Much of the Apostle Paul’s life is all but lost in obscurity to us. We know this from some of his hints of so much more that took place as he carried the gospel of Jesus Christ west.
He told the Corinthian believers, “On frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers (2 Corinthians 11:26).”
We don’t have his memoirs. We have only a fast-paced glimpse into a surrendered life willing to sacrifice everything to fulfill the debt he saw himself owing to all people.
It is really no different for missionaries today. We often hear of the pleasantries of lives being changed by the wondrous good news of God’s Son, but are spared the knowledge of suffering, hard times, loneliness, the difficulties of cultural influences, and of course persecution.
It is very real though. Our front line workers endure much for the sake of their calling; some beyond our understanding.
Will you join me today in lifting our missionaries in earnest prayer before our Father? Will you pray specifically for a beloved friend and his family as they face the attacks of the enemy?
Because much, maybe even most, Kingdom work is done in obscurity, we cannot know all of the details of their trials, but we can pray without ceasing to the One who does, and has all things in His control. Thank you for your prayers.