Praying for Missionaries

Today I would like to dedicate this Journey to Missionaries. They are like Paul, who are sent out to witness to other lands. Not everyone has the calling to be a Missionary, and not every person has the personality to be one, but thanks be to God, that there continues to be those who answer the calling written on their hearts, many from a very young age, to go to certain groups or places in this world for the purpose of being a witness for Christ. Some are sent to places that seem pretty safe, and others are sent to places that their very lives are threatened, or imprisonment waits for them. But the call of the Lord is stronger than the fear of what could possibly happen to them. You and I have an opportunity to be a part of these Missionaries lives, through either direct giving, or the participation of your church in the tithes you give, that are sent to those who do this work. You also participate with them by the prayers you send to heaven for them and those they minister to. What caught my heart to these this morningwas the start of Philippians, in which Paul, who obviously is a Missionary, and now in prison, writes from this prison to those who help him with their financial help, and with their prayers. Here is what the Missionary thinks toward those who participate: “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and establishment of the gospel.” Philippians 1:3-7 These brave souls, called by God, through Christ our Lord, pray for you also, I have received encouragement many times from the very missionaries we are and should be praying for, saying that they are praying for us, and for me. It would seem to me that they have their hands full with where they are, and what they are doing, but they still have time to pray for us back home, I wonder how often we pray for them? Do you know who your Missionaries are? Do you remember them in prayer? Pastor Andy

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