December 3-10 has been designated as a week of prayer for international missions. Here are three reasons why you should consider participating as you start your December.
1. Keep Things in Perspective
With gifts to purchase, deals to take advantage of, events to attend, and family gatherings to plan, the Christmas season can make focusing our attention on Christ tough. Perhaps you are feeling the pull and tug between the cultural Christmas and your inward desires to spend the season stirring your affections for Christ. Committing to spend time each day praying for the nations will lift your head and heart from the fray of the consumer-driven holiday jolly to matters of eternal significance.
2. Knit Your Heart to What Matters
Another tendency this time of year is to dwell on the possessions we desire. Jesus taught in Matthew 6:21 that our hearts follow our treasure, and praying for others is a powerful anecdote to our self-absorbed desires. When we learn to pray “Thy will be done,” our hearts begin desiring God’s will more and more.
3. Be Part of Something Greater
The ultimate reason to spend time praying for the nations is because prayer works. The birth of Christ shows us God is involved in our world. He is active in creating a people for himself from among all peoples. He hears our prayers and is moved by them. When we pray, God works. He works in our world making what was thought impossible possible. By asking God to redeem the nations for his glory, we take part in the mission for which Christ came (see Psalm 2:7-8).
To participate in the week of prayer for international missions, simply click here. The site has prayer points for each day along with a 2-3 minute video highlighting an area where the light of the gospel is penetrating darkness.
-Bryan Miller (Connections/Missions Director)