Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to speak about it as I should.
(Ephesians 6:18—20, CSB)

We are joining together to pray for missionaries and other ministers of the gospel who labor in difficult circumstances and hard places. Because we care about them, we pray for them to be safe and reasonably comfortable, to have what they need, and to be encouraged in their work.

Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesian believers from a difficult place—he was imprisoned in Rome. In Ephesians 3:1 he identifies himself as a “prisoner for Christ,” and in 4:1 he calls himself a “prisoner for the Lord.” In chapter 6 he tells the Ephesians he is in chains.

Near the end of the letter the apostle asks his readers to pray for him. Notice what he asks as he sits in a cruel prison. He desires to powerfully share the gospel with those around him, soldiers and jailers as well as friends. Not to be released. Not to be made well. Not to be safe or comfortable. His singular desire is to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Father, today we intercede for those who are ministering in the midst of seemingly impossible situations. We want to follow Paul’s request and ask You to give these faithful pastors and missionaries opportunities and boldness to share Jesus with those around them, wherever they may be. Please guide their words to meet the exact needs of those around them. Please open the hearts and minds of those who are lost, that they would be ready to receive the gospel as it is shared. In all things, dear Father, help us to bring honor and glory to Your name. Amen.

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

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