Praying “Kyrie Eleison” for the Unreached

The text we considered Sunday morning, Matthew 9.18–38, demonstrates repeatedly that those who have been shown mercy become instruments of that mercy in the lives of others. Look at it again:

  • News of this spread throughout the region (26)
  • They went out and spread the news about him all over that region (31)
  • The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel” (33)
  • “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers in his harvest field” (38)

Jesus has shown us far more mercy than we could ever imagine. One way that we extend his mercy to others is through prayer. Here are two resources to help you pray Kyrie Eleison on behalf of the unreached.

Mercy to the Nations

Frontline Missions has compiled a prayer calendar highlighting countries with a high-degree of persecution and little gospel presence. Every day you’re directed to pray for one of these nations, asking the Lord to have mercy on these needy people.

Mercy to the City

Here in New York, we are surrounded by unreached people. The folks at Global Gates have put together a similar list consisting of sixty-nine groups in Metro NYC with few if any believers and little to no gospel light. For each one, there is a little blurb about who and where they are. You can download it here.


Jesus is inexpressibly good. Let us pray that his gospel would reach every corner of his world.

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