Prayer

Prayer

 

Prayer is at the heart of WEC’s work around the world.

We have a number of resources to fuel and inform prayer for what God is doing in the world through WEC and beyond. You will find the excellent Operation World and the children’s version Window on the World on our Books for Sale page.

If you would like some ideas on how to pray for missionaries see our suggestions below.

The ministry of the children of God is not doing but praying, not strategizing, but prostrate before God seeking His will, not clever stratagems for manipulating people and events but trusting in God who moves in the hearts of even His most implacable enemies. Through prayer Nebuchadnezzar and today’s dictators get converted, Manassah and today’s persecutors repent and kingdoms of Babylon and Iron Curtains are torn down. We engage in ministry from which all ministries must flow.

Psalm 2 reveals the Father’s Great Commission to His Son and how the destiny of the nations is tied in with their rejection of or submission to His Kingly Son. Look at the command and promises of Ps. 2:8.

“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage; and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Surely this was very much in the forefront in Jesus’ prayer life when He was offered the kingdoms of this world by Satan and when He approached His crucifixion. Only this gave meaning to the immense sacrifice He was to make for the redemption of the nations. He asked for them and is now receiving the reward for His sufferings as millions become part of His church from every nation and nearly every people on earth. He will soon also mete out stern but just judgment on those who rejected Him.

Dare we apply this command and these promises to ourselves?

We can and for this we have Scriptural warrant. John wrote these astonishing words to the Church in Thyatira in Revelation 2:26:

“He who conquers and keeps my words to the end, I will give him power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces.”

John applies the more unlikely section of the Psalm 2 passage to believers. The power over the nations is not that of the Constantinian distortion of Christianity where politics and human armaments became the preferred weapons of the Church but rather that of reigning with Christ in the heavenlies as intercessor-rulers who impact the world.

Prayer not only changes people, situations and even the course of history, but also those who pray! It is dangerous for the enemy and also ‘dangerous’ for you. There is a price to pay to be a person who stands in the gap between fallen man and a righteous God. That price may mean becoming an answer to your own prayers in giving time, finances and even going out as witness in your Jerusalem (where you now live), (your own country), your Samaria (the other ethnic groups in your own country) or even to the ends of the earth…”

World Changing Prayer

“Ask of me and I will give the nations for your inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) God used these words to confirm his call to Patrick Johnston. Just [...]

Prayer and World Evangelisation

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Guilt – is that what prayer is?

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How to pray for missionaries

by Evelyn Hibbert and first published in the Worldwide magazine It may help you as you come to pray to remember that missionaries are not very different from you or anyone else you know.  In [...]