Blog 39 / Our High Calling

Prayer and the Bride

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” Rev 19:7 NIV

When the dust of this age has settled; when every battle is over, when this present creation has burned up, and Satan is finally vanquished, the final result of the ages will be a spotless and radiant bride for the Son of God. This bride, who is making herself ready, will be made up of the redeemed from every tribe, language and nation. This is the glorious end God has had in view from the beginning.

God is at work today among the nations seeking out those who know nothing of their glorious destiny. And we are workers with Him in making Jesus known. This Great Commission is not an end in itself. It is but an essential step in making disciples who will populate the Heavenly bride. Prayer plays an essential role too. The history of the Church supports the conclusion that when people come to Christ, someone somewhere was praying for them.

Over two hundred years ago, a shoemaker in England named William Carey put a hand-drawn map of the world above his workbench. As he worked he prayed for people all around the globe. Carey later went to India and translated the Bible into many languages. Today, he is widely known as the father of modern missions. Not so well known was the role of his bedridden sister. She and Carey were very close and he often wrote to her about his work and struggles. Her prayers for him were a key factor in many coming to Christ through his work.

 More recently, a GRN field worker home from Russia was telling our staff about the Yakut, a people group of Siberia that not long ago were unevangelized. Through the witness of GRN and others many Yakut had become believers. Upon hearing this, a staff member spoke up and said that the church she and her husband once attended in L.A. had prayed regularly for the Yakut seventeen years ago. They had never heard if their prayers were answered. Until now. This is another example of the link that exists between prayer and people coming to Christ.

With much of the world still without Christ, the Church needs to ramp up her intercession for the lost. More workers need to be prayed into the harvest. Missionaries need prayer to persevere and be faithful. Forces hostile to the gospel need to be subdued through prayer and spiritual awakening sought for countries gripped by false religions. All this so Christ would soon be adored and honored by those still bowing the knee to the enemy.

May each of us personally step up and pray for world evangelization as Carey’s sister and the small church prayer group did. With God’s glory among the nations at stake, let’s go forward on our knees to possess for the Lamb those missing members of our Lord’s bride – our future brothers and sisters in Christ!


Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1