Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, (Colossians 4:2-3)

I’ve been to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia a number of times now. In one of our early visits we heard the story of the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, one of the many Australian animals on the endangered list.

When I’ve returned to the Ranges over the years, it has been great to see this beautiful animal growing in numbers as a result of a targeted program to reduce competition from introduced species, and protect their habitat.

It all seems fairly simple really, and we wonder why things have to become so bad before we will do something about it.

It reminds me of the simplicity of what it takes to be successful in our endeavours as we serve Jesus. Success is based on very little, really it comes down to prayer and simple obedience. Healthy prayer, individually and corporately has always been the key to God’s movement in the lives of His servants for the past 2,000 years.

Paul reminded the Colossian church of the importance of prayer because he knew how important and powerful prayer is. And so we are being reminded, that if we believe God wants to work in us to see our loved ones and neighbours come to faith in Him, then the key is prayer. So let me encourage you to prioritise time with the Lord in prayer personally, and to join with the church family when we gather to pray at 10 am on Sunday and 7:30 pm on Tuesday night.

And as you pray, maybe ask God to point you to ask someone to become a prayer partner with you, or even a small group who meet to pray with one another, I’ve found this to be such a powerful blessing in my life and ministry.