I tell you the truth, Jesus said to them, no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life (Luke 18:29-30 ).
There is no doubt that loss, pain, worry (even guilt) accompanies leaving loved ones behind for the sake of following His call on one’s life. Lord, Counselor, would you please give great discernment and wisdom of how best to care for aging parents long-distance. We ask for peace, love, understanding, and clear communication among siblings, along with provision for the various stages of transition as the needs become more complicated. Wisdom and provision (and timing) in “emergency” visits. If their parents don’t know Jesus as their Savior, would you bring them into intimate relationship to You before they die. Lord, we ask that Jennifer, Andi, Cindy, and Corrinne will have divine appointments with other women attending the retreat–one’s that only You could orchestrate.
The economy of Papua New Guinea is predominately one of subsistence agriculture, leaving many people dependent on the natural conditions of the land. The rugged terrain, extreme rain and extreme drought, natural disasters and strained relationships between land owners and buyers presents many challenges for the people there. We pray for the provision of food and employment for the people. May they begin to learn of Your character as a loving and providential God even before they come to believe in You. We pray for missionaries who are working in agricultural development and other methods of natural support. Bless their efforts and give them sound working relationships with the local people.
In Jesus name, Amen.
© 2013 Thrive.