Isaiah 56:7 (GNB), Psalms 2:8 (GNB)
"I will bring
you to Zion, my sacred hill, give you joy in my house of prayer, and
accept the sacrifices you offer on my altar. My Temple will be called a
house of prayer for the people of all nations." *Ask, and I will give
you all the nations; the whole earth will be yours.
word used for nations in the Bible actually refers to both countries of
the world as well as various classifications and organizations of people
i.e. various fields, sectors and spheres of influence in society like
business, education, politics, sports, entertainment, culture, family
etc. In our first text above, God declared that His Temple shall be a
house of prayer for the people of all nations. You and I are God's
Temple (1Cor.3:16) and praying for the nations is our responsibility for
God's will to prevail in these nations. Terrible things are going on in
various countries of the world and in various fields and spheres of
society. Things that are not God's will for these nations; from natural
disasters to insecurities; from immoralities, corruptions and injustice
to wars, terrorism and economic hardships.
We must not just lament when we hear or see these things; we must arise
and pray. We must also arise and shine God's light in the midst of the
darkness. God is looking for men and women like you and me who will rise
up in faith and compassion to stand in the gap and pray for the nations
of the world, Ezek.22:30. There are great harvests that God wants to
bring into these nations and prayer is a powerful starting point for
activating God's intervention in these nations. God wants us to give
thanks and pray for all men and for all leaders so there will be peace.
He also wants all men and leaders to be saved, 1Tim.2:1-4. Our prayer
will make much power available. As we pray, God will move in His
glorious might and cause His power and glory to manifest in these
nations. God will intervene. God will show Himself strong on our behalf.
May God fill your heart today with the burden and desires that He has
for various nations of the world.
PRAYER FOCUS: Pray in the Spirit right now and express every burden
on your heart for various fields and nations of the world.