3 Weeks Before Travel
Prayer Focus: Facilitator Preparations
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.”
- Please pray for His protection physically and spiritually over the facilitators’ travels, luggage, and training materials, and that they would arrive safely to their destination.
- Pray that God would supply all of the finances and resources necessary for the training.
- Pray that God would impress His message on the heart of each of the trainers who are presenting.
- Pray that the facilitators would clearly communicate the life message and that it would be understood by all present.
- Pray for God’s covering over the facilitators’ families and ministries while they are away.
- Pray for a spirit of humility and unity among them.
Enhancing Your Cultural Intelligence: CQ-Strategy
Review CQ Drive on page 97 from Expand Your Borders by David Livermore
- HowBased on the knowledge you have gained how might you strategize for your upcoming trip?
- Think of things that you might say or do that would make someone uncomfortable.
- What can you do to increase your CQ Strategy as you think about those you will be serving?
- Compare your personal values with the values of the cultural cluster you will be visiting as described in Expand Your Borders.
- Think of things that you might say or do that would make this other person uncomfortable.
- Remain alert during the interactions you have to see if your expectations were accurate.
Spiritual Foundation: Depend on Prayer
Prayer is simply communication between God and us. It’s a vital part of a growing relationship with Him. He invites us to pour out our hearts to Him, ask Him our deepest questions, express our frustrations and dreams, laugh, and even rest quietly with Him. In return, He tells us what’s on His heart. This is all prayer. You talk with God, and God talks with you.
How Do You Pray?
When we realize that through prayer we get to come into God’s very presence, learn about Him, and be known by Him, we no longer see prayer as an activity we “should do.” Prayer becomes the key to a relationship that we cannot live without. We have a duty to pray as Christians because God commands us in Scripture to pray, but when we realize that prayer is one of the primary ways through which we can know God better, our duty to pray can quickly become our greatest delight. In the process of praying, knowing and loving God more is the goal. And while prayer is just talking and listening, which anyone can do without instruction, it is helpful to remember some other important guidelines.
Pray about all things.
God knows the number of hairs on your head. He cares about everything that affects you. Like a caring parent, God listens compassionately. He delights in you. What’s important is not how you talk but that you talk.
God invites you to honestly share your struggles, joys, and challenges. Honesty with God builds trust and is an important part of growing closer to Him.
Use God’s Word.
One of the simplest ways to pray is to model our prayers after those recorded in the Bible, like a prayer of King David (Psalm 25:4–5), Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1–10), Moses (Exodus 33:13), or Paul (Ephesians 1:3–14).
Believe that He hears and answers you.
Your relationship and communication with God are based on trust. When you pray, trust God to hear and answer you (James 1:5–8).
Pray for your enemies.
God desires all people to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Imitate Jesus, who prayed for His enemies even as He was being murdered on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Jesus prayed for his enemies because He values people as eternal beings for whom He died on the cross: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew5:44).
Pray alone and with others.
God loves to spend time alone with you; it is an important aspect of being in relationship with Him. He also wants to meet with you in a community of believers. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12b).
Listen to God.
We listen to what God has said in His Word, the Bible. But God also invites us to listen to Him in prayer. “So, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts’” (Hebrews3:7–8a).
As you minister to others, it is a relief and a joy to know you are not alone. God, the best Counselor, is with you. Our wise and powerful God stands ready to communicate all of His love to us and to others. As you talk and listen to God, He will direct you and give you all the resources you need to minister to the people he brings into your path. He will do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
How is the "Depend on Prayer" Spiritual Foundation important to becoming a life-giver? Why is it particularly necessary to any life-giving ministry?
How is God using your dependence on prayer to prepare you for your upcoming trip?