If I gave you a list of the 18 missionaries we support, for how many would you know how to pray?
Faithful praying for our global workers is directly proportional to our personal relationship with the worker, knowledge of the field where they serve, and our commitment to invest time asking for the Spirit’s direction and fruit as He works through the proclamation of the Gospel. It is highly unlikely we will pray consistently for those workers we don’t know or hear from regularly. Have you ever heard someone pray “Lord, bless the missionaries today?” All of us can fall into this pattern of shallow praying unless we pray from a biblical perspective with practical input from our global workers.
In Acts 14:26–28, the Apostle Paul and Barnabas returned from their first missionary journey and “began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.” What a report that must have been! I am sure Paul and Barnabas shared story after story of lives that had been transformed as individuals placed their trust in Jesus the Messiah. As the individuals from the local church at Antioch—who had been praying for their ministry—heard their report, they were encouraged by the effects of their prayers. Hearing the names of new disciples and their need to grow in the grace of God would serve to stimulate them to continued, persistent prayer. Oh, how we need this kind of praying for our current global workers and the church planting plans on the horizon at Grace Polaris Church.
Every one of our global workers sends out newsletters and updates about their ministry. To get the information necessary to move our praying from a general blessing to strategic spiritual warfare, we need to be on their mailing list. We need to take advantage of their visits when they are with us. Those visits are perfect times to ask the necessary questions in order to feel connected with them in their battle for the hearts and lives of the people who will hear the Gospel through them.
There are three ways to get important information for persistent prayer. First, personally meet with a global worker to hear firsthand how you can pray for their ministry. Second, send an email to your missionary of choice and request to be on their mailing list. Third, sign up for an email report called “Touch the World” that will provide you with two or three current prayer requests from our global workers every week.
If I can help you begin praying more persistently through one of the suggestions I have mentioned, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Dan Green and Nancy moved back to the US after missionary service in Brazil with Encompass World Partners for 15 years. They were involved in evangelism, church planting, and leadership training. Dan grew up on a farm in Indiana, while Nancy comes from northeast Ohio. Dan studied at Purdue University (Agronomy), OSU (Soil Chemistry), and Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. They have four children and six grandchildren. Dan enjoys gardening, camping, and international travel.
Contact Pastor Dan Green and request information on the global workers we support as a church and let him know that you want to pray more consistently for God’s work around the world.