The Bible is clear when it teaches us to pray persistently. We read in Ephesians 6 v 18 that we are to pray:
“in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should”.
Paul in this letter to the young church in Ephesus was instructing the believers in praying for others. Their prayer was to be directed by the Spirit of God and it was to be:
- On ALL occasions
- With ALL kinds of prayers and requests
- ALWAYS praying for the Lord’s people
And as they prayed in this way they were to be alert, not falling asleep as his disciples did at Gethsemane during Jesus greatest hour of trial, but alert and aware of the trials of brothers and sisters who might be suffering.
This included Paul, who is God’s Ambassador ‘in chains’, and today it includes most of our Christian family across the world who may not literally be in chains, but who do suffer injustice, oppression, physical attack, imprisonment, torture and sometimes even death.
As we take on the call of Hebrews 13 v 3 to:
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering”
…we also need to be alert as we pray, making ourselves aware of the issues our Christian family is experiencing across the world today.
As you read some of the news articles on this site do turn them into prayer, lifting those whose stories they tell to our ‘Heavenly Father’ who alone can meet their needs.
To help I have also included a feed on this page to the Release International ‘Prayer Shield’, a daily resource to help us pray.