Looking Through His Eyes

we need you_wide_t_nt“Let me see this world, dear Lord,
As though I were looking through Your eyes.
A world of men who don’t want You Lord,
But a world for which You died.
Let me kneel with You in the garden,
Blur my eyes with tears of agony;
For if once I could see this world the way You see,
I just know I’d serve You more faithfully.

Let me see this world, dear Lord,
Through Your eyes when men mocked Your Holy Name.
When they beat You and spat upon You, Lord,
Let me love them as You loved them just the same.
Let me stand high above my petty problems,
And grieve for men, hell bound eternally;
For if once I could see this world the way You see,
I just know I’d serve You more faithfully.”

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10 Ways To Pray For Missionaries

PrayerRequest
The starting point and the sustaining point in World Missions is prayer.  The following is a list of ten ways we can pray for our missionaries on deputation & around the world.
  1. Pray that they will have boldness.  This was the prayer of the N.T. church (Acts 4:29-31).  The world is increasingly more hostile to Biblical Christianity and boldness is a must in all of our ministries.
  2. Pray for their marriages & families.  Satan attacks the missionary’s home and marriage.  If the marriage fails, the ministry fails.  Many missionaries have had to come off the field because of the breakdown of their marriage.  Pray that they stay close to each other in their financial and ministry struggles.
  3. Pray for their health.  On the foreign field there are many health hazards.  On deputation, the strain of travel, long days, and exposure the differing parts of the country can breakdown their health.
  4. Pray for their safety.  Again, the highways here in the USA & around the world can be dangerous places.  Some mission fields have their own unique dangers, such as excessively high crime, wars, poor law enforcement, etc.
  5. Pray for open doors of ministry. Christian service is a spiritual warfare, and no where is this evident more than on the mission field.  All the money, organization, and boldness in the world cannot breakdown spiritual strongholds in the nations of the world. We need God to open the doors to closed countries and new ministries.
  6. Pray for co-laborers for our missionaries.  Our Lord stated very clearly, “the harvest is great, but the laborers are few.”  He immediate solution to the need of labors was, “pray ye the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth laborers into the harvest.” Our missionaries need helpers. Helpers from here in the States to join them and national helpers to be raised up and trained on the field. Along these lines, pray for a kindred spirit to be developed within the team on the field, that they can work together with united hearts and minds.
  7. Pray for the spiritual well being of our missionaries. Pray they maintain intimate daily devotions with the Lord, that their prayer life remains vibrant, that the world will lose it attraction to their flesh, that they stay strongly in love with their Lord.  Note:  this is vital for ourselves also!
  8. Pray for the financial needs of our missionaries.  While on deputation, this is obvious, but what is not so obvious is once they are on the field.  Fluctuating exchange rates and churches changing leadership or philosophy & dropping missionaries can have devastating effects upon their finances.  Not to mention additional children being born into the family, & the continual cost of living increases.
  9. Pray for souls to be saved, self-sustaining churches to be established, Scriptures to be translated into native tongues, and nationals to be trained.  To see these results requires earnest, diligent prayer of righteous men, here at home and on the field.
  10. Pray for the missionaries faithfulness.  The ministry can be very difficult, especially on certain mission fields. The temptation to quit can be very real.  Sometimes, with few other Christians near and a lack of accountability, it may be tempting to just “coast” in the work. But it is required of stewards that they be faithful. Though often their reasons are legitimate, there are too many missionaries that surrender, then quit before they ever get to the field, or get to the field and then return home shortly thereafter.  They need our earnest and sincere prayers.
As stated above, the Christian ministry is a very real spiritual warfare, and earnest prayer on the part of all Christians is an absolute necessity for the Gospel to go forth in power.

12 PRAYER CHALLENGES

12 challenges concerning prayer…

1. The Greatest Ingredient In Effectual Prayer Is Faith In God. (Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”)

2. The Level Of My Desire Determines The Intensity Of My Prayer. (Psalm 63:1, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”)

3. Effectual Prayers Must Be Baptized In Genuine Gratitude For Previously Answered Prayers. (Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.; Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”)

4. I Cannot Be Haphazard Or Indifferent In My Prayer Life And Expect My Prayer To Be Effectual.  (Psalm 42:1, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”)

5. It Is Impossible To Harbor Sin In My Life And Be Effectual In My Prayers. (Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”)

6. It Is Not Our Clever Schemes Or Our Creative Strategies That Break Down Demonic Strongholds Or Open Closed Doors, But Rather The Fervent & Even Desperate Prayers Of God’s People. Our success or failure in reaching the closed mission fields of the world are very much dependent upon the earnestness and faithfulness of the prayers in our churches. (Mark 9:29, “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.“)

7. Fervent And Consistent Prayer Is A Strong Indicator Of Spiritual Maturity.  Prayerless Christians are very immature Christians at best.

8. Any Prayer That Is Contrary To The Expressed Will Of God Will Be Ineffective. (1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:“)

9. Pride And Effectual Prayer Are Contrary One To The Other. (2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”)

10. Trials Can Powerfully Motivate Us To Cleanse Our Hearts And Seek The Lord In Humble, Effectual Prayer. (Psalm 34:17-19 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.“)

11. For My Prayers To Be Effectual, They Must Be Specific. (Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”)

12. It Is In The ANSWER Of Our Prayers That God’s Power Is Displayed And God Is Glorified The Most. (1 Kings 18:24, “And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken..; “)  Unanswered prayer by God’s people in the Bible is the rare exception, not the rule.  The unsaved can pray, backslidden can pray, but there is no answer.

This last thought has challenged my heart intensely the last several weeks.  Is answered prayer the rule or the exception in my life?  If it is the exception, something isn’t right.  We must work at this till answered prayer is the rule and unanswered is the exception.