DEVOTIONAL: “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” Matthew 9:37-38, ESV.
CHALLENGE: On the offensive… Praying against evil, sin, sickness, or in troubled times is necessary defensive praying. But we also need to pray for the good things in life and the spread of the Gospel message. Kendrick puts it this way, “Part of a goof prayer strategy is knowing how to pray against evil.” But we also need to “focus on going on the offensive in a positive way, meaning praying for the advancement of light, love, and truth.” Whether it is your pastor, a missionary or even you, a prayer warrior can tell you he or she has a “battle plan for prayer”.
The Gospel should be our primary focus:
“Asking God to open doors for the gospel, to send forth laborers into the harvest field, to pour our His Holy Spirit in revival, to fill us with His love and the knowledge of His will, to use our spiritual gifts in His service, and to raise up a generation who will honor His name. Spiritual warfare is about standing our ground against the enemy and taking new ground for the kingdom.” (The Battle Plan for Prayer, Kendrick, 2015. Page 161.)
What is your prayer strategy? Are we praying for the lost around us? For God to equip our churches? Are we praying for more missionaries to heed the calling to enter the harvest field?