As we continue to consider the things you should be praying for, today we’ll look at the need to pray for those in ministry.
Brethren, pray for us. (1Th 5:25)
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; (Rom 15:30)
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. (Col 4:2-4)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Eph 6:18-20)
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. (2Th 3:1-2)
You’ve read several of Paul’s prayer requests. There are others. Obviously, Paul thought it was important to have others praying for him as he served the Lord. So what did this servant of the Lord want his friends to pray about? He wanted them to pray that he would have:
- Opportunities to preach the gospel.
- Clarity in presenting the gospel.
- Boldness to preach the gospel.
- Effectiveness in preaching the gospel.
- Deliverance from the enemies of the gospel.
You may not have a lot of money to give to help those in ministry, but you can pray. Come to think of it, Paul never asked for money for himself, but he often asked for prayer. You can help those in ministry by your prayers.
What About You?
Which of God’s servants and ministries do you pray for regularly?