READ : Malachi 1:9-11
God’s heart for all peoples is clearly evident in this last Old Testament book: “‘My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place . . . pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty” (v. 11). God wants His followers to shine forth everywhere that the sun rises and sets so that all peoples can see and embrace His marvelous salvation.
Furthermore, the prophet Malachi urges believers to pray very earnestly: “Now implore God to be gracious” (v. 9). As we pray today for unreached peoples of the Horn of Africa, plead for the salvation of the Somali and Afar peoples (of Somalia and Ethiopia), the Beja (of Sudan, Egypt, and Eritrea), as well as the Nubian people (of Egypt and Sudan).
A Sudanese pastor complained that swarms of locusts had been terrible for many days in 1995 and while trying to preach on October 1, they were everywhere, flying into his face, climbing up his sleeves, distracting everyone. Later, a visiting prayer team member reminded the pastor: “Millions of people around the world were praying for you on October 5, the day Khartoum was a featured city in Praying Through the Window II: The 100 Gateway Cities.” Thinking a minute, the pastor exclaimed, “Oh, Thursday, that’s the day the locusts left!”
Lord, enable each of these peoples to hear about Your love.