What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus in this world - especially when you have experienced some of the worst this world has to offer. This is a question both we and the Potter’s House students need to answer. Just as Jesus spent face-to-face time nurturing and teaching His disciples, we need to invest ourselves fully in the lives of the men entrusted to us. Like Paul, we need to take our Timothy under our wings and minister to his needs and then teach and challenge him to nurture others.
A key component of this process is prayer. James 5:13-18 describes the power of prayer for the disciple. It forgives sin and alleviates the many problems that sin brought into the world. We do not need to be super Christians to experience this. Verse 17 says that Elijah was a man just like us and his prayers stopped the rain for three and a half years and then brought the rain at the requested time. It is the Spirit of God in us that empowers our prayers.
Discipleship is the process of understanding and receiving that power. We must encourage our new disciples to receive this power and then to learn how to use it. As we teach our disciples to pray in the Spirit, new and wonderful things will happen and we will see the transformation in their lives that we greatly desire. It is an exciting journey and we all play a role. Pray with us for these young Christians who are seeking true life change.
By: Lanny Millette
Lanny Millette serves as The Potter’s House Ministry Director. He loves Jesus, his wife Debbie and acting.