In Deut 32:8 we read that “when the most high gave nations their inheritance when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the people according to the number of the sons of Israel. The Psalm 74:17 it states that “Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” We see here that just as much as individuals do have an inheritance the nations too have an inheritance. And we read that it is God our heavenly father that has divided mankind and set boundaries for them indicating where they should live which is according to the number of the sons of Israel. He has done this so that man would seek him and find him. The same point is repeated in Acts 17:26-28. Apostle Paul explain that out of one blood all nations of men are made, to dwell upon the face of the earth and our time and where we live (boundaries) are appointed by God. God did this so that man would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him though he is not far from each one of us. He further states that God now commands all people everywhere to repent for he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. That is Jesus Christ. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.
Why should we pray for the Nations?
Prayer is how we communicate with God. And we must pray according to the revealed will of God.
It is God’s will that all nations be saved and justified.
Rev 15:4 – It is God’s will that all nations come and worship him.
Rev 7:9 – show us that a great multitude from every nation, tribes and languages standing before the throne and the Lamb.
Ps 2:8 – If we ask God, he will make the nations our inheritance and ends of our possession.
Ps 22:27 – We should pray because the word of God assures us that all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord. And all the families of the nations will worship before him.
Ps 117:2 – We should pray that all nations and peoples come to know the living God and praise him. (See also Rom 15:11, Ps 66:4 & Zec 8:20)
Zec 2:11 – We should intercede on behalf of the nations and the word of God clearly says “many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall be his people and it is the desire of the Lord to dwell among them.
Rom 15: 9-12 – We must intercede on behalf of the nations for they need to experience his mercy and glorify him for his mercy. (See also 2Sam 22:50, Ps 18:49)
God’s will is that the nations to hear the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ preached to them.
Rom 16:25-27 We should pray for the gentiles that they too might come to the obedience that comes from faith. (See also Rom 1:2 – 5)
1 Tim 2:1 – We are to make intercessions and thanksgiving on behalf of all people, for God wants all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
God’s will is that there should not be any distinction between the believers no matter what their nationality is.
(See also Acts 11:12, Rom 1:17, Rom 3:22, Rom 3:30, Rom 4:5, Rom 10:12)
God’s will is that he will be known in all the nations.
Is 11:9 – Prophet Isiah reveals that the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (See also Ps 98:2, Is 45:6 & Is 52:10)
We should intercede on behalf of the nations for prayer causes the furtherance of the Gospel in many places.
Ph 1:12 (See also 1Tim 2:8, 2 TI 4:17)
Prayer helps the message of the Gospel to spread abroad.
Prayer helps fulfill every good purpose and acts prompted by our faith.
We should intercede on behalf of the nations for God blesses those nations that keep his standards.
Is 60:20 speaks of the destruction that would come on nations and kingdoms that will not serve the Almighty God.
How should we pray?
The Apostles were faced with the problem as to how they should pray. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught them how to pray. Following is a simple guide line to prayer.
- We must address our prayers to our Heavenly Father as taught by Jesus Christ and is recorded in Mt. 6:9
- We are to praise our Heavenly Father for who he is, for his glory, majesty, power, wisdom and knowledge. Mt 6:9
- Seek the relevant scripture/s for the situation and pray the will of God.
- Believe what the word of God tells you and have faith in God that he can grant your desire which is according to his will.
- Pray with authority. Jesus Christ has given us all authority. Mk 16:15-18
- Thank the heavenly father for hearing your prayer (Ph 4:6-7) and make your request in the name of Jesus Christ. (Jn 14: 13-14)
We should pray to be seen by God not by man. (Mt. 6:6) Our prayers must be persistent. (Mt. 7:7) With right attitude and motives Mt. 6:14, 1Ti 2:8
God will hear the prayers of the humble and repentant (Acts 9:11) righteous and upright Ps (34:15-17) Prayers of the godly (Ps 32:6) and those who fear God Ps 33:18 will be heard by God. And we must pray on all occasions. (Eph 6:18)