We value prayer. That’s why we at Christar commit to make God central in our lives and ministry through daily prayer, regular team prayer and frequent communication with prayer partners.
We are involved in work that we cannot accomplish in our own strength. So we commit every aspect of our lives and ministries to God in prayer. Not only that, but Christar workers set aside one day a month to pray together. In the Christar Mobilization Center U.S. we begin every day in corporate prayer. These practices are the expression of the truth that we are completely dependent on God to work in the hearts of men as we endeavor to plant churches among the least-reached.
Dependence on God
The least-reached will not come to faith apart from God’s divine work (John 6:44). Seeing least-reached come to faith is miraculous and requires a dependence on God to act! One way we demonstrate that dependence is through prayer. Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18). Prayer is a central way that we, as the body of Christ align ourselves with Him, the head of the body, in His work.
Not only do we pray individually and together as Christar members, but we depend on your prayers. Christar requires each member to have 100 people who have committed to pray for them regularly. Of course there is no scripture that requires this specific number. However there is a strong biblical precedent for the necessity of intercession on behalf of those who are serving.
Exodus 17 has an amazing story about the children of Israel going to battle with the Amalekites! While Joshua and the army went into the battle in the valley, Moses, Aaron and Hur went up on the hillside. While Moses lifted his hands to God, the people of Israel were winning the battle. As the day went on, Moses’ arms grew tired. As he lowered his aching arms the army of Israel began to lose the battle. How could Israel win the battle? Aaron and Hur held up the arms of Moses before God and the army of Israel won the victory.
What was the key to this victory? Was it the skill of the men who were in the battle? It’s true that the army would lose the battle if no one had gone out to fight. So that played a role in the outcome. But it was not the key.
The key to this victory was that someone stood before God on behalf of those who were in the valley. This is what we are looking for! Men and women who will engage the needs of Christar workers serving around the world by holding them up before God, the only One who is sufficient to work in them and through them.
Called to Pray
Are you called to pray for the least-reached and for those who serve among them? We invite you to join us in prayer. We make current prayer needs known through items posted on our website and through our monthly CALL TO PRAYER calendar.
In addition, we hope you will pray for our workers each day of the week. See our weekly prayer guide on ways to pray for a cross-cultural worker’s life and ministry.
Prayers for the Least-reached
At Christar, our desire is for God to be glorified as churches are established among least-reached Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. Here are some prayer ideas:
- Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out workers (Matt 9:38).
- Ask for open doors for the gospel presented through people and media (internet, radio, satellite television) (Col. 4:2-4).
- Pray for translation of Scripture, where it is not yet available) (Rom 10:17).
- Ask God to draw unbelievers to Himself (John 6:44; 12:32).
- Ask that unbelievers would seek to know God (Deut. 4:29).
- Pray for God’s mercy to be upon those hear the good news (Rom 9:15-18).
- Ask for the Holy Spirit to work in them (John 16:8,13).
- Intercede for the lost that they would believe in Christ as Savior (John 5:24).
- Pray that they would confess Christ as Lord (Rom 10:9, 10).
- Intercede that the blindness to the truth that they have experienced for generations would be removed (2 Cor. 4:4).
- Ask for God’s will to be done in a particular people group as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10).
- Pray for God to transform that which is painful and wrong to that which is eternally good (Col 1:21-22).
Thank you for praying for Christar workers and the least-reached they live and work among.