Operation World Leaders Resources
On-ramps into Global Prayer
As leaders who want to see those we lead to passionately pray for the nations, sometimesit is a challenge to encourage them to jump in and begin praying. There are so manydistractions today. Families on the go . . . media surrounding us . . . schedules packedwith meetings and activities.We know that as believers begin to pray for other parts of the world that it is like jumpingonto a highway of awareness, encouragement, empathy and engagement. So how do webreak through to those we lead and help them to see the amazing joy that comes frompraying for the nations?We decided to look at an average entry in
and suggest some “on
into a lifestyle of prayer.1.
People connect around similar interests and occupations. Go to the “Economy”
section of a country that has similar industries as your city, county or state andhighlight that country starting from the type of jobs that people might have. Forinstance, if you live in Houston, Texas, you might want to start with Kuwait oranother high oil producing country.2.
Most entries have a section at the end of the entry about Christian radio in thatcountry. Talk with those you lead about your local Christian radio station and howit benefits them and then transition into the significance of the Christian radio (orlack thereof) in the country you have selected.3.
If you are part of a denominational church, look at the percentage of people in thecountry you have chosen who are a part of your denomination.
Look in the “Challenges for Prayer” and find one that is similar to a common
prayer request that your people voice as you pray together about your localcommunity. Make the correlations and help people see that there are so manysimilarities in the struggles and challenges that are facing both countries.5.
So many people can’t grasp what a country is like until they have a sense for
where it is and how big it is. Use the maps in Operation World (and the enhanced