Let’s Ask God for the Nations – By Doug Venn

phonto-2While serving as a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand, I met Mr. Somchai and his wife. They were the owners of a little shop next to the Prakhanong Train Station. We met after my Thai language teacher had told me, “You must practice what you are learning every day with a Thai person!”

After praying, I stopped by their little hawker shop to buy some cookies and practice the Thai that I had learned that day.

They were patient as I tried to enunciate clearly my new vocabulary using the five tones of the Thai language. Each word is like a note in a song. If you use the wrong tone for a specific word, then you have a different word.

After each short exchange I headed back to my office at the Thailand Adventist Mission to resume my church-planting duties.

As my Thai vocabulary grew, so did our friendship. I started to learn about their family, their history, and their joys and daily struggles. I longed for the day that my Thai vocabulary would grow large enough to communicate the hope that Christ gives and the incredible power of prayer.

That day finally came. What a joy it was to share with my friends the blessed hope of Christ’s soon return and the promise of the resurrection. What a joy it was to share the powerful promises from God’s Word. I left gospel tracts and DVDs with Thai people’s testimonies of answered prayers. Later I was able to pray in Thai, asking God’s blessing upon their family, their health, and their family business.

My family has since moved back to the United States, but I continue to pray for Mr. Somchai and his wife and daughters. Will you join me in praying for their salvation?

In Psalm 2:8 we are told, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”

It’s easy to always pray for our own personal requests and those in our own circle of influence, but there are nations that God is waiting to reach with the gospel. Will you join me in claiming Psalm 2:8 for the nations that have never heard the blessed hope of the everlasting gospel? Will you join the worldwide church in the Mission to the Cities initiatives to reach the masses for Jesus?

Let’s be more proactive. Let’s ask God for nations!

Doug Venn is the new director of the General Conference Global Mission Urban Center. He also coordinates the Mission to the Cities and Urban Centers of Influence initiatives, which are part of our General Conference’s “Reach the World” strategic plan.

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4543060842_e4fdb33047_bPractical Application: 

Naturally we tend to focus our prayers on those nearest and dearest, or on our personal needs, but God wants us to have a bigger vision. He wants us to see the world in need!

Of course, praying for the nations and for those we don’t know means we must have an unselfish heart and Christ centered goals. This cannot come but by the grace of God.

For some practical resources and tools to help you learn how to love, reach out to, and pray for those of other faiths and cultures, visit: http://reachtheworldnextdoor.com/

Let’s start praying that God would truly give us a heart for the nations! Let’s start praying that He would give us a heart for our neighbors next door, for the world next door, and for those who do not yet know Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, All around us are precious souls that do not yet know you! Sometimes we can’t speak their language, and other times we simply do not know how to connect. We want to ask today that You would give us Your heart for the nations. We want to ask that You would give us Your eyes, and Your vision to see and reach out to those in need. And give us faith Lord, that we can claim this promise. We want the nations as our inheritance! In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen!

Promises to Claim: Ps. 2:8