Monday, August 4, 2008

Missions Monday

Father, thank you for being a missionary God. All the false gods of the world seek to be served by people, but you sent your son to die in service to us. You called your people out from the world; you chose us to be your people, adopted into your family. You gave us an inheritance that can never be taken away, an inheritance that will last for eternity. You have given us the right to enjoy eternity with you. While our adversary comes to us to destroy, Jesus came so that we could have life in abundance.

Jesus' last words to his disciples were telling us to take his good news throughout the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And for 2,000 years, Christians have been following Jesus' words and the Christian faith has spread through so much of the world, through so many nations, among so many people. Yet, after all that time, there are still too many people who have never even heard your good news. Too many people have never even heard of the freedom you offer--freedom from sin and its slavery, freedom from guilt, freedom from our deserved, eternal punishment.

Father, I pray that you would send out missionaries into the field. Send missionaries to the Bohra people of India who have no one to tell them. They lie trapped in Islam, seeking to serve you, but not knowing you. They lie trapped by the endless, impossible task of trying to be good enough to warrant your acceptance. Send them witnesses who can tell them your good news; you offer acceptance, not based on their deeds, but based on Jesus' life.

And send missionaries to the Majhi people of Nepal who remained trapped in Hinduism. They live in belief of an endless cycle of the universe, but they do not know the Creator of the universe. And they do not know that you have planned an end to this world. Send missionaries to tell them how to prepare for their ends.

And send missionaries to the Baori Hindus, and the Tanti Hindus, and the Charan Hindus of India. Each of these people wait to hear your word, living in darkness without anyone to bring them the good news.

The Dagbamba people of Ghana, the Makasar people of Indonesia, and the Persians of Iran live under the law of Islam. Free them by the power of your grace and mercy. Send them missionaries to carry your good news and bring them liberty.

And Father, put it in the hearts of your people to support and send missionaries. Call out from among us those who will carry your word to the ends of the earth. And put in the heart of every Christian to be part of this effort by contributing their resources and their prayers to support the work of worldwide missions.

I pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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