“With prayer and fasting they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord in whom they had put their trust.” (Acts 14:23b, NLT)
“We try to reflect on what people said to Jesus during His time on earth and how misunderstood He was. We don’t even begin to measure up to Him in trying to identity with the people He came to reach, but we’re beginning to sense His being “despised and rejected” (Isaiah 53:3, NIV). Even though He made great efforts – the greatest – to reach them, not all welcomed Him.
Prayer: Father, encourage missionaries to persevere in bringing the lost to Christ. Allow their moral and upright lives to be seen as they love others in the name of Jesus. Increase their love for the people groups around them, even during persecution. Amen. “
(from Voices of the Faithful compiled by Kim P. Davis, page 206)