A Challenge From My Pastor to Me to You

I used to have a ton of different apps on my phone. But it didn’t take long before I had to make a choice as to what would stay on my phone: Apps or pictures of Corley. Corley of course won. Since then, I have majorly reduced the number of apps I have. So the apps that I allowed to stay on there are very important ones: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, WordPress, Yahoo Fantasy Sports, etc. As you can tell the majority of these apps are what I would call “time wasting apps”. You know, those ones that you specifically go to when you’re sitting in the car with a napping toddler or waiting at a doctor’s office. 

But this past Sunday as our pastor was adding the final cherry to the top of his sermon, he said something that caught my attention. He was giving different application points for his sermon in Isaiah and just in passing said “Download the Joshua Project app on your phone and pray for a different unreached people group every day.”

An App. I thought. They have an app for that?  Of course they do. They have an app for everything now.

So, later when I got home I searched the app store for the Joshua Project. Easily found. Easily downloaded.

It only took one day of using it before I realized how much I love this app. With one click, wherever I am, as long as I have my phone on me, I can open up and read about an unreached people group, see a map of where they are, read prayer requests, and finish by praying for them. One of my favorite features of the app is the “I prayed today” button that once you click, it reveals how many other people have also prayed for that people group that day.

But my favorite feature is also one of the most convicting. The first day I used the app in the morning. 35 people had prayed. The second day I used the app in the afternoon. 65 people had prayed. The third day I used the app late at night. 13 people had prayed.

Now I know that the numbers are only showing the people who have the app and use the app and may not be an accurate number of how many people are actually praying for that group that day. But I would love to see that number grow. I know there are way more than 65 people out there who have access to a free app in the app store.

I have only been using the app for a few days and it has already softened my heart for all of the unreached people groups in the world. To see a group of people with 5.2 million in population and not a single believer reported among them. That should break our hearts as believers and bring us to our knees in prayer that feet might be called to go and proclaim the good news of the Gospel to all peoples, all nations, and all tongues.

So, I challenge you, as my pastor challenged me. Do this one simple thing of downloading the Joshua Project app. It takes no more than 5 minutes of your day and I personally know I spend more time than that on plenty of other apps on my phone. You’ll be glad you did.


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