We pray. We pray because we believe prayer matters, we pray because God hears, we pray because God chooses to act on our prayers. We pray because we can and we pray because we must. These prayers are not hopes whispered into a void or wishes cast into a cold and empty universe. They are supplications that reach the ear, mind, heart, and hands of God.
We pray, and we also teach our children to pray. We teach our children to pray for the littlest concerns of the littlest people—loose teeth and pop quizzes and bruised egos. We teach our children to pray for the biggest concerns of the
Many Christians are familiar with Operation World, the ministry and the book that guides Christians in their prayers for the nations. It is a wonderful resource, a definitive handbook, that covers every nation and the entire populated world. Fewer Christians know there is a companion volume for younger people titled Window on the World. This is its promise: “If you appreciate Operation World as an adult, your kids will love this invaluable and age-appropriate prayer resource that develops cultural, political, and geographical awareness through a Christian lens.” I completely
The format is simple but effective: It has ninety-two entries that cover fifty-two countries, thirty-four people groups, and a number of special topics and geographic regions. Where its bigger brother Operation World covers everything, it focuses more narrowly on the farthest and most unreached people and nations. You’ll find
For each nation or people
- You can thank God for: every Christian who is showing God’s love to others in Bangladesh; the many believers from Muslim backgrounds who now love and follow Jesus; improvements in education and working conditions, making life better for the struggling people of Bangladesh.
- You can ask God for: to help the leaders of Bangladesh be fair to all its people, rich and poor; to help Christians show God’s love to the people of Bangladesh, especially to homeless children and the disabled; for more Christians to come to Bangladesh and show God’s love to the millions of needy people; for Christians in other countries to welcome Bangladeshis who are living abroad, far from their families, and to share Jesus with them.
Window on the World is a great resource for children and teens who are organized or motivated enough to deliberately read and pray their way through it. But in most cases, the better option is probably to use it for family devotions and to work through it together. In that