The Gospel According to Isaiah: Triple Mystery

Jesus Christ is our Great Reconciler:
                     By his cross he made friends of former enemies,
                                                        Bringing peace between sinners and God.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
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To unite all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth
(Ephesians 1:10).

By God’s grace, our mission at Stone Hill is to make disciples of Jesus Christ in Princeton and around the world. The mission reflects God’s plan for the ages: to “unite all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth.” Now, does that talk of “heaven and earth” remind you of something Jesus taught? Remember how he taught us to pray that “God’s kingdom come, and his will be done here on earth as it is in heaven?”

With his prayer in mind, I offer some motivation for you to pray for world missions. How important for us to do so! As John Piper puts it: “the gospel will not be proclaimed in power to all the nations without the persevering, earnest, global, faith-filled prayers of God’s people. This is the awesome place of prayer in the purposes of God for the world. They won’t happen without prayer.”

Here are two sample prayers. They were so relevant to their time and place, and, with some minor editing, can prompt meaningful intercession for world missions today:

When Abraham stood before Thee and spoke with such wonderful familiarity, he pleaded for Sodom; and we plead for London. We would follow the example of the Father of the Faithful and pray for all cities, indeed for all nations. Lord, let Thy kingdom come. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth. Chase the old dragon from his throne. Oh! that the day might come when even upon the earth the Son of the woman, the Man-child, should rule the nations, not with a broken staff of wood, but with an enduring scepter of iron, full of mercy, but full of power, full of grace, but yet irresistible. (From Charles Spurgeon, England, 19th century).

Mighty causes are calling us—the freeing of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty—all these and more. But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifices and death. Mercifully grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther, that we say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish. (From W. E. B. DuBois, USA, early 20th century.)