7 resources to help you pray for the nations

by Terry Sharp, International Mission Board
Monday, July 30, 2018 | 77 days old

Prayer is a way that every single Christian can be involved in missions. In fact, 1 Timothy 2:1-6 instructs us to pray for all peoples.

Never has that passage been more relevant to the church than it is today. Even though it’s been more than 2000 years since Jesus came, lived, died and rose again, the sad reality remains that 2.8 billion people still have little or no access to the gospel. There has never been a more urgent time to pray for peoples around the world.

While it’s great to have as many church members involved in praying for the nations as possible, you can help them pray with focus. Following is a list of resources that can help you and your church pray specifically for the peoples of the world.

People Groups
This website offers short summaries of people groups and maps the progress of the gospel with each group.

People Groups Info
This website provides people group profiles and prayer points to help you pray specifically for each group.

Operation World
Find information on countries, people groups, daily prayer apps and other prayer resources at this website.

Peoples Next Door NC Prayer Map
Locate the nations who have come to North Carolina. This map focuses on the top 10 unreached people groups of each population center in North Carolina. Each marker on the map provides information about people groups in your area. Use this information to pray for the lost in your city, and ask God how you can get involved in His mission.

IMB prayer prompts
This website by the International Mission Board (IMB) includes brief biographies and prayer prompts about people groups from around the world that are updated daily. Prayer requests are also archived and searchable by global regions. The IMB also had a prayer app available through iTunes or Google Play.

Joshua Project Unreached of the Day
This website features an unreached people group of the day, which includes demographic data, prayer prompts, obstacles to the gospel and outreach ideas. The information is also available in several formats that can be used individually or corporately in a local church. These include prayer cards and bulletin inserts. You may also sign up to receive a daily email with the unreached of the day. A mobile app is also available in several languages.

“Loving the Lost” prayer guide
The Loving the Lost prayer guide introduces 31 people people groups and provides prayer prompts for each one. The guide is produced by the IMB and includes descriptions, prayer prompts, Scripture and photos. The guide may be used individually or part of a special prayer emphasis.

EDITORS NOTE: Terry Sharp presently serves at the International Mission Board and works in the area of state, association and diaspora networks.