Christianity faces a unique situation: we live in a post-Christian society. Countries that were predominantly Christian – especially European nations – are increasingly less and less so, while “unchurched countries” (eg, in Africa) have seen a boom in conversion. Christianity is no longer merely a Western phenomenon; indeed, many missionaries from Africa now go overseas to evangelise in places like France.
In this climate, it’s absolutely essential that we pray for the witness of the church in the world. Christianity is increasingly seen as either being out of touch, bigoted, or both. Surveys show an increase of religious “nones” – mostly people who were raised as Christian but left the church, or now identify as “spiritual but not religious”. Christianity is bleeding people, and our churches today just aren’t enough to stem the flow.
What a great environment for the Body of Christ to find its feet again! To remember what its mission is, its business – and who it’s real head is! But no revival happens without a lot of prayer. What better time to intercede for the church than Lent?
Spend time in prayer for the witness of Christ locally and globally. Pray that the Christian
church would be a place of love and service. Is the Lord leading you to pray for someone in
your life who doesn’t know Christ, or is there a country or people you feel burdened to pray
for? Intercede for them.
Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
If you haven’t already, download the prayer guide: Lent Prayer & Intercession Guide