“There are 7.2 billion people in the world today, and 2 billion have never heard the life-saving message of the gospel. When numbers reach into the billions, they seem to lose meaning; they are simply too big.
However, if we shrink the world's population down to a village of 100 people, perhaps we can start to make sense of the dire needs that crush the global population, and more importantly we can be moved to pray for people who, without Christ, have little hope, peace, joy, or opportunity for salvation.
Picture the world as a village of 100 people. Six people (all U.S citizens) own 58% of the wealth. 74 people own 39% of the wealth. 20 people own the other 2%. If you have a bank account (with any amount) you are among the richest 30 people. 18 people struggle to live on $1 USD per day. 53 people struggle to live on $2 USD per day. 20 people are undernourished, 15 are overweight, and one dies of starvation. 20 people have no clean drinking water. 56 people have no access to sanitation, and 80 live in substandard housing. One person has AIDS, and one has a university degree. Seven people have computers, and 67 are illiterate. 48 people cannot speak freely of their religious faith.
Even when the numbers are shrunk to understandable figures, the global issues and problems can seem insurmountable. But when we feel as if there is nothing we can do to help the world, we need to remember that Christ was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, sacrificed his own body and blood for every person, and rose victorious over sin, death, and hell.”
Sometimes it can be hard to pray for the poor. Here are a few guidelines that may help you get started:
- Pray with a broken heart full of compassion. Do not come to the Lord with feelings of superiority.
- Pray that the church would become more involved than it already is.
- Pray that all relief work would be accompanied by and out-shined by the expansion of the Gospel.
Don’t just stay at home and be un-involved. Use the gifts, talents and resources that God has given you to care for those in need.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” -James 1:27