In the midst of Missions Impact Month, this is a fitting passage to end our walk through Ephesians with. Think back to a time where you supported an organization or good cause, specifically Christ-centered organizations. Maybe it was volunteering at a soup kitchen. Maybe it was donating time to help mentor today’s youth. Or maybe it was donating money to help with a Bible translation project in Mozambique (shameless plug). Whatever the case may be, there are hundreds of organizations that all provide a service of kingdom-importance. Now… I want you to think about the last time you prayed for those organizations.
The truth of the matter is that while it is good to give our money, time, and talents to these projects (even necessary), it is also of paramount importance that we pray for these organizations! Paul makes this clear to us in verses 19 and 20. “And [pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.” Church, if I can be so bold to say so, nothing that we do for missions will have a lasting impact unless it is with the pursuit of spreading the gospel. And if we are not in East Asia, Mozambique, or Uganda ourselves, then our primary duty is to pray for those who are.
While Paul spent most of his letter to encourage and instruct the church in Ephesus, he took the last little bit to remind the church that he, too, needed prayer and encouragement in his ministry. The apostle Paul, the writer of most of the New Testament, realized that he was not exempt from the power of prayer. He was saying, “Although I’ve been preaching the gospel consistently for a while now, and I’ve already been through trials of many kinds, I need your specific prayers in order to proclaim it boldly for those who do not already believe!” Church, let us remember that 1) there is power in our prayers (the ground is level at the foot of the cross), 2) no one is too good for those prayers, and 3) it is the least we can do for our brothers and sisters in the mission field, and the power of prayer is desperately needed for them.
By: Tyler Monroe — Worship Ministries Intern