“Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” (Mk. 11:17, NIV)
Jesus made this statement just after toppling the money changers’ tables and driving them out of the Temple. Various Bible scholars suggest different reasons for Jesus’ angry outburst in the Temple a few days before His crucifixion. But no one can deny Jesus’ vision for the world. A Jewish Messiah, He came for the Jews, of course, but He also came for the entire human race. His plan was always an inclusive one that invited people from every tribe and tongue and nation to enter into the abundant life that He came to give.
Do you share Jesus’ global compassion? Is your heart moved for the people around the world who don’t know Him yet? Do you pray for the lost? Give to mission groups that serve them? Would you ever consider a short-term missions trip or reaching out to foreigners in your community? Is there a specific country that God might be prompting you to pray for?
Ask God to enlarge your heart for the peoples of the world. What might your part can be in sharing the good news with all nations? Listen for His response. Then ask for whatever you need from Him to take the next step.