How do you pray for your friends involved in cross-cultural work? How much do you know about their day-to-day life? Do you picture friends in cross-cultural ministry floating from one victory to another, constantly feeling the favour of the Lord upon them like the sun on their back?
Following on from Monday’s reality check about what everyday life is like for many cross-cultural workers, we want to talk about how we can be effective pray-ers for friends working overseas. Because believe it or not, cross-cultural work is not an endless string of success stories punctuated by encounters with exotic animals, new foods and funny cross-cultural misunderstandings. Cross-cultural workers often try to put the best possible spin on things and may be giving you the impression that everyday life is a bit easier than it really is.
How can I pray?
- Be specific. Use the specific prayer requests in newsletters, and if they’re not specific enough or recent enough, ask for more details or an update.
- Use Scripture. Another option is to use Scripture to pray effectively for friends in cross-cultural ministry. A great resource to help you get started is the article God Bless Justin in our prayer pack Focused prayer: Kingdom results.
- Persist. If you don’t see answers to prayer straight away, keep praying!
- Pray with others. Finding it hard to remember to pray? Set aside time to pray with others for friends working overseas, or agree with others on a time when you will all pray on your own.
For more about what might be going on behind the Facebook photos, see Monday’s post.