We absolutely could not go to Papua New Guinea without our prayer team! No way. Let me tell you about some of the ways our people have prayed with us.
At the beginning of 2016, nine of us agreed to meet once a month for 30 minutes of sharing and prayer. Butch and I had humbly asked these local friends to carve time out of their busy schedules to join us in prayer, specifically to seek God’s favor for our ministry in PNG: scheduling meetings, funding, health, and wisdom.
God blessed us with His touch, again and again. As we prayed specifically, we saw specific answers, again and again. Work team travel and logistics were flawless. Funding spilled over the minimum that we hoped for. Burdens were lifted. We all shared concerns and heartaches, offering them to the Father together. Praying together strengthened us.
Besides our monthly prayer group, there were prayer opportunities with so many of you along the way. These ranged from planned and spontaneous meetings and random moments to prayers by email, phone, or face to face. Often only two or three of us would pray. God is good, and the answered prayers are too many to count! For those situations and concerns of which we continue to hope and watch for a clear answer, I have found that praying together brings the peace that passes understanding.
The bond that develops between us as we seriously pray together will never be broken; it is eternal. Thank you, prayer partners. The community you provide is a blessing beyond measure.
Matthew 18:18-20 (NIV): “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth shall agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
Pray: Form your own prayer community for missions. Every Tuesday, through Prayer Lifeline, WGM posts new praises and requests coming from our missionary staff. Gather your prayer team together once a week and pray over these concerns for the cause of missions.