New Year Prayer Guide

Day 18

Jesus’ Final Command

Claude V. King

God’s Word for Today

Read Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-48; John 20:21-22; and Acts 1:8

Thoughts for Today

Final words of famous people are long remembered and often quoted. When a person knows he is on his death bed, he might even prepare a final statement of challenge to family and friends. Final words can have great significance for the next generation.

Jesus Christ came to provide salvation for all mankind. Following His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus spent forty days giving His disciples their final instructions to guide the church until His second coming. Not many of those words were recorded in the Scripture for us to read. But some were recorded, and they were perhaps His most important last words.

Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave one final command to His disciples. He didn’t want His disciples to miss this most important commission for the church. The future of His kingdom would depend on their obedience. Each of the Gospel writers records a variation of this command indicating that Jesus gave special attention to it during His final days on earth. You read those in the Scriptures above.

How faithful have you been to obey Christ’s final command? Are you making disciples as you go about your daily living? Have you preached the good news? Are you talking with others about repentance and forgiveness that is available through Jesus Christ? Since Jesus was sent to seek and save the lost, are you seeking to point lost people to Him for salvation?

It’s Time to Pray

  1. Talk to God about the status of your obedience to Christ’s final command. If your obedience is lacking, confess your sin. Ask Him to guide and enable your obedience.
  2. Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed. What actions will you take?
  3. Pray today by name for a person who has yet to believe in Christ as Savior. Add their name to your prayer list.

Prayer Exercise

Pray for the family court system. Prayer walk your neighborhood and pray specifically for marriages. Pray for a family social services department. Pray at an area where family life is under stress or even attack.

Pray for an Unreached People Group: Konda Dhora of NE India

Pray that poverty through the slavery of greedy moneylenders would be broken and the Konda Dhora people could lift their heads from their toil long enough to hear about and receive Jesus Christ.