As the body of Christ accepts the responsibility to pursue the fulfillment of the Great Commission in this generation, all must pray, all must give, and all must go: those who are called by the Lord to serve either as short-term or long-term missionaries. There are many reasons why some decide to commit themselves to be missionaries. Some have a distinct sense of a “call” from God. Others have a fundamental sense of: “If not me, then who?” (Romans 10:14-15). Still others see a need that is not being met, so they respond (Isaiah 6:8). Others might go out of a “sanctified” sense of adventure. As we receive the Great Commission as personal commission, we must ask ourselves: “Should I also be a missionary?” And as we ask that question, God will raise up His missionaries.
We praise the Lord that someone was sent to us: “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:1-3, 6).
Now pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “O Lord,” I prayed, “have mercy on me. Heal me, for I have sinned against you.” Lord, have mercy on me. Make me well again, so I can pay them back! Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen! (Psalm 41:4, 10, 13).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- Greater love for others,
- Needs of your extended family,
- Grace and provision for missionaries overseas.
Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).
“Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus” (Acts 13:1-4).