Blog 18 / Our High Calling
February 18, 2021
Travel the World Through Prayer
Here’s the thing: There are no limits to where prayer can take us. We can go anywhere in the world. There are no borders to stop us, no visas to get, no crowded airports, no jetlag, and no pandemic to restrict our travels. No place is too remote or off limits. We can go anywhere the Spirit of God leads us.
If we are concerned for our nation, prayer can take us to the heart of the capitol where we can call on God for our leaders. It can take us into the highest courts in our land where we can pray that our judges would fear God knowing that the fear of the Lord is just the beginning of wisdom.
Prayer can take us deep into the Amazon jungles to intercede for tribes that are off-limits to missionaries. In the blink of an eye we can be treading the foothills of the Himalayas, praying for the light of the gospel to penetrate the spiritual strongholds of Tibetan Buddhism. In prayer we can see animistic villages in Africa, Hindu shrines in India, and Muslim mosques throughout the Middle East, taking time to pray for followers of these religions.
Prayer can take us to the prison camps of North Korea to ask God for the release of the many believers who have been sentenced to years of hard labor for their faith. We can visit trouble spots such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Venezuela to pray for peace.
So many peoples. So many places. So many prayer needs.
God has made the prayers of His people essential for advancing His Kingdom on earth. Still, I suspect most of us don’t pray much for the world. Not because we are too uncaring. Most likely our needs and the needs of those close to us so fill our minds that we have little room left to take on the needs of the world.
I suspect also that most of us would pray more for the world if we were better informed and reminded. There are things to help. Mission publications, newspapers, the Internet, and TV news all give plenty of information. So if, for example, we hear of an earthquake in Nepal, or a coup taking place in Myanmar, we can be right on it. We can pray in real time for whatever situations come to our attention.
Final thought: Best of all prayer can take us to a place that is not even on the map – the Holy of Holies. Hebrews 10 tells us that by a new and living way, we can enter the very Throne Room of God and draw near to Him by the blood of the Lamb. We can join with our loving Lord, our great High Priest, in His prayers for His Church, His Bride, knowing there’s still room in this Most Holy Place for people from every tribe, language and nation.
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator