praying for missions {week 8}

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

This should be a given, right? We're doing Kingdom work as our job. Part of that is leading discipleship courses. We study the Bible "on the clock." Do we really need prayer that we'll be faithful in Bible study? Yes!

Let me start off by saying that this work we are doing is busy. Someone always needs something, and it's almost always urgent - not just from their perspective, but truly urgent. In addition to our work, we are raising two small boys. We also live close to Rodgers' family - not a common situation for "foreign" missionaries. I'm the one who's foreign; he's home. Plus, we have friends of course. These all make demands on our time, as they should. It is very easy to be quick, casual, or sporadic in Bible study.

We believe that if we abide in Christ, if we spend time with the Master, if we live in the Word, God will continue providing the time we need for faithful Bible study, and the Holy Spirit will give us wisdom in time management, discernment in our work. We will be seeking first the Kingdom, and God will supply all our needs (Matthew 6:33). We know that when we are not faithful, God remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13), and we are thankful for that grace!

We pray that we will always be faithful in Bible study, in spending time with the Master and living in the Word.

from "30 Ways to Pray for Missionaries," compiled by Elaine Helms for the NAMB. (the full list in pdf form is available here