In prayer we put aside for a moment the swirl of concerns from our own lives, which tends to consume all our attention, and instead we seek that God would pour out his blessing on a distant people – some people we might never have cause to think of otherwise. And, over time, as we follow the work, its ups and downs, and keep praying that God would do mighty things, something happens in our hearts. We find we feel pain over news of believers suffering persecution, of church leaders wandering from the right path, of apathy and indifference to matters of spiritual life and death. We get angry at corruption and injustice. We thrill to hear of breakthroughs, even if it is just one person who finally lets go of their pride and admits that they, too, need a saviour. These are God-emotions. We are seeing the world more like God does, reacting the way He does to what He sees.
And as we pray for more and more people, we find that those people from far-off lands don’t seem so strange anymore. Though we have never seen them, we find our hearts accustomed to seeking God’s blessing on them. And, having been following them over time, we have learned something of their ways and culture. We discover, after all, they aren’t that much different from us: they are people who need Jesus, just like we do. Even more, by bringing so many others, day after day, into the presence of God, seeking that God would bring them closer to Himself, we see more and more that God is a very great God indeed, intimately mindful of every single person born into this world. Now there’s a thought to overwhelm the mind and expand one’s soul.
We want to do what we can to help you along this path of fellowship, of partnership, with God. The previous page already mentioned the various publications that can help you pray in a timely, intelligent manner. But there is something else that is worthy of special mention.
It seems part of the fabric of spiritual reality that our prayer life finds strength and encouragement from joining with others who share our passion to see the gospel move forward. For this reason, we are making a concerted effort to establish prayer groups across the country. They meet monthly, and are supplied each time with fresh items for prayer by our headquarters staff. We have tried to make it so that anyone can get one started. If you would be interested in such a group, just let us know (via the Contact page). We can see if there is an existing group to join, or, if you are willing, how you might start a new group.
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