The Importance of Prayer
In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus connects missionary work with prayer. He says, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray
the Lord of the harvest to send out laborerers into His harvest." This command always struck me as odd. If the laborers are few and there is much work to be done would it not make more sense to command His disciples to 'go' and 'evangelize' the unsaved people? Indeed, this is the very command He gives His disciples in the final chapter of this gospel (see Matthew 28:19-20). However, in this situation He gives them a very different command. He says, "pray."
Historically, 'prayer' and 'missions' were one in the same. The famous missionaries of the past lived lives of personal prayer and devotion while boldly standing for Christ through sacrificial service and gospel proclamation. May of them claimed that without a strong prayer-life their public minsitry would have been far less fruitful.
In Luke 11 the disciples approached Jesus as He was praying and they interrupted Him saying, "Lord, teach us to pray." Without a second thought, Jesus immediately goes into a teaching on prayer. He gives them the Lord's prayer as a template for personal communion and intercession. In Luke 18 He continues to teach about prayer by telling the parable of the unjust judge and the persistent widow. Jesus summarizes His teaching with this phrase, "...Shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him
, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily..."
We believe the most powerful means of impacting a culture and discipling new believers is through prayer. God, in His sovereignty has ordained prayer as a means of changing things in the physical earth. It reveals our utter dependence on Him and it places Him squarely in the middle of all of our ministry initiatives. Therefore, as a missions organization we are committed to praying day and night for the nation of Haiti. Our hope rests in God and we believe He is going to move through our faith filled prayers.