In a country of nearly 7 million people, Joshua Project estimates that 85.8% of the population is still unreached with the gospel. Open Doors estimates there are about 225,000 Christians. Most of these are in churches without a “Great Commission” vision. How should we pray for them?
Even Jesus had to redirect the vision of the disciples in John 4. He was reaching out to someone considered an outcast by the Jews. They had not learned yet the heart of God for the Samaritans. To help them expand their horizon, He says to them, “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest” (4:35). The idea Jesus was pointing to was to look up and away from their narrow vision and see the larger picture. The “fields” or region was much bigger than Judea or even Samaria. These “fields” were radiant white or gleaming with the possibility of reaping souls for the kingdom. Jesus had just gained one of those precious souls. The disciples would be the next “fishers of men.”
As the team left Laos, this visit reinforced the need to teach the sufficiency of God's Word and the Holy Spirit and "How to Study the Bible" to the indigenous believers. While we must pray for all the unreached in this land, it is more important to pray for the local church to ‘lift its eyes’! Old traditions and Western methods cannot accomplish God’s purpose. There must be a revival of heart for God’s Word, its authority and sufficiency applied in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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