Prayer Support for Missionaries
by Janice Keats
As I entered church one Sunday morning I quickly found myself engaged in a conversation with the church deacon and another lady who was about to take her first missionary journey overseas. I made a pledge to my missionary acquaintance, Julie, that I would keep her in my prayers.
The deacon announced with reassurance that I would. He told her confidently, “If Jan said she would be praying for you she really meant it.” Wow! I was really touched that he had such confidence in me. But I was serious. I have a passion for missionary work. I do not have a calling to go abroad to work as a missionary per se but I can show my support in other ways, one of them being prayer.
I would love to go to a third world country and help people, the orphaned, the lame, the sick, and the lepers who still become stricken with the terrible disease. Oh how the townsfolk’s need tender care. Oh how God needs workers like Julie. As we concluded our conversation, Julie thanked me and was comforted knowing that someone was praying for her.
She travelled to Asia for a period of 3 months. I prayed for her safety, and her work. I often visualized her daily events and how tenderly she cared for the people she was privileged to meet. Prayer kept me focused and prayer kept us connected.
How about you? Do you have prayer concerns? Have you taken your burdens to God? What about others? Is there anyone that God has impressed upon you to pray for? People need the Lord. People need answers to their moans and expressions they perhaps cannot release. Let’s commit to intercede for those who need prayer support.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~Søren Kierkegaard
Janice is a freelance writer, and speaker. Her passion is developing and teaching workshops on various Biblical Studies, and planning ladies night out events. She is a certified lay Pastoral Counsellor and is presently employed in ministry. She has had several articles published in various local, provincial and national newspapers.
She is the author of, Poems of Inspiration and Occasion and, A Journey to the Heart of Evangelism. Future works include a devotional book and an audio book of her poems. She is married with three grown children, all of whom are accomplished musicians. Her twin daughters, known as The Keats, are country singers and her son is a recording engineer. Janice Keats; http://themasterspath.wordpress.com/