Prayer has always been at the forefront of TWR Canada. Prayer reminds us of our dependency on God and allows us to join in his kingdom work. In Ephesians 6:18, believers are directed to "pray at all times in the Spirit."
Our staff pray daily for our world—our missionaries, our staff, our city, our province, our country, and our local and global leaders. We recognize that prayer launches the work of missions. In Acts 13, the first missionary journey from Antioch emerged from a prayer and worship meeting. Barnabas and Saul were sent as a result of believers actively listening to the presence of the Holy Spirit in prayer. We realize the strong connection between missions and prayer. Those who are on the frontlines of the mission field are driven to prayer by the magnitude of the work confronting them. Those who are praying are awakened to the needs surrounding them in the world and the opportunity for the church to meet them. Prayer and missions go hand-in-hand and propel one another forward in advancing the Kingdom of God.
In these uncertain times, it is vital to keep turning to God in prayer. It’s easy to get caught up in the fear and panic of people around us, but Romans 12: 11-13 encourages us: “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality” (ESV).
Consider how these verses are worded in Eugene H. Peterson’s The Message: “Don’t burn out: keep yourselves fuelled and aflame. Be alert servants of the master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”
We shouldn’t quit or burn out when it gets hard and we aren’t able to meet in person. We certainly must be inventive with our hospitality. Caring for our neighbours will look different while we practice social distancing. We can offer to shop for others or write encouraging notes to the elderly and those who live on their own. Technology allows us to connect in creative ways; by hosting online prayer and study gatherings, or by checking in on our neighbours virtually.
We encourage you to pray with us during this crisis for three particular groups:
We are firmly convinced that God will continue using and blessing this ministry as long we remain sharply focused on our calling and reliant on daily prayer. This is our appeal to you today: Please make TWR Canada a regular part of your personal prayer time. It’s our goal to not merely survive this pandemic but to continue to speak hope boldly to a fearful world.