And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance… At this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.

Acts 2:4, 6

Holy Spirit,

On the day of Pentecost, You enabled Your followers to speak in languages they did not know so that all who were gathered there could hear the Gospel in their own native tongue, and 3,000 people came to faith that day. What an incredible miracle! Lord, we long for that sort of experience in our own day, with such a large number of people converting. Yet the growth of the Church is usually much less dramatic today. Still, You work through Your people to continue to spread Your Word across the world, so that everyone can hear that Word in his or her own language. It is difficult for us to conceive of the fact that there are still people groups who do not have the Bible in their own language, but we ask that You bless individuals and organizations who work to translate the Scriptures and other Christian materials into other languages. You commanded Your disciples in the Great Commission to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20), and Your Word proclaims, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (Isaiah 52:7). We thank You for missionaries and organizations that bring Your good news to all the world, and we ask You to bless their labors with a plentiful harvest. Give them strength and wisdom as they adjust to new cultures and learn new languages. Be particularly with those who minister in areas that are dangerous or are hostile to Christianity. Allow Your Word to spread to all nations. Help each of us realize that we are all called to be missionaries, although not necessarily to foreign lands. Help Christians everywhere to be witnesses wherever they are, to their friends and family, neighbors, and coworkers. Bless the spread of Your Gospel in our world, that more people may come to saving faith every day. Move Christians to support missionaries and mission organizations with their prayers and through financial support, and continue to bring more souls to You every day.

I pray for the following missionaries and organizations… 

Please help me to be a missionary in the following ways…

In Your name I pray. Amen.

Side note: If you would like a recommendation of a mission organization to support, consider Lutheran Heritage Foundation, which is at work in 80 countries to translate materials into more than 100 languages across the globe.

For a full explanation of this challenge, see the post 12-Minute Prayer Challenge. If you are just joining us, feel free to continue on with us from the current day, or if you prefer, you can go back and start at Day 1.