>Great stuff from SCOTTY SMITH
concerning how to pray for missionaries…regardless of where/whom they serve. Perhaps passonable to your missions’ committee?
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should. Colossians 4:2-4
Most loving Jesus, I stand convicted about how sporadic my prayer life has been, of late, on behalf of servants of the gospel. Unfortunately, it’s often the case of “out of sight, out of mind”… and therefore, off the radar screen of prayer. That’s not an excuse, but a lament and confession of sin.
My great consolation is in knowing that no one is more watchful and devoted to prayer than you, Jesus. You’re always praying us… indeed, you never stop. Because you pray, we can pray with great boldness, joy and confidence. I’m so grateful for your steadfast, vigilant intercession, Jesus, especially in light of my own context and circumstances. Sometimes our weakness and needs become the best motivation and fuel for praying for others. Here’s who I’m thinking about today, in particular…
Jesus, for missionaries seeking to bring the gospel to unreached people groups or in situations long resistant to the good news of who you are, open doors no one can shut. You’ve bought a Bride from every nation, so we pray with anticipation, not with doubt. Give your servants patience, provision and enough fruit to keep them encouraged. May the gospel not only be clear through them, but to them. Keep their hearts alive to your great affection and mercies. Shower their marriages and friendships with the gift of your real presence and gospel-nourishment.
Jesus, for your servants seeking to bring the liberating power of the gospel to places of systemic brokenness and evil… grant them protection and success. I’m thinking about the women and men who labor in arenas like human trafficking, AIDS, hunger and poverty, and other places of cruel injustice. When your servants feel most weary in well doing, give them fresh manna of gospel encouragement. Grant them favor with local authorities. Grant them good working relationships with other agencies and missions organizations. Let them know, for certain, a harvest of righteousness and peace is coming.
Indeed, we praise you, Jesus, that our labors in you are never in vain… for we don’t minister for you but with you. You’re the one who is making all things right and new. Your kingdom of justice and mercy will prevail. The government of the world is already on your shoulders, and there will be no end to the increase of your redeeming reign and your healing peace. So very Amen, we pray, in your name, with hope and encouragement.