Daily Topic for May 01, 2008
Imagine how busy Paul must have been. He was a premier missionary, a spokesman for the Church, and a frequent traveler. He must have had many things to pray about, not the least of which would have been his own health and protection in the midst of persecution and prison. But his praying didn’t stop with his own concerns. He prayed for the churches he had planted as well as the ones he hadn’t planted. Even more significantly, he prayed for “people he had never seen.” One of the purposes of this Global Prayer Digest is to help you to pray for people you have never seen-the world’s unreached peoples.
Pray that some who read this prayer guide will also, like Paul, be led of God to go as missionaries to these people.
“To a father waxing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter,” wrote Euripides. This ancient insight proved true for Stanford Morison, who felt a special bond with his daughter, Mary, born in 1923. Stanford, a North American coffee plantation owner, had married a 16-year old-Mexican girl, 20 years his junior.
Though their daughter Mary was a determined young woman, she was also private and without friends or peers with whom she could fully identify. Then one day when she was 17, God brought two Wycliffe Bible Translators to the Morison home in Mexico, Marianna Slocum and Evelyn Woodward. Both were attractive, athletic and intelligent young women. To Marianna and Evelyn, Mary seemed self-assured, and it was clear that she wasn’t following Christ. But God had something wonderful in mind for Mary.
At the insistence of Cameron Townsend, founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, Marianna and Evelyn took Mary to the States for schooling. It was at the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in Arkansas, that Mary came to know Christ as her Savior.
Marianna was about to get married. But just a week before the wedding, the groom, Bill Bentley, suffered a fatal heart attack. Mary watched Marianna in her grief and came to realize that true believers in Jesus possess great confidence and hope as they face the reality of death.
She wanted that too.-AL (Continued tomorrow)Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that we may live so that those who don’t know Christ may want to embrace Him.