IF quotes are from Amy Carmichael, who was a Protestant Christian missionary that served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.
THE CALL TO PRAY FOR GOD'S SERVANTS
There are many passages in the Bible where Christians are urged to pray. The following verses focus primarily on the call to pray for those who serve the Lord. The implication here is that prayer is not only essential for God's work to be effective, but that PRAYER REALLY WORKS! Better put: God really works as we pray! (All passages are from the NLT)
Romans 15:30 - "Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit."
2 Corinthians 1:11 - "And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety."
Ephesians 6:18-19 - "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God's mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jew and Gentiles alike."
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 - "Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer."
1 Timothy 2:1-4 "I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth."
James 5:16 - "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Now, if God said we should pray and if God said that our prayers would be effective in seeing God's servants blessed, why don't we pray more for those who serve? What will be your response after reading these passages?