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Prayer and Disciple Making Movements

Jesus didn’t just tell us to make disciples – he told us and showed us how to make disciples. One example of this is found in Luke 10, where Luke writes about how Jesus sent 72 of his followers “two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go” (Luke 10:1).

We can learn many things in this passage about how Jesus wants us to make disciples. For example, we are to go to the lost (verse 3), guard against distractions (verse 4), and find and bless people of peace and their families (verse 5-7).

However, the first thing we learn about making disciples is that we need to pray. This is how Jesus began his instructions: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (verse 2).

Questions for discussion

  1. Where did Jesus expected workers to come from?
  2. How does the mission of the 72 (Luke 10:3-20) relate to this prayer?
  3. What does this prayer say about your role in disciple making movements?
  4. What are some ways you can obey Jesus’ command to “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”?

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