WorldVenture started in 1943 at a prayer meeting… and so it continues today!
“Ask the Lord of the harvest…”
“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”
– Andrew Murray
To this day, we are committed to praying daily for more harvest workers, for disciples to be made, for churches to be planted, for leaders to be trained, and for lives and communities to be completely renewed and redeemed by Jesus Christ. This isn’t an add-on to our work; it’s central to all that we do. Without blessing, guidance, and strength from Him, our work is meaningless!
On this page we’ve brought together several resources to help you learn more about prayer, along with specific ways to join this work. And it does take work! Praying the way Jesus taught us is very much ministry, and we need to be intentional and diligent. We hope that through this partnership you will not only grow in your own walk with the Lord, but you’ll get excited because of the many amazing things that God is doing amidst the chaos of our world. Please, partner with us, and begin the adventure of impacting the nations by praying like never before!
“I gasped as I saw the definition of the word. Oh, I had prayed this prayer before, but I had no idea. Never saw it coming. I’m still not over it. I’ll never pray for workers the same.”
“Desperation is a guaranteed prayer motivator. When the bandits stormed into our home in Congo and stuck a knife to my throat and a gun to my head, prayer came quickly and easily. When my oldest daughter was more than 30 hours into an intense and difficult labor, I begged God to intervene. I prayed hard and I prayed fervently.”
“I think the biggest challenge to strong prayers of faith is doubt. Not a very profound thought perhaps, but I had never thought about it deeply, until I saw it right next door to the Great Commission passage in Matthew 28.”
Whether you grew up in the church or not, you’ve heard the story of Jonah. God calls this prophet to arise and go proclaim divine judgment on the people of Nineveh. Jonah arises alright! But, demonstrating a remarkable misunderstanding of omnipresence, Jonah purposes instead to “flee from the presence of the Lord!” However, Jonah’s little cruise in the opposite direction gets interrupted by the storm of the century.
They say that the names of God are a good basis for worship prayers. I think I know why. Let’s compare the one person I love and admire more than any other… my wife. Her names are Ruth Emeline. But her qualities especially describe her and are even more meaningful. She is quiet but determined. She is competitive. She is a servant. She is a provider. She is a mother and grandmother. She loves. She laughs. She weeps. There are many other qualities all of which describe this woman I deeply love. But, her names and qualities are limited.
My prayer mentor says there are two things that motivate prayer: crisis and vision. Both are packaged in the person of Jesus through the cross and the resurrection and are our greatest prayer motivators since they affected both earth and heaven. Bigger than the awful storms, earthquakes, and tsunamis we have been seeing in past days, the cross was the convergence of unparalleled evil allowed, and even approved, by God, the Father. Isaiah says it pleased him! I’ve sensed the truth of this profound sacrifice before. Hopefully, it brought most of us to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. But two passages in my reading in the book of Mark this past week blew the lid off.
I love the Shema. It’s the blessing that Moses commanded the Levites to speak over the people of Israel. And because it is SO personal, it is the primary blessing I use to bless people.