Before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end . . . So he got up from supper, laid aside his outer clothing, took a towel, and tied it around himself. Next, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around him.
(John 13:1, 4–5 CSB)

The people in whom we are investing our time need to know we love them. This sounds so simple. But in reality our world’s busy-ness and distractions can get out of control. Sometimes love gets left by the wayside. We become so busy achieving that we forget to love. As always, Jesus is our perfect example.

Our focus verse tells us Jesus was about to show His disciples the full extent of His love for them. What did Jesus do? He washed their feet—those stinky, sweaty feet. He served His friends, those who would carry on His ministry after He was taken back to heaven. He gave them tangible evidence of just how much He loved them.

How did Jesus spell love? He spelled it S-E-R-V-I-C-E.

Dear Father, servanthood is the lifeblood of the ministry of missionaries and pastors. Today, people are being ordered to practice social distancing and to shelter in place. Restaurants are closing, and non-essential business are shutting their doors. In the midst of this new world, ministries are seeking out new creative ways to serve people in your name. Please align our missionaries’ and pastor’s thoughts with Your thoughts. Give them creative ideas and show them new ways of ministering. Please bring them encouragement as they are unable to minister in traditional ways. We praise You for Your goodness and Your love. Amen.

*adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Laura MacFarlan for Missions Mosaic


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