(By Guest Blogger Dick DeCook, Love Reaches Prayer Team Coordinator)
No appointment needed. No invitation required. That’s the beauty of prayer. As Paul said in Ephesians 3:12, “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” We can draw near to the very throne of God Himself. God’s door is always open for us to approach Him, praise Him, tell Him we love Him, express our needs, and petition Him on behalf of others and ourselves.
Of course, prayers for family, friends, and ourselves are always a top priority, but I am also very concerned about praying for the unity of the body of Christ, our deeply committed missionaries, and our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ world-wide.
As we approach Missions Celebration, why should we pray for our missionaries? Have you ever thought deeply about what it means to be called by God to be a missionary? It means making a commitment to be All In. In many cases leaving family and loved ones, learning a new language, learning about a new country and culture, and building a prayer team not to mention working to raise a lot of financial support. That can seem overwhelming, but that’s what missionaries are called to do.
So, we as their brothers and sisters in Christ, are called to pray for them as often as we can. I believe a missionary’s prayer covering is the most important aspect of their work. Without continual prayer lifted to the Father for His guidance and direction, love for those being reached out to, and personal health and safety, a missionary doesn’t stand much of a chance.
We echo Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Ephesus as we pray for those laboring on the mission field: “I pray that out of His glorious riches he may strengthen you in power through His spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
At Timberline Church, we receive regular newsletter updates via mail and email. A faithful volunteer extracts the needs from these newsletters and compiles a monthly list of prayer requests from the missionaries that the members of Timberline Church support as well as other missionaries. That monthly list of Prayer Requests is prayed over on the first Thursday of each month. That is why I’d like to invite you to come to the Timberline Prayer Room at 12:30, Thursday, March 5 to pray for our missionaries.
If you’re not able to come to the prayer meeting and you would still like to pray for the specific prayer requests, we are happy to add you to our email list and you can pray at home. Just send me your email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org and explain you would like to pray monthly for our missionaries.
To finish the work, we need to pray.