The Great Commission Prayer Plan
God has called us to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20). People must hear the gospel in order to enter into a right relationship with God. This commission from Jesus requires the broken and fervent praying of God's people. If the gospel is going to penetrate the darkness of this world, God's people must plead for this.
Many times a believer may feel overwhelmed by this call to pray. There are many nations, many needs, and many opportunities to pray. How can you pray about the spread of the gospel across the nations? With so much to pray about, how can you pray powerfully and effectively in this area?
The Great Commission Prayer Plan has been devised to help you pray powerfully and effectively for the spread of the gospel. It is intended to help you join God in His work of bringing the nations to Himself. This prayer plan is offered to help you cover a variety of needs through your week. The prayer plan is based on the days of the week. Each day will have a specific emphasis concerning the spread of the gospel. The prayer plan is as follows:
On Monday, you can cover missionaries in intercession. On this day, you can intercede for the needs and the requests of missionaries. You might want to consider adopting some missionaries and interceding for them and their work.
On Tuesday, you can pray for the nations of the world. You might consider adopting particular nations that you will pray for. You might consider praying for the nations in which the missionaries that you are praying for are serving.
On Wednesday, you can pray for particular people groups. You can adopt particular people groups for which you will specifically intercede. You might consider tying this in with the other days by praying for the people groups that your missionaries are working among.
On Thursday, you can cover world leaders in prayer. You can find a list of the world leaders on the Kingdom Praying site. You might consider praying through this list over a period of time. Each Thursday, you might pray for a particular number of the leaders. You might consider praying for the leaders of the nations of the missionaries for whom you are praying.
On Friday, use this day to simply wait on the Lord. Ask Him, "Father, what needs do you want me to pray for today? What missionaries do I need to pray for today? Guide me in how you want me to pray for the spread of the gospel today." As He impresses names and needs on your mind and heart, pray with fervency.
Pray today for the translation of the Scripture into the languages of the world. You might consider praying for the translation of the Bible into the languages where your missionaries are working. You might plead for the various nations and the translation of the Bible into their language.
Sunday-Your Church And A Heart For Missions
On Sunday, plead with God to give your church a heart for the nations. Pray that the believers of your church would be committed to sharing their faith. Ask that the believers would be involved in missions through prayer, giving, and taking part in mission projects and trips.
You need to keep in mind that this is simply a plan. It is offered as a model of how you can be involved in praying for the spread of the gospel without being overwhelmed. You can use this plan or develop your own from it. You can adapt in a variety of ways in order to meet your needs and your burdens. Whenever you pray, you need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leadership. He can guide you according to this plan. Sometimes He may have you pray in a different direction.
Dr. Kevin Meador