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Praying

How do you pray for missions and for missionaries?  I have heard many prayers that sound something like, “Lord, bless the missionaries.”  While the sentiment is there, why not be specific?  Some prayers are like this, “Lord, let your Gospel be shared around the world.”  While that is a good start, let’s go all the way with specific prayers!

The IMB has a wonderful missions prayer resource here.

WORLD

Pray for laborers for the harvest.     “And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Luke 10:2

MISSIONARIES

Health and safety objectives

* Protection for the missionaries from accidents, crime, natural disasters

* Protection for the missionaries from sickness

* That missionaries will find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise

* That missionaries’ food and water needs will be met

Spiritual watch care objectives

* Times of intimacy for missionaries with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship

* Shielding for the missionaries from dark forces in spiritual realms

* Preservation for missionaries from discouragement, fear, and doubt

* That missionaries will demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, a teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit

Teamwork objectives

* That teams of missionaries will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts

* That missionaries will resist temptations toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride

* That missionaries will be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy. [ more on culture shock ]

* For missionaries to have wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that they will be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in their chosen land.

BLESS — an acronym to guide your prayer for missionaries or a people group

B – Body
Pray for physical health and nutrition.

L – Labor.
Pray for their work.

E – Emotions.
Pray for emotional health and well-being of the missionary or people group.

S – Social.
Pray for their social relations, their families and extended families.

S – Spiritual.
Pray for their spiritual condition.

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