As Christians prayer should be second nature. It plays an important part of our walk and is our way of communicating with our heavenly Father. As his children, we should always be desiring to lift our praise and requests to our Father. He is a good Father who will give his children what they need (Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:11-13). Throughout the New Testament, we see Jesus serving as our example of how and when we should pray. The disciples didn’t miss this and asked him how they should pray (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-13). Because of their question, we can now read his instructions on how to come before the Lord in prayer. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we see Paul saying we should pray without ceasing.
So why do we make it so hard on ourselves?
Before his arrest and death, Jesus took time to pray for his disciples (John 17) and through that prayer – he prayed for all of us! In the Garden of Gethsemane, he told the disciples to pray with him, but they couldn’t stay awake long enough to do so. Don’t we often have the same issue today? We struggle to stay focused or dedicated enough in prayer and wonder why sometimes we feel so distant from God. But Christ taught us all we need to know about prayer and by seeing the example he set with his own prayer life – we have no excuses.
What does all of this have to do with missions?
Prayer can be one of the easiest and important ways to support global missions. It is one of the ways you can come along side Epaphroditus in support of our work in India. Some of the specific things that we need prayer for are:
- Grace Christian Ministry and their work to train up pastors and plant churches to share the gospel in India.
- The nation of India – for the gospel would spread like wildfire throughout that nation and God would be glorified!
- Babu and his family, as well as the pastors being trained by his ministry.
- The mission team that will be going to India in February as well as for their families that will be staying home.
These are just a few ways you can pray for our mission and for the nation of India. As Paul was closing his letter to the Ephesians, in 6:18 he instructs them to be, “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.”
Will you commit to “praying at all times” with us, for us and for the nation of India? Your brothers and sisters there need your prayers and it is a comfort to them to know you love them.