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

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  • Derek Morris

    Thank you for challenging us to pray not only for individuals but also for nations.
    Many years ago I was deeply impressed when I prayed with a group of Adventist brothers and sisters from Ghana.
    While I was asking small requests from God, they were pleading for their whole nation to come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
    Please join with me in prayer as I begin my new ministry assignment as President of the Hope Channel.
    Our mission is clear: share the Gospel of Jesus with the whole world and then the end will come.
    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

    • Elaine James

      Amen. I also join you. Not just for my family alone, but for the nations that know not of my sweet Jesus and soon coming King.

      • Victoria

        Amen, to the glory of God

    • Kayreen kufa

      Am praying for you Pastor Morris

    • Phillippa

      Praying that the Holy Spirit will use you in a spiritual way as He did on Hope Sabbath School. Will you continue to host Hope Sabbath School. Blessings. I have followed your ministry from your days at Forest Lake in Florida. I was truly blessed by that Prayer Ministry. Still praying radical prayers.

    • Ken

      Praying for you Pastor.

      • Stanphill

        Amen… Glory to God, Pastor Morris. I am praying that God bless you with double portion of Elijah’s Spirit in your new ministry.

    • Ros Farrell

      You are in my prayers Pastor Derek

    • Pauline

      Dear Pastor Morris! As you take on this new assignment it is my prayer that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit that as you share the Gospel of Jesus we will see hundreds maybe millions accepting Jesus as their personal Saviour, and than the end, when we all get to go home. What a day of rejoicing that will be when we all see Jesus. Amen!!

    • Patience Boateng

      Amen,it is my prayer that The LORD will guide and bless you

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Amen Pastor. Untied we stand as Gods beloved families globally in doing Gods work through prayers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and us all. Arise! Shine! Jesus Is Coming!

      • Victoria


    • PNB

      May you always be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and have the courage with grace , humility, wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do God’s will. – Peter Nigel

    • Victoria

      Amen, we continue to pray, thanking the Lord Who continue to do beyond what be can ask or imagine

    • Tarisai

      have prayed for you & will continue to do for the Holy Spirit to guide you in your new role.

    • Mavhoro Tawona

      Amen Pastor Morris. We have to work while it is day for night cometh where no man can work. May God bless and lead you in every step you take as the Hope channel president. May he increase your wisdom.

    • Beverley Joseph

      I was glad when I heard that you are now the president of Hope. You will be in my prayers. May God continue to bless you as you allow Him to lead and direct your path.

    • May you be blessed Pastor Morris as you lead Hope Channel. God will give you wisdom, understanding and discernment as you execute your duties. A global perspective to mission is what we all need as even while in our home countries wd will meet people from other nations who are now our neighbors due to displacement or immigration. If we become judgemental of how and why they are in our countries we can miss out on opportunities to show them kindness and support in helping them settle in their new locations and thus miss out on ways in to tell them about Christ.

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  • Ellen

    Praying for Gods direction as you take your new post. Will you still lead hope sabbath school lesson discussion. God bless you family.

  • Mthokozisi Ngwenya

    praying for you Postor Morris May the good Lord lead you.

  • Mthokozisi Ngwenya

    Also asking for your prayers Saints they is a business that me and my wife want to start please pray for God’s leading and the health of my sister senzeni Ngwenya she is not feelingwell

    • PNB

      God bless your business endeavors . Pray that the resources will be provided and that you and your wife would receive wisdom to make the right decisions. I also pray for the health of your sister that God will provide healing. – Peter Nigel

  • April

    Wonderful now we have homeworks to do. One of homework is to lray.

  • PNB

    Praying for boldness and a vision for the world to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.