Haiti Mission Team Daily Prayer Guide
As the team is in Haiti for the next week we wanted to give you a resource to guide you in praying for them in specific ways. Would you commit to pray for these things while they are away?
Wednesday: Pray for the health, safety, and travel of the mission team. Traveling to mission destinations and encountering new bacteria (internationally) can drastically affect the health and strength of mission team participants. Getting sick is just a normal part of international travel. However there is precedent for praying for the health and safety of mission teams in in travel. Acts 27 records the storm at sea and shipwreck of Paul and his captors. Yet Paul prayed, and God protected all on the ship (Acts 27:24). Pray that the team will experience safe travel and health protection while on the mission trip.
Thursday: Pray for the flexibility of the mission team. Sometimes our mission plans require revision and flexibility. Acts 16:6-10 records Paul’s prevention by the Holy Spirit of going into Asia and the Macedonian call. Pray that the team will be flexible in their planning and discern what God wants to accomplish on the mission trip.
Friday: Pray for the spiritual wisdom and loving service of the mission team. One of Paul’s prayers for the Ephesian church was that they would grow in spiritual wisdom and depth of love (Ephesians 3:14-20). Our mission team members need an abundance of wisdom and love, and God desires to provide it. Pray that the team members will be abundantly wise and discerning as well as filled with love for those whom they will serve and share with.
Saturday: Pray that the mission team will not let the platform take the place of the mission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned us to make disciples. That’s our mission. Oftentimes, compassion ministry, construction, or other need-based ministries are the “platforms” that give opportunity for mission trips. But success in meeting these needs is not our “mission.” Our mission is disciple-making (evangelism, teaching, baptizing) connected to a local church. Pray that the mission team will be bold in proclamation of the gospel and wise in their teaching in order to make disciples.
Sunday: Pray for the Spirit to open blinded eyes and that unbelievers would see Christ in all of his glory. Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers to the truth of the gospel and the glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4-6). It is the Holy Spirit’s role to convict and bring to light the truth and power of the gospel (John 16:8-11). Pray that the Holy Spirit would go ahead of your mission teams and prepare the hearts of the lost to respond to Christ and that the Spirit would draw unbelievers to Christ through the preaching of the gospel.
Monday: Pray for the spiritual development, strength, and growth of the partner churches and missions that your team will work with. Paul encouraged, commended, challenged, and prayed for the churches, elders and leaders of the Ephesian church before he finally parted ways with them. (Acts 20:17-38). The Oak Park mission team is only a part of God’s ongoing work in Haiti. Churches, organizations, pastors, and believers in Haiti will continue God’s work far longer than our mission team serves on this mission trip. Pray for the partner churches, pastors, and organizations to have strength, growth, and success in fulfilling God’s disciple-making mission in their context.
-Adapted from "8 Prayers You Can Pray for Your Mission Teams" by Chris Hefner http://www.lifeway.com/pastors/2015/06/03/8-prayers-you-can-pray-for-your-mission-teams/
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