Throughout my preparation for my internship in Croatia with Josiah Venture, you have heard me ask you to join my prayer team. Here’s why… [after reading this, would you prayerfully consider being on my intercessory team throughout this journey?]
All throughout scripture, we see prayer as a major theme, discipline, joy, privilege. Early on when I came to know Christ, I remember I often wondered why I should pray; not in a resentful way but in a curious, perplexed way. God is sovereign, in control and the Alpha and Omega. Why should I pray when things get hard? Why should I pray for the persecuted church? Why should I pray for missionaries?
We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” God is clear on the discipline of prayer. In many circumstances in scripture, we see that we are commanded to pray, give thanks, rejoice when things get hard, when we face trial, when we lose sight.
As I prepare to finish up my support raising in 10 days, prepare to leave for Croatia in about 33 days and be there for about 75 days, I know prayer is my greatest ally. As financial support is necessary and practical, prayer is necessary, life-giving and sustaining. As I prepare to boldly proclaim the gospel, advance the kingdom of God and plant seeds, I know that the enemy will be at my every move. He will do everything possible to create discouragement, fear, hinderance. BUT the Lord has given us the armor of God to stand against him, and He has already won; Christ is the victor!
As I think of what’s before me, I am reminded of Paul; all that he endured and did for the glory of God. He faced hard times. He was in chains for the proclamation of the gospel. As I prepare for battle, would you pray this prayer with me?
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20