Daily Topic for November 13, 2012
In this analogy where a Roman soldiers’ defensive uniform is compared with the tools of spiritual warfare, one thing stands out as an offensive weapon: the Word of God. Shields, breastplates, etc. are all defensive in nature, but a sword is an offensive weapon used to move forward. This instrument of war is the one thing listed that can push back the works of darkness. Every people group we are praying for this month is without this offensive weapon.
Pray for Wycliffe Bible Translators to produce “swords” that can be used by all nations that lack this offensive weapon for the spiritual fight.
Seventy years ago, a man from the Cakchiquel tribe of Guatemala asked missionary William Cameron Townsend a rude but crucial question. “If your God is so smart, then why doesn’t He speak my language?” God used that complaint to convince Townsend that every man, woman, and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own language. Townsend went on to found Wycliffe Bible Translators.
People groups with a distinct culture and language vary greatly in size with some numbering only 100 or less. But God loves every one of them, and Christ died for all of them. To date Wycliffe has completed more than 700 scripture translations, but 2,100 languages still need a Bible translation program started. In November 2008 Wycliffe launched the “Last Languages Campaign,” an initiative to see a Bible translation program in progress by 2025 in every language. Seventy five percent of these groups are in three areas of the world: Central Africa and Nigeria, mainland Southeast Asia, and Indonesia and the Pacific Islands.
The benefits of literacy, of being able to read the Bible, for minority language groups are many: better health, economic growth, and preservation of culture. But, of course, most importantly Bible translation brings people to God Himself, the One who transforms hearts.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Let us pray for God to stir the hearts of those who have the skills and the resources to complete the Wycliffe vision.