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Join us in 30 days of prayer for pastors and missionaries.
 

DAY ONE

Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Do everything in love.
(1 Corinthians 16:13-14, CSB)
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Paul’s admonition to “stand firm” is sandwiched between a warning and a command: “Be alert” and “Do everything in love.
” This is an interesting combination of messages.The warning reminds us there is danger. Certainly, danger lurks
everywhere – both in the world and even in the temptations of our own hearts.And, it reminds us to be alert to
our fears – fears of failing, of not being enough, and of disappointment. We must stand firm against both external
and internal fears.On the other end of the spectrum from fear, Paul reminds us to “Do everything in love.
” As we resolve to be strong and stand firm, we must also relate to others with grace and mercy and love.
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Dear Father, please enable pastors and missionaries to stand firm in their faith today. Strengthen them to face down
their fears. Give them wisdom to help others who are living in fear. Give them added energy as they pour out their own lives to
encourage and love and walk with others in this time of great uncertainty.  Thank you for the knowledge that all believers
can stand firm because our strength is in You.
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DAY TWO

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always
wrestling for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.
(Col 4:12, CSB)
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Epaphras founded the church at Colossae. His deep and abiding love for the church is confirmed by Paul’s words in Col. 4:12,
“He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm.” The Colossians experienced trouble just as every believer
today encounters trouble.Epaphras understood that a believer could only stand firm in the power of God. This is as true for
believers today as it was in Paul’s time.  Paul says Epaphras wrestled in prayer. This word also referred to contending
for victory in the Roman games. There are prayers . . . And then there are wrestling prayers. Fighting prayers.
Today, missionaries and pastors around the world are wrestling for others in prayer as they witness the
devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. Join us in wrestling for them in your prayers. Let’s all do some fighting
on our knees today!
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God, we pray today for pastors and missionaries who are praying wrestling prayers today. We pray for those they are loving
in Your name. Enable them to stand firm in their faith and to overcome the challenges today brings. Give them the answers
they need to help others overcome the challenges of the day. We give You the glory in advance for the victories you will bring!
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DAY THREE

The Israelites set out whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle throughout all the
stages of their journey. If the cloud was not taken up, they did not set out until the day it was
taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and there was a fire inside the
cloud by night, visible to the entire house of Israel throughout all the stages of their journey.
(Exodus 40:36-384, CSB)
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God gave Moses a powerful set of instructions. Not one detail was overlooked, right down to the significance of both the cloud
and the fire in demonstrating God’s faithful presence. Each element of nature fulfilled a critical role, not only in the scenery
surrounding the tabernacle but also in confirming the glory of God within its walls.  How often do we miss God’s glory because
we choose to disobey his instructions? How often do we deny God’s glory because of our pride and selfish desire to try and achieve
something in our own strength or timing rather than submitting to the Holy Spirit’s power and ever-present help?
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Father, thank you for giving us instructions and directives. Please open the eyes and hearts and minds of our pastors and
missionaries so they may hear from You clearly. We ask You to strengthen them as they encourage others to follow You and to
follow our earthly leaders, as in this season carrying out specific instructions can literally mean the difference in life and death
for our families and communities. Father, give our pastors and missionaries the words and thoughts they need to show others
the importance of self-discipline and self-sacrifice for the good of all. Let their speech and works bring glory to you. Amen.
Thank You for Your faithful presence.
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DAY FOUR

Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.
(Psalm 37:3-5, CSB)
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David knew God, and God knew David. Their relationship was constant, committed, and characteristic of unconditional
love. David was a man after God’s own heart. He longed to experience his Creator’s presence no matter the time, place,
or circumstance.  On more than one occasion, God called David to step out in faith and dwell in the joy of new scenery.
Whether surrounded by the challenges of the battlefield or within the comfort and confines of the cave, David knew he had
to trust God not only for his protection but also ultimately for his victories..
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Dear Father, today our missionaries and pastors are surrounded by challenges and ever-present dangers. Many of them
face persecution. However, You know them. You know their struggles. Help them today to take delight in You as they trust and
commit their ways to You. Bless their families as they are called out into unknown territory to care for others. Father, go before
them and act on their behalf. We pray that in every circumstance You may be honored. Amen.
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DAY FIVE

The past events have indeed happened.  Now I declare new events; I announce them to you
before they occur.Sing a new song to the Lord; sing his praise from the ends of the earth, you
who go down to the sea with all that fills it, you coasts and islands with your inhabitants.
(Isaiah 42:9-10, CSB)
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Praise is a powerful tool of transformation. How often have you had a challenging day or a trying moment, but you’ve chosen to
sing to the Lord a new song? Immediately, new scenery abounds. Your attitude changes; your mindset is transformed;
and in the blink of an eye, a refreshing day has dawned, all because of praise!  Worship is much more than a component
of a Sunday morning service. Worship breathes life, and worship is a way of life—an attitude of the heart. Worship can occur
in a sunset, a chorus of bluebirds, and a baby’s cry.  When we sing a new song, express gratitude, kneel in prayer,
or acknowledge creation, we are worshipping the One Who makes all things new.
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Dear Father, we pray today that in the midst of one crisis after another and the continual flow of anxiety-provoking news,
our pastors and missionaries will find times of respite— time to worship You. In this worship, we pray they will experience the
joy brought by deeper communion with You. May they experience the truth of your promise that the joy of the Lord is our
strength. May these moments of focused praise embolden their spirits and enable them to minister more fully in Your name. Amen.
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DAY SIX

Before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world to the
Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end . . . So he got up
from supper, laid aside his outer clothing, took a towel, and tied it around himself. Next, he poured
water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around him.
(John 13:1, 4–5 CSB)
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The people in whom we are investing our time need to know we love them. This sounds so simple. But in reality our world’s
busy-ness and distractions can get out of control. Sometimes love gets left by the wayside. We become so busy achieving that
we forget to love. As always, Jesus is our perfect example.  Our focus verse tells us Jesus was about to show His disciples the
full extent of His love for them. What did Jesus do? He washed their feet—those stinky, sweaty feet. He served His friends, those
who would carry on His ministry after He was taken back to heaven. He gave them tangible evidence of just how much He loved them.
How did Jesus spell love? He spelled it S-E-R-V-I-C-E.
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Dear Father, servanthood is the lifeblood of the ministry of missionaries and pastors. Today, people are being ordered to practice
social distancing and to shelter in place. Restaurants are closing, and non-essential business are shutting their doors. In the
midst of this new world, ministries are seeking out new creative ways to serve people in your name. Please align our missionaries’
and pastor’s thoughts with Your thoughts. Give them creative ideas and show them new ways of ministering. Please bring
them encouragement as they are unable to minister in traditional ways. We praise You for Your goodness and Your love. Amen.
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DAY SEVEN

Jesus sent out these twelve after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road that leads to the
Gentiles, and don’t enter any Samaritan town. Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, proclaim: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
(Matthew 10:5—8, CSB)
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Training others to accomplish a task involves four steps:

  1. Show them how to do it.
  2. Let them assist you while you do it.
  3. Assist them while they do it.
  4. Turn them loose to do it themselves.
Jesus spent a great amount of time training His disciples how to teach, heal, and preach. They watched Jesus interact with
crowds and individuals. They witnessed Him performing miracles. They observed His work, and they worked alongside
Him. Now it was time to work on their own. Jesus had trained them. Now He empowered them and released them to serve.
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Dear Father, today many have been ordered to shelter in place. In this time, pastors and missionaries are relying on
others to help carry on the work. Equip them to mobilize the force they’ve spent days, weeks, and years discipling.
Ministry is occurring through phone calls, emails, texts, and video calls. Some are prayerwalking and speaking to
neighbors from a safe distance. Others are assisting schools in providing lunches to children who would otherwise go
hungry. Some are purchasing groceries. Others are even singing outside nursing homes to share Your hope and joy.
Father, protect and empower all of these who are ministering in your name. Reassure our pastors and missionaries that
even in the midst of a global pandemic, their service for the gospel of Your Son, Jesus Christ, will be multiplied. Amen.
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DAY EIGHT

The high priest stood up and said to him, “Don’t you have an answer to what these men are testifying
against you? But Jesus kept silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living
God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”  “You have said it,” Jesus told him. “But I tell you,
in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds
of heaven.”
(Matthew 26:62—64, CSB)
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It is so difficult to remain quiet in the face of scrutiny. Jesus’ accusers took glee in challenging Him to defend Himself

against the litany of false accusations. They provoked Him and waited for His response. In the end, the Bible says,

“Jesus kept silent.”  God knows the truth, and God knows us. Sometimes our silence and trust in Him speak louder

than any defense we can offer.

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Dear Father, as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, fear increases and our sense of control becomes more tenuous.
In times like this people often displace their fear and anger by lashing out at others. Pastors and missionaries today
are forced to make difficult and often misunderstood decisions. Many are being asked “Where’s your faith?” Please
remind those who are discouraged that Jesus understands their pain and that you know their hearts and minds. Give
them the self-restraint to remain silent and trust You. Give missionaries and pastors an overflowing measure of love for
those around them—even those who are unlovable. Please help their families and friends speak words of support that
will encourage and lift them. Help us all to remember our Savior who is seated at the right hand of Power interceding for
us even now. Amen.
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