Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool)

Brian Clark


The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Book of Zechariah in the Old Testament offers us various ways of praying and planting seeds toward revival. Zechariah writes between 520 and 518 B.C. after the exiles have returned to Jerusalem from Babylon and before the Temple is dedicated in 515 B.C.

Zechariah opens his prophetic word in verse three with these instructions: This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Return to me,' declares the Lord Almighty, 'and I will return to you', says the Lord Almighty.

Did you notice in this verse that Zechariah mentions the name of the Lord Almighty three times? Zechariah wants the reader to understand that it is God who makes the invitation and the promise. God invites us to return from whatever ways we have been wandering from Him. Upon our return, God promises also to turn toward us. Like the father in Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son, God runs toward us and pursues us even when we are a long way off and turn back in God's direction.

As we sow seeds this year for revival, it is helpful for us to begin by asking the person who stares back at us in the mirror: in what ways have I wandered away from God? Through God's grace, we can turn back to God and be met with grace, forgiveness, and relationship through Jesus Christ.

Planting seeds of revival,

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