The late pastor and evangelist F. B. Meyer once shared a room with A. B. Simpson (founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance) at a missionary conference. One morning Meyer woke up to discover Simpson weeping in prayer as he clutched a globe. One of the most well-known passages of Scripture tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” As we pray today for our world, may our hearts be so in tune with God’s heart for our world that we, like A.B. Simpson, would pray for it with fervency and expectancy.
The following are several Scriptural prayers to assist you in praying for our world.
Pray that the gospel will be spread on every continent, in every nation, and to every people group
Romans 10:11-13 – “For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
Pray that the global church would be strengthened and fruitful
Acts 16:5 – “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.”
Pray for missionaries currently serving in this country and abroad
Isaiah 52:7 – “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’”
Pray that God would call and equip more to spread the gospel here, near, and far
Luke 10:2 – “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Pray that God would strengthen believers experiencing persecution
1 Peter 5:9-10 – “Resist him [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”