This is a picture from my prayer room of my prayer map. This is my prayer each day. LORD, grant to these four people groups* the ability to hear your name, JESUS. For each of these 642,000 souls who have NO written Scriptures, NO Oral Scriptures, NO Jesus Film available, NO Gospel Recordings being projected into the airwaves & NO Radio Programs in their heart language and who currently have NO Churches and NO Believers recorded. . . Send the laborers to your fields. I am praying from Matthew 9:37-38, which is said to be the least prayed prayer in the Bible. This prayer needs to go forth on their behalf
The Lord of the Harvest Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing of every kind of disease and every sickness among the people. When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
From time to time the reality of how much still needs prayer, seems overwhelming. Then I jump back to the reality of who God is. . .
At the October mtg for the group I have had the opportunity to serve alongside of in the area of “eyes open” prayer during their meetings, it occurred to me that although we are so much farther along than in 2005, the task of God in front of the Body of Christ should remind us that there is still so much further to go!
When I first began to come alongside this Great Commission Partners group, the actual number of souls they were shooting for to hear Jesus name was 535 million. The latest number released is 56+ million.
Total global population: 56,378,790 souls currently have no access to the gospel
That is 56+MILLION SOULS that are on the cusp of an eternity in hell
51% of the remaining UUPGs are Muslim Background
515 UUPGs (w/pop. of over 10,000) still have no boots on the ground
It is interesting to note that from the current list there are still four groups of the 22 that remain from the original 639 List (each with a population of over 100,000) that are seriously handicapped. They not only are hard groups, but these four have NO resources on top of having no boots on the ground… these people groups need a concerted effort of prayer.
The ION Prayer Team is looking at how to be an advocate for these groups to help others to see the need. It has been said, “Every great move of God was birthed in a prayer movement.” I believe that goes directly back to the birthing of the Church with the disciples and the 120 praying in the Upper Room going into Pentecost. Now going into 2016, our team is asking God for a greater, more effective collaborative movement of prayer. It will need to be directed at getting a prayer advocate for each of the least reached people groups all of us working alongside others. Until we get to zero people groups, who still wait to hear the name of Jesus.
We know that we are not alone in this ask. . . We all need to raise the awareness and rally the troops, so that every people group is being prayed for specifically for a gospel movement to reach into the every and all.
Previously I wrote a blog about “Are You A Prayer Strategist?” The truth is, we need more now. We need to shift the format of what we are doing in regard to prayer and the least reached. We also must pray for those working in mission in leadership positions such as executive directors and leaders to look at doing prayer differently to get different results.
[You can read that previous post here: https://ionprayer.com/2015/08/06/fellowship-of-prayer-strategists/ ]
Many groups are praying diligently. Some have a “prayer department” in place. They do serve a worthy and needed purpose, but at this time in the history of missions we need to go to the next level. While a prayer strategist might be a new and emerging role, I believe that it may be the key to the task of having every people group covered effectively with a specific advocate in place to cover the depth of the job at hand.
This is an urgent need. . .
Would you link in prayer to ask God to give wisdom to organizations and networks working to reach the unreached, for the vision of having a Prayer Strategist on each of their teams?
A person specifically tasked to help to lead the team to call on people of prayer to model and assist others in cultivating conversational relationships with God that would ignite movements to Christ based on extraordinary prayer and intimacy with Him.
The definition for “strategist” is someone skilled in planning to find the best way to gain advantage or achieve success. Thus, a “prayer strategist” is one that links the passion for and practice of prayer and connection to prayer movements and networks with strategic field efforts to catalyze cascading movements to Christ.
This person would serve directly on the team (Strategy team, church, denomination, organization or network). They would seek to engage in and catalyze prayer that both informs and flows from the team’s vision. The strategy is to come alongside God, to be God-centered and spirit-driven in the context of bringing worship and intimacy with God into the arena of the work.
About the top 4 people groups*:
Asking God for the “adoption in prayer” for 4 specific UUPGs:
Using the pattern of prayer from the Early Church – in joyous astonishment of God’s ability (palal). To marvel at the wonders of God (tephillah) with expectation. Desiring fervently (euche) and yearn after, to want tremendously with all your heart (aiteo). “By prayer… with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.” Philippians 4:6
These four have been on the FTT UUPG Listing for over 10 years:
· China – Tibetan, Jone (pop. 130,000)
· Libya – Arabized Blacks (pop. 133,000)
· Libya – Bedouin, Fezzan (pop. 229,000)
· Saudi Arabia – Deaf (pop.150,000)
LORD of the HARVEST, send your laborers to these fields. In Jesus name. Amen
To pull up the most recent listing from Finishing the Task (FTT):
These 4 UUPGs are from the original 639 List. These 4 have NO in each of the seven categories:
NO Written or Oral Scriptures • NO Jesus Film • NO Gospel Recordings • NO Radio • NO Churches on Record • NO Believers Recorded
Do you know of others who might want to find out more? We would love to connect to them!