“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”
Prayer is a hard thing for me to grasp, equally difficult to put into practice. Prayers are easy to make when they concern things that directly influence our everyday lives, and I find myself praying about finances, school, or other things that don’t seem mean very much in the larger scheme of things. Praying on a larger, impersonal scale can be daunting-where do we start?
When it comes to praying for the nations, my school did a very interesting thing 2 years ago.
As part of the Student Missions Union (SMU) at Biola University, a group of students that included myself, we wrote out all of the 7,165 people groups in the world that are still unreached by the Gospel on adhesive paper tabs. These tabs were all on a few long rolls of paper, and to demonstrate the enormity of the situation, members of the SMU team walked around the room where a chapel was held, slowly unrolling the sheets of people group names.
Soon, the whole room was encircled by these names and students were invited to approach the list and take 1 tab, to pray for that people group for an entire year. One student prayed for a year about her designated people group, and then on a missions trip this year, met up with the very same people group in India she had been praying for and was able to bring them the Gospel. They are unreached no more.
As an intern working for FEBC then, I found that the World Religions Prayer & Share Guide that was just sent out by FEBC is a perfect way to bring us back into a recently-forgotten practice. Christians have the ability and resources to reach people around the world through the closing of our eyes, by the quieting of our hearts, presenting our words to God for people across oceans and border lines.
Prayer is a powerful thing, something easily forgotten because it is a largely lost art. There are very few chances or ways that we can focus our attention fully on God and those that need our prayers during the day that feels organic and not forced. Before we learn to pray unceasingly, we have to recall exactly what it means to pray for the nations, for others, and for the lost and unreached.
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