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What do you usually give as a reason or justification when you failed to pray, when you are unable to pray? Chances are, the reason you give are: “I am busy,” ‘I have to time to pray,” “I have a lot of commitments,” “I am preoccupied with many things.” Sometimes we have the arrogance to justify ourselves by saying, “My work, service, apostolate, or ministry is my prayer.”  And the worst of all, we have the guts to say, “I am self-sufficient, what for?”

If there is any person who has the absolute right to say “I’m busy” it is no other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The gospel reports some incidents when the Lord could not even eat, drink and rest because he has to minister to the needs of the hungry, sick, handicapped, demoniacs, sinners, restless and the overburdened. If there is any person who has all the right to say “I am self-sufficient,” it is no other than Lord. As John the Evangelist writes, He possesses the fullness of grace and truth. Paul writes too that in Jesus the fullness of Divinity dwells.

But look, throughout the gospel, Jesus has been portrayed as a “man of prayer.” His life is characterized as a “life spent in solitude, prayer, friendship, and intimacy with God the Father” despite the demands and pressures of life.

As Ezra Taft Benzon beautifully puts it:

“[Jesus] communed constantly with his Father through prayer. This he did not only to learn the will of his Father but also to obtain the strength to do his Father’s will. He fasted and prayed forty days and forty nights at the beginning of his ministry. (“Matt. 4:2Matthew 4:2; “Mark 1:13Mark 1:13; “Luke 4:2Luke 4:2.) He prayed all night just before choosing his twelve apostles. (“Luke 6:12″Luke 6:13Luke 6:12-13.) He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. (“Matt. 26:39Matthew 26:39.) It would seem that during his earthly ministry he never made a major decision or met a crisis without praying.” (Come unto Christ [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1983], 44.)

Being followers of Jesus who is the Way, Truth and Life, let us always find a place and time where we could could spent our life in intimate conversation, intimacy and friendship with God. When we are afflicted with sickness and disability, let us never doubt the presence and the power of Jesus to help and save us. When we are confronted with dilemmas, crises, trials and difficulties let us never hesitate to approach Jesus in prayer for healing, reconciliation, deliverance, enlightenment, strength, consolation and perseverance.

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Useful Articles:

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
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Now I lay me down to sleep.
Please don’t send me no more creeps.
Please just send me one good man.
One without a wedding band.

One good man who’s sweet as pie.
Who brushed his teeth and doesn’t lie.
Who dresses neat and doesn’t smell.
And is sexy like my man Denzel.
Is super-rich like Michael J.
On second thought, that’s okay.

Man, if I should die before I wake,
that would truly take the cake;
No matrimony or honeymoon.
No fancy reception planned for June.
No throwing of the wedding bouquet.
Please, God, don’t let me go out that way.
If I die before I meet Mr. Right
I won’t go out without a fight.
But then again with my luck,
He’d probably be just some schmuck.

The single life is not that bad
I know it’s just a passing fad.
I won’t be blue. I will not frown.
Besides, I like my toilet seat down.
No more makeup, won’t comb my hair.
So never mind this stupid prayer.

The single life will do just fine.
So what’s up, girlfriend?
IT’S PARTY TIME!!!!

My Heavenly Father,
as I enter this work place, I bring Your presence with me.
I speak Your peace, Your grace, Your mercy,
and Your perfect order into this office.

I acknowledge Your power over all that will be spoken,
thought, decided, and done within these walls.

Lord, I thank You for the gifts You have blessed me with.
I commit to using them responsibly in Your honor.

Give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job.
Anoint my projects, ideas, and energy,
so that even my smallest accomplishment may bring You glory.

Lord, when I am confused, guide me.
When I am weary, energize me.
When I am burned out, infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit.

May the work that I do and the way I do it bring faith, joy, and a smile
to all that I come in contact with today.

And oh Lord, when I leave this place, give me traveling mercy.
Bless my family and home to be in order as I left it.

Lord, I thank you for everything You’ve done, everything You’re doing,
and everything You’re going to do.
I pray, with much love and Thanksgiving…..

Amen.

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

Author:  Mother Teresa


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