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Twenty-one Days of Prayer, Day 10, Missionaries, John 20-23

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When reading John 20:21-23, The Holy Spirit, through John, reveals to us “ Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” What do you think of when you hear the word “missionaries”? Perhaps your image is someone who is a super Christian, able to accomplish great things and regarded as a hero to those to whom they minister. Or maybe your view is someone who doesn’t fit into American society because they live like they’re in the 1950s. When I think of missionaries, I think of servants who are much like me. They struggle with problems, doubts, and fears like any of us. Those having children have to balance parenthood with ministry. They are loved by some and opposed by others. They enjoy the new adventures of a new place while missing the comfort and security of their “hometown”. In other words, they are followers of Jesus Christ like all of us. But they are willing to go! Missionaries are convinced that God has called them to a specific place to ministry to people for whom they have a burden. They are called to something that will challenge them but not their God. I agree with Hudson Taylor’s assessment of the qualifications needed by a a missionary. He said, “”There are three qualifications for missionaries: patience, patience, patience.” The concept of endurance is essential to see a work to started and grow. Lord, please help our missionaries have the endurance needed for their difficult work. You never gave up, so please live through those you have sent so they will continue. I also notice that Jesus said, “Peace be unto you”. God gives the disciples a inner awareness of His forgiveness and presence that will help them face the problems of life. Lord, help them to have peace that comes from you overwhelming us. These disciples also were going to receive the Holy Spirit, living within them and empowering them to do what God had called them to do. When faced with struggles or doubt, please Lord remind them of you living within them. Help them to daily surrender to your Lordship and to walk with you. Finally, help them to teach the message of forgiveness, faithfully. Give them communication skills and as they share Your story, help them to encourage and support those they introduce to a relationship with You. God use them. Meet their needs, and help them find favor with those to whom they minister. Help them get up from failures and help them to remember You are the reason for their successes. Thank you for their example of following you and loving others. And God, help me to share you with those who are my mission field. Use me!

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