Raise Your Prayer Sights – Cover a Continent
Key Bible Verse: The longing of my heart and my prayer to God is that the Jewish people might be saved. – Romans 10:1
Bonus Reading: Matthew 9:35-38
“Pray for something bigger than yourself,” Doug Coe told Bob Hunter, a new Christian who asked his friend how to pray. “Pick a city like Washington, a state like Virginia, a country like Russia, or even a continent like Africa. If you stick with it for 25 years, you’ll see God move mountains.”
For some reason, the thought of praying for Africa stuck with Bob. He and one other man studied a map to learn the names of countries formed since they were in high school. Then they began praying for this vast continent. A couple of other men soon joined them.
Back in the 1970s Idi Amin was executing thousands in Uganda. So the group prayed in earnest for Uganda. They asked God to raise up a worker from its capital, Kampala, whom they could support.
Then Bob attended a retreat at a hotel. A group gathering after lunch to pray for Africa was joined by a missionary nurse not attending the retreat. It turned out she worked at Mengo Hospital in Kampala! Bob invited her to visit his family and go to church with them for “Missions Sunday.” When the scheduled missionary speaker failed to show, the nurse from Kampala took his place. Bob’s church soon made the hospital its ongoing project. [continued tomorrow]
—Luis Palau in It’s a God Thing
My Response: Something bigger than myself that I feel led to pray for is ____.
Thought to Apply: More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.—Alfred Tennyson (English poet)
Adapted from It’s a God Thing (Doubleday, 2001)
Prayer for the Week: Lift my prayer horizons, Lord, above my own welfare to the expansion of Your kingdom.