Friday, June 07, 2013

Pray For Missions

Missions without prayer at best is miserable at worst it is impossible.

It is easy to underestimate the power of prayer to do God's work, we can easily begin to think that the success of our work depends on us doing the right things in the right way at the right time to the right people. Working for God with that kind of perspective will eventually lead to misery and our work will be almost impossible.

We need to realize the power of prayer in missions so that our work will not be hindered, prayer leads us to the power source, it helps us to remember who we are working for. God invites us to work for him but we cannot do it successfully on our own.

We are engaging in spiritual warfare, if you think that missions is about strategies, activities, programs and needs then you are going to be miserable, the devil is going to walk all over you. There is so much more beyond the physical realm.

As we go into the mission field we need to pray, when we see others going into the mission field we need to pray. There is a battle out there that needs to be fought and it cannot be done without the power of prayer.

Here are some strategic areas that we need to pray for:

Pray for Open Doors

Colossians 4:2-4  Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.  Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about His mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains.  Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.

Pray for Boldness in Witness

Ephesians 6:19  And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God's mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.

Pray that God’s Word Will Spread

2 Thessalonians 3:1  Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.

Pray for Protection

2 Thessalonians 3:2  Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.

Pray for God’s Guidance

Colossians 1:9  So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Pray for Refreshment

Colossians 1:11  We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,