A CALL TO HAVE PARTNERSHIP IN PRAYER.
When we pray, we are not working but GOD who working for what we prayed for "
"I always pray with you because of your partnership in the gospel " wrote Apostle Paul, in his letter to Philippians (,Phil ,1.5NIV) The King James version uses the word ‘fellowship’ instead of partnership. Whereas the original Greek word is "Koinonia" which means fellowship or communion. He also commending three different involvements ,prayer, possession and personal, in which we can have partnership in the gospel.
#1.PARTNERSHIP IN PRAYER.Phil.1.19.
Prayer is prerequisite to all our works in the kingdom of God to get the divine power to our helplessness , to remove mountains in our life and in the lives of others, to awake up those sleep in sins, to capture strongholds of Satan and to make impossible possible.
Paul urged the Christians of his time that ‘to devote yourselves to prayer…’,because he knew that God desires and requires prayer for the accomplishment of His salvific plan for the people of the nations. The church at Philippi had partnership in the gospel by praying for Paul and his out reach ministry .Brothers pray for us, requested Paul to the saints ! why?
@1.Prayer Open Doors For Christian presence.
When Jonathan Goforth planned to launch a new work in northern Honan province in China, Hudson Tayler wrote him with these words "brother, if you are to win that province you must go forward on your knees". We read in Acts that the Holy Spirit closed door for Paul that he might not preach in the region of Phrygia and in Bithynia,Acts16.6-7.And two other places the devil closed the door Acts.17.10.1Thess.2.18.No one can open door for gospel but prayer.Eph.4.3.
@2,Prayer Brings Effective Mission Strategies For Ministry.Eph.6.19-20.
We read , in the book of Acts, that ‘it was after they had prayer….all were filled with boldness.Acts.4.31.The result of the apostles determined adherence to prayer and the ministry of word of God increased number of dispels,Acts.6.4-7.Prayer is required to fearless preaching with clear terms for rapid spread of Christian faith,Col.4.4, 2Thess.3.1.
@3. Prayer Breaks The Power Of Darkness And Protect Servants of God.2Thess.3.2,Rom.15.31.
Dr.peter wagner in a symposium on power evangelism at Fuller seminary affirmed; ’Satan delegates high ranking members of the hierarchy of evil spirit to control nations regions, cities ,tribes, people groups, neighborhoods and other significant social networks of human beings throughout the world. Their major assignment is to prevent God from being glorified in their territory which they do through directing the activity of lower-ranking demons’ . Paul’s writing to Ephesians gives us insight into nature of spiritual warfare we face daily,Ehp.6.10-18. Stand in readiness for spiritual combat. Recognize that your demonic enemies are behind much of what comes against you to harm you. God is waiting upon the prayers of His people to open doors for gospel especially those who are working in 10/40 window nations , the most closed nations for the gospel.
Let I close with the word of Jack Hayford , prayer is essentially a partnership. In prayer, the redeemed child of God is working hand in hand with God. Because of prayer they together toward the fulfillment of God’s redemptive purpose on the earth".
WE , MISSIONS ASIA, ARE INDEED IN NEED OF YOUR PRAYER TO CARRY ON WORK OF THE LORD THAT HE HIMSELF ENTRUSTED UPON US IN ASIA. IF THE SPIRIT OF GOD LEADS YOU TO BE VITAL PART OF THIS MOVE OF GOD , WRITE TO US.
SERVING THE LORD TOGETHER THE TIME AS THIS