As recorded in Acts 13 & 14, the Spirit and the church—the whole church, not simply a few people, sent Paul and Barnabas. The church demonstrated a commitment to upholding those they sent out, even when separated by time and distance. Essentially, the church said to the missionaries, “We are with you.” Remarkably, the primary manner they did so was through Spirit-empowered prayer.
Today, our prayers remain the greatest way we can support those we are sending out, invoking the very power of God to intervene in ways that are beyond our human limitations to save the lost. Here are 10 ways I see in this passage of Scripture to pray for our home missionaries continually.
Pray for their joy in the midst of suffering (Acts 14:1–2).
Home missionaries often face various forms and levels of suffering in their work. Pray that they would experience the joy of intimacy with Christ in the midst of it.
Pray that God would use them to multiply churches (Acts 14:24–28).
Pray for the multiplication of churches filled with people who know the Word.
We know this: joining God on his mission will not be easy, but it will absolutely worth it. Let’s provide our home missionaries with faithful support in prayer.