Prayer matters 1: resources to fuel your prayers for mission this year
Posted on: 9th February 2023
CMS missionaries all over the world depend on our prayers. Here, we round up our key resources to help you make a world that knows Jesus a regular and urgent matter for prayer this year.
From start to finish, mission is the Lord’s work, and it’s the privilege of every one of his people, wherever they are in the world, to participate in his salvation plan by praying. And yet we all know how distraction and disruption can interfere with our good intentions. If you’d love to make prayer a higher priority this year, we hope that the resources below will be a help and encouragement to do that.
On the go
Many of us feel that we look at our phones too often. But what if each time you picked up your device – on the train, waiting for the kettle, checking the news – you were prompted to pray? Many of our supporters use the PrayerMate app to receive regular prayer points from CMS. Simply download the app and subscribe to CMS (and any other organisation you’d like to support in prayer!). Go to http://praynow4.org/cmsaustralia to find out more.
Do you want to make world mission a focus for your prayers as a family? Did you know that for every one of our missionaries, there’s a kids’ prayer sheet you can download and print? You could focus on the missionaries your church supports, or work through a particular region… or even the whole world! Use a world map or atlas to look up the locations you’re praying for. Go to individual missionary pages to find kids’ prayer sheets: www.cms.org.au/what-we-do/our-missionaries.
Each month we publish an up-to-date set of prayer points so you can pray for all the CMS missionaries and the work of CMS throughout the month. This works together with our yearly CMS Prayer Diary, which gives more detail about our missionaries and the regions they’re working in. If you’d like to receive a print version of the Prayer Diary or the monthly prayer points, or if you’d like to subscribe to receive the monthly prayer points by email, get in touch with your CMS branch. Go to www.cms.org.au/get-involved/pray for more information.
You can stay up-to-date with more specific prayer requests, updates and encouragements from individual missionaries by signing up for their prayer newsletter. You can do this via individual missionary pages at www.cms.org.au/what-we-do/our-missionaries.
From the archives
If you’re looking for encouragement to pray from God’s word, you might like to check out these talks from Peter Adam, given in 2020 at the Summer Under the Sun conference in Victoria: www.cms.org.au/product/suts-2020-praying-in-gods-presence-talk-1-peter-adam. Or download and work through this Bible study, ‘Your Part in God’s Harvest’: www.cms.org.au/product/cms-prayer-focus-2020-bible-study.
It’s exciting to think what God might do this year around the world through the prayers of his people. Keep an eye out for future posts to help you keep mission high on your prayer agenda.