Prayer Support

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 4:3-4

. . . pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ . . . (v. 3)

I once saw a cynical “translation” of common Christian phrases into everyday language. One translation read this way: “When Christians say, ‘I’ll be praying for you,’ what they mean is: absolutely nothing.” As a missionary who depends on the prayers of others, I earnestly hope that this is not true of the people who say they will pray for us!

When we first headed for Latin America we printed these two verses on a “prayer card” that we sent to friends and supporters. (We left out the part about being in chains, of course!) Such prayer calls on God to make people receptive to the Christian message, to make missionaries faithful, and to make the act of communication clearer. How well I know that none of these three things happens naturally or easily! They all require constant prayer and God’s gracious intervention.

Words of Hope spreads the hope-filled message of Jesus by radio and in print form. If you have received encouragement from reading this devotional booklet, will you take time today to pray for Words of Hope staff and radio producers around the world?


Father, may Words of Hope always proclaim your words boldly and clearly.