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Prayer facilitator

“. . . as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks
on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer
to the prayers of many.” – 2 Corinthians 1:11

As prayer facilitator, you have the privilege of empowering others to love and serve the missionary through intercession. You will also enjoy times of thanksgiving as prayers are answered.

Paul’s cry for prayer coverage in Ephesians 6:19-20 can also be heard from every modern-day missionary:

“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me 
so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. . . . 
Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

Prayer is the foundation on which all mission work is built. Your role as prayer coordinator is vital in establishing God’s kingdom where the missionary serves. By mobilizing others to pray, you are multiplying the Spirit’s work in building the kingdom, and thus blessing the missionary and those he or she serves.

Who is a prayer facilitator?

A prayer facilitator is a trusted friend of the missionary. He or she is a person who has a heart to pray and to mobilize others to pray for the missionary. The facilitator makes a commitment to pray regularly for the missionary and keep the rest of the prayer network informed of prayer requests and praises. The prayer facilitator regularly checks in with the missionary and reports back to the praying network, and vice versa.

What is a prayer network?

A prayer network is a group of 10-12 persons who are committed to pray for the missionary on a regular basis. The missionary has invited them to pray, and they receive updates from the prayer facilitator. They do not need to meet in person, but are connected by their common commitment to pray, wherever they are located.

Why a prayer network?

Missionaries need a trusted “inner circle” of persons with whom they can be real and share vulnerably from the heart. Some prayer requests can be mentioned in a regular newsletter to all supporters, but other things are better shared with a smaller group of intimate prayer partners.

Who forms a prayer network?

The missionary pulls together the prayer team by inviting trusted persons to pray. Once a team is committed, the missionary gives the names and contact information to you, the prayer facilitator.

How does the network function?

Coordinate with the missionary and the prayer network how you will communicate. We suggest weekly contact, but this is up to your discretion. Figure out how you will check in with the missionary    by email, phone or Skype? How will you relay needs to the prayer network?

You will receive the missionary’s requests and may want to add some additional comments or direction for prayer. Remember that you are an advocate, encouraging others to pray.

How do we keep the prayer going?

Check in periodically with people in the prayer network to make sure they are still able to commit to regular prayer. Things change, and they may need to be released from their prayer commitment. You can notify the missionary and encourage them to seek a new prayer partner.