MOVE Prayer Guide – Week 2

Week 2 – March 19-26

Pray for the Nations

Psalm 67

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. 

May God be gracious to us and bless us 

and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 

that your way may be known on earth, 

your saving power among all nations. 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; 

let all the peoples praise you! 

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, 

for you judge the peoples with equity 

and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; 

let all the peoples praise you! 

The earth has yielded its increase; 

God, our God, shall bless us. 

God shall bless us; 

let all the ends of the earth fear him! 

This week, we begin to pray together for the nations.  In both the Old and New Testament, we see that the heart of God is for the nations to be glad and sing for joy!  But we know that they can’t do that unless they respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ…and they can’t do that unless they hear the Gospel…and they can’t do that unless someone is sent to them with the purpose of declaring the Gospel.  It is heartbreaking to know that there are still so many people who are dead in their sin.  They need grace!!! Just like us, they need grace.  But they can’t get the grace they need without the Jesus they need.  People need Jesus.  In Christ alone can the nations sing for joy.  As a church, we are compelled by love to share the good news of Jesus, so that we might sing for joy with our brothers and sisters from every tribe and tongue.

This week, spend time meditating on Psalm 67.  As you do, please pray for our eyes and hearts to be opened to God’s majesty and His love for the nations.  Pray that God would help us to examine our own hearts, making us aware of any sin that hinders us from loving people as He commands.  Further, pray that God would stir in us a compelling desire to “do justice and love mercy” (Micah 6:8)…to give food to the hungry, set the prisoners free, open the eyes of the blind, lift up those who are bowed down, to watch over the sojourners and to uphold the widow and the fatherless (Psalm 146:7-9).  Finally, pray that God would continue to open doors to care for the least of these…for the orphan and the widow…the oppressed and the persecuted and the refugee…and that His people would be faithful to walk through those doors ready to share the Gospel, our possessions, and ourselves.