Devotion for Monday in the Fourth Week in Lent

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

~Romans 10:14-17

The Gospel is readily available to anyone in the United States and probably most of the Western world. So no one has an excuse for not believing—everyone has a chance to hear the Word of God. But there are places where the Gospel is unknown or forbidden, where Christians are persecuted. The so-called 10/40 window—the area between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north of the equator—is almost completely unreached by the Gospel. How can they believe if they’ve never heard? Not all of us are called to preach to unreached people, but we are called to do two things: 1) support those who are taking the Gospel to those who have never heard it (such as Love for the Least), and 2) to share the Gospel in our sphere of influence.

Lord God, I pray for everyone to hear about Jesus, and I will support missionaries to carry Your Word throughout the world. That’s easy to do, though, Lord—it’s not always as easy to share the Gospel with people I come in contact with. Guide me to the people You want me to witness to; give me the words to say and the courage to say them. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

These daily devotions are available in a book The Grace of God, with all profits donated to Love for the Least to share the compassion of Christ with an unreached world. L4L shares the Good News of the Gospel with the least and unreached by making disciples of Jesus who make disciples (2 Tim 2:2) and by helping to meet the physical needs of the poorest of the poor.

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