So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one sown along the path. And the one sown on rocky ground—this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root and is short-lived. When distress or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. Now the one sown among the thorns—this is the one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But the one sown on the good ground—this is one who hears and understands the word, who does produce fruit and yields: some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times what was sown.
(Matthew 13:18-23, CSB)

The sower didn’t pick and choose where to sow his seed. He broadcast it over the entire field. What if we all sowed the seed of the gospel in this way? What if we all told our own God story over and over again within our circles of influence?

Some hearers will not understand, some will be temporary listeners, but some will listen and truly respond. They will produce a bountiful crop. Let’s focus on sowing rather than success. God will bring the harvest.

Dear Father, today as our pastors and missionaries broadcast the seeds of the gospel wherever they go, reassure them of your faithful presence. Guide them to focus on the sowing, and not to measure themselves by the world’s standard of success, a measure that ultimately leads to pride or shame.  We know, Father, that sowing is hard work. Please give our pastors and missionaries endurance and help them to keep their eyes on Jesus, Who is the Founder and Perfecter of our faith.  Energize them to continue to lift Your Word, speak Your Truth, and share the Gospel of Jesus of Christ. Strengthen us all in our trust and faith. We love you, Lord. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Lucretia Mobbs for Missions Mosaic.

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