A Spirit-filled walk with Christ makes us ready for the moment when He speaks to us. There is no indication that “worshiping the Lord and fasting” was anything unusual for the church at Antioch. Even before the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2, prayer was a natural habit for believers in Christ. These habits were the effective tools that gave the Holy Spirit freedom to speak directly to this church with clear instructions for the next missions outreach.
There are dangers that cause our mission efforts to be ineffective:
1. We do not expect the Holy Spirit to speak clearly to us.
2. We subconsciously think every time we pray, the outcome is going to be the same as last time.
3. We really don’t want change in our churches and therefore we quench the Holy Spirit.
4. We want to retain good people in our churches rather than expecting God to send them out.
We need to expect God to do something different that will make our missions more effective and beyond what is familiar to us. God's command is GO! Where? He will direct after we become willing to be sent.
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