Prayer: The Most Powerful Tool to Reach Unreached People Anywhere

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“Prayer is the most powerful form of social action because God responds directly to prayer. Prayer is the most powerful part of mission to unreached peoples, because God does what only He can do. Even in the most hopeless of situations, He breaks through the false dominion of the enemy, bringing spiritual light and breathing life for lasting social transformation,” wrote John D. Robb in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.

Through prayer, you can know God more by knowing His heart for the lost people of this world. Second Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God waits for us to move, pray, and know Him. In John 14:13–14, Jesus promises, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

In his book To the Ends of the Earth: Empowering Kingdom Growth, Jerry Rankin, president emeritus of the International Mission Board (IMB), related a story of a meeting at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina, where he announced Albania’s first open missionary. A woman in the audience approached him afterward to tell him that her prayer group had been praying for that country for 7 years. He said he did not doubt that missionary was in Albania as a result of that group’s prayers.

Plan a Day of Prayer

One way to help your church know and experience the results of fervent prayer is by setting up a day of prayer for an unreached people group. Here are some ideas for making it happen:

  • Select an unreached people group by going to the IMB’s website and searching for “unreached” or “unengaged” to find requests for these people groups. Every day the website has a different list with specifics for which to pray.
  • Provide a prayer guide for those who come to pray. Operation World by Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk also provides people groups, demographics, and challenges for prayer. It is somewhat dated but extensive and can be used to create a prayer guide.
  • Locate a prayer room at church to be open for specific hours or the entire 24 hours. If the prayer room cannot be open for 24 hours, ask people to sign up to pray at home during the hours it is closed.
  • Distribute prayer guides before the day of prayer by email or handing out printed copies before a worship service. Set up a display near the worship center to publicize the event with the prayer guides, posters, artifacts from the unreached people group’s area, or a video about the country/people group.
  • Enlist volunteers to monitor the prayer room that day. Encourage them to welcome and assist pray-ers.

Virginia Kreimeyer believes prayer is the first step for anything and through prayer, nothing is impossible according to God’s will.

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