2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Let us continue steadfastly in prayer for those that are being sent this month (some that are abroad as you read this).
Prayer Focus #1: Thanksgiving
- Praise the Lord for everything He has done, and is doing throughout the nations. Spend a few minutes declaring to Him his worthiness of glory and honor and power.
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” – Revelation 7:12
Prayer Focus #2: Open Doors
- As Paul asked the Colossians to pray, so we ask you to. Pray that God would open a door for the word of the Gospel to be proclaimed and received, regardless of the circumstances.
Prayer Focus #3: Wisdom
- As the Lord to give the teams wisdom as to how to spend their short time abroad with all wisdom. Pray that the few hours would have eternal impact long after the team comes back home.
Prayer Focus #4: Grace & Salt
- Pray that the teams would always be gracious in speech, seasoned with salt.
- Below is an incredible example (written by the Peru team that just returned home) of what it looks like when we allow the Holy Spirit to use us to speak grace, lightly seasoned with salt (truth) and a story for which we should give God glory!
Interestingly, this time in the villages is patron saint festival time. It is proving a GREAT bridge to sharing true stories of the saints and their “true love”. One such conversation was with Pedro – our host in Llacllín. Words cannot convey what God is doing in him, but here are some points:
– “Hmmm, I’ve never thought of the Christian life that way; to not just believe in Jesus but to try and follow Him.”
– “I want to call you a friend. I greatly enjoy our conversations and feel that it is healthy for my life.”
– “For the festival, my niece is coming in from Spain, and my nephew from New York. I think I want to have them share coffee with me and for me to share these stories and thoughts with them.” (after us suggesting him use the San Pedro festival time to share encouraging stories of Peter’s faith with his village.)
This occurred after he admitted that they only use the festival time as an excuse to drink and party. We replied that we have many similar problems with Christmas – to which he said: “Yes, we don’t think about Jesus then, either”. That confession (he literally said: “hermanos, hay una confesión que quería compartir con ustedes”) came after seeing that Peter’s life was defined by his confession of who Jesus was in Matthew 16 – a story that he had us tell him because it was his favorite (he loves rocks and loved how Peter was compared to a rock.). Best part of all, this entire conversation started when he asked the leading question: “What do you think of our festival? Some say we shouldn’t have it – what do you think?” Our reply: “We’re not here to judge you or your way of life. We are only hear to share stories about Jesus from the Bible.”
It was an INCREDIBLE moment that would have never happened had we clumsily focused on behaviors rather than hearts…
The harvest is plentiful, the workers few – pray for God to SEND us!