Dear Prayer Team,
Here is a prayer acrostic to help you and me remember to pray for this little SubMission wrestling trip up the Amazon! We will be in Manaus, Brazil, from June 15-23.
Thank you for your powerful prayers to our almighty God!
In Jesus’ interlocking grip, Mike
M Mighty Men & Mimi’s Mandarin — We desire that God would draw men hard into the Kingdom, grow them up, train them up as leaders in the Church, and that the Church would welcome them as men on a mission! Please pray also for my daughter Mimi who will be with me, and her yet unknown ministry in the Chinese church in Manaus — that God would give her just the right words to serve them.
A Academies – Luis, Chico, Ricardo, and REVID, the rehab camp in the jungle. That we discern how best to bless & affirm what they are doing in the lives of the young men they teach, to encourage them, & especially to learn from them.
N New Things – Flexibility, on the mat and in our hearts, ready for God to do new things, greater things than before
A Armor Up – Spiritual alertness, guarding our hearts, remember our training, ready for anything, fear only God so that we fear nothing else
U Unity – Everyone knows who we are and has heard about our arrival, and they will be watching closely to see if our actions match our words, to see if our lives match Jesus’ life, to see how we relate to one another, how we love one another and take care of one another
S Spiritual Power – That God would do only the things that He can do in us, through us, and around us, as we bring the Kingdom of God near to the kingdom of darkness.
B Broken Hearts – For hearts not numbed nor shocked, but open, transparent, vulnerable, willing to personally engage individuals seeking freedom from slavery to poverty, drug abuse, prostitution, gangs, etc, as God leads us.
R Relationships – For long term, mutually beneficial, working partnerships in the Kingdom between American & Brazilian followers of Jesus. For relationships that prove the unity in the Body of Christ across cultural and even generational lines.
A Able Bodies – For strength, endurance, recovery, healing, & to remember what we’ve learned this last year of Brazilian wrestling.
Z Zacheus – Like Zacheus (Lk 19:1-10), we are “small” but we want to see Jesus, no matter what, from wherever, however!
I Intensity – Our schedule is full of incredible opportunities to serve, each of which will be a stretch of our faith, and God sometimes surprises us with opportunities. that we didn’t schedule, but He did. Despite the intensity of ministry, may we remember Whom we serve, and that He will empower us to do what He desires us to do.
L Love – Most important, that we demonstrate our love for God and one another before the watching world there and here. That we would love selflessly and sacrificially from our hearts.