Target Your Missions Petitions – Pray for Protection
Key Bible Verse: Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people. – 2 Thessalonians 3:2
Bonus Reading: Romans 15:30-32
I don’t know how many times my wife and I have looked at each other and exclaimed, “There must have been people praying for us!”
One such experience was in the fall of 1994. I had a number of errands to run and had taken our daughter with me to give my wife some time alone. I first went to the bank near our Porto Alegre home and encountered a terrible line-up at the tellers. Like any North American, I chafed over the wasted time and the difficulty of keeping a three-year-old entertained in the line.
When we finally got out of the bank, we headed for item two on my list—send some letters. We headed on foot for the post office, and were surprised to see three or four police cars and an ambulance parked nearby. When I enquired, I learned that 20 minutes before there’d been an armed robbery, with shots fired and two customers injured.
Looking at my watch, I realized that a bank line-up had saved us from being in the line of the robbery fire! That night we gave thanks as a family for bank line-ups, for God’s perfect timing, and for the many people we knew were praying for our personal safety.
—Dwayne Buhler in EMQ
My Response: I’ll pray for safety and physical and emotional health for a missionary friend.
Thought to Apply: One feels a deep, inward consciousness that though we are absolutely shut off from every human help, yet we have protection more secure than any consul can afford.—Alexander Mackay (missionary to Uganda)
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.