During Peru’s dark period of violence in the
1980s, I was editing a newsletter for the evangelical relief group Peace and Hope.
Every issue carried prayer requests, and once we listed,
“Pray for the spiritual conversion of terrorist leaders.” I remember sitting in the Lima office one day when a visitor spotted
that prayer request.
“Ojala!” she said, frowning.
Usually the phrase in Spanish means, “I hope
so.” But, judging from the sarcasm in the woman’s voice, I guessed her meaning was closer to “That will be the day.”
Or, “You wish…” Or, “What planet do you people live on?”
You had to admit it sounded impossible—hardened
Maoist terrorists yielding to Christ. But that’s precisely why we listed the request: We Christians often neglect praying for the most
important things just because they seem so humanly impossible.
Focus on Africa
In coming issues of
Inside MAI, you will read about the upcoming LittWorld 2009 conference in Nairobi, Kenya. We will ask prayer for speakers and
workshops, safe travels for participants, and sufficient scholarship funds. But as you pray for this first LittWorld conference in Africa, why not
take the next step and bring to God some seemingly “impossible requests” for Africa?
*An end to killings and violence in Congo, Somalia and
the Darfur region of Sudan
*Success in the fight against malaria and HIV AIDS on
*Spiritual revival in North Africa and protection for
Christians in Muslim-controlled areas
*A strong, self-sufficient Christian publishing house
for every country of Africa
God hears our prayers for good health, safe travel and
the like. But His ears must especially prick up when we seek His intervention in the complex problems of a hurting world—taking Him at His word
that “with God all things are possible.”