A Way to Pray (Part Two)
This excerpt from Matthew Henry’s (1662-1714) A Method of Prayer is quoted here to assist you in your own prayer for “missions”. Look [here] for a more complete introduction.
Pray for Jewish Conversions, Churches Threatened by Islam, and Churches on the Mission Field
For the conversion of the Jews.
Let the branches which are broken off not continue in their unbelief, but be grafted in again into their own olive tree. And though a partial hardening has come upon Israel, yet let the fullness of the Gentiles come in, and let all Israel be saved.
Let them be made to look on him whom they have pierced; and, that they turn to the Lord, let the veil which lies over their hearts be removed.
Romans 11:17; Romans 11:23-26; Zechariah 12:10; 2 Corinthians 3:15-16
For all churches that are groaning under the yoke of Islamic tyranny.
Let the churches of Asia, that were golden lampstands, which the Lord Jesus delighted to walk among, be made so again.
Restore to them their liberties as at the first, and their privileges as at the beginning; smelt away their dross, and remove all their alloy, and restore their fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb!
Revelation 1:11-12; Revelation 2:1; Isaiah 1:25-26; Psalm 126:4
For the churches on the mission field.
Be the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; and let them have the blessing which came upon the head of Joseph and upon the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers, even to the bounties of the everlasting hills.
Create peace to the far, as well as to the near.
And let those that draw from the abundance of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand, call the people to the mountain, that they may offer right sacrifices.
Psalm 65:5; Genesis 49:26; Isaiah 57:19; Deuteronomy 33:19
There are several options, should you want to secure a copy of Henry’s book for yourself. The original can be found in some rare bookshops. A .pdf copy of the original is available [here]. Two modern revisions are available [here] and [here]. Eight Versions are available as free eBooks. [here]. Differences are based on Bible versions used (NIV, ESV, NASB) and the perspective taken (First Person, Corporate). For 13 Convincing Arguments on Why to Pray the Scripture, take a look [here].