Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Katrina's Musings (Gospel Meditations/Missions-Day14)

Finally, brothers,pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

"Missionaries mean it when they tell you, 'What we really need is your prayers!' We can do without money (Paul sometimes made tents), but we can't do without prayers. The 'Gospel-destitute areas' see us as criminal combatants, not friends. We're up against reigning principalities, religious powers, radical politicians, and recurring persecution. We get attacked from the front, from the rear, and from the sides, and, yes, even from within. Missionaries aren't special. There is nothing about our foreign geography that makes us super-sanctified or sin-proof. We're tempted to deny like Peter, pout like Elijah, get cynical like Jonah, and turn back like John Mark. We deal with depression and loneliness and pain and threats and fears and danger and frustration. Our women and children get injured in the fray. Our new converts get attacked worse than we do......So please, pray!.... And when you pray, pray the prayer that Paul requested: 'that the word of the Lord would spread quickly and be glorified'. That's the crux of the matter."--David Hosaflook

Gospel Meditations for Missions--Brethren, Pray For Us--Day 14

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