The seventh principle for missions at our church is “Support the Missionary”. I am currently writing several blogs about supporting the missionary.
Thus far, we have looked at (1) Provide proper vetting, (2) Provide people support and (3) Provide preparation support. Here is the fourth way of supporting a missionary.
Provide Prayer Support
Whenever we send a missionary into the field, we are essentially sending them off to battle. They will be at war with the enemy over the souls of the lost.
God instructs us to put on the whole armor of God when it comes to battle with the enemy. Every missionary should don the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-17, which lists the elements of the armor of God.
In verse 18, Paul adds another element that isn’t usually associated with the armor of God. He wrote, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints”.
One way of looking at this is that Paul is calling for Air Support. In modern warfare, battles are lost and won because of air support. In all the wars, from WWI forward, air support has been vital to military success.
We can provide the air support for our missionaries in the battle field. It is called prayer.
Little wonder Paul wrote things like “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), “Brethren, pray for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:25) and “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us as well” (Colossians 4:2-3).
Paul understood the value of air support and asked the church to pray for him as he served in his ministry assignment and missionary field.
If you know a missionary, remember to provide them with air support.
Something to think about…