When you read the letters in the Bible that were written by the Apostle Paul you discover that he was a man who was convinced of the importance of prayer. He prayed for people on a regular basis and told them what he was asking God to do in their lives. He also wanted people to pray for him. This is encouraging. Paul, the great apostle and missionary, did not consider himself above the need of having others pray for him. And Paul was specific about what he wanted people to pray. Paul’s prayer requests can give us some guidance as to how to pray for the missionaries that we support at Wake Chapel Church. Listen to some of Paul’s prayer requests:
I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
2 Thessalonians 3:1–2:
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 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, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
Some other passages to consider are Philemon 22, Philippians 1:18-20, and 1 Corinthians 1:8-11.
Thou art coming to a King.
Large petitions with thee bring.
For His grace and power are such.
None can ever ask too much.