Praying for the Global Church

Despite having some serious qualms about where our human society is at technologically, socially, and economically, I have to admit some amazing and powerful things have come from it.

One of those for me, and call it insignificant if you want, is this book I got at the Urbana missions conference. It’s called Pray for the World, and it lists detailed information for every country in the context of helping you pray for God’s people around the world.

Think about it for a minute. We have advanced to a point where I can learn how many Christians exist in small African countries and I can learn specific points about how they need prayer. The level of connectivity that collapses our big wide world down to a place where I can know what fellow Christians in Mali and Burkina Faso need prayer for is nothing less than God ordained.

I’ve known about the global church since high school thanks to multiple CIY youth conference. (For reference, it’s a summer conference where students can worship and learn together.) But my first Urbana conference broadened that view. My second conference, with this book being part of the fruit, solidified my heart for the global church.

I will never see most of this world. I get that. The most traveled person alive hasn’t seen most of the world. But it’s thrilling to know that one piece of our societal evolution is this never before seen level of being connected across geographic, economic and social boundaries.

This book has given legs to my interest in the global church and helped me see it as part of my personal calling. I may never be a long term missionary, and I don’t know if I would want that, but being equipped to pray in very specific and significant ways for people and places I’ll never see, that’s a blessing from God. It’s a burden too, knowing even a little about the suffering of brothers and sisters, but carrying that burden and praying for healing is far better than remaining in ignorance.

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