How should people pray for missional type folk? Every now and then I get some charismatically inclined person asking me whether I have sufficient "prayer cover" to keep me safe from all the demonic attacks I must be subject to, mixing with the unsavory types that I do (that is, you). The truth is, I am not even sure I want that sort of prayer, given the underlying xenophobia it often springs from, but that doesn't mean I don't want people praying for me. Not at all. So I've been thinking about missional prayer over the last few days and came across a request from Paul in Colossians 4:2-6 which I think ain't a bad guide:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
How's that sound? How would you pray for people engaged in mission?
Postscript: I have learned that prayers are needed for Andii over at Nouslife, and for his family, and particularly for one of the children. There's one way how we should pray.