Target Your Missions Petitions – Pray for Responsiveness
Key Bible Verse: Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes. – 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Bonus Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10a
Among some peoples the gospel, which is the power of God to change lives, has moved in and made wonderful transformations. Other groups—in large, sprawling cities as well as distant jungles—are hostile, untrusting, and unresponsive to missionary efforts. Many resistant peoples still have little or no visible Christian church.
Missionaries go out in God’s power, knowing they aren’t always guaranteed success but longing to see the hearts and minds of the people they’ve come to love changed, to see whole cultures bend their knee to the lordship of Christ.
Jack Campbell, a missionary to Guinea, West Africa, shared the joy of seeing a substantial number come to the Lord from the tribal group with which he works. Fifty years of previous missionary efforts had produced only a handful of believers. The turning point, he says, was when a large group of people began to fast and pray specifically for the responsiveness of this tribe.
So pray that your missionaries may find the favor and love of the people to whom they minister. Pray that the gospel will be fruitful and well received among them, as it was with you.
—Dwayne Buhler in EMQ
My Response: I’ll ask God to direct a missionary friend to someone whose heart He has already prepared.
Thought to Apply: I don’t know how to make a man think seriously about sin and judgment, and must look to the Holy Spirit for any such working.—Jim Elliot
Adapted from EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly, 1/04)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me to grasp the critical needs of one missionary well enough that You can specifically respond to my prayers on his behalf.