Praying for Open Doors – July 12, 2017

Dedicate yourselves to prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. And pray also for us, that God may open a door for the word, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should (Colossians 4:2-4).

In just over a week, our Guatemala mission team will be boarding a flight toward the destination we believe God has called us to serve. While Tabernacle is only sending 12 individuals to Quetzaltenango, there remains a vital task we need every single member of our local body of Christ to carry out—namely, prayer! I hope we will all join together in asking the Lord to open doors of gospel-centered ministry through this trip.

1. May the Lord open a door by granting our team safety. We recognize the fact that we live in a dangerous world, and certain dangers are inherent to any form of travel. Therefore, in light of our conviction that God has called us to go and to serve, we are entrusting our lives to His providential care.

2. May the Lord open a door by granting our team opportunities to share the message and the love of Jesus. Although we know where we will be working and although we know the kinds of labor we will be asked to undertake, there are still many opportunities that have yet to be revealed. Our prayer is that the Lord would show us what He would have us to say and to do, as well as where He would have us to go and not go.

3. May the Lord open a door by granting our team flexibility. I have yet to participate in a mission endeavor where something did not go according to plan. No doubt, there will be events and circumstances to distract us and tempt us to shirk from our primary mission. May the Lord give us the flexibility we need to follow the Spirit’s leading in all circumstances—especially in situations we find to be unfavorable.

4. May the Lord open a door by granting our team perseverance. Missions work can be exhausting, physically and spiritually. That’s because we cannot rely on our own strength to carry out God’s mission in the world. On our own, we will inevitably become tired, discouraged, and ineffective. May we trust the Lord to supply the vigor we need to carry out the mission.

5. May the Lord open a door by granting Tabernacle a renewed passion for missions. One of my earnest prayers for this trip is that God would use it to ignite a red-hot passion for missions throughout our church family. I pray we would not only prioritize missions but that missions—God’s Mission—would drive our decisions, our programs, our allocation of resources, and our collective energy.

Thank you for praying with me!

Your Pastor,