Prayer is at the heart of the BCC Missions Ministry. While true of all ministries, the imperative for prayer is particularly essential for missions. First, quite simply, our Lord commands we begin with prayer. When He assembled the 70 He would send in pairs to every city and place, Jesus first said to them, “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2 His command reminds us that it is He who accomplishes the harvest; our role is to pray for the workers needed for the job. Second, prayer is central because it is the Lord who opens the door for the Gospel, not us. As Paul, in his letter to the Colossian church, reminds us: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ...” Col. 4:2-4 As Paul demonstrates, only God opens doors for the Gospel, and He is the source of the words we need to successfully communicate it. We must, therefore, be in constant prayer, seeking from Him the wisdom, resources, workers, opportunities, and most of all, words, needed to carry out the Great Commission.