A friend of mine used to work in NYC among one of the people groups in our city who are the most closed to the gospel. And yet, in his five years here, Mark saw on average one person come to faith in Jesus every month. When I asked him the key to his fruitfulness, he replied: “I have an hour commute to and from work every day, and during the whole trip I pray. We need to spend lots of time in prayer if we are to see people come to faith. God loves when we pray.”
Those words have stuck with me. I want to be a woman who is constantly praying for my non-believing friends, co-workers, and neighbors. I long to see the disconnected connected to Jesus and to his people.
This morning I want to encourage us to learn from Mark’s example and redeem our daily commute. Commuting to and from work every day can be stressful, crowded, and all around terrible; but I think that God wants to use even this “wasted” time for His glory.
So let’s make a deal with one another to turn our daily commute into a solid time of prayer for the people we know who are disconnected from Jesus. Even if your commute is only 15min each way, that’s 30min every day that you will be praying for your friends.
And this might sound cheesy, but why not pray for one person with every station you pass. So for example, if you were on the 6 train, from 86th to 79th you’d pray for Ali, from 79th to 72nd for Jose, and so on. And as you pray, stay in tune with the Spirit because maybe one morning he may have you pray for the homeless person sleeping next to you or the teenagers doing their dance routine.
God desires for us to not just survive our daily commutes, but to use even these moments to bring his kingdom here on earth. In Cru Millennials we often talk about asking God to help us thrive and be unleashed for the flourishing of the city and the world. Maybe God wants to begin by helping us to thrive and be unleashed in our daily commute.
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