Ideas for Mission
“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Prayer is our mission and our mission is prayer.
Jesus invites us to shape the world we live in, and the lives of those around us, through prayer. The challenge we face is to not treat prayer as something we do before we go out and share Jesus, but rather our place of preparation, the lifeblood that underpins all our action, a chance for those who don’t know Jesus to experience His presence and power, and the act that hands all we’ve done, said and prayed into the hands of our Father.
Dare to take prayer out of your private life and church gatherings. Take it to the streets, to your work place, your neighbourhood and into the lives of those who are yet to meet Jesus.
Here are a few ideas for you to try:
24-7 Prayer Rooms: why not plan a 24-7 Prayer Room alongside a mission or social action initiative? Make the mission action the focus of your prayer room and send people out from the prayer room to share Jesus. Make the prayer room a hospitable place, maybe somewhere public like a shop front in order to invite those who don't know Jesus yet to come and try talking to him
Prayer spaces in unlikely places: 24-7 Prayer Rooms have gone much further than church buildings. We’ve had sacred spaces in workplaces, schools, police stations, homes, tents and more. Why not take prayer right into the heart of the place you’re praying for and see who is curious enough to see the prayer room and try praying themselves.
Prayer on the streets: Everyone loves a free gift. Why not offer prayer to people on the streets of your city. Ask people what they would like God to do for them and their families, be brave and pray with them, and see how many people accept and experience God move.
Treasure hunting: take some time to listen to the Lord as ask him to give you clues (words of knowledge, a picture or a name) that would lead you to a person he wants you to find and speak to today. When you have a number of clues write them down or make yourself a ‘treasure map’ and go through your day looking for the person God is leading you to speak and pray with.
Participate in a 24-7 Mission Team: the missionary impulse has been at the core of 24-7 ever since the first Prayer Room. We have been sending mission teams to some of the poorest and neediest parts of Europe for over a decade. Check out the mission team opportunities this year and experience different ways to marry prayer and mission.
Interested in exploring more?
Download The Prayer and Mission Series. These 5 minute videos are hosted by Brian Heasley and are designed to impart what has been learned through pioneering prayer and mission communities connected to the 24-7 movement.
“The evangelization of the world depends first upon a revival of prayer.”