As an advocate for the Bibleless, I often hear the question “How can I pray?” Those four simple words are invaluable to the work of Bible translation—they are invaluable to all believers. Yet, understanding how to pray can be a challenge when there is so much to pray about. This sentiment must have weighed heavily on the disciples, as one of them posed the simple request, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Or, in other words, “Lord, where do we start?”
Here at The Seed Company we often face challenges that seem insurmountable. Every morning our staff gathers to begin the workday with devotion and prayer. During these times we pray for our translation partners who live in war-torn locations. We ask for the Lord to provide the funds so urgently needed to finance Scripture translations. Most of these prayers are planned and scheduled so all of our projects are covered in prayer. In fact, anyone can visit our website and download prayer materials specifically designed with a people group in mind. However, in addition to the planned prayers, there are many unplanned prayer requests. Those are the heart-wrenching ones that drive us to the feet of Jesus with the words, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Our prayer team has created a short video about a man who loves to pray. He’s been described as a prayer warrior. He is indeed fiercely passionate about wielding the sword of the Spirit. He has mobilized many to pray for the Bibleless, especially those living among the Bakossi people group. Yet, what strikes me most about Ernie is his humility.
It is the humble person who moves the heart of God. I believe Jesus had been waiting to hear the words, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Not only were the disciples confessing their lack of understanding, they confessed their trust in the One who could teach them. Like Ernie, the disciples were mere men. They were overwhelmed at times. They knew what defeat felt like. They didn’t even know where to begin — but they knew Jesus did!
Take the time to read our May issue of Seedlinks. You’ll be moved by Ernie’s story and his passion for the Bibleless. I pray you’ll be inspired to begin a new story, your story, with this question: “How can I pray?” I believe Jesus will teach you to pray with the discernment, passion, and understanding that only He can impart.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. — Philippians 4:6 (NLT)