Recently at GNPI, we have been more intentionally engaged in prayer. I would like to share a few great insights from Chris Maynard, who is associated with Operation World, about how information fuels prayer.
“Prayer is fueled by information about the world as well as by the Bible and the Holy Spirit within us. It was when Nehemiah heard the news from Jerusalem that he wept and prayed (Nehemiah 1). It was when Jesus saw the crowds that he was moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36). It was in response to information from Peter and John that the Jerusalem believers prayed that most powerful prayer of Acts 4:23-31.
And it works the other way too. If prayer is fueled by information, information is empowered by prayer. Nehemiah’s prayers gave him the right way to present his information to the king (Nehemiah 2:1-8), which led to the king’s favour (Nehemiah 2:8). It was the prayer of the Jerusalem believers that led to wider information sharing (Acts 4:31)
How can we work in mission information and not pray? There are so many things that need to come together if our work is to be powerful and effective. Do you think you can get them all right without God’s sovereign intervention? Who is praying with you for the right use of the information that you share?
We carry a serious responsibility on our shoulders. We are influencing people with our information. (If not, why not? Are you just producing reports to look good on a shelf?) I believe that puts us in the position of teachers. And we know that teachers will be judged with greater strictness (James 3:1). Let us not be casual about our work, but fear God, obey him carefully, and pray for his favour on all that we do.
Information work may be a matter of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Information is very difficult to get right (James 3:2). We are even responsible for what we don’t communicate (Ezekiel 33:6).
Information can easily become misinformation. Is our information true? Is it convincing? Is it getting to the right people? How do we expect to get all those things right without God’s help? As in heaven, Father, so let it be in and through our mission information work – for Your name’s sanctification, for Your kingdom’s arrival, for Your will’s accomplishment here on earth!”
Yes, we want to share more and more information with you, our readers and partners, not just to increase your knowledge but to allow that knowledge to birth more prayer. For that reason – I thought you would like to KNOW!