Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
(Romans 12:2, CSB)

Some we forget that missionaries and pastors are human too—people who are doing life in the midst of living out their call on the field. They have the same routine responsibilities we do: laundry, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, buying groceries, helping children with homework assignments, dealing with illness, and more. 

Romans 11 and 12 speak about the goodness of God whether we’re in the middle of the magnificent or the mundane—“the depths of the riches . . . of God! How unsearchable his judgments and his paths . . . through him and for him are all things . . . glory forever!” 

Because of the mercy of a holy God, we are privileged to worship, to sacrificially offer our very lives to Him, to be renewed and approved in His “good, pleasing, and perfect will.” This is totally counter to today’s culture. What works of transformation is the Lord working in you and through you today?

Dear Father, please be with our pastors and missionaries who are sacrificially offering their their lives to serve you. Protect them from the temptation to be conformed to this age. Please renew their spirits and their minds. Help them discern what is your good, pleasing, and perfect will. Help them balance their acts of service and their time of personal worship and prayer. Help them balance their ministry to the community and their ministry to their families. Renew their physical and emotional strength as they struggle in the tension of the magnificent and the mundane. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Brenda Harris for Missions Mosaic


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