Global Prayer Strategy for the Spheres of Influence
It is good to pray in general for the world, your nation or region, your job, your church and your family, but you and your heavenly family who are alive here on Earth are buffeted by many things in this Earthly life. Brothers and sisters in Christ daily face and deal with God-less and even anti-God attitudes and challenges in specific sectors of their communities. The challenges may be minor, such as indifference or willful ignorance, or may be major, such as direct discrimination, loss of human rights, and even martyrdom.
People live, work, shop, and mix with other people regularly within specific sectors, which have been named ‘spheres’ or ‘mountains’ or ‘domains’ of influence in our earthly society (let’s just call these ‘Spheres of Influence’ for now). In this context, prayers should be more specific, and although may be asked of God by any concerned believer, the people who are directly involved in these Spheres will pray with greater focus and direction as they are directly affected.
Support of the prayers of these embedded people by external individuals and groups is of course beneficial as we are urged to encourage and lift one another up as the true Body of Christ. If one suffers, we all suffer. When one rejoices in God, we all rejoice (1 Corinthians 12:26).
Therefore the dream is to establish a network of prayer among Christian leaders for all Spheres of Influence, everywhere on earth.
To this end, we are now running monthly prayers via Zoom meetings as a hub for local and international leaders to praying together for their Spheres of Influence across the globe.
On the first Tuesday of each month, we meet with leaders from around the world who represent different Spheres of Influence in their nation.
Our prayer focus and support is for people who are leading ministries or working in the Spheres of Influence:
- Church (Ecclesia)
- Immigrant Churches
- Houses of Prayers
- Law and Justice
- Charity and Not for Profit Welfare
- Sport and Recreation
(This list is not exhaustive and some overlaps may exist in different countries or cultures.)
We hope to cover all the Spheres of Influence within every nation on Earth. We hope our fellowship of love in prayer together will strengthen our brother and sisters – the Body of Christ, strengthen the conviction of people around us to seek God, and strengthen the Gospel of Christ which we live and breathe for His glory.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known, in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Lilian Schmid, Founder of Prayer Strategy for the Spheres of Influence