A few years ago, I received a Voice of the Martyrs Prayer calendar in the mail. Each day of the year featured a different hostile/restricted country and a different situation to pray about. The pictures of Christians from around the globe were beautiful. I ordered additional calendars and mailed them out to family and friends for Christmas. My husband and I kept two for ourselves. From that day on we began praying daily for persecuted Christians in various countries using the calendar. Before, my prayers were centered on myself and what was familiar to me. But in praying for the persecuted church, my eyes were opened to issues beyond myself and my circles. I can only credit the Holy Spirit for leading us into prayer for persecuted Christians, but it caused a shift in our focus and our priorities in life.
Prayer, has the power to change our situations and circumstances, but the real power lies in the change that happens within you. There is something special that happens when we begin to pray for issues occurring in the world around us. God begins to transform our hearts and how we view the world around us. It’s not so easy to be apathetic or indifferent. In 2017, there’s a great need for more intercessory prayer. There are millions of orphans in needs of families. Millions who need to be freed physically and spiritually from the bondage of sex trafficking. Christians dying every six seconds for their faith. unreached people groups who need to be introduced to Jesus. There’s the homeless, the helpless, the hopeless, the hurting. We are called by God to take action and no longer observe from the sidelines.
Luke 10:2, “He [Jesus] told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”