“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:11-12)
Take a moment to pray the above for some people the Lord brings to your mind.
Paul writes, “for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” (1 Cor. 16:9)
One only needs to read through prayer requests/updates to see the reality of this verse. For example, M is front and center in the battle for the hearts of the displaced Syrian refugees. The need is so great, the obstacles so huge, the opposition so great, yet, he keeps stepping forward.
Another example is P and his family who live in Cameroon where the Boko Haram daily attack villages nearby. He continues to minister in spite of the danger. The adversaries in this case are life threatening.
Then there is A who helped put on a conference to encourage and equip front line workers in the Arab world. These people were discouraged and isolated yet found hope and courage by being together, getting some equipping and singing Arabic worship songs.
The above are examples of “adversaries”. It is evident that there are also very wide open doors of effective service for many in the MentorLink Movement, and around the world.
All of this leads me to encourage each of us to pray for the faithful workers we know anywhere in the world.
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). This short verse presents a big
challenge. If we think this means praying through a list at all hours and
in all occasions of life, most all of us fail.
The way I see it is a life-style of conversing with Abba about whatever is
before me. I talk to Him about the help, guidance, insight, resource, or
whatever I need and am faced with. This is the only way this verse makes
sense to me.
Then, I look at the prayer texts, emails or phone calls I get and I pray. It’s like
breathing. Long prayers are not needed. He hears and knows our hearts.
The Spirit is groaning and interceding on behalf of our requests (Romans 8).
Collectively and individually, we have so much power to move things, events
and people through this kind of prayer.
This morning I was reading in Ephesians 6 and was struck at the turn in Paul’s train of thought. In Eph. 6:11-17 the discussion focused on our tools in defense against the attacks of the devil. Then immediately following this, Paul pushes us toward action for others.
He writes, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints…” (Eph. 6:18).
This is why we have such a burden to share prayer needs of the saints. Your prayers really are needed and the Father does hear.