To the Ends of the Earth

Joy Reschke | October 19, 2018

Matthew 28:19–20

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

—Matthew 28:19–20

Lord,

Today we pray for the start of MissionsFest across the campuses of Wheaton Bible Church. Jesus, as our missionaries and partners travel in from communities nearby and from all around the world, we pray that we would recognize the presence of Your Spirit as we worship you together.

Give us hearts that celebrate the stories of how You are transforming people around the world through your love. I pray that as we encounter stories of hardship and persecution, the weight of those needs would not cripple us. As Your heart breaks for the brokenness in the world, may You break our hearts as well. Guide us deeper into prayer and communion with You, Lord. We believe that You are the God of every nation, and that You are working justice for all the oppressed.

Father, we pray that MissionsFest wouldn’t be a one-week celebration at our church. May we all leave this time of prayer and worship inspired by You to be more aware of the roles You have for us in our workplaces, our families, our neighborhoods, and every other sphere of influence. May our lives overflow with Your love.

Jesus, we also ask You to encourage our Church’s missionaries. May they feel at home here with us. Encourage them, Jesus, and give them favor in their ministries around the world. Thank You for scattering us far outside the walls of our church. We believe and have come to know Your love for the world. May we continue to live on mission today.

Amen.

Questions for reflection and discussion: How will you participate in MissionsFest this year? Are there any missionaries or ministries that you would like to learn more about?

This week's devotions were written by Joy Reschke. Joy has been a part of WBC for five years. Her favorite way to spend the Sabbath is enjoying early mornings with Jesus and afternoon outings with her husband, Kyle.

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