Thursday, May 25, 2006

Uncommon Prayer Meetings ~ Praying for our Missionaries from A to Z

Praying for our Missionaries from A to Z
By Jami Becher

Missionaries often say the most powerful way to assist them is to pray. As believers pray, the Holy Spirit comforts and encourages, while providing vision and direction for the journey ahead. Even though most of us realize the importance of praying for our missionaries, we sometimes fall into the habit of repeating the same requests each time we pray. We hope these thoughts will point you to the scriptures and give you spiritual insight in lifting up our missionaries and their families throughout the year.

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Pray that god will set our missionaries apart through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, empowering them to minister to those held captive by sin.
John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and curing all who were under the tyranny of the Devil, because God was with Him (Acts 10:38).

Ask god to give missionaries boldness to honor Christ even in dangerous situations.
My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death (Philippians 1:20).

Pray that our missionaries will be filled with the same compassion Jesus had for unbelievers and teach about the savior who can offer grace, peace and direction in a chaotic world.
So as He stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then He began to teach them many things (Mark 6:34).

Ask god to clear missionaries’ minds of daily cares and worries so they can discern His will for their lives and ministries.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

Pray that, even though they are tested, our missionaries will endure through trials having complete faith in Christ.
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:3-4).

Ask god to strengthen the missionaries’ faith. Pray that they will have complete trust in Jesus to accomplish the work He has called them to do.
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Pray that god will continually extend His grace to the missionaries, giving them the knowledge and power to reach the world for Christ.
We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of his name (Romans 1:5).

Jesus exhibited humility throughout his life, telling his disciples that He came not to be served but to serve. Pray that our missionaries would serve in this same spirit of humility, considering the needs of those they serve as more important than their own ego and material gain.
Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves (Philippians 2:3).

Ask god to give the missionaries a clear view into hearts and lives of the people they minister to, so they will have a greater ability to exhibit god’s love.
I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and have the knowledge of God’s mystery-Christ (Colossians 2:2).

Pray that the missionaries will be filled with awe-inspiring joy that can only come through the power of the Holy Spirit.
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).

Pray that as our missionaries continually seek greater knowledge of God, He will reveal Himself to them in a personal and intimate way.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17).

Ask god to remind the missionaries that great faith without great love can do nothing.
If I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2b)

Pray that the missionaries’ ministries will be characterized by miracles both in their lives and in the lives of those they serve.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word by the accompanying signs (Mark 16:20).

Pray that God would supply all of our missionaries’ spiritual, physical and financial needs.
And my God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Ask God to give the missionaries a spirit of optimism. Although their work is discouraging at times, pray that the Holy Spirit will fill them with joy and peace.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Pray that the missionaries will be patient with those they are teaching. Pray that they would continue to correct and encourage even when it seems like no progress is being made.
Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct and encourage with great patience and teaching
(2 Timothy 4:2).

Pray that our missionaries will reserve quality time away from their ministries to spend with their families.
Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1Timothy 5:8).

Pouring themselves out into the lives of unbelievers can be stressful. Ask God to restore and strengthen the missionaries and their families through His grace.
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little (1 Peter 5:10).

Thank God for missionaries who are willing to sacrifice the material comforts of life to bring people to the Savior.
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).

Pray that our missionaries will always rely on God’s timing, trusting Him to open the doors for them to walk through.
For we are His making, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Pray that our missionaries would have an urgent desire to share Christ.
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation (Romans 10:1)!

Ask God to put his vision into the hearts of the missionaries, so they can accomplish all that He has planned to touch people’s lives and grow the Kingdom.
Then He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation (Mark 15:16).

Ask God to give our missionaries a spirit of willingness to diligently plan and carry out His vision.
Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord (Romans 12:11).

Pray that our missionaries will strive for excellence in serving Christ, presenting their lives as an example of light into a dark world.
Just one thing: live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).

Pray that the missionaries would yield themselves completely to the will of God.
My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will (Matthew 26:39).

Excitement is contagious! Pray that the missionaries’ zeal would stir up other Christians to share their faith.
For I know your eagerness, and I brag about you to the Macedonians: “Achaia has been prepared since last year,” and your zeal has stirred up most of them (2 Corinthians 9:2).

Jami Becher is editorial assistant of On Mission magazine. Reprinted with permission from On Mission, North American Mission Board, SBC.

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