Committing to pray for someone, especially someone going on missions, is a serious thing. I always recruit people to pray for me when I travel and as a missionary in general.
Many times in the last 30 years, people have told me that they pray for me each day, which I find very humbling. I can think of two couples, one in Orillia, Ontario and another one in Dunedin, Florida, who pray every morning for Sandy and I. Every day.
Praying for those who are on the front lines is so important. I don’t know how many times we have heard stories of people in difficult situations who saw no way out or an answer to their situation. Later, they would discover that at the exact time they faced this difficulty, someone was praying for them and they were delivered from those difficult circumstances.
A while ago, I wrote about a couple in South Africa who were carjacked with them in the vehicle and how it was through prayer that this couple was safely released. (read that post here)
As our team works in difficult and dangerous areas of the world, we have encouraged them to recruit prayer warriors who pray for them on a daily basis. This is so important, it is needed, as we are in a constant battle with the evil one. Ephesians 6 clearly shares how our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of the air who are ever seeking to destroy the kingdom of God. Praying on behalf of the saints makes you an active participant in the fight against the evil one.
An Opportunity To Pray
Right now, we are working on a project in Central Asia. It is a training centre for believers who cannot go to Bible School in their home country, whose ability to study online is severely limited because all email traffic is monitored. God has opened a door to allow us to train these believers, many of them house church leaders, in a couple of neighbouring countries.
To get this building finished, we needed a project manager. I challenged a close friend of mine to go and fill the need. Initially he refused, but I prayed and God showed him very clearly, apart from me, that he was to go.
Is There A Cost To Prayer?
My friend, realizing where he was going and the opposition that our team there faced from the evil one — that he would face, knew he needed to have a prayer team. He needed committed prayer warriors to pray daily. God showed him a number of people who would be those committed prayer warriors and they each committed to pray.
Since arriving in Central Asia, he has seen Satan oppose all that we do. He has seen two of those prayer warriors go to glory and be ever present with our Saviour. Even though he knows they are in a better place, one has to wonder if the commitment to pray for a faithful servant doesn’t come at a cost.
Scripture tells us in Matthew 10: 16-22 that there is a cost to being a disciple, whether you are serving on the front line or supporting the front line workers by praying.
What I know is that taking the Gospel into all the world (Mark 16:15) takes a team. This mission takes those who obey the call of God and go, and it takes those behind the scenes praying. One can’t accomplish the work before us without the other.
Prayer is not in vain! In just a few days, over 30 people will come together to be taught in depth about a book of the Bible. They will sing, they will take communion; they will speak about their Saviour in a safe environment.
Do you have someone you are praying for? My friend in Central Asia could use your prayers, and so could I.