How often do we take time to pray for our missionaries, both those in foreign lands and those here in the US? What if I were to tell you that this is what many of them need?
Paul the apostle was writing to the church in Thessalonica, which was one of the churches that he planted during his missionary journeys. Paul could have asked this church for anything: money, assistants, or a million different things. However, Paul did not ask for this. Rather, he asked that the church pray for him. Specifically, he asked for prayer that the Gospel message would spread and be honored.
Wherever we are at, we should take time to pray for our missionaries. We don't have to be in a church building to do this. We can take a few minutes in the morning, at bedtime, or during the day. Regardless of when or where we pray, we should pray.
We can all pick at least one missionary to pray for. If you don't know of anyone that you could pray for, I have one for you: Pastor Saeed Abedini. He is an American pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran. He has been tortured and beaten for his faith in Christ. I would like to encourage everyone to pray for him, even if you have another person for which you will pray.