No matter what ministry we are called to, we are all missionaries to our world! What is our mission? Our mission is to reach the world with the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ. If that is really our purpose we need to approach it with intentionality. As we continue living intentionally, we must be praying intentionally as well. Our prayer life is instrumental as we go through life. Not keeping it a priority is a misstep that I don’t want to take. These 6 prayer focuses will keep our hearts directed to Christ and His desires for our lives.
1 Pray for receptive and repentant hearts
Luke 8:15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
2 Pray for spiritual eyes and ears to be opened to the truth of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
3 Pray for them to have God’s attitude toward sin.
John 16:8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.
4 Pray for the person to be released to believe.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Timothy 2:25-26 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
5 Pray for a transforming life.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is you spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
6 Pray for God to send them into His harvest field.
Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.