3 reasons you should pray for 30 days for 30 peoplesby Will Taylor, BSCNC Communications
My neighborhood is changing fast. On my way to work, I see international college students from South Asia, halal markets and girls from West Africa waiting at the bus stop in their traditional Muslim hijab.
It’s not hard for me to come to grips with the facts: There are 154 unreached people groups (UPGs) represented here in North Carolina. Upward of 15 percent of people in North Carolina — 1.5 million people — are foreign-born or are the children of foreign-born immigrants. This is my state, and it’s definitely my neighborhood.
Starting in April, you will have the opportunity to learn about these peoples, pray for them and let God use you and your church to take the gospel to them through the 30 Days, 30 Peoples prayer emphasis.
Along with others across the state, you can pray for an unreached people group using this prayer guide. Each day, you can be reminded to pray by receiving text messages. All you have to do is text the word “praypnd” to 31313. We’re calling this initiative “30 Days, 30 Peoples.” Here are three reasons you should get involved:
1. God is sovereign.
While in Athens, the Apostle Paul declared, “And [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him” (Acts 17:26-27). It is our conviction that God has brought these people here so they might hear and respond to the gospel. For each of these 30 days, you can rest and reflect upon the sovereignty of God and how He is using churches across North Carolina to reach the nations that are living right here.
2. God responds to prayer.
Elisabeth Elliot said, “Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth.” We can take great confidence in knowing that prayer is a part of God’s plan for you and His plan of salvation, which has always included the nations. Each day, you can pray for a specific UPG, that Christians will answer God’s call to live near these UPGs and share Christ’s love with them.
3. God equips His people.
In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul said that God gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry and for building up the body of Christ. As this verse testifies, the very purpose of the ministry is to equip the saints and to advance the kingdom.
As we go to the Lord in prayer, it may be that God chooses you as the answer to your own prayer. The vision of the Peoples Next Door ministry is that for every one of the top 10 UPGs in each of the eight metro areas, at least 10 churches would be trained and adopt those UPGs for prayer. This involves a corporate decision of a church to make a commitment to consistently, strategically and sacrificially pray for that UPG over an extended period of time, usually two to five years or longer. This is something that’s worth our effort – to impact lostness through disciple-making.