In addition, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
(2 Thess. 3:1, CSB)

The Apostle Paul never hesitated to request prayer. In his second letter to the believers in Thessalonica, he celebrated their embrace of the gospel and applauded them for their depth of faith and love for one another. They modeled endurance in the middle of persecution and hardship.

After affirming their faith and warning them about the dangers of ungodliness in the world, Paul earnestly asked them to pray for him. His request was not for comfort but for the good news of Jesus to be received by many, and that he would not fall prey to evil.

Dear Father, we are now weeks into the global pandemic. The reality that our lives will never be the same is settling into our minds and hearts. In humility our pastors and missionaries may be hesitant to ask others to pray for them. They may feel that such a request would be awkward, selfish, or prideful. Father, help them to know that self-deprecation is not necessary. Others may fear that such a request could be exploited and used against them. Father, give them the courage to be vulnerable. During this time, dear Father, give our pastors and missionaries the boldness to ask others to intercede for them for strength, for faith, for purity, for protection, and for opportunities to bring Your gospel to those who don’t yet know you. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Bob Adams for Missions Mosaic.

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