Praying for the Unknown

Lee DeYoung

READ : Zechariah 2:7-13

Today marks our eleventh and final day of prayers for Asia’s Indo-Iranian peoples. Millions of believers around the world are interceding this day for the Gilaki and Luri peoples (of Iran), the Kurds (scattered throughout Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria), as well as all other “unknown” peoples within the 10/40 Window who remain unreached but are not specifically named during this month’s global prayer initiative.

Although we may be limited in our knowledge about the world’s many different ethnic groups, Zechariah understood that God’s great plan will ultimately lead to the salvation of every tribe, every people! “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people” (v. 11).

While our incomplete awareness limits the depth of our prayers for others, we should strive to grasp as much as we can about their needs in order to intercede more faithfully on their behalf. Seeking a better understanding of other peoples (especially those who have not yet heard the gospel) can be a crucial step toward fulfilling the Lord’s blessed plan for their future as well as ours.

Zechariah joyfully predicts an approaching time when the Lord Himself will actually come to live forever among His redeemed people: “Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling” (v. 13). Maranatha!


Holy Spirit, help us faithfully pray for all Your people. Amen.