I saw the movie "End of the Spear" last night. I have to admit, shamelessly, that until recently I had never heard of the Elliots or the story of these missionary slayings in Ecuador. I'm not a good student of current events. At any rate, I know of them now. The movie is definitely worth seeing.
When I think about missions work, one of the first things I think about is how necessary prayer is to the missionaries' work and safety. They are often working in very dangerous conditions. Paul was also a missionary. Can you imagine being in a world where most everyone around you has never heard about Jesus? Living here in the U.S., it is hard to imagine, isn't it?
Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthians apparently after he and his fellow travelers had been suffering some persecution (2 Cor 2:8-10). In Chapter 2, he is quick to point out the power of prayer and how thankful he was for it.
2 Cor 2:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
Paul was very thankful for the gift of prayer bestowed on him by the church at Corinth. knew that God had delivered him from life threatening circumstances (v8) and despair in Asia. The bottom line here is that prayer really does work. We may not always see the results of our prayers, but we need to keep up our intercessory prayers just the same.
To think about:
1) Who am I actively praying for? Do they know that I am praying for them?
2) Who is actively praying for me?
3) Have I thanked people for their prayers and informed them of answered prayers so as to strengthen their faith?