Daily Topic for June 01, 2012
This month we will do something a little different. The book of Colossians is full of potential prayer requests for unreached people groups. We will focus almost exclusively on that book this month. Notice how Paul started by praying for spiritual wisdom and understanding for the Colossian church. Isn’t this a good place to start?
Pray for spiritual wisdom and understanding among the unreached people groups that we pray for this month. Also pray for spiritual wisdom for potential missionaries who must hear God’s voice to discern His will.
As a young man in mid 19th century America, Daniel McGilvary was certain he wished to be a full time minister. He frequently heard a call to missions in the Scottish Presbyterian churches where he was raised. Yet he doubted his ability to learn a foreign language. During his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, McGilvary spent a summer serving in Texas hoping to find a home mission field where he could bring the bread of life to the perishing. He was disappointed to discover that the gospel had already reached Texas, noting that even small villages had at least one church and often more than that.
Upon returning to Princeton, a missionary from Siam (now called Thailand) addressed the student body. The Kingdom of Siam had just been opened to foreign missionaries by the invitation of the ruling monarch, King Mongkut. McGilvary was gripped by the opportunity to present Christ to an entire domain of people who had never heard of the Savior.
As McGilvary considered the call to serve in Siam, two Presbyterian churches in South Carolina called him to a joint pastorate. It seemed providential, yet during his initial year McGilvary had less and less peace. Long-term missionaries from Siam had recently returned home in broken health. Who would take their places? McGilvary fasted, prayed, and firmly decided he would go to Siam.
Pray for new missionaries today to forsake the path of least resistance and go to where God calls them.