Why Pray All Day For The Nations?
March 15, 2017
Prayer brings to mind the tension between God’s sovereignty and our responsibility to ask boldly in faith, God’s ability to answer and intervene, the privilege of being part of God’s plans realized on earth, the omnipotence of a perfectly holy God, and the brokenness of a sin-stained world.
Working as the Global Impact Pastor at MBC, I’ve learned that the problems we encounter are often too big and too difficult for us to fix. As we finish MBC’s 40 Days of Prayer with our first Global Impact Prayer Summit, turning out hearts and minds to the nations God has called us to join him in reaching, I want to encourage you to consider the following Scriptures:
- James 4:1-3 We have not because we ask not. Perhaps you’ve wondered why you must ask at all if God is omniscient and knows what you and others need before you even ask. God is inviting us to ask him and trust him with the results.
- John 15:1-10 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Jesus isn’t mincing words. If we are abiding in Jesus and his words, what we ask will be done. What a privilege! A life saturated with the Word of God will lead to a life of effective prayer. What an opportunity!
- Luke 11:1-13 Jesus gives a sample prayer and a parable about a man who wakes his neighbor in the middle of the night to request a loaf of bread. Jesus isn’t teaching that we must nag the Lord as though he is a grouchy, stingy master. Instead, he is instructing us to ask boldly, for he is a good father who knows how to give the best gifts to his children. Again, he invites us to ask him, seek him.
How do we begin?
The foundational work of prayer powers us as we partner globally with ministries through whom God is already working. God is good and He moves on behalf of the vulnerable and needy, calling us to plead the cause of the widow and the orphan, so that we might see his name honored and his grace displayed.
As God leads us “Together and Forward,” we want to pray, not just about wisely stewarding our financial and church resources, but also about leveraging our very lives empowered by the Holy Spirit. Moving this way, our church will see God do more than we could ever ask or imagine.
This Saturday, I challenge you to join us for the Global Impact Prayer Summit, to pray and trust God as he calls us to join him in the great work he wants to do in and through our church.
To learn more about the Global Impact Prayer Summit, visit mcleanbible.org/globalprayer and register for free. Please join us for whatever part of the day you are able as we trust God to direct the next season of MBC’s global ministry.