Intercession

Can a prayer effort make a difference? Key Christian leaders in India attribute “Praying Through the Window” as the major catalyst resulting in the conversion of hundreds of thousands of Indian Dalits and numbers of Backward Castes. Now, there are twenty-six 10/40 Window nations that are “Gospel-Ready.” This means these nations are open to Christians being involved in their nations in various ways, such as humanitarian aid, education, medical assistance, political input, and some are open to the Gospel actually being preached. Christian political leaders are now heads of government in several 10/40 Window nations. Many new national prayer networks have been established and are flourishing within the 10/40 Window countries. O’ the power of prayer.

“Because of prayer for the 10/40 Window, The Passion of the Christ took the Muslim world by storm,” a Christian leader reported. As a result of the Jesus film and other tools, “More Arab Muslims have been able to clearly hear and see the Gospel in their own language than we would be able to reach in a lifetime of ministry in the Middle East.” One Algerian Christian stated, “The LORD has opened before us a golden ministry door in Algeria. I remember taking a two-hour trip throughout the region and every single village we passed through had a Christian congregation. Algeria is truly experiencing a great revival. Their time is now!”

Prayer efforts, though languishing here, are flourishing around the world. Somewhere between 170,000 and 190,000 now call themselves intercessors. At no time in history or prior to any awakening, have we experienced such a prayer revival – so broad, so intensive, so global and diverse. More than 2.7 million gathered for prayer in Yoido Plaza in Seoul, Korea – the largest face-to-face meeting of humans in history. About 45,000 gathered for prayer at the national soccer stadium in Guatemala City, Guatemala. And 26,000 gathered in the Blue Jay stadium in Toronto, Canada to pray. In Cali, Columbia, more than 50,000 gathered for an all-night prayer service after the martyrdom of the catalyst for prayer and unity in the city – and in the next six months, God began to dismantle the Cali Drug Cartels and changed the city. In Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation on the earth, I witnessed the lighting of a symbolic altar in a national prayer rally with 120,000 believers present. In October 1993, the nation of the Philippines was solemnly consecrated to Jesus Christ in a massive rally around the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park in Manila – a rally attended by a million believers. At the turn of the century, war-torn Uganda, raised from the dead, was dedicated to God in the presence of the President who presented spiritual leaders with the national flag. Benin was also dedicated, as a nation, to God. Tonga and Zambia have taken similar actions.[1]

“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations…” (Psa. 2:8, NASB). Christians from all over the world agree that their greatest need is prayer. They are seeing doors that seemed forever closed – blown open in the face of humble prayer. The ‘World Enquiry,’ a study led by Luis Bush, concentrated hundreds of research projects to provide a statistical foundation for future strategic decisions within the Christian Church. A primary outcome was that prayer must be a central focus of Christianity. Through the power of prayer, we will witness the 10/40 Window reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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P. Douglas Small is founder and president of Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY and he serves in conjunction with a number of other organizations. He is also the creator of the Praying Church Movement and the Prayer Trainer’s Network. However, all views expressed are his own and not the official position of any organization.

 

[1]       Peter Bos, The Nations Called – A Theology of the Nations and their Redemption (Sovereign World: Kent, England; 2002), 278-279.

 

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