Seeking another Kingdom - Justin Martyr

Revival comes as we seek the true Kingdom of God.

Our ignorance of Church history hinders our ability to pray for revival.

Without a knowledge of Church history, we miss the benefit of seeing how God has worked in prior times and in various cultures. And we cannot appreciate the influence our predecessors had on their culture and the changes they wrought as they served the Lord faithfully in their day.   

Justin Martyr (ca. 100-165 AD) is an early Church father who is worthy of our attention. He studied philosophy extensively, but none seemed satisfactory to him until he was introduced to Christianity. His eyes and heart now open to the truth of Jesus, Justin went on to become one of the preeminent defenders of the faith in the second century. His zeal for the Lord earned him the martyr’s crown at the hands of the Roman emperor.

Justin defended Christianity and boldly challenged the societal mores of his day. He spoke out against exposing babies (an early form of abortion) and sexual licentiousness. He also challenged Roman Emperors to pursue justice and to halt their unwarranted persecution of Christians. All the while, Justin was willing to offer his life for his convictions, and eventually paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

To understand Justin’s boldness in addressing the Roman emperors, and his ardent love for truth and justice, consider his contrast of those living for an earthly kingdom with those seeking a heavenly one: 

For if we looked for a human kingdom, we should also deny our Christ, that we might not be slain; and we should strive to escape detection, that we might obtain what we expect. But since our thoughts are not fixed on the present, we are not concerned when men cut us off; since also death is a debt which must at all events be paid.

Fearless, visionary, confident in the Lord, committed to making Him known: This is the legacy of Justin Martyr. His example should encourage us to seek revival, renewal, and awakening in our day.

Let us pray that, just as Justin Martyr, we too may have such conviction, boldness, and love for God’s kingdom.

We invite you to join one of our Revival Prayer Groups as we gather online monthly to seek the Lord in prayer for revival. One group meets the third Monday of each month at 9:00 pm. A second meets the third Tuesday at 10:00 am, and a third meets the third Wednesday at 9:00 pm (all times Eastern). We gather online and, letting a psalm guide our prayers, unite our hearts and voices in seeking the Kingdom of the Lord and revival in our day. If you’re interested in joining a group, send an email to T. M. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and let him know your preference.

Ralph Lehman, Men’s Prayer Coordinator
T. M. Moore, Principal

Visit the website to watch the brief video on using our booklet, If Men Will Pray, to begin enlisting other men for a deeper, more satisfying, and more powerful life of prayer (click here).

Download “Men of the Church: A Solemn Call” for free by
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Ralph Lehman

Ralph Lehman, JD, CFA, CAIA, is an investment adviser after having spent nine years in a discipleship-focused ministry, Worldwide Discipleship Association, where his ministry focused primarily on college students and inner-city work. Ralph resides in Knoxville, TN with his wife Charlotte and he is a Board member for the Fellowship of the Ailbe.

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