Thursday, May 22, 2008

Missions-Preperation Through Prayer

Preparation through Prayer

Whenever you share the good news of Christ you are involved in spiritual warfare. Our enemy, the devil, does not want people to be saved. He is a liar, thief and destroyer of lives. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). We must be prepared for a spiritual battle when we go on mission with God.

Ephesians 6:10-20 says:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

We ask you to bathe your mission trip in prayer. Here are some suggestions:
Pray every time your mission team comes together. Whether the meeting is for training, logistics or something else, always include time for prayer.
Pray for God to prepare each team member spiritually. Each person who is coming on the mission trip should spend time in prayer and Bible study every day, getting spiritually prepared for the trip. You may consider creating a “30-day prayer guide” or something similar to help prepare your team members.
Pray for God to work out all the details of your trip. From logistics to ministry projects, there is much to coordinate and prepare for; pray for God to bring it all together, and that the team will come here prepared to serve Jesus.
Pray for God to give each team member opportunities to share the gospel. Pray that God will open your eyes to the opportunities all around you to share the gospel while you are on the mission trip. Pray for boldness to share Christ with others. Pray for wisdom on how to share Christ here.
Pray for God to give each team member a servant spirit and willingness to be flexible. Jesus was the greatest servant of all, and he followed the leadership of the Spirit to be exactly where God wanted him to be at all times. Sometimes on a mission trip, adjustments to the schedule must be made at the last minute. We will trust God to put us where he wants us to advance the kingdom of God.
Pray for people to be saved! The most important reason your team is coming here is for people to hear the good news of Jesus. Pray that people will be saved in the Adirondacks – before, during and after your mission trip!

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