Prayer is hard work; sometimes we struggle to pray for our own day-to-day lives, and praying for our friends is even harder. So praying for unknown, unreached people can be a very daunting task. Where do you begin? What should you pray for? For whom should you pray? These questions can prevent us from ever getting started. Yet we know that prayer has a great part to play in the work of sharing the good news of Jesus; as Samuel Zwemer remarked, ‘The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.’
Praise the Lord that a people for His Name (Rev. 7:9-10) will be established from among every people and that nothing can stop his work (Isaiah 14:27).
Ask for more workers.
In Matthew 9, Jesus gives us good news: when faced with the vast harvest fields we must cry out to the Lord of the harvest for more workers. Whenever we are unsure of what to pray we can turn these words of Jesus into a prayer.
‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ (Matthew 9: 37-38)
Pray for existing workers.
We can use the words of Paul to pray for those already serving ‘that words may be given to me in opening my mouth to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel.’ (Ephesians 6:19)
Pray for bible translation.
There are many people groups in the world who are still without the bible in their language.
Pray for more to engage in the huge task of translating the bible. Pray for an eye for detail for those who are checking nearly completed translations.
Pray for isolated believers.
Imagine being the only Christian for miles. What about not having a church to belong to or even a small group of Christian friends to talk to and pray with? Scattered among the unreached peoples of East Asia are individual believers, for whom this is the daily reality. For some it is even too risky to share the good news they now believe.
Pray for them to persevere in the faith. Pray they may have wisdom and boldness about how and when to share their faith.
Pray for breakthrough.
Ask God to break down strongholds, philosophies or arguments that produce barriers and resistance to the gospel. (2 Cor. 10:4-5)
Resources to help you pray.
OMF and other mission groups produce prayer guides that can inform your prayers for particular regions, countries or people groups. Most are designed with daily prayer in mind with each page containing photos, stories and prayer points to equip you to pray for the unreached of East Asia. Here are the latest guides
We frequently share prayer needs from across the OMF world on our social media profiles.
Follow us on Twitter @OMF_UK
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PrayerMate is an app available on iPhone and Android devices. As well as allowing you to keep track of prayer requests from your friends and family, you can also follow various organisations’ prayer feeds, including OMF UK, Thailand and Taiwan. Download the app and add a feed and get daily prayer points wherever you are!
A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A Carson.