This past week our dear friends Jacob and Carol Lee boarded a plane to head back to Uganda where they serve as missionaries. As a church we had the privilege to pray over them this Sunday. We also committed to continue praying for them personally and for the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). Before we prayed for them this past Sunday we shared five words with the congregation that can guide us in how to pray.
These five words come from three New Testament passages. The first two come from Colossians 4:2-4
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
God, open many doors for the gospel to spread!
Jesus Christ, enable your servants to declare the saving message of Jesus with clarity and accuracy
The next two words to pray come from 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
Lord, may your word be honored among the peoples of Uganda and South Sudan. May they receive it with eagerness and respond in faith to the message of salvation.
Lord, protect your servants from evil men and from the evil one. We ask that you would be their guard everywhere they go.
The last word comes from Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
For the glory of the name of Jesus we ask that you richly supply every need of Jacob and Carol and the ministry of RAU
Lifegate, may we continue steadfastly in prayer being watchful in it with thanksgiving for glory of God’s name, for the good of his servants, for the preservation of his church and for the salvation of the nations.
Joshua leads a home group and oversees the college ministry of Lifegate Church. He also serves in teaching capacities of the adult Sunday school as well as being on the preaching rotation for the Sunday morning worship gathering. Joshua graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in 2009.