Thoughts To Live By…

What Missionaries Need and Ask For?

Posted on: January 26, 2009

Seven things all missionaries need . .

1.      Victory over mental stagnation
2.      Freshness in prayer and in Bible teaching
3.      Guidance in how to present the Gospel
4.      Deliverance from the temptation to pride
5.      Wisdom in relationships with other missionaries
6.      Strength to overcome temptations brought on by loneliness
7.      A saving sense of humor

Specifics to pray for…

When traveling . . .

  • That missionaries will pass effortlessly through customs and immigration lines
  • That the planes on which missionaries travel will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
  • That our missionaries will make all their connections

Health and safety objectives

  • Protection for the missionaries from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous animals
  • 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 watchcare 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 [more on conflict management]
  • 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.

Verses to read at prayer time

  • Exodus 4:12; 33:14
  • Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
  • Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11
  • Zechariah 4:6
  • Acts 1:8, 4:29,30
  • Ephesians 3:16-20; 6:10-20

Portions adapted from an article by Gail Seiver in World Christian, Vol. 14, Number 4.

BLESS — an acronym to guide your prayer for a missionary or for 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. Pray that God will keep marriages together.

S – Spiritual.

Pray for their spiritual condition.

Contributor:  Lisa Miriam Rohrick
Source: http://www.home.snu.edu
Picture: http://en.wikipedia.org

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