How To Pray For Your Missionaries-Part 2
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4. Pray For Wisdom!
Ephesians 1:15-23 “15Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
Missionaries, just like anybody else, have to make a lot of decisions. The difference is, many times, that these decisions are life threatening. One bad decision and a missionary can loose his entire family, ministry, ability to serve in a country and even his own life.
Wisdom is such a vital need! Pray that God would give your missionary knowledge and direction as to where to go, when to go there, what to do, how to do it, who to talk to, etc…
A lot is at stake. Pray for wisdom.
5. Pray For Boldness!
Ephesians 6:18-20 “18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Many of today’s missionaries are afraid. Scratch that. Many of today’s Christians are afraid. This passage was written in a time when people actually suffered for their faith, and to a people who actually knew what true persecution was. Paul, who asked them to pray for him, was a man who was already quite bold. Yet he recognized the need for more boldness.
Without a doubt, one major component that is missing in today’s missionary movement is boldness. When did the Gospel all of a sudden become secret? When did it become something that we are to hide? When was it made politically correct?
God loves you. You have sinned and broken his law. You deserve to be separated from him for eternity. Jesus died on the cross to pay your punishment. He rose three days later to give you the victory. You must accept his gift of salvation. He is the only way. He is the only truth. He is the only life. Repent, or ye shall all likewise perish. This is the Gospel.
Paul said in the book of Romans that he isn’t ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God unto Salvation!
Missionaries need boldness to speak of Christ and live for Him! All Christians need boldness. The salvation of the lost depends on our willingness to proclaim the message. Pray for boldness!
6. Pray For Protection!
2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 “1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”
Not only should we pray that our missionaries have boldness, we should pray that God deliver them from “unreasonable and wicked men.”
Satan hates God.
He wants to stop the work of God.
He wants to stop the servants of God.
And he doesn’t play fair.
Pray that God’s word would have free course and that he would put a hedge of protection around your missionaries. Pray for their family. Pray that nothing would stop the work of God.
Stay tuned for part three!