When You Pray, the Creator of the World Hears You

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During the seasons of my life I lived on the missions field, I would send home lengthy, story-filled, decorated newsletters telling my friends all the ways they could pray. Sometimes as I would type these emails, I would type through tears for the experiences I was facing as well as the heart I was asking them to pray for—I needed those prayers.

There was always a change in the atmosphere when I chose to be vulnerable and share my heart with my prayer warriors across the ocean. I could tell as the Spirit would surround me with the courage to face the new day. As a woman alone overseas serving my call, some days I didn’t feel strong—and the people who surrounded me with their prayers bolstered my life to continue putting one foot in front of the other.

Now, fast-forward 5 years, and I am on the other side of those emails from friends who ask me to pray for them. How quickly I have forgotten the value, the presence, and the power of those prayers—because sometimes within my busy, working-mom life, I don’t pause and pray.

The Most Powerful Thing

I believe with every fiber of my being prayer is the most powerful thing we have in our connection with God. When we pray, when we pause, we meet with Him. We experience His presence, we share our hearts, and we are privileged to bring friends, family, our communities, and the world before Him. I also believe we must pray in these ways, praying for the world around us because it does something in the kingdom of heaven on earth. It is our voices rising together with the ones who have gone before us, petitioning on behalf of the world.

So how do we pray for the missionaries, missions work, and the lost?

Simple answer: just start somewhere.

Pray for the people you meet today at the grocery store. Pray for the people you encounter in your work or your community. Pray for the people of the world to have eyes to see Jesus and experience His salvation.

Just start praying.

Pray for Dreams

I have met people in rural parts of the world who told me they met Jesus in a dream. Many of them didn’t have the word Jesus to describe the Man they had encountered, but they knew He was someone holy. It wasn’t until they met followers of Christ and heard stories about this Man that they put two and two together and encountered salvation.

It was in a dream.

So pray for dreams. Pray for followers of Jesus to encounter those people who are having dreams so they would hear the gospel. Pray walls people place around their hearts would be torn down and they would be set free by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Pray for the World

Take a realistic look at your life and your schedule to find a place to insert prayer for the world into your daily life. Maybe you’re a list maker and you begin writing out lists of people you know or places you want to pray about. Maybe you find driving is a good time to pray for the world as you go from dropping your kids at school to work. Maybe you are in college and you can bring together friends of yours who have a heart for prayer and you begin meeting together to pray for the world.

Wherever you are in your life, will you join with me in praying for the nations? We join hands believing our prayers are truly heard by the ears of a God who loves the nations and is moving in ways far beyond what we would ever imagine. May we pray for the kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven.

Why not start now?

Pray for missionaries and the people they serve every day with the missionary prayer calendar.

Abi Khavari is a mother of 2 who lives in Denver, Colorado. After serving overseas, she followed her call back to the States and has been ministering to her family and community. Right now, her missions field extends from tucking her toddlers in with hymns and prayers to gathering women together in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) who share their hearts and their journeys.


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