PRAYER & How to mobilize your church to pray for the nations — here and there.

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Almost all consultations I conduct include a strategy to energize/expand prayer ministries. Here are some practical ideas.

by Terry Sharp, International Mission Board, 7/23/18.

Here are a few ways your church can pray for the nations right here in North America and around the world.

1. Discover people groups. 
There are many resources available to help you not just learn about people groups, but offer brief overviews and the progress of the gospel among their people. People Groups, People Groups Info, Operation World and the Peoples Next Door N.C. Prayer Map are among the helpful websites that provide information on people groups and prayer points to help you pray specifically for each group.

2. Discern how to pray with focus.
Your whole church can become involved in praying for the nations. Promote a prayer emphasis through small groups, Sunday School classes and members in corporate worship. You can even ask families to become involved by praying at home for people groups.

Here is a list of prayer requests that can be used with any people group.

  • Pray that unreached peoples will hear and accept the gospel.
  • Pray for protection for those who accept Christ.
  • Pray for freedom from persecution.
  • Pray for Scriptures to be translated into their heart language.
  • Pray for their physical and spiritual needs.
  • Pray for new ways to see and hear the gospel .
  • Pray for government leaders involved with your people group...

3. Determine to begin now.
… Begin teaching your church how to pray specifically for your chosen people group this Sunday. Here are some suggestions to get started.

  • Prepare a PowerPoint slide with your people group information and a specific prayer request. Explain to the congregation that you will be praying for specific requests on a weekly basis. Slides can be utilized before your worship service begins, during the offertory music or as the last thing you do to encourage the congregation to leave with the nations on their hearts.
  • Ask church members to add your chosen people groups and requests to their current prayer lists.
  • Distribute small dot stickers in bright colors and ask students and adults to put them on the faces of their watches or phones. Ask them to say a prayer for their people group each time they check their devices.

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