January 25 | Romans 10:13-15
Prayer Focus: World Missionaries
“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”” (Romans 10:13–15)
In some parts of the world, water is a commodity. Arabs in the desert can’t survive without finding it and knowing where it is. We take water for granted here. Clean and safe water flows from our faucets. We don’t treasure it like they do.
Do you realize the cup of cold water you have in you, the good news about Jesus that everyone around you needs? You have the key to how people can be eternally saved and become part of God’s family. You have the answer to life after death. Do you share it with others like it’s the most essential element everyone needs?
Paul describes the beautiful feet, quoting from the Old Testament, that people who share Jesus have. Why does it focus on feet? Some of us don’t admire feet, but others admire them a little too much. The point of Paul’s quotation is that people who bring the gospel to you have precious feet. There feet transported them into your path. And when you share the gospel with others, your feet are beautiful to them.
When Paul quotes from the Old Testament that everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved, he follows it with important questions that help us understand why feet of those who bring salvation are beautiful. People don’t know that they can call on the Lord and be saved. You have to tell them. Without your boldness to witness to them, they are lost for eternity.
The only way the unsaved discover this truth about calling on Jesus is when you go to them, open your mouth, and present the gospel. Think of the person who told you about Jesus. You would be eternally condemned if they had not spoken up. Some of us may be afraid to speak to our family and friends about Jesus because they will reject us. Wouldn’t we rather be rejected for giving people the eternal lifeline that can save their souls instead of maintaining our relationships?
You have the powerful opportunity to pray for world missionaries as they share the gospel with people we don’t even know. When I talk to my missionary friends, they share powerful stories of how Jesus has touched the lives of His enemies around them. These stories astound me! I hear of Muslims dreaming of Jesus before they meet missionaries. They tell me about the dangers they face and the boldness the Holy Spirit gives them. God protects them, and much of that happens because of our prayers.
As you pray for world missionaries you or your church support financially, bathe them in prayer. Through your prayers offered at whatever time of day you pray or the Holy Spirit prompts you to pray, you may be ministering to a specific need without knowing it. I have woken up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, and God has laid a mission a friend on my heart. Later, I have found out that a missionary need in my prayers to protect him from harm at that moment.
Allow the Holy Spirit to minister through you as you speak safety, provision, and peace over missionaries abroad. Pray with boldness, and allow the Holy Spirit to give you the words to speak. You can start with the need to know about, but the Holy Spirit will help you know supernaturally special needs the missionary has that you may not be aware of. Use the most powerful weapon against spiritual darkness and unbelief you have, intercessory prayer.
- For the needs the world missionaries you and your church support have already mentioned
- For safety, provision, boldness to witness, and Spirit-led ministry to the lost
- That God would minister through world missionaries to the cultures He has called them to
- For God to go before the missionaries and prepare the lost to receive the gospel