I wonder if we understand just how important our prayers are behind the front lines. There are so many people, pastors and missionaries especially, who are out there on the front lines. And many times, we act as if they don’t need our prayers. They are by definition, after all, “spiritual,” right?
But it is these very people on the front lines that need our prayer the most. Paul certainly recognized his need for others’ prayers. And so he told the Colossians,
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (2)
The idea of “devote” is to be persistent, to hold fast and not let go. In short, don’t just blow off a quick prayer and go on your merry way. Truly engage with God in prayer.
Paul says to be watchful. Watch for what God’s trying to do around you and ask him how to pray in the midst of what he’s doing. Remember also to have a thankful heart. Don’t just make your prayers a “give me” list. But make it a time to remember God’s goodness in your life and draw near to him.
But Paul then gives specifics on the kinds of things people on the front lines need prayer for. They need prayer that God would open up doors of opportunity to preach the gospel. And they need prayer that God would give them the words so that people can clearly understand the gospel.
One would think, “Just preach the gospel. What’s so difficult about that?”
But while the gospel message remains the same, they still need wisdom on exactly what words need to be said to break through whatever blinders Satan has put on unbelievers.
So as you think of the missionaries and pastors you know, pray for these things. They need your spiritual support.
And let them know you are praying for them as well. It’s always encouraging to know you’re not fighting alone, but that you have people behind the lines supporting you.