After CROSS20, we’ll be releasing over 20 breakout sessions from trusted teachers, well-known authors, and experienced missionaries. Here are previews of three of them.
2 Scriptures for Anxious Christians — Trillia Newbell
From “Fighting Anxiety with Faith”
How to Meditate on Scripture — Richard Chin
From “How I Study My Bible”
How Can I Know God’s Will for My Life? — Kevin DeYoung
From “Discerning God’s Will”
Next Steps: Three Tracks
The Next Steps videos will be broken up into three tracks: Goers, Senders, and All of Us. These categories are designed to help you quickly navigate which resource might be most useful for you.
- Dangers in Missions Today (Part 1): Church Planting Movements
- Dangers in Missions Today (Part 2): Insider Movements
- The Dilemma of Student Debt
Luke Womack (The Go Fund)
- My Experience as a Twenty-Something in South Asia
- Preparing to be an Effective Missionary
- Campus Ministry Overseas
- Influencing the Nations from the U.S.
- Excelling at your Job
- How to Think About Stewarding Money in a Materialistic Age
- Partnering with Indigenous Pastors
All of Us
- Help for Discouraged Christians
- Singleness, Dating, and Marriage
Cyndi and Scott Logsdon
- How to Feed Your Affections for Christ
- Pursuing Holiness and Fighting Sin
- Discerning God’s Will
- How I Study My Bible
- Cultivating Humility
- Loving Jesus by Loving His Church
- Fighting Anxiety with Faith
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructs his disciples, “Give us each day our daily bread.” He’s teaching them that God is their provider and they are to ask him to provide what they hunger and long for.
We must pray like this on a daily basis: “God, we have a hunger for food and only you can provide for that hunger. We have a thirst for water; only you can provide for that thirst. We have a longing for air every moment; only you can provide that air.” We usually don’t even think about these things, but they are vital to our lives. When they are taken away from us, we immediately begin to long for them. We have all kinds of hungers, desires, thirsts, and longings in our lives for things like peace, love, intimacy, meaning, or purpose. Jesus is telling us to go to God and say, “Only you can provide these things for me.”
Now let’s be honest, this whole request seems really strange in our culture. We don’t often ask God to give us bread today. Few of us reading this are worried that we may not have anything to eat today. So, why would we request bread from God when most, if not all of us, need less food, not more? Why do we ask for daily bread? Because Jesus was saying, “You need to pray because prayer will guard you against thinking that you can provide bread for yourself on your own, apart from God.” Prayer will be the hedge of protection to keep you from thinking that you can provide what you need or that the things of this world can provide for all of your hungers. Only God can provide what you need.
“Prayer will guard you against thinking that you can provide bread for yourself on your own, apart from God.”
I’m convinced when I look at my own life, and I look at the trends within western Christianity, that one of the reasons we are so flippant and casual with prayer is because we actually believe that we can do this thing on our own and we can sustain our lives on our own. We have bought into the materialism that’s sold to us, which says that we don’t need God, we just need our things. We believe that we can make it without God because we have all of our things. But Jesus says that the core of prayer is realizing that you have a Father in heaven who desires to give every good and perfect gift to you. You need him, not bread, water, air, or any of these things that you hunger and long for. Prayer brings us back to this realization: you need God and he will provide those things for you.
In our culture, we must ask God to deliver us from self-sustaining Christian lives. You can’t sustain yourself; that goes against the whole point of Christianity. Only God sustains us. We’re only satisfied by God, and he gives us that which nothing else in this world can. No matter how big our house is, no matter how nice our car is, no matter how great our job or our salary is, no matter how great our possessions are, only God can satisfy us. We don’t need things, we need God.
I’m guessing none of us has asked God today, “Give me my daily bread.” Maybe so few of us pray this way because we think that we can do it on our own — but we can’t. We don’t have it on our own. We can’t do this thing without him. He alone is our provider. So we go to him, saying, “Give us the core needs. I need you to provide these things for me.”
Learn more about the Lord’s Prayer: At CROSS20, David Platt, Trip Lee, John Piper, and others will unpack the counter-cultural message of the Lord’s Prayer. Join us via livestream, December 29–30, 2020.
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Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a sermon preached on July 15, 2007.
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- Brainstorm a list of 5-10 Christian friends (from your church, school, campus ministry, workplace, or somewhere else)
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- Follow-up with your friends in a few days to see if they’ve registered.
Thanks for inviting your friends to CROSS20. We can’t wait to open God’s Word with you this December.
Sources have been reporting for years that the Chinese government has been oppressing Uyghur Muslims. Last year, we prayed for the Uyghurs of China because we care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering.
Watch this video to learn more about the plight of the Uyghur people and to join us in prayer:
Chinese Oppression of the Uyghur Muslims
- Between one and three million Uyghurs have been shipped to “re-education” camps.
- Since 2018, sources have been reporting that these re-education camps have led to forced labor.
- Uyghur parents are subject to forced sterilization.
- Sources are now reporting that Uyghur children are being killed in cruel acts of forced abortion and infanticide.
Our Prayer for the Uyghur People
There are over 11.8 million Uyghurs living in China. Only 0.1% of these Uyghurs have professed faith in Christ, classifying the Uyghurs as an unreached people group. We pray for unreached peoples because we believe that Christ is worthy of praise from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).
Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering. In compassion, we grieve the injustice committed against the Uyghur people. In hope, we pray that workers would be sent to the Uyghurs to tell of the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ.
“The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”Luke 10:2
At our last conference, John Piper shared a short biography of two missionaries who paid the ultimate price to proclaim Christ.
We hope this video on the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam will encourage you to make your life count in a world of desperate need.
John Stam’s Final Words
When the Stams were captured by their persecutors, John was able to write a letter to his missions agency, informing them of the situation: “All our possessions and stores are in their hands, but we praise God for peace in our hearts.” Despite their dire situation, John’s letter was filled with God-centered hope.
The letter ends with a desperate prayer based on Philippians 1:20:
“The Lord bless and guide you and as for us, may God be glorified, whether by life or by death.”John Stam
John and Betty Stam laid down their lives for the most loving cause in the universe: making the name of Jesus known in every corner of the world. This is a cause worth giving our lives for. Some will lay down their lives to go to the nations — a path that may end in martyrdom. Some will lay down their lives to send to the nations — a life of self-denial, generous giving, and urgent prayer. But everyone has a part to play in God’s grand, glorious, gracious, global plan.
To learn more about God’s plan for the world, join us for the CROSS20 livestream. We’re not urging you to come to this conference to make life easy for you; we’re urging you to come to make your life count. Click here to learn more and register now.