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September 3, 2011

“Brothers, pray for us.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:25

There are months when sending a list of prayer requests is easy. Maybe I just look at the calendar to share praises from the past month, then look at the next month’s events to mention upcoming prayer needs. This isn’t going to be one of those updates.

There are times when a missionary just needs to echo Paul’s request to the Thessalonians: pray for us. You may not always be aware of every detail or need. You may not have a recent prayer letter nearby to remind you of the list of requests. Pray anyway, even if it’s vague. Acknowledge that at that moment when the Lord brings a missionary to your mind that prayer is needed.

I was reminded of this in August because I spent the entire month dealing with an unexpected surgery and recovery. The prayers of God’s people, whether they knew the circumstances or not, were a tremendous encouragement through it all. They still are.

And if you would rather pray for something more specific when you don’t have particulars, pray these words from Paul’s next letter to the Thessalonians: “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). That’s a prayer request that always applies.

God bless you for faithfully lifting us up to the Father. We’re humbled to be your partners that the word of the Lord may speed ahead.

Brent Alderman
State Director, Maryland