It is essential to remember the millions of people worldwide who have not yet heard about the resurrection of Jesus. According to the East West, there are over 7,000 unreached people groups globally, comprising around 40% of the world’s population. As believers, we have a responsibility to pray for these individuals and seek ways to share the gospel with them.
The first step in praying for unreached people is to understand their unique circumstances. Physical barriers such as remote locations, cultural and political barriers, and government policies often make it challenging for evangelists to access these people. Additionally, many of these cultures reject the notion of conversion to other religions, including Christianity, and are often hostile to Christians. These obstacles can make evangelism and church planting challenging. Here are some specific ways to pray for the unreached people:
- Pray for opportunities for evangelism and for the establishment of local churches among unreached people. Ask God to provide opportunities for missionaries and local believers to share the gospel and to raise up local leaders who can shepherd and disciple new believers. Pray that they would have boldness, wisdom, and discernment as they share.
- Pray for the translation of the Bible into the languages of the unreached people groups so that they can read and understand God’s word for themselves, and also pray for their hearts to be softened towards God. Many unreached people have hardened hearts towards God due to their upbringing or cultural beliefs, so pray that God would soften their hearts and open their minds to the message of the gospel.
- Pray for the safety and provision of those working among the unreached people. Many live in dangerous areas and face financial challenges. Ask God to protect them from harm and provide for their needs, so that they can continue to share the gospel with those who have not yet heard. Also, pray for perseverance and strength for those who are working in this field, as it can be difficult and discouraging.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would move in the hearts of the unreached people and draw them to Christ, revealing Himself to them in ways they can understand and respond to.
- Pray for a spiritual awakening and revival among the unreached people, asking God to pour out His Spirit in power and draw many to Himself. Additionally, pray for unity among believers working among the unreached people, that people from differentcultures and backgrounds can come together and work towards God’s kingdom.
It is important for us to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and pray for those who have not yet heard about it. Let’s take time today to pray for the unreached people, asking God to move in their hearts and draw them to himself. Beyond praying, you can also get involved by giving monetarily to empower workers to mobilize into areas of the globe where Jesus is not widely known.
May we continue to seek ways to share the gospel with them and work towards seeing God’s kingdom come and his will be done among the unreached people on earth as it is in heaven.