay focused on your own self-centered needs is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, I pray that You will use me as Your instrument to carry out some important mission of mercy for You. I know, Father, that if You are going to use me, You will begin to shape me into the best possible instrument I can be for the specific role You have created. Thank You, Lord. Help me to be a good listener and not a judge as you send needy people my way. Work on my heart so I have Your lenses. Let me be Your mouthpiece, Your hands, and Your feet in this missional opportunity You are providing. I present these requests in the name of the one who is pure love and who always said yes to minister to others, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:39
that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Philippians 2:15,16