It seems like ages since I have written on prayer. Now that lent is over I want to continue in our prayer series. Remember, I will be turning this series into a free eBook, so if you have any questions, comments or suggestions I would love for you to comment below so I can make any necessary changes. So here we go…
I’m ashamed to say praying for missionaries has never been at the top of my prayer list, unless it was someone I personally knew that was going on a mission trip. After reading the book, “Why God Calls Us To Dangerous Places,” my need to pray for these individuals, and their families, has increased dramatically.
I know missionaries are led to dangerous places by God, but because it is not present in my everyday life, I tend to forget. Just as I forget how hard it is for Christians around the world. I get caught up in my own little bubble. As I have written about in previous post, God has been crossing my ‘Twitter’ path with people from around the world. Many that live in these dangerous places, and I am seeing daily the struggles they endure. Turning on the news heightens my awareness of the need to pray.
After reading the book, and meeting my new friends in Christ, I can’t help but feel a burden to pray for them. I want to encourage you today to begin praying for these people, and for those that God will have cross your path.
There are also those that are called to be missionaries right in our own back yards, or college campuses. They are not facing persecution per se, like some in ‘dangerous places,’ but they face attacks from the enemy just as the others. They too have given up so much to walk the path God has called them to.
I would also like you to consider praying for the families and friends of those that are sent into the mission field. It cannot be easy to see your child board a plane and not know if they will return.
Remember that prayer journal I encouraged you to start? If you would get it out. I would like you to start making a list of all of those you know that are serving as missionaries. If you do not personally know any ask your church if they sponsor any missionaries. Contact me and I can give you names to pray for, or just google missionaries and I am sure you will find a plethora of people to pray for. Take time today, and everyday, to lift up these people to God. Ask God to guide you in how you should pray for them. Each one is in a unique situation.
Lastly, is God calling you? Has He put a burden on your heart to serve others, to lead others to Christ? Has He lit a desire within you to travel to a ‘dangerous place’ to serve Him? Or has He asked you to be a missionary in your neighborhood?
If you do feel like God is calling but you are not sure where, spend time in prayer seeking His direction. If you have it on your heart to share Jesus with those around the world, but not called to physically go you should look into Global Media Outreach. I serve with them as an online missionary and it has changed my life.
Whether God is calling you to be a missionary or to pray for missionaries, they are both just as important, and I encourage you not to put it off any longer. Get on your knees before the Lord and pray.
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