Suppose someone came up to you and asked, “Do you pray for world missions?” Would that question make you feel uncomfortable? Would you squirm because praying for world missions sounds like something everyone should do? It is a tremendous goal, but how would you implement it? Where would you begin? What would you pray for? This prayer guide answers these questions and more.
The author, Alana Terry, provides caring Christians with a guide that covers 30 days or a month’s worth of important needs we ought to bring to the feet of Jesus on behalf of missionaries all around the world. Each day there is a short devotional or commentary about the need being prayed for. Some examples of what we should to be praying about are: encouraging the called, second-career missionaries, the sending churches, physical protection, the missionary’s marriage, cultural barriers, relief work, and so much more. There is even a day dedicated for those who can’t go out as a missionary.
This short book is written from the perspective of a person who has served overseas as a missionary. Her experience is evident on every page. Her genuine voice demonstrates to her readers just how important prayer is to a missionary’s ministry.
Here’s how I would use this guide. Most churches have a group of missionaries they support with their financial gifts, physical gifts, emotional and spiritual encouragement and prayers. It’s a good place to begin. I would adopt a missionary for a month and pray through the guide for this family or person every day. The author provides at least three prayer points we can use to keep our prayers on topic. The following month, I would adopt another missionary and their family and so on. Another idea would be to adopt a country for a month, and pray for a group of missionaries or persecuted Christians each day. In still another cycle, we could adopt a people group, a missionary organization, or relief workers in a particular country in distress. One month, we could broaden the scope, and another month, narrow it down to a particular person or family. Keep in mind extended family such as parents of missionaries and adult children of missionaries. This guide is flexible and adaptable.
The guide’s prayer points could be transferred to a church calendar, a private calendar, printed onto index cards, put into a flip book, and onto posters. You can challenge other sisters and brothers in Christ to pray every day using the guide. Christian schools could adopt a missionary or support organization each month. This could be used by Sunday School classes, Bible study groups, sports groups supported by the church, and so on to keep our missionaries in the forefront of our minds.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to step up their prayer life and pray with more purpose. Where our minds go, there our hearts will be also.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”