Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet your mind and prepare your heart to receive God’s Word. Read the following passage at least twice, and then pray through the points below.
1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, 2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 4 For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. 5 For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain. 6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? 11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Satan does not want unreached people to hear the gospel. He will try to get us off track and mired in sin that distracts us from the prize—more people getting more of Jesus. Take a few moments to reflect on your heart right now. Are you distracted? Are you praying because you feel like you're supposed to? Is there anything in your heart that is trying to lead you astray from Jesus in this moment? Confess it to God and rest in the forgiveness Christ bought for you through His blood. Earnestly pray that we—both senders and goers—would stand firm in the face of temptation. Pray for the Spirit to regularly reveal sin in our lives that seeks to choke out the Word planted in us.
Ask God to give us firm faith and steadfastness in His Word, that we would all thrive in Christ and spur one another on to love and good works. Pray that God would provide means and resources for advocacy team members to visit the goers they support, and that those goers would be encouraged and strengthened through fellowship with their community.
Pray that we as a church family would provide for every need of every goer, whether in the field or on home assignment. Pray that our generosity and abundance would reflect the generosity and abundance of God our Father who always gives generously to His children (Matthew 7:11). Ask God to show you specific ways you can, as an individual, family, or community, provide for goers who have need. Determine to be proactive this week in identifying and meeting those needs.