One of the most incredible joys I’ve recently discovered is praying with and for missionaries and church planters. For years I thought about it but never really did it. But after I launched the Engaging Missions Show, I made it a practice to pray with each of my guests before the show and to pray for them as often as I remember.
I even started sending out regular emails asking for specific prayer requests.
While I can’t say that this is the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done, it’s certainly up there because I find that my heart becomes more aligned with God’s heart when I pray. And that I care more when I pray.
Maybe you’d like to see some of that in your life too
I suspect that we could all use a little more of God’s heart in our lives. But let’s face it, sometimes we don’t pray because it seems too hard or we’re afraid. I know that sometimes holds me back.
After all, what if I pray something that’s not God’s will? Or what if I’m not diligent enough? What if I just mess EVERYTHING up.
But I also know there are incredible benefits to praying. So if you’re interested in it, I have something to offer you. Absolutely free.
All it will cost is a couple minutes of your time right now. And maybe a little effort.
I have a simple reminder and completely un-patented three step process to totally energize your prayers for missionaries that will almost certainly work for you. It’s not magic. There are no promises. But it could make all the difference in the world.
Are you ready for it?
Here’s the reminder: It’s not about you!
That’s right! It’s not about you. It’s about God. He’s the focus. He’s in control. He’s guiding you. So we don’t need to keep our eyes on ourselves.
OK. Now for the ultra-simple three step framework for successful missionary prayers.
1. Get to know your missionary
2. Get to know God’s heart for them
3. Pray God’s will into their situations
Sound too simple?
Because when you get to know your missionary (or missionaries), you start to see what struggles and opportunities they have. You start to see them as people. You start to care about them.
And as you begin to search for God’s heart in the Scriptures, He reveals Himself to you. He reveals His heart for people and situations and cultures and nations. And for you.
And when you know who you’re praying for and to whom you’re praying, it becomes much easier to pray His will for them. For their ministries. For their families.
And when you pray, you care more. You know God more.
And the cycle repeats.
Worth it? Without a doubt?
How about you?
Do you have a different framework? Why not share it in the comments?
And if you’ve tried this for the first time, why not share your experiences?
I’m trusting God to make incredible changes in all of our lives.