So it dawns on me that although I’ve been diligent in helping them physically, perhaps I have been negligent with their spiritual needs. Don’t misunderstand. Of course I have prayed—and even prayed intensely—for each of them… from time to time. But maybe not as consistently as my giving.
The Apostle Paul frequently requested prayers (Colossians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:25), and mentioned to his readers that he and others were praying for them (Colossians 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:3). He also told how important the prayers of fellow-believers were in his accomplishing the tasks God had given him (Philippians 1:19).
Is it possible that the missionaries we consistently support with finances would be more effective if we also consistently supported them in prayer?