Ephesian 6:19 -20 is a plea from Paul for prayer support from the Ephesian believers. He desires them to use their privilege of intercession to lift him up before God. “And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.” In the previous verse (18) he had extorted the believers to use their weapon of prayer to intercede for each other in regard to their faith, character, etc. and on all occasions. He is asking that the believers support his ministry and give him the courage to speak boldly, especially since he was in prison. I find it encouraging that Paul, one of the most eloquent writers and speakers for Jesus of all time, knew he needed the power pray could bring to his ministry. He needed the right words for bold speech and explanation of the gospel message. Like Paul, we should never take for granted that we ‘know ‘ it all and can explain all the essential doctrines of the faith. We are nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit and Paul knew that. We need to take a lesson from the Apostle Paul and seek prayer support for our ministries. Bathe them in prayer before you go out, while speaking, and after wards. Pray, pray, pray!
Who do you know that is in the need of prayer for their ministry of service? Sunday School teachers need it, Pastors need it, Worship leaders need it, Church leaders need it, ….. we all stand in the need of prayer to be able to go out and give out the message of hope in Jesus to a hurting world. For my first book, Fearless Living, I claimed Isaiah 55:11 “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God promises that giving out His Word will not return empty but will accomplish His purposes. A great promise to claim!
Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I can be confident that God will hear my prayers and that giving out His Word will accomplish His purposes.