Jesus’ final words to His disciples hold out the promise for continued grace for uncertain days ahead. His words are not a pep talk or “how to” lesson on what to do, but an invitation to personal vulnerability. Continued grace resides in a sustained encounter with the Holy Spirit. After all our work and efforts fall short; it is His ineffable presence that makes a way possible.
Matthew 28:16-20 NKJV
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’
Acts 1:8 NIV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Prayer + Reflection
1. Let’s pray: “Lord, may our words and actions carry Your message well. Most of all, may our spirits be shaped and formed by Your living presence.”
2. “Lord, we lift our hands to symbolically raise our communities to You. See our neighbors, and use us to enfold them into Your family.”
3. “Lord, empower us to care for our friends who don’t know You. May You renew our motivation and facility for growing disciples all around us.”
Read Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus is the Good News! Someone shared that Good News with us, and now we get to share it with others! Telling your story is a powerful way of sharing the Good News of Jesus. Practice as a family sharing about how you first heard the Good News and how He changed your life. Or, share what He’s taught you during these 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting. After practicing as a family, invite extended family members or friends over for a meal and share your story around the table.