Matthew 4:19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
We are looking at how we "Jonahize" our region. In Jonah 3-1-10 Jonah preached God's word throughout Nineveh, a city of 120,000 people for three days. The people repented of their evil and violent ways and God did not judge the city. How do we "Jonahize" our region? Our first step is to pray for families to teach their children the word of God (Psalm 78:1-8; Proverbs 6:20; Ephesians 6:1-4). It is an absolute necessity for one generation to pass the word of God to the next generation. This is accomplished by Dad and Mom teaching the Bible formally and informally 24/7.
The second step is to pray that people follow Jesus. Jesus said that He would make each one who follows Him a fisher of men, that is, a disciple maker (Matthew 28:19-20). As we pray God's will we know He hears us and that we have what we ask (1 John 5:14-15). What will our answer to prayer look like? Jesus told us what it takes to follow Him in Matthew 16:24-25 and Luke 14:26-33 (Please read). People who follow Jesus deny themselves (Matthew 16:24). Denying yourselves does not mean not eating or drinking certain foods. Denying yourselves means people take up Jesus plans and purposes for their lives. It means people take up the primary purpose of seeking and saving the lost, making disciples. It means that people call other people to repent of their sin and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9).
People who follow Jesus are willing to die doing God's will, are willing to lose their lives for Jesus' sake (Matthew 16:24-25).
People who follow Jesus as His disciple put Him first above all relationships (Luke 14:26)
People who follow Jesus as His disciple are willing to lose everything to be His disciple (Luke 14:33).
Followers of Jesus will "Jonahize" their region. According to the criteria Jesus has given us to qualify as a follower, do you qualify? The desire to follow Jesus leads us to attempt to fulfill the qualifications; leads to Jesus fulfilling those qualifications in our life. Pray that God would put the desire in our hearts, as the Body of Christ, to follow Jesus and move us to attempt to deny ourselves, be willing to die doing His will, be attempting to put Him first above all relationship and be willing to give up everything to be His disciple.