Pray for the world
" The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it,
the world and all who live in it,
for he founded it on the seas
and established it upon the waters"
Psalm 24 v 1-2
There are 195 countries in the world today, and everyone one of them belongs to God!
We long to see God's presence and power filling the world, bringing love, healing, reconciliation, justice, hope, forgiveness, salvation... this is what it means to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come'. But with so many countries and so much to pray for, where do we start?
Choose a place
Somewhere you know, that you've visited, or you've heard about in the news. Where is God putting on your heart to pray for?
Find out more
If you don't already know it well, see what you can find out about the country or situation you've chosen. Who lives there? What's happening in that place right now? What are the good things to thank God for, and what are the challenges to pray about? What change is needed?
If you know someone who comes from there, why not get in touch and ask them to tell you more? You can let them know that you'll be praying!
Or there are lots of sources of information online (here Google is your friend!). One I find helpful is the Open Doors World Watch List, based on their annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. Their website has country profiles with information, stories and prayer points for each of these countries. World Watch List
Nothing is impossible with God! We have hope. God can - and does - change the world. Even the greatest challenge or injustice can be overcome by the power of prayer. God can make a difference, and often chooses to act in response to our prayers, so be bold in bringing your requests to him.
If you're not sure where to start try this great list of pointers from 24-7 prayer:
5 simple ways to pray for the world
Set a reminder
Praying for a nation to be changed takes persistence! Make a reminder to yourself to keep on praying - you could set an alarm on your phone, a note on the fridge, or download the national flag
to your desktop or screensaver as a prompt to pray each day this week (and beyond).