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A Prayer for Missionaries, Jesus’ Servants, and Church Planters

  “I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” Revelation 7:9-10

 

Lord Jesus, you gave John this vision to encourage your church of every generation, in every place. Thank you for doing so. There is no doubt about where history is heading. There is no doubt about the outcome of your finished work, current reign, and future return. The impossible-to-count multitude of your grace-redeemed Bride will gather, will be glorified, and will glory in you forever. Hallelujah!

So, we pray with thanksgiving, passion, and hope for missionaries, church planters, and a wide variety of servants of the Gospel. Whether in small hamlets or large cities, in seasons of persecution or on the cusp of renewal, where fruit is hidden and where it’s copious—we pray encouragement, refreshment, and strength for all who herald the Gospel and proclaim your worthiness, Jesus.

Our labors in the Lord are often exhausting, costly, and the occasion of great discouragement; but they are never in vain. “What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later” (Rom. 8:18). Our “light and momentary troubles” are going to be outweighed by an eternal goodness that tips and breaks the scales (2 Cor. 4:17). You are SO worthy, Lord Jesus. So Very Amen.

 

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