From 1 – 31 October 2015 Christ’s follower worldwide will be Praying Through the Window. The first Sunday in October has been designated 10/40 Window Missions Sunday, which is October 4 this year. It is not too late to tell your church leaders about this special day of prayer, and encourage their participation.
The 10/40 Window is located from 10 degrees north to 40 degrees north of the equator. There are 69 nations across Northern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia in the 10/40 Window. More than four billion people live here, including 90 percent of the world’s poorest of the poor.
The 10/40 Window is often called “The Resistant Belt” and includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Communist Governments. It is estimated that 1.6 billion of these people have never had the chance to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ – not even once! (Source: win1040.com)
Since the 1990s this region of the world has been the focus of concentrated prayer – and we are now hearing wonderful reports of harvest in this part of the world. For example, here is one encouraging report of what of how God is at work in India.
“The last decade has seen a great escalation of disciple making and church planting,” reports Dr. Victor Choudhrie leader of a church planting movement in that nation. What does he mean by “a great escalation”? Between Pentecost 2009 and Pentecost 2010, Choudhrie’s ministry saw one million baptisms. That’s a one followed by six zeros!
As is true of any revival or great awakening, this didn’t just happen. It was a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit ignited by the prayers of God’s people. “This was made possible because of an avalanche of prayer,” Dr. Choudhrie explains. “Both praying through the Spirit and praying through the mind. Holy Spirit-guided, informed strategy resulted in a huge harvest that we could not think or imagine.”
Theologian Karl Barth advised young theologians ‘to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.’ In previewing the items of concern for this year’s Praying Through the Window, I was encouraged how the promoters blend current events with and a biblical view of God’s desired future. You will be encouraged to read how God is at work in the 10/40 Window — And you can partner with those on the front lines through prayer.
- Global Terrorism
- World Religions
Your prayers can make a difference. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV)