Romans 15:30-33 — Supporting those on the front lines

It is easy, sometimes, to forget that we are in a spiritual war.  But we are.

And many people are out on the front lines sharing the gospel.  Some are doing ministry at home.  Others are in foreign countries.  But whether at home or abroad, these people especially need our prayers.

Paul himself knew that.  If there was one person you would think could make it without others’ prayers, it would be him.  But he was particularly mindful of the fact that he couldn’t do it alone.  He wrote the Roman church saying,

I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there.  (30-31)

The word “struggle” really strikes me.  Sometimes we think of missionaries and other ministers as Christian supermen and superwomen.  But they’re not.  They’re human just like us.  They struggle just like we do, and they need our prayers.  So pray for them.

Pray for your pastors.  I talked yesterday about supporting them financially, but they also need your spiritual support.  Pray for them.

Pray for those you know are missionaries.  They need your prayers too.

Let us never forget those who are out there on the front lines.  All of us, hopefully, are doing God’s work wherever we are.  And whenever we do God’s work we become targets for Satan and his demons.  But those who are on the front lines are especially targets.  So let us not neglect praying for them.

More, let us send them our words of encouragement.  And as God gives us the finances to do so, let us support them in that way too.

It can be lonely out there on the front lines.  Let us remind those who are out there that they are not alone.


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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