Accountability can make you do some crazy things.
Two weeks ago, the house church that meets in our home discussed accountability. In order to make it practical, I challenged everyone to try and pray with someone, preferably who doesn’t know the Lord [Jesus] during the week, and said that we would report back the next time we came together.
Big mistake! Having challenged everyone, I now needed to live up to it too. Since I live the life of a writer, most of my time is spent with just me and my computer. There was no obvious situation where I would come across someone new, so I brainstormed.
I put an ad on Craigslist. “Do you need prayer?”: no response. I responded to some tweets that said, “I need prayer” or “I need God”: no response.
Finally, a couple of days before we were due to meet again, I received a sales call from someone at an online pet pharmacy. Our dogs needed some more flea and tick meds, so I placed my order. The lady at the other end was just saying goodbye when I interrupted her. “Before you leave, is there anything I can pray for you. I believe that God answers prayer.”
She broke down. She told me something I could pray about and I prayed for over the phone. It turned out she was a Christian. As we said goodbye, she said, “I’ll never forget you!”
When our group came back together, everyone had a story of how they had deliberately prayed for someone. No one they approached had refused prayer; everyone was very grateful.
Would we have done it without the knowledge that we would be asked to report back? I don’t think I would have done so. Prayer and accountability is a key tool in multiplication.
Practical activity: Give your group a challenge. Maybe challenge them to pray with someone, or to tell their story to a not-yet-believer. The important thing is that you follow up with it.
– Felicity Dale, www.SimplyChurch.com