“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should”.Ephesians 6:19,20 (NIV)
“China is a sleeping giant,” Napoleon Bonaparte famously said: “Let it sleep, for when it awakes it will shake the world.” That day is long past. China is wide awake and is taking her place among the nations as a world power in military strength, economic might and social influence.
China is also waking spiritually. Right now, as never before, China’s heart is opening to the gospel. Yet the great challenge of a giant is its size. China is overwhelming in population, (1.4 billion people), overwhelming in size, (200+ cities over 1 million people), overwhelming in diversity, (500 ethnolingustic people groups).
The gospel must penetrate so many dark places in this great land. Prayer remains the primary means through which God will bring His light. Those who are called to the mission field sacrifice personal comfort and safety to bring the precious message of Jesus to those who don’t know Him. Those who stay behind play a crucial role as prayer warriors in furthering the kingdom. Oswald Chambers stated, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer IS the greater work.” Prayer is not merely a form of “spiritual calisthenics.” It is a vital aspect of global ministry that directly impacts mission work and the people to whom we minister.
God spoke to my heart about an important principle that has helped shape my life and ministry. What He showed me was so crystal clear that I will never forget it: No matter what I hoped to achieve in China, no matter what He called me to do, I could accomplish it only on my knees. That is, if I wanted God to fulfill His purpose through me, prayer would need to become the central focus of my mission.
Our greatest need will always be prayer. Yes, many other practical and compelling needs could be mentioned such as financial support, material resources or more personnel to assist in the task. But when in Satan’s territory, there is a desperate need for intercession through which God’s power, blessings and sufficiency would be poured out. God said in Psalm 2:8, “Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” (NIV) James 5:16 promises, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (NIV) The power of prayer is amazing!
Obedient to God’s call, we do the work in reaching a lost world, but doors are opened and barriers to the gospel are destroyed by the prayers of God’s people. As you lift your voice in prayer you become a partner in reaching China for Jesus Christ. However, it is not just China which is in darkness that motivate us to pray. We, too, are in the midst of spiritual warfare each day where we live. We trust that the daily devotional thoughts shared will inspire you to seek God more diligently. We pray that they will serve as a guide to you to lift your voice to God and discover a victorious Christian life, the sufficiency of God’s grace and His guidance in all of life’s decisions.
Pray for China Daily is a special invitation for individuals and churches to lift up hearts, minds, and voices in prayer and devotion in support for the lost in China.
Pray for China Daily is a year-long opportunity to pray for three hundred sixty-five days to ignite a fire for the lost that will burn for years in your heart!
Pray for China Daily will urge you on to personal witness where you live, and in the process change your life, your church’s life, and the lives of the faithful servants of the Lord in China.
Prayer accomplishes great things because it is intimate communication with the Lord. He is able to do the impossible on our behalf. Will you join our mission of leading Chinese people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by supporting us in prayer? Thank you in advance for being willing to participate in this sacred work. As you begin to pray daily for China by clicking on the link “Pray for China Daily” on the left-hand side of our web blog at “China – in His image” think of the great task to which you are committing yourself, rejoice in that China will continue to waken spiritually and that many dark places will joyfully receive the good news of Jesus Christ.