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Four Reasons I Don't Pray and God’s responses from His Word. The seventh Operation World resource in the set Ideas for Leaders.

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Four Reasons I Don't Pray for the Nations & God's Responses from His Word

Reason 1—I'm Overwhelmed:

With so much pain and suffering in the world, I have trouble thinking about the challenges that people are facing. It is easier not to think about it and definitely easier not to pray about it.


God's Response:

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).


Reason 2—I'm too Busy:

Praying for the world always seems to get left out of my day. I pray once or twice a day and those times are usually focused on my immediate situation, family, friends and church. I tend to think about global issues during the day when I see the news or am interacting with coworkers. But I struggle to stop and pray at those moments.


God's Response:

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18).


Reason 3—I Struggle to Believe God Will Answer:

Praying for places that are so far away from my everyday life seems pointless. I know I need to invest the time, but sometimes I wonder if those prayers do any good. I can't see the people in those countries and so how will I know if my prayers are being answered?


God's Response:

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15).


Reason 4—I Don't Know Enough:

The problems and opportunities that the people of the world face are so complex. I don't even know where to start many times. I feel that my prayers are just platitudes without any real substance.


God's Response:
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express" (Romans 8:26).