I have been re-reading through John Pipers book Desiring God this week and wanted to share a quote from his chapter on "Prayer: The Power of Christian Hedonism," along with some verses that point to prayer as the empowering for mission. Piper says, "We see repeatedly in Scripture that prayer is a walkie-talkie for warfare, not a domestic intercom for increasing our conveniences. The point of prayer is empowering for mission."
The point of prayer is empowering for mission in the following ways:
"[Pray] for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel" -Ephesians 6:19
"Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ." -Colossians 4:3
"Strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf...that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints." -Romans 15:30-31
"Pray for us that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored." -2 Thessalonians 3:1
"Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." -Matthew 9:38
The above verses point to the many reasons that prayer is vital for warfare in the mission of God. I mention the above also as a way to thank those of you who have partnered with my family as we seek to be on mission in S. Asia. We have never felt the need for prayer before like we have the last couple years of our life and we ask that you would continue to pray for us as we are in a war like environment that God would continue to advance His church here.