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Pray For Our World

October 29, 2014

Steve and Amber Elworth

Steve Elworth, the Global Initiative Director at The Chapel, is our guest post today. He has included a quick "how-to" pray for the world. We are grateful for the influence he and his wife, Amber, have on mobilizing people to be about the nations.

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Terrorism, Boko Haram, ISIS, Ebola, border crossings… we live in a crazy world right now. It is on my heart that we not only pray for our world, but we pray with God’s heart, plan, and sovereignty in mind. In John 16:33, Jesus said “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” I want to share a few things to keep in mind while you pray for our world. These are not what to pray for, but rather what heart we should have as we pray.

1. Pray first as a citizen of heaven, and not as a citizen of America. It can be easy to switch the order of these because of the pride that we feel for our county. God’s heart and plan is ultimately for the world, and not for just one country. And our number one goal should be the success of His kingdom and not our country.

2. You can hate religion, but don’t hate people. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God does “not wish that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” As you pray, pray that people who do not know Jesus will come to know Jesus. There is nothing too evil that Christ cannot redeem.

3. Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Hebrews 13:3 tells us “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated since you also are in the body.” Followers of Jesus are currently being persecuted around the world. Pray for them that they would have the strength to endure in faith and that they would have opportunity to speak boldly of the one they have faith in. Don’t just pray that the persecution would stop, but pray that God would be glorified through their persecution.

4. Pray for Christ’s return. Persecution and trouble will not end until Christ comes to finally redeem and restore this world. Matthew 24:14 tells us “And the gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Jesus is clear that the end will not come until all “nations” (better translated “ethnicities”) receive a testimony of the gospel. There are still between 6,000 and 8,000 “nations” that do not yet have a testimony of the gospel. Let's pray that these events lead to the salvation of many, even from peoples that do not yet have representatives worshiping Jesus!

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