Jesus sent out these twelve after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road that leads to the Gentiles, and don’t enter any Samaritan town. Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
(Matthew 10:5—8, CSB)

Training others to accomplish a task involves four steps:

  1. Show them how to do it.
  2. Let them assist you while you do it.
  3. Assist them while they do it.
  4. Turn them loose to do it themselves.

Jesus spent a great amount of time training His disciples how to teach, heal, and preach. They watched Jesus interact with crowds and individuals. They witnessed Him performing miracles. They observed His work, and they worked alongside Him. Now it was time to work on their own. Jesus had trained them. Now He empowered them and released them to serve.

Dear Father, today many have been ordered to shelter in place. In this time, pastors and missionaries are relying on others to help carry on the work. Equip them to mobilize the force they’ve spent days, weeks, and years discipling. Ministry is occurring through phone calls, emails, texts, and video calls. Some are prayerwalking and speaking to neighbors from a safe distance. Others are assisting schools in providing lunches to children who would otherwise go hungry. Some are purchasing groceries. Others are even singing outside nursing homes to share Your hope and joy. Father, protect and empower all of these who are ministering in your name. Reassure our pastors and missionaries that even in the midst of a global pandemic, their service for the gospel of Your Son, Jesus Christ, will be multiplied. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Brittany Conner for Missions Mosaic.

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