PRAY FOR THE NATIONS
2019-2020 Prayer Matters Guide
Our missionaries communicate regularly with ACAC via newsletters and direct email updates. These communications are shared throughout the ACAC family. Sign up to receive missionary prayer letters so that you can pray specifically. Email [email protected] to be included on the list.
Also, missionary email addresses and contact information have been provided in this guide to help you establish a personal connection. Ask them directly about their prayer needs.
PRAY FOR OPEN DOORS
|Missionaries take on a huge task as they seek to bring the Gospel across cultural, political, and geographic boundaries. If God does not open the doors to people’s hearts, to divine appointments and opportunities, and/or to men and women in places of authority and influence, then their work will be challenging and difficult. Pray that God opens doors of opportunity for our missionaries to walk through so they may preach the gospel and live a godly life before people who have not heard or responded to Christ.|
PRAY FOR CLEAR COMMUNICATION
When we talk, our words communicate only a portion of what is said. Tone, voice inflection, and non-verbal cues are a significant part of communication—which are significantly affected by culture.
Clearly, missionaries need God’s help as they seek to accurately communicate the truth of the gospel in a way that people can understand and receive it. Pray that God helps our missionaries to be clear communicators of Christ Jesus.
PRAY FOR RESPONSIVENESS
|The gospel will evoke a response in people. Pray that people’s hearts are penetrated and softened by the truth of Jesus Christ and that people are brought to repentance, not violence or rebellion, when they are confronted with the gospel.|
PRAY FOR BOLDNESS
|Pray that our missionaries have supernatural boldness to declare Jesus—that they take authority over the fear that Satan would try to place on them to keep them crippled and ineffective in their work.|
PRAY FOR SPIRITUAL PROTECTION
|When a missionary responds to God’s call, they are committing themselves to a direct confrontation with the spiritual powers and principalities that influence the region on the world where they are called. They go with all the authority of heaven behind them. That does not, however, keep the enemy from trying to hinder, discourage, and destroy them. Our prayers are a vital part of the spiritual shield that God will build around our missionaries as they seek to obey Him.|
PRAY FOR PHYSICAL PROTECTION
|Many of our missionaries serve in areas where the environment also challenges their health and well-being. Unfamiliar foods, unclean water, lack of sanitation, and disease are all issues that many missionaries must face daily. Our prayers help carry them through these challenges so that they can accomplish the work that God has called them to.|
|Having a great strategy to pray does nothing if you don’t actually pray. There are many things competing for our attention and time, and prayer often takes the back seat to the crisis of the moment. Be intentional and consistent about prayer. Be intentional about making world missions and the needs of our missionaries a regular part of your prayer life.|
“God is at work through missionaries around the world. And praying for them matters. This isn’t just a rushed or mechanical exercise. God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world. We’ve got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. God ordained it that way. When we pray, God works.” — David Platt