If you’ve ever asked that question, you’re not alone. An Amazon search of the word “prayer” yielded 49,931 results in the category of Books, Religion and Spirituality, alone. The question of prayer is often asked.
Even Jesus’ disciples asked about prayer. In Luke 11:1 they asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They wanted to know, just as we do, how to pray and what to pray.
We’ve asked for prayer many times, so I wanted to share some ways you can pray specifically for us. As our church planting team was preparing to meet recently I thought about what we should pray. Three verses of Scripture came to my mind and have become the guide for our prayers this week.
James 1:5: Wisdom in planning
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (ESV)
It is no secret that we are first time church planters. I find myself asking for wisdom every day as we face new challenges. So, we ask God, who promises to give generously without reproach. He doesn’t withhold wisdom because we’re messed up. And since I’m pretty messed up that is a huge comfort.
Luke 10:2: Workers for the harvest
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)
Luke recorded Jesus’ words to his disciples on the eve of sending out 72 workers to prepare people for Jesus’ arrival. Going into the harvest and praying for workers for the harvest are two sides of the same coin. How can we pray for workers without the obedience to go? So, we go and we ask God for workers who will partner with us to reap a harvest of souls in the Yakima valley.
John 6:44: Welcoming the Gospel
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” (ESV)
Jesus taught us about the essential work of God in the hearts of all who believe in him. In our own effort we cannot save anyone. It requires a supernatural work of God by his Spirit so that a person welcomes the message of the Gospel. So, we ask God to open the hearts of our friends and neighbors who have yet to receive salvation in Jesus.
Wisdom in planning. Workers for the harvest. Welcoming the Gospel. You can pray with us for these three things. We need your prayers as we desire to transform lives, families, and communities with the Good News of Jesus.