Let's Focus on
by Mike O'Rear, President, GMI
The focus of the Praying Through The Window IV campaign is "Strategic
Towns." Previous global prayer efforts focused on the 10/40 Window,
whether countries, cities or peoples. This year's target is places.
Why places? Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica,
a Strategic Town of his day: "The Lord's message rang out from you
not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere"
(1 Thess. 1:8). Thessalonica was a busy sea port of its day, the capital
of its province Macedonia, with a population numbering 200,000. In this
passage, the Apostle notes how the early believers welcomed the gospel
and became a model of faith to both those in and beyond their region.
In this decade of harvest the Holy Spirit has been leading the church to
pray with greater power and focus. During October of '93 the target was
the 62 nations of the 10/40 Window. In '95, prayer focused on the 100 Gateway
Cities. In '97, millions prayed for 1,739 significant unreached peoples,
grouped in 130 People Clusters.
Now in October '99 the focus will be on some 3,900 Strategic Towns. These
are the largest cities within a nation, that if reached for Christ like
Thessalonica, could potentially influence up to a million people in their
county, province or state. During October '99, both home-based intercessors
and prayer journey teams will minister specifically to these Strategic
Whereas an unreached people often shares a common heritage, Strategic Towns
often share a common "sense of place." Through Christ, this shared
landscape and its shared mindscape can become a highway to heaven. So the
prophetic call to Strategic Towns is the same cry of Isaiah for the Holy
City, "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God" (Isa. 40:3).
Using white dots of various magnitude, the "Light the Window"
Prayer Map depicts the Strategic Towns of the 10/40 Window. Up to 3,900
Strategic Towns light up this map, ranging in population from 10 thousand
to 30 million people. To fuel your prayers, maps of each Strategic Town,
plus profiles and prayer points can be found on the "Light the Window"
CD produced by AD2000 and Beyond.
Another visual marker on the "Light the Window" Prayer Map are
the 63 countries of the 10/40 Window. Each day during the campaign the
Prayer Calendar will feature at least two of these countries.
AD 2000 United Prayer Track leader, Dr. C. Peter Wagner writes: "This
is by far the most exciting and potentially the most effective prayer initiative
we have ever undertaken."
Global Mapping International is proud to be the publisher of the "Light
the Window" Prayer Map. We hope you will find it to be an inspiring
tool you can practically use to pray for the world's towns to become lighthouses
of the gospel.
|Mike O'Rear is the president of Global
Mapping International and a Senior Associate for Information Technology
with the Lausanne movement.
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