Praying for a Disciple

Are you praying? There is no need to ask if you should disciple. Jesus answers that question in the Great Commission:

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20, CSB

The question is not if but who. Who are you to disciple? How will you know who you are to disciple? The simple answer is “pray.”


How should you pray? Ask God to show you who you are to disciple. Then keep asking Him. Ask Him to open your eyes and ears so you know who it is. Then watch to see where He is at work (think Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Claude King).

Prayer prepares you. Prayer makes you expectant–about God’s involvement and your role. Don’t get frustrated about waiting. But don’t be surprised if unexpected people start seeking you out. Be ready.

God may lay someone on your mind and heart. God may allow you to hear someone’s hunger, passion, or need. Or He may send someone(s) to you. That’s right. It is possible when you start praying for someone to disciple that God may send more than one person to you. If He does, He will provide you with the capacity do do what He is calling you to do!


So the question remains: are you praying for a disciple? Don’t hesitate. Don’t procrastinate. Yes, deliberate. And for absolute certain, pray! But start now. People are waiting to be discipled, and you are the discipler. Make disciples!

For more on praying, check out this post: After I Pray for Disciples, Then What?.

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