Throughout December, we challenge you to join us for a month of dedicated prayer for missions and consider "the good news of great joy that will be for all people." Many of us read through the Christmas story in the weeks leading up to December 25, it's the same story every year so this year, try something different.
At its heart, the Christmas story is a missionary story -- God Himself coming into the world to bring the good news.
We are testing this new format, but each week in December you can expect to receive a Scripture reading for the day, a brief devotional thought and a prayer item. We've included a short sample below. If you don't already receive it, consider signing up for the TWR Canada Prayer Guide here.
Sample: December 16, 2016
"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child."
(Luke 2:4-5 ESV)
Have you ever heard someone speak critically about international missions? They might ask ‘why do you have to go around the world, aren’t there people here who need the gospel?’ While that is true, God’s plans sometimes call people far away in order to build the church and make disciples. In today’s reading, Mary and Joseph journey from their hometown to Bethlehem. It was not a convenient time to go, but God arranged even this detail so that Jesus' birth would fulfill every prophecy made about his coming. God’s plans are greater than our own inconvenience, and sometimes God compels us to do something we’ve never done before in order to serve him. As you travel this holiday season, remember those who are on the move to make known his gospel among the nations!
Pray for missionaries who travel, that they would be kept safe. Pray for those who travel long distances to attend a church meeting or Bible training conference such as those TWR hosts in the Middle East.
Tell Us What You Think!
Email email@example.com and let us know your thoughts on this new format for the TWR Canada Prayer Guide. We’ll return to the standard format in January for a few months, but are looking to implement this mid-to-late 2017 based on the response we receive.