How to Pray for Work in Sensitive Areas of the World
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. — John 1:1 (NLT)
Pray that the last languages of the world would receive the Scriptures in whatever form they need it. Dare to ask God for big things! Ask him to provide every person in the world with his Word — just as he has already provided it for us — written in the heart language!
Pray that the integrity of God’s Word would be maintained as it is translated. Pray for quality translations that speak meaningfully to the hearts of Bibleless people.
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. — Acts 17:27a (NLT)
Pray for the safety of Bibleless people. Many are residents in, or displaced from, countries with poor political and social conditions.
Pray that Bibleless people would be well ministered to by the cooperative efforts of local churches and mission agencies.
Pray that Bibleless people would hunger and thirst for God’s Word in their heart language.
Pray that Bibleless people would use the Scripture once it is translated. Pray that lives would be transformed by the power of the gospel.
So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. — Matthew 9:38 (NLT)
Pray that God will inspire people from every nation and language to get involved in Bible translation.
Pray that God will prepare innovative leaders in every Bibleless language and give them a vision and passion for translating his Word.
Pray that God will provide all of the skills and resources needed to keep pace with the growing interest in Bible translation around the world.
Pray for a spirit of unity as local churches and denominations partner with others around the globe to see Bible translation accomplished in their own languages.
Pray that God will strengthen and encourage everyone involved in Bible translation, protecting them from spiritual attack and discouragement.
Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. — Philippians 2:16 (NLT)
Pray for perseverance. Pray that those involved in the Bible translation task would not grow weary or give up before the work is complete.
Source of text and photo: Wycliffe USA