READ : 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. (v. 4 NIV)
In 1989, world Christian leaders gathered in Manila to plan for the completion of the Great Commission, believing it could happen in our lifetime. An important piece to the puzzle of why it hasn’t yet been accomplished was the realization that 97 percent of the least reached and most unresponsive peoples live in a “window” stretching from North Africa to East Asia. Dubbed the 10/40 Window, it is home to primarily Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and secular states, the poorest of the poor, those with the highest infant mortality rate, and the greatest persecution of Christians.
A prayer movement began, focusing on the 10/40 Window, recognizing we have an enemy who blinds people to the good news of freedom in Christ and who is overcome through prayer. After the first year, missionaries reported responsiveness to the gospel jumped from 1 percent to 10 percent. Today, Muslims are coming to Christ through dreams and visions. Low caste Hindus are considering Christianity as they reject the caste system. There are now 80 to 100 million Christians in China! Theologian Walter Wink explains, “Our prayers are the necessary opening that allows God to work without violating our freedom.”
Lord, move us to pray according to your will, that the world may be transformed.