Pray bold prayers for kingdom work. Expect big answers

What do you really believe about prayer?  Do you pray like you truly believe God will move through your prayers?  Do you pray like you believe the Great Commission will move forward when you get on your knees?

Too often we think that prayer is nice but not in the actual category of doing something about the Great Commission. Yet author E.M. Bounds writes, “The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.”

When you see God at work in the world,  He is moving in response to the prayers of His people.   You need look no further than Bethany itself to find an example of God’s acting in response to prayer.  Our ministry did not begin with a checklist, or a mission statement, or a board meeting.  It began with prayer. Ted Hegre, one of Bethany’s original founders, offered up a simple prayer, “We give ourselves completely into your hand to do what we can to further the gospel throughout
the world.”

Many of us will never be called to the ends of the earth.  But that does not mean we are not called to the battlefield.  In fact, for many of us, the impact we make on the edges of the Kingdom is through prayer.  For this reason, I am calling for our readers to commit to bold intercession for Bethany missionaries, for their work and for the people groups they work among.

It is a profound mystery and a profound truth that God works through the prayers of His people.  Never underestimate the impact of your prayers in encouraging, supporting and uplifting Bethany missionaries.

Today I urge you to reflect on God’s heart for the nations, His gift to the nations (Christ Jesus), and His great mission to which you have been called.  Let these thoughts inspire you to a new level of prayer.

Will you be willing to pray daily for one or more Bethany missionaries?  Will you be willing to faithfully intercede for an unreached people group?   If your answer is yes, you will open a window for God to move through you.  If your answer is yes, then pray bold prayers.  Expect lives to be transformed.  Expect the kingdom to advance into dark places.  Expect our God to answer in a big way!

This article was taken from the spring 2016 issue of the coMISSION Magazine.