Do you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want to take part in the amazing work God is doing all over the world? You can start today by praying! Prayer is the most effective way to change the world. Here are 10 ways you can be involved in God’s work.
1. Start praying for the lost
Acts 26:18 – To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Not only is Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, but also has 5 other major religions; Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. There are still millions of people who are lost devoting their lives to false gods and religions. Most have never heard the good news of Jesus and many have never even heard the name of Jesus. Pray for God to open their eyes so that they receive the forgiveness of sins through Jesus who died for them and rose from the grave.
2. Pray specifically for the UPGs
Psalm 96:3 – Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
According to Joshua Project, an unreached people group (UPG) is “a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance.” Out of the 789 people groups in Indonesia, 235 are still unreached.
Pray for God to send believers to these unreached people groups to share the gospel and disciple new believers. Pray His glory would spread to every people group and they would hear of His marvelous deeds. Intercede for the 7 largest UPGs in Indonesia.
3. Pray for more local laborers
Matthew 9:37-38 – Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
The harvest is plentiful in Indonesia and there are still many more lost sheep who God will bring into the Kingdom! Jesus has told us to pray for more laborers to be sent out into the harvest. Let’s pray God raises up laborers from churches, from other nations, and even from Muslim families.
These workers will finish the task in Indonesia by proclaiming the gospel, discipling new believers, and planting churches. There needs to be faithful gospel workers in every people group who know the heart language of that people group and will spread the gospel among them.
4. Pray for the persecuted
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10–12
5. Pray for the gospel to spread like wildfire
“Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Ask the Holy Spirit to do the same work in Indonesia as He did in the early days of the church. Pray for the gospel to spread rapidly through believers going and sharing Truth in every island, people group and village in Indonesia. May every man, woman, and child hear the gospel in our lifetime!
6. Pray for a country a day
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Operation World is a great resource to start praying for the nations. They have very detailed information for each county, their needs, and how to be praying for them. Not only are you learning about the different countries but you can touch every part of the world through praying for the nations. God will hear and answer your prayers!
7. Pray for new believers in Indonesia to grow in their faith
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” Philippians 3:8-9
So many Muslims who place their faith in Jesus fall away and stop following Him after experiencing pressure and persecution from their families and communities. Pray boldly for these new believers to remain steadfast in their faith! Pray for them to be discipled and endure when persecution comes. Ask for them to see the immeasurable worth of following Christ that they are willing to lose their families or even their own lives to follow Him.
8. Pray for the churches
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
Many churches in Indonesia are more inward focused than outward. Pray for the churches to rise up and share boldly with Muslims. Ask for unity in the churches and that they would work together to reach their country and send workers to UPGs in Indonesia.
9. Pray for the workers/church planters
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
It is hard to be a church planter in Indonesia. You face constant discouragement and rejection and do not receive a large salary. Pray for Indonesian church-planters to rise up and go to the places where there are no churches. Ask God to lead them to persons of peace. Pray for foreign workers and church-planters to work well with Indonesians to reach their people.
10. Pray for dreams and miracles
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28
Many Muslim background believers (MBB) share that Jesus appeared to them in a dream before they were believers. In many cases, a Muslim has a dream of Jesus around the time they were evangelized. Dreams and visions of Jesus are a crucial part of many MBBs testimonies.
Muslims have also come to faith by witnessing a miracle in their life by someone praying in the name of Jesus. Maybe it was physical healing, financial provision or another inexplicable act that had to be from the Divine. God is still using miracles today to reach Muslims. Pray for Indonesians to have dreams of Jesus and witness miracles that will lead them to turn to Christ.