A key to motivating people to pray for missions is meeting them at their level of interest and availability. Most people need to work up to a weekly hour-long prayer meeting or monthly three-hour Concert of Prayer.
Doug Christgau is a missions pastor who has successfully helped hundreds of people in his churches become consistent prayer partners with missionaries. He starts by allowing people define “consistent”: daily, weekly or monthly. He provides prayer information based on the person’s interest. Some are interested in a particular missionary, region, nation, type of ministry, or religious bloc; let people start by praying for their particular interests. For example a high school teacher finds it easy to pray for someone teaching missionary kids in Europe or Africa. Provide consistent, up-to-date information that doesn’t require immense reading and is easily accessible (via email or secure website).
When a core group of people is prepared to pray together consistently, define the prayer purpose of the group and determine a regular time to meet. Pray not only for missionaries, but also the unreached people among whom they work. Integrate worship, visual aids (such as maps) and video clips that will foster engaged prayer.
Together in Prayer (Andrew Wheeler, IVP; available on amazon.com) is a book that helps prayer groups avoid common mistakes that praying groups can make.
Operation World will help you pray for every nation in the world. Visit and sign up to receive a daily email.
The Global Prayer Digest helps you pray daily for an unreached people group. Visit .
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