Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the same, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1-2, CSB)

After the anguish of Gethsemane, did Jesus face the cross with joy? Though the world couldn’t see it, Christ gladly faced death, because He knew what was on the other side. Only Jesus knew what would be accomplished for all mankind, for all time as He walked in obedience to the Father’s wishes. 

Fixing our eyes on Jesus and not on our circumstances will help us to move with confidence toward accomplishing His mission. 

How have you entered into Holy Week, this week of remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ? For most of us, this will be a Holy Week and Easter unlike any other we’ve celebrated. We can expect a wide array of emotions and experiences that could hinder and distract us. Let us pray together for heart and minds that remain focused on Jesus.

Dear Father, we come to you today asking You to help our pastors and missionaries keep their hearts and minds focused completely on you. Ministry will be different this week. Preparations for Easter sermons will be different this week. Outreach and missions will be different this week.  As they experience this Holy Week in new ways, lead them to lay aside every hindrance that may snare or distract them, give them endurance for the race that lies ahead, and guide them to keep their eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of their faith. Give them renewed spirits as they pour out their lives to bring Your Word to a world in desperate need. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Carol Ghattas for Missions Mosaic


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