"Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38)
As was mentioned earlier, the key ingredient to any mission project is PRAYER. It is the only thing the Bible tells us to do "without ceasing"(1 Thessalonians. 5:17). Though we pray a lot for reaching the world, we have to admit that we fall short of this command of God. Soldiers always have to be in communication with their commanders. The commanders, in turn will provide required supplies and assistance to those who communicate and justify their needs. When numerous soldiers in a particular group, communicate in that they have the same need, then the commanders know that the need is real. Which group of soldiers is God going to bless and send resources: the ones who only call in or pray once in awhile for something; or the ones who have pulled together a large group that is continually praying for the need they see. God will bless the latter.
The biggest keys to answered prayer, even when a group bands together to "pray without ceasing", is that we have faith that He can answer; that we have a clean servant’s heart; and that we thank and praise Him for His answers to prayer. Some biblical examples of this are:
"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.(James 1:6)
“Again I (Jesus) say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask (pray for), it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."(Matthew 18:19)
"Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider what great things He has done for you."(1 Samuel 12:23-24)
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."(2 Chronicles 7:14)
"Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good gifts to them that ask him?"(Matthew 7:7-11)
"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)
As we mentioned above, God commands us to "pray without ceasing". Individually it is virtually impossible to follow this command, but as a body of Christ, we can easily pray without ceasing. All it would take is several churches to take a day of the week to pray. Each church would then have their believers take even just one 15 minute time slot, per week, to pray for their own church’s missionaries and outreach to their community and the world. In fifteen minutes an individual could pray for every missionary they know, specific mission projects, and still probably have time left over. If one fifteen- minute slot wasn’t enough, then more could be added.
BPS in El Paso has set up a “Hall of Prayer” that will have the lists of people that are praying in each 15 minute time slot for each day of the week. Individuals or churches can contact them at 1-915-857-1122, or on the internet at email@example.com, to obtain an open day or time slot that needs prayer.
These 15 minute prayer slots are a great opportunity for a quality family time of prayer. Only once a week should be easy for anyone to be able to do. Many people set their watches or computer reminders so that they have a reminder to pray. A card can be made up with your prayer time and put on the refrigerator door or other prominent spot. The items of prayer can be put on the back or front of that same card.
A sample of the sign up sheet has been provided in this section. It can be copied or taken out, filled out and a copy sent to BPS at 14773 Simpson Rd, El Paso, Texas 79938, or faxed to 915-855-6211
A copy of the prayer list could be sent to the missionaries that are being prayed for so that they could get the blessing of knowing who is praying for them. I would like to be there to see the face of any missionary receiving that letter and list of those praying for him.