Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Prayer Guide: Praying for Missionaries

Pastor, I know it was not an accident that I was on week 12 of Disciple's Prayer Life by T.W. Hunt and Catherine Walker this week. December 2-9, 2007 is the Week of Prayer for International Missions (learn more at pastor.imb.org).

Throughout this chapter, I've been learning new things about praying for Missionaries. What helped me most was something that Hunt and Walker call "The Apostle Paul's A - F Prayer Requests for Missionaries." It's a handy guide to topics you can pray for as you lift up missionaries to the Lord. Here are the basics. Pray for ...
  • Acceptance by coworkers - other believers (Rom. 15:31b)
  • Boldness in witnessing (Eph. 6:19)
  • Clarity in communicating (Col. 4:4)
  • Deliverance from evil (Rom. 15:31a)
  • Extension of the ministry (Col. 4:2-3)
  • Fruitfulness in spiritual endeavors (2 Thess. 3:1)
Hunt and Walker have a whole week dedicated to learning about this as well as a Prayer Guide with more like the "A-F." I've posted Prayer Guide 12: Praying for Missionaries to help you as you lead your church family to pray knowledgeably for missions.

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