New Year Prayer Guide

Day 11

Surrendered Lives

Claude V. King

God’s Word for Today

Read Romans 12:1-2 and 1 John 3:16

Thoughts for Today

Paul explained that God’s mercy for us deserves the surrender of our lives and bodies to Christ as living sacrifices. Then John wrote that because of Christ’s love for us, we ought to lay down our lives for others. As the Moravians began to pray for missions needs, they were told about the significant need for the gospel among the Negro slaves in the West Indies Islands. As they prayed for laborers, Leonard Dober and Tobias Leupold sensed God calling them to go. But they were told that the slave owners would not permit them to preach to the slaves.

Leonard and Tobias came up with a plan. They would sell themselves as slaves so they could live and work among the slaves and lead them to faith in Christ. Count Zinzendorf said that was too high a price to pay and would not allow them to go. They insisted that God called them, so the community held a prayer meeting to draw lots and seek the Lord’s will. The lot revealed that Leonard should go and Tobias should wait. They continued praying and sensed God wanted David Nitschmann to accompany Leonard. The love for Christ caused these men to be willing to lay down their lives for others. When they reached St. Thomas Island, they found that the slave owners would allow them to preach to the slaves without having to sell themselves. And thus began the missionary work that impacted the world.

Though God may not require you to lay down your physical life for His cause, His call to salvation is a call to lordship. Jesus is Lord. We are His servants. We need to be prepared to obey His every command because we love Him. And we love Him because He first love us and gave His life for our salvation.

It’s Time to Pray

  1. Thank God for all the mercy and grace He has shown to you. Now, I beg you to present yourself to the Lord as a servant who will obey His Lord’s commands.
  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 or group who has yet to believe in Christ as Savior. Add their name to your prayer list.

Prayer Exercise

Study a map of the 10-40 window, the area of the world most unreached. Pray for the people who live there. Pray for the nations. For a global awakening.

Pray for an Unreached People Group: Chamar of Bangladesh

With a population of over 50 million, they are among the largest untouchable, or Dalit communities in the Hindu world. Pray for the Chamar people to break through the caste barrier; be accepted and accept other communities.