When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons [Joel and Abijah] as Israel’s leaders. But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. –1 Samuel 8:1,3
Samuel listened to God all the days of his life, and through him God once again spoke to His children Israel. But for whatever reason, Samuel’s children did not follow Samuel’s example of listening and being obedient to God. They did what they wanted instead. And their actions caused Israel to reject God as their king and demand a king like the rest of the nations around them.
As you journey to India, be preparing your spirit for its own journey. Be in constant prayer for the fruits of the spirit to be present in each of your actions. Pray that you will be obedient to the direction of the Spirit instead of running ahead with your own plan. Even now as you are flying, take every though captive to make it obedient to Christ. Your mission does not begin when you set foot in Delhi; it has already begun.
Father God, you have endowed each one of these sojourners with a heart and a passion to serve their brothers and sisters in India. Give them safe passage through airports and city streets to bring them to their destination. As they travel, be preparing their hearts and minds to long for your word to guide them as their carry out their purpose here. Finally, give them a heart to put each other’s needs ahead of their own even as they begin to tire during the journey. I pray in your precious Son’s name, Amen.