Believers are called to “never stop praying” (1 Thes 5:17)). What a challenge! How do you accomplish this?
Just like a phone line always open for communication, God wants us to be in a constant relationship with Him. He also wants us to speak to Him about our involvement in one of His highest priorities, sharing the gospel with everyone on the planet.
“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations
will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
|Let’s think about our role in prayer for this priority. When we look closer at the Greek phrase for “all nations” we find “panta ta ethne” which refers to all the ethnicities or people groups of the world. He was not referring to political nations such as the United States, Canada or Indonesia. Jesus is clear in saying that His gospel would be preached to all nations (ethne/people groups) before He would return (Matthew 24:14). Does this scope of the Great Commission seem overwhelming & maybe even never ending? Jesus promised that He will always be present with us. Jesus is the Lord of the Great Commission. He is the Lord of our prayers.
Jesus asks His followers to make disciples from every ethnic people group. Rather than a general prayer such as, “Lord, bless all the missionaries,” we can pray specifically for His Word to be available to everyone of these people groups as “faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17). You will find your heart expanding as you pray for all kinds of people: rich and poor, Kings and lower caste members, tribal leaders or those in refugee camps. Enlarge your heart until it embraces the world. Focus on Jesus’ work at Calvary until you can pray with a deep love in your hearts for these men and women.
Research the more than 1,600 language communities with no known Scripture or active Bible translation project. Approximately 114 million people lack access to any portion of God’s Word that speaks to their heart. So, here is one way to pray without ceasing. Make it a priority to learn about these communities in need. Ask God to provide every person in the world with His Word and pray for Bibleless people to begin to hunger and thirst for this life-giving truth in a language they know best. Find out about the need for workers to serve in Bible translation. Pray for more language workers to be equipped for service.
You can leave a legacy of prayer by asking God to superintend the process of delivering is Word to Bibleless people groups. Think about it. God’s influence is everywhere and immediate, so if we send our prayers to Him, we can reach around the world in an instant. As a Christian who wants to do the most good possible to the most people in the short time you have on earth, direct your specific prayers to God first, whose influence continually reaches every mind and heart on earth.