Praying Expansively

We spend a lot of time talking about Luke’s version of the Great Commission as it is recorded in the book of Acts. We talk about taking up the “Acts 1:8 Challenge” and being witnesses in every arena that we can think of—from home to state to country to world. It is a good pattern that Christ lays out for His followers so that we will understand the scope of the work that has been assigned to the church until Jesus returns.

This pattern is also a good outline to follow when we pray for our world. I think that our effectiveness in prayer life will increase exponentially if we will be focused. It is important to pray for the world when we approach the throne of God. How then can we be most influential in our prayers? Try this pattern: Start praying for your world close to home. Pray for yourself and your family. Pray for the people who live, and work near you—especially those that you can call by name. Then, remembering that God is concerned for all the world, expand the boarders of your prayer to include the village, town or city in which you live. Pray for local and state leaders. Pray for missionaries who are working to reach lostness in the United States.

Then expand again. Pray for world leaders, for economic stability, for the end of wars. Pray for God’s children who are taking the gospel throughout the known world—for their safety, for their clarity in sharing, and for their desire to serve God to grow daily.

Pray for the world—the world close at hand, and the world far away. Let your heart for God and His work increase in size.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” –Jesus, to the His Disciples (Acts 1:8)