In writing to the churches at Ephesus and Colossae, the Apostle Paul requested prayer (Eph. 6:19-20; Col. 4:3-4) for his ministry. He asked prayer for open doors of opportunity to preach the Gospel. Although he had already demonstrated great courage in facing strong opposition and enduring much persecution, he also asked prayer for boldness. Third, Paul appeals for prayer for “utterance,” that words would be given to him. He was highly educated, a master of words, and was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write much of the New Testament. Yet as God opened doors, he desired prayer for boldness and the right words to make the Good News clear. If Paul sought regular prayer for open doors, boldness and clarity, then it sets an example for how we should pray for missionaries. While we continue to pray for safety, good health, and material needs, let us remember to focus our prayers on the preaching of the Gospel for God’s glory.
David A. Smith (Director)