A Prayer Circle – Antioch
Prayers in general, and a prayer circle in particular, are often referred to here. Anyone who even reads periodically could attest to that. Why is that true? Prayer is the driver behind Kingdom missions and evangelism. But that’s not a new thing. In fact, it’s ancient:
The Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
That wasn’t the first prayer circle, but it is a very significant one. It marked two important things:
- The beginning of New Testament missions
- The method by which our mission is supplied & accomplished
A Prayer Circle – Atlanta and ROW
Just a couple of weeks ago at ROW’s (Rivers of the World) annual meeting, we repeated this ancient prayer circle. I didn’t know it was going to be part of our weekend activity, but what a privilege and encouragement it was! Our world changes so quickly it makes our heads swim. But when we draw aside to take part in something that has not changed in centuries, it brings a certain serenity and perspective to our lives.
The Atlanta prayer circle was our time to send out one of our own. Who was it? One of our board members who had reached the end of his term of service. It will be for others to share more details, but I found the beginning of this mission very interesting. It’s always amazing to look back and see how far God has brought us.
This board member recounted his time at ROW (about 6 years as I recall). By his own admission, he began not really knowing all that much about ROW, missions, or why it was important for him to be involved. By the time of the prayer circle many things had changed drastically. We were praying for them and the mission work (in another country!) to which he and his wife have now been called. We do serve an awesome God!
The Prayer Circle Continues
When I am preparing mission teams, I ask and expect each team member to have their own prayer team. Most churches have a time of prayer and sending just like the time in Antioch and the one in Atlanta. And this post will let you know we actually do the things we ask others to do! In today’s world, that’s important.
The Gospel message never changes. The need for prayer and provision has never gone away. The One Who supplies has never changed and will never change. What changes?
- Mission methods
So let me invite you to continue to engage in this unchanged, ancient action of prayer for missions. The present purpose of that prayer is establishing healthy communities of faith everywhere ROW has opportunity to minister. Many ROW teams have much to do. Pray for them. I will be leading a team to Belize in October. That work needs a prayer circle and this is your invitation to join it!