“Probably the hardest thought of all for our natural egotism to entertain is that God does not need our help. We commonly represent Him as a busy, eager, somewhat frustrated Father hurrying about seeking help to carry out His benevolent plan to bring peace and salvation to the world… The God who worketh all things surely needs no help and no helpers.” – A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy
This might shock you, but God does not need anything from you. Let that sink in for a moment. He spoke our entire universe into existence… out of nothing. He knows the name of every human being on this planet.. all seven-plus billion of them. And He has purposes that He has been accomplishing throughout history… which pre-date the foundations of the world.
And yet, for some reason, He has chosen to include us in His plan. The Lord does that first by inviting us into His family through faith in Jesus Christ. Taking that step leads us into a whole new view of the world around us. We long for every person to have the same joy and freedom we have found. We long for our God to receive the worship He deserves from every person. These desires are the heart of the mission.
But no point in the process does God say He has left us on our own to finish His work. In fact, the most famous passage about the mission of God in all the Bible closes with the words, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20b). Apart from the movement of the Spirit of God, our mission efforts, no matter how noble will fail.
This brings us to prayer. Prayer is, at the same time, an expression of our utter desperation and our absolute confidence. We don’t pray because there is nothing we can do. We pray because there is nothing God can’t do.
So, as you start this journey of pleading with the Lord for unreached peoples and places, begin by reminding yourself that this is a conversation with the omnipotent God of the universe. The nations are already on His heart. And is inviting you to join the work through prayer.
“How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever.”
— Psalm 146:5-6