"Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work." - A.B. Simpson
When my friend asked me to help her start a brothel ministry in our city four years ago, I quickly agreed, knowing that those girls were on God's heart. It was already being done in other cities around Australia so the founders agreed to come to our YWAM center and help us get it started. In the months leading up to their arrival, I was staffing a Compassion Discipleship Training School and was leading weekly prayer times at the different brothels around the city. Prostitution was legal in our state, NSW, so we easily found the brothels and would pray and do spiritual warfare around a different one every week for three months.
After receiving the training from the founders, they accompanied my two friends and I into the city to do outreach. That night, we got into every brothel except one and were able to pray for and encourage several of the girls and managers. The founders said that they had never found such favor on a first night!
Even though I often prefer to run straight into things, I'm so thankful that we had that foundation of prayer before we started the brothel ministry in our city. We could feel God's favor and presence in the brothels even though evil and disheartening things went on in them. The spiritual warfare that had taken place months beforehand was quite evident and the ministry in our city is still going on strong today.
This is a simple story but has a strong principle: prayer is pivotal to any ministry. When pioneering, don't underestimate the power and importance of prayer.
“Almost everyone believes that prayer is important. But there is a difference between believing that prayer is important and believing it is essential. ‘Essential’ means there are things that will not happen without prayer.” – Dee Duke
"Prayer is not a preparation for the battle; it IS the battle." - Leonard Ravenhill
“We will only advance in our evangelistic work as fast and as far as we advance on our knees. Prayer opens the channel between a soul and God; prayerlessness closes it. Prayer releases the grip of Satan’s power; prayerlessness increases it. That is why prayer is so exhausting and so vital. If we believed it, the prayer meeting would be as full as the church.”– Alan Redpath
John 15:7: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."
Ephesians 6:18-19: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”