The Bible in our language is something we can take for granted easily. All most of us reading this have to do is pick up our Bible or open WORDsearch and we are reading the Word of God.
Many people groups still don’t have a translation in their own language. Around 180 million people, or 1,900 languages, need Bible translation to begin (wycliffe.org). Having a translation in their own tongue is important in that trying to read Scripture in another language that isn’t their first can limit their understanding. The gospel in their own language can reach into their hearts and change their lives.
Bible translation is hard and long work. In 1966 the Senate passed the resolution for a Bible Translation Day, wanting to honor that work.
Today we can stop and pray for this powerful work that still isn’t finished. We can pray for:
- The workers, thanking God for them and all that they do for the Kingdom. Pray that they would not burn out or want to quit, for renewed energy and passion for their important tasks.
- The remaining people groups that don’t have their own translations, that the Lord would provide the necessary workers to make that translation a reality. Also that the Lord would protect them and give them a longing for the gospel, preparing their hearts for transformation.
- The translations themselves – that they would maintain the integrity of God’s Word.
The Word of God is what we study, base our lives around, and love. Let’s be grateful for what the Lord has provided for us today and everyday, while remembering those who don’t have this privilege yet.
“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword,penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
(Prayer ideas from wycliffe.org)
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