Help Wanted

Tim Beals

READ : Ephesians 6:18-20

Pray . . . that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. (v. 19, niv)

I recently attended the memorial service for an influential man of God. Dr. Ted W. Engstrom served for many years as an executive at a large Christian publisher and for decades more as president of both Youth for Christ and World Vision. Until his death at age 90, he went into World Vision headquarters five days a week, encouraging leaders around the world through correspondence and personal meetings. But it was what he did away from the office that marked his most important contribution: prayer.

Ted Engstrom prayed regularly and specifically for God’s work and his workers around the world. In every tribute at his memorial service, other Christian leaders shared how he made prayer a priority. While I sat and marveled at his passion for prayer, I wondered: Now that Ted is gone, who will take his place? There is a vacancy in the prayer department.

At the end of his letter to the Ephesian believers, Paul urges his readers four times to “pray” and “keep on praying” for “all the saints” and for himself – that he would “fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” Let’s pick up where Ted left off. Where Christian mission is concerned, Paul reminds us that prayer help is wanted.

PRAYER

Pray . . . that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. (v. 19, niv)