I received this today from a missionary friend of mine given to him by the group who regularly interceeds for them. It is a guide on how intercessors pray for missionaries. I thought it might be helpful to you and it might work for pastors, too!
Prayers for the FaithfulJuly 25, 2010
A Time of Consecration
A Time of Consecration
"But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands, as at this time." 1 Kings 8:61
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2a NLT
Praise & Thanksgiving
Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting. Nehemiah 9:5-6
O Lord, we do not ask for our sakes, but for the sake of Your Holy Name,
which we have profaned among the nations where we have gone. Show the holiness of Your great name, O Lord.
Show Yourself Holy through us, before their eyes. Cleanse us from all our impurities and all our idols.
Give us new hearts and put a new spirit in us and give us hearts of flesh through Your Spirit,
that we may follow Your decrees and keep Your laws. You are our God.
Teach us to loath our evil ways and wicked deeds, to loath ourselves for our sins and detestable practices.
Cleanse us from all our sin.
The Sovereign Lord speaks, and what He speaks, He will do.
Taken from Ezekiel 36, verses 22-33, 36.
Taken from Ezekiel 36, verses 22-33, 36.
Requests On Behalf of Missionaries
(Insert the name of the missionary in the blanks provided. Change pronouns where appropriate.)
I pray _________ will not be tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, I pray he will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15
I pray _________ will not throw away his confident trust in You, Lord. Help him remember the great reward it brings him! Patient endurance is what he needs now, so that he will continue to do Your will. Then he will receive all that You have promised. You said, "For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. And My righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away." I praise You that _________ is not like those who turn away from You to their own destruction, but is among the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10:35-39 NLT
I pray _________ is encouraged by this promise to stay in Your word: Your thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways Your ways, You have declared. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Your ways higher than our ways and Your thoughts than our thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is Your word that goes out from Your mouth: It will not return to You empty, but will accomplish what You desire and achieve the purpose for which You send it. Isaiah 55:8-11
Teach _________ that skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing he can wish for is to be compared to her. Proverbs 3:15 AMP
I pray he will prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote him; she will bring him to honor when he embraces her. Proverbs 4:8
I pray he is attentive to Your Wisdom [godly Wisdom learned by actual and costly experience], and inclines his ear to Your understanding [of what is becoming and prudent for him], that he may exercise proper discrimination and discretion and his lips may guard and keep knowledge and the wise answer [to temptation]. Proverbs 5:1-2 AMP
We praise You that as _________ finds [Wisdom], he finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from You, Lord. Proverbs 8:35 AMP
I pray _________ knows that the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. For by [Wisdom from God] his days shall be multiplied, and the years of his life shall be increased. Proverbs 9:10-11 AMP
I pray he also knows that the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33 AMP
I pray _________ knows skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to his life; there shall be a future and a reward, and his hope and expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 24:14 AMP 2 ©Copyright, 2010 Pray the Word Ministries, Houston, Texas
I pray _________will be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that his labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]. 1 Corinthians 15:58 AMP
I pray that You, who supply seed to the sower, and bread for food, will continue to supply and multiply the seed _________ has sown and increase the fruits of his righteousness, 2 Corinthians 9:10
Watching for Divine Appointments -
For it is You, Lord, who works in _________ to will and to act according to Your good purpose. Philippians 2:13
Doing Their Part, God Doing His -
I pray _________ will remain in You, and You will remain in _________. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can we bear fruit unless we remain in You. …apart from You we can do nothing. John 15:4-5
Called as Faithful Witnesses -
You, Lord of the harvest, are the one who sends out workers into Your harvest field. Matthew 9:38
Choosing to Share -
I pray You will enable _________ to speak Your word with great boldness. Acts 4:29
Getting Started –
I pray _________ remembers he can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees You doing. John 5:19-20
Getting to the Heart of the Matter -
I pray _________ remembers that the word is near those who are seeking; it is in their mouth and in their heart, that is, the word of faith being proclaimed. And if seekers confess with their mouths, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in their hearts that God raised them from the dead, they will be saved. Romans 10:8-9
Making No Assumptions -
I pray _________ remembers that all have sinned and fallen short of Your glory, O God. Romans 3:22-23
Discerning Spiritual Needs -
Avoiding Pitfalls -
You, Lord, have given _________ the ministry of reconciliation: that You were reconciling the world to Yourself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And You have committed to _________ the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Presenting the Choice/A Time to Choose -
I pray the lost are brought to acknowledge Jesus before men, and Jesus will also acknowledge them before You, Our Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32
Seizing the Moment -
I pray _________ is wise in the way he acts toward outsiders; making the most of every opportunity. I pray his conversation is always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that he may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6
I pray he meets together with others, …and they encourage one another-and all the more as they see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Following Up -
I pray he wrestles in prayer for new believers, that they may stand firm in all Your will, O God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:12b
Portions of this section were taken from The Faithful Witness, by Jerry Wiles
For this reason I kneel before You, Father, from whom Your whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of Your glorious riches You may strengthen _________ with power through Your Spirit in his inner being, so that Christ may dwell in his heart through faith. And I pray that he being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that he may be filled to the measure of all Your fullness. Now to You who are able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within _________, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-22
Thank You, Lord, that You supply all _________'s needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NKJV
Help _________ to remember that You are able to make all grace abound to him, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, he may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB
I pray _________ hearkens to [Wisdom], dwelling securely and in confident trust, and being quiet, without fear or dread of evil. Proverbs 1:33 AMP
I pray _________ does not forsake [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you. Proverbs 4:6 AMP
I pray _________ attends to Your words; consents and submits to Your sayings. I pray he does not let them depart from his sight; keeps them in the center of his heart. For they are life to him, healing and health to his flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22 AMP
Thank You, Lord! _________'s strong spirit sustains him in bodily pain and trouble. His happy heart is good medicine and his cheerful mind works healing. Proverbs 18:14a AMP, 17:22a AMP3
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