I just want to take a break in this week’s Pastor’s Pen from the Vision and Focus writing I have been doing the last three weeks. This Tuesday, Shari will be flying out to Albuquerque, NM. She will visit a few days with friends and then we will pick her up Saturday to begin our Mission Work. Please pray for her safety and blessing as she serves the Lord.
Becky and I will be leaving early on Thursday morning to drive the almost 25 hours to Thoreau. We will be hauling the needed items for the mission trip. We will be spending nights on the road with goods and tools for ministry in the back of the truck. Please pray that God will watch over our travel and the items we need to use in ministry as we travel.
When we arrive we will meet for the first time the various members of our team. Please pray for us as we try to blend skills, personalities and needs to serve the Native American’s and other residence of Thoreau, NM. We will be involved in various ministries while there, so please pray for each of them. We will be witnessing to the people of Thoreau and the Navaho Reservation. We will be teaching Sunday School for the various ages of the church. I will be teaching a youth Sunday School class. We will be leading in worship from providing music, preaching and teaching. We will be leading a Women’s Conference there. This conference will last two days and have three sections. We will be cutting wood for five families. We will be conducting a Fall Festival Street Fair. And, we will be doing electrical, plumbing and furnace work for the church and a family in the community. This is a lot to pray about. How can you best pray for us?
Does this prayer sound familiar? “Lord, please bless the mission & missionaries. Be with them each day. Protect them and give them strength to do their work.”
Perhaps you’ve noticed that much of the intercession made for mission trips & missionaries is general or shallow. Yet prayer is the most important service that we can render in fulfillment of the Lord’s Great Commission. Every Christian should be involved in world evangelism through faithful, biblically based prayer.
But just what is it? How should we pray? Here are some suggestions:
Love for God – The most important commandment for all Christians, including those on a mission trip, is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” We will be overworked. As a result, like Martha of Bethany, a missionary can become service-oriented rather than love-oriented. Pray that the supreme motivation for obedience to the call of Christ’s love for Him will be fulfilled in our lives.
Genuine Love for Others – The second great commandment is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” A major difficulty for many is getting along with the other missionaries with whom they serve. One mission board discovered that 80% of its missionaries who did not return to the mission field had problems with their co-workers. Pray that we have a Christ-like love for our team members and the people of Thoreau..
A Deeper Relationship with God – We will be working with schedules packed tighter than the equipment and our bodies can perform. Pray we don’t skimp or skip on our work, safety and especially our personal time alone with the Lord. Pray for consistent devotional lives.
Spirit Controlled Lives – Pray that all we do is controlled by the Holy Spirit and not ourselves.
Fruit of the Spirit – Pray that we will manifest the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Pray the very beauty of Jesus will be evident in our lives.
Wisdom and knowledge – Pray that we as a team are “…pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
Pray for courage.
Receptive hearts – Pray for receptive hearts of those being ministered to.
Disciples – Pray that the ministry of the team will bring maturity of discipleship.
A Strong Faith – Pray that we will have great faith, able to ask great things of our great Lord.
Steadfastness – Discouragement is a favorite device of the devil. Pray that we as a team stand firm.
Protection – Like soldiers on the front lines, we are prime targets of the enemy. Pray for the Lord’s powerful protection for His servants. And that God will oversee the homes of those away serving.
Material Needs – Pray that God will supply all our financial and material needs and that we can understand the needs.
Health and Strength – Pray that the Lord will grant the measure of strength and health that will bring His greatest glory and the greatest good for the mission team and those we serve.
Guidance in how to present the Gospel.
Deliverance from the temptation to pride.
In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,