Often we are asked how people can pray for us. I can usually give a quick list of people who need to be saved and some general things about our ministry, but I'm never quite sure how to tell people they can pray for us personally. This week I was sent a great email from a missionary's mother. She uses the following outline to pray for her kids on the missionfield every day.
1. Pray for Character Heb 13:18-19
Lord please help the missionaries
to have a clear conscience
to be innocent when falsely accused.
to be blameless when dealing with sin in others.
to never cut corners or compromise convictions
to live an honest, noble, and honorable life.
2. Pray for clarity Col. 4:4
to make the message plain and simple.
to openly present the gospel for all to hear.
to conscientiously study the local language.
to constantly seek ways to impact the local culture.
to allow the holy spirit to do his work.
3. Pray for courage
to develop a fearless, daring heart.
to speak out even when physically or emotionally drained
to have freedom to speak out when opportunity is given.
to be culturally conscious, but always turn to the scriptures.
4. Pray for chances Col. 4:3
to seek diligently for open doors
to depend upon the Lord to open doors
to knock until doors open
to avoid forcing doors open
to realize that big doors always mean many adversaries
5. Pray for deliverance ll Thes. 3:1-2
to be shielded from malicious wickedness.
to be protected so ministry can progress.
to be careful not to shun serving in difficult places.
to be anticipating opposition to all true ministry.
to be rescued when facing all harm.