April 24, 2017

Focus on Intercession: Christian Missions

Did you know that you can be a missionary from the comfort of your own home? That you can be a missionary, no matter what you do or where you live?

At the end of Christ’s earthly ministry, just before He ascended into heaven, He left his disciples with a very singular command [Matthew 28:19-20]:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

This command is given to every believer — no matter where they live, or what they do. You may not be a pastor or a missionary, but as a Christian, you still have the responsibility to make disciples of all nations.

How do you that from your own living room? How do you do that, as you commute to work five days a week? How do you do that, as you raise a house-full of kids each day?

Simple.

You pray.

Jerry Bridges, in his book True Community, offers the following account:

William Carey of England, who has been called ‘the father of modern missions,’ went to India in 1793. At that time, there were no organized missionary societies, but as Carey prayed over the needs of an unreached world, God laid India on his heart. At a ‘commissioning’ service for Carey and his colleague in March 1793, one of Carey’s friends exclaimed, ‘There is a gold mine in India but it seems almost as deep as the centre of the earth!’ to which Carey replied, ‘I will venture down but remember that you must hold the ropes.’

You can hold the ropes for those who are climbing into the gold minesIt doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or where you live — you have the responsibility and the privilege to pray for missionaries around the world.

That’s how you can make disciples of all nations without ever leaving your bedroom.

Missionaries are people too, and they need prayer for the same things you do. {<–tweet that!}

They struggle with the same sins, face the same fears, and know the same discouragement. They are not “super Christians,” they are simply willing and obedient servants. And they need your prayers to keep doing what God has called them to do!

Will you join me in praying for missionaries around the world?

Include both foreign and domestic missions; include their families; include non-traditional missionaries who are also working full-time at a secular job. Hopefully you know the names of some missionaries that your church supports… if not, it’s okay to pray generally. {I could also suggest plenty of names if you want!}

Include both physical and spiritual needs. Missionaries need health-care and safety and friendships, just as much as they need wisdom and discernment and boldness. They need food and transportation and clean water, just like you do. They also need open doors to preach the gospel, and tender hearts that are ready to receive God’s Word. They need mental acuity to study adequately and teach competently. And they need nationals who are willing to take up the mantle of leadership, to be trained for the ministry, so they can one day lead their own people to Christ.

Focus on Intercession

A church-planter friend in Roseville, CA, offered these suggestions:

“PRAY FOR US! Pray with us as we do our part to get the word out, and then pray for us as we wait on God to bring whom he brings. We cannot underestimate the ministry of intercession that God has given each of us the privilege to have. Pray for us diligently over the next few weeks:

  • Pray that we would be spirit-filled.
  • Any time someone gives their life for the sake of the gospel, there is intense spiritual opposition. Pray as each of us faces this opposition.
  • Pray that we would be Word-filled and prayer-filled.
  • Pray that we would seek God’s glory and not our own.
  • Pray that we would not seek to make a name for ourselves, but that we would seek to make a name for God.
  • Pray that we would deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that we would keep short sin accounts with God and others.
  • Pray that we would be loving and godly towards the families that live with us day by day.

Consider the privilege you have to intercede for others. You may be the only other person interceding for someone at the time of your prayer for them.”

 

 

Join me in praying for our missionaries!

Please feel free to share any special missions-related requests you might have. We can never offer too much prayer for our missionaries!

 


Comments

  1. My church holds weekly English classes for immigrants in our community. We see this as a means by which we can build relationships with our students so that we might point them to Christ. Currently we have between 10-15 students from five different countries attending each week. And, some of those countries are countries for which missionary visas are not available. Please pray that God will continue to give us opportunities to share the truth of His word with our students.

  2. This is a big thing we came away from our trip with…the need to pray. Pray! for our missionaries. We are all in a war.

  3. Hey, what a great reminder! Missionaries must have a support system and prayer warriors at home to keep them encouraged and strengthened. Plus, God can move mountains, and prayers can move God! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Prayer was a major theme at GraceLaced today! This reminds me of being in Missions training and our HTR (Hold The Ropes) class where we read newsletters from Missionaries and prayed for them. Thank you for the reminder!

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