Week 3, Day 21: Not the Way it’s Supposed to Be

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“Pray then like this:

‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.'”

Matthew 6:9-13

Yesterday, we prayed for those suffering under systems of injustice, and for those who have been scattered from their homelands due to violence and other factors.  Today we conclude our prayer theme on a World without the Gospel.  Reflect on what we’ve seen.  Genesis 3 continues to haunt us.  We’ve seen a world that suffers daily – that groans unceasingly for all things to be made right.  This suffering culminates in lost men and women who are blinded by the enemy, and who are living without a Savior.  Billions find themselves in this terrible situation, and at least 2 billion people have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel.  This is NOT the way it’s supposed to be. 

And so we pray…

WE PRAY that God’s Kingdom would come and that his will would be done on earth, in every place and in every life, just as it is done in heaven, that the Christ would crush the serpent’s head finally and fully, and that all things would be made new!

WE PRAY that God would propel laborers into the harvest fields, to unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window, to the families living down the street from us who don’t know Christ, and to the man working next to us who needs a Savior.  We must plead with and persuade men and women to receive the good news and live under the reign of Jesus.

WE PRAY that God’s people would rise up with courage, risking everything for Jesus’ sake to preach the Gospel of truth and to speak out on behalf of those suffering under the hands of evil men.

WE PRAY that the worship, which Jesus alone deserves, would be given to him alone, and in greater measure with greater passion and purity.

WE PRAY that Gospel-loving Christians would be appointed into every area of leadership, from governments to churches, and from to NGOs to educational institutions, and that they would have the wisdom and courage to act as Kingdom agents in their posts.

Don’t stop.  Keep praying.  Pray for the lost and for the found.  Pray for the just and the unjust.  Pray, brothers and sisters, PRAY!!!  We cannot NOT pray!  We MUST have God’s intervention.  We NEED him to make himself known in our world for his own glory, and for the joy and salvation of people everywhere.  Pray….

And, as we move tomorrow to the theme of Partnership for the Gospel, we need him to make his people one – united in the Gospel with a unity from him, through him, and to him.  Amen.

 

This blog is a part of the Lausanne Global Prayer Focus. We invite you to journey with The Lausanne Movement in prayer throughout the month of May. This journey will be a personal one, and a collective one. It will be focused on the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, his good news for all people.

In week 3, we are focusing on A World Apart from the Gospel. pdfDownload a prayer guide for the week, or visit www.lausanne.org/pray to access the new content daily. You may also enter your email on this page to be sent a weekly email reminder with the new prayer content each week of May. Be sure to select “Prayer” as a Topic Interest.

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