We are now in the middle of week 8 of our #7:14 prayer initiative. This week, our prayer focus is on praying for the Nations. As we get to know our God via the scriptures, we get to see that His love extends beyond just you and me, His love extends to every person in our world. God’s great Story is one where He is calling the nations of the world back to Himself; to redeem them from the dominion of the Enemy and rescue them into the Kingdom of His Light. It is the very reason why Jesus came into the world, to call all men to himself (John 6:44).
Our God has given us a mission to care about the things that He cares about, to love the things that He loves. That can look like worship, faith, repentance and obedience within our own lives but also extends to how we care about our neighbors and the rest of His good creation (nations of the world). It can be hard to know how to participate in God’s mission for the world, so I hope you will engage the many opportunities to learn more about God’s heart for the nations during Missions Weekend(s) at WRCC. Click here for a list of opportunities.
One of the primary ways we can participate in God’s mission is through prayer. Below is a prayer guide to help you engage your heart with God’s heart for the world. God has a great plan for us to participate in, but as the great missionary Hudson Taylor said, “We must go forward on our knees.” Each day this week, use this guide to help form your prayers for the nations.
Guidelines for Prayer
The following is an outline prepared to help you pray biblically according to the Great Commission. Each petition is based on Scripture. This will enable you to pray with confidence, knowing that each petition is a perfect reflection of God’s will as it is revealed in His written Word.
Pray that the Gospel might be proclaimed to all the nations:
- That the earth might be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
- That all peoples still sitting in darkness might see the great light of Jesus Christ and His Gospel (Matthew 4:16).
- That the Gospel of the kingdom might be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations (Matthew 24:14).
Pray for the Kingdom:
- That the Name of God might be great among the nations from the rising to the setting of the sun (Malachi 1:11).
- That the Name of God might be hallowed, reverenced, and praised by every nation, people group, and individual (Matthew 6:9).
- That God’s rule might advance into the entire world and that every nation, people group, and individual might joyfully submit to His will (Matthew 6:10).
Pray for a larger missionary force:
- That the church might catch a vision of the lost multitudes and be moved with compassion by the Spirit of God to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 9:37-38).
- That God might send out more and more laborers into the harvest field (Matthew 9:37-38).
- That the churches and believers that stay might dedicate themselves to sending out missionaries in a manner that is worthy of God (III John 1:5-7).
Pray for missionaries:
- That God might open up doors for the Gospel to be preached in all places and to all peoples (Colossians 4:3).
- That God might grant boldness to the missionaries so that they will have the courage to proclaim the Gospel in every opportunity (Colossians 4:3).
- That God might grant wisdom to the missionaries so that they will clearly proclaim the true, biblical Gospel without mixture of error or false doctrine (Colossians 4:4).
- That God might grant grace to the missionaries so that they will be wise in the way that they speak and act toward outsiders (Colossians 4:5): (i) To live in a manner that adorns the Gospel and makes it attractive (Titus 2:10); (ii) To behave in such a way that Word of God not be maligned (Titus 2:5); (iii) To hold fast the Word of life as blameless and innocent children of God without reproach in a crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2:15-16); (iv) To shine like stars in the universe (Philippians 2:15), and like a city set on a hill (Matthew 5:14).
- That God might grant grace so that the missionary will not forsake cultivating his relationship with God and conformity to Christ through his daily devotions in the Word of God and prayer (Psalm 1:1-3; Luke 18:1).
- That God might open the eyes of the missionary to know what is the hope of His calling, what is the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward all who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19).
- That God might grant grace so that the missionary will be constantly abiding in the Vine (John 15:4-5), laboring according to the power of God that mightily works within him (Colossians 1:29), and bearing fruit that will remain (John 15:7-8, 16).
- That God might grant grace so that the missionary manages his own household well, with love, biblical instruction, encouragement, order, and discipline. Pray that salvation might be the mark of his entire family (I Timothy 3:4-5; Ephesians 5:22-6:4).
- That God might protect the missionary, his family, and his labor from the temptations of the evil one, doubt, and discouragement (Ephesians 6:12; I Peter 5:8-9).
Pray for the conversion of the nations:
- That God might call out a people from all nations for His own Name’s sake and glory (Ezekiel 36:22-24). This is the chief end of missions – that God might be glorified in those whom He has saved.
- That God might purify His people from all their impurities and from all their idolatries (Ezekiel 36:25).
- That God might remove the heart of stone from His people and give them a heart that is responsive to Him and His Word (Ezekiel 36:26).
- That God might put His Spirit within His people and cause them to walk in His statutes and be careful to observe His commands (Ezekiel 36:27).
- That one day a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue might stand before the throne in worship of God and the Lamb (Revelation 7:9-10).
God has called his people to pray! Our families, communities, and world are in need of healing and God makes a conditional promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that we want to live out. God is calling us as his people to humble ourselves, pray, seek his face and turn from our wicked ways. Please join us by:
- Praying daily at 7:14 a.m. & 7:14 p.m.
- Fasting one time per week
- Quieting your heart 10 minutes before service to pray
- Joining us for corporate prayer at the church, Saturday 7:14 p.m. & Sunday 7:14 a.m.