Bible translation truly begins when someone starts praying for the work! If your heart’s desire is to pray for people without Scripture, below are a few prayer points to help you get started:
PRAY FOR THE MESSAGE
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. — John 1:1 (NLT)
Pray that the last languages of the world would receive the Scriptures in whatever form they need them. Ask God to provide every person in the world with his Word.
Pray for quality translations that speak meaningfully to the hearts of Bibleless people.
PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him — though he is not far from any one of us. — Acts 17:27 (NLT)
Pray that Bibleless people would hunger and thirst for God’s Word in a language and form that speaks to their hearts.
Pray that Bibleless people would engage with Scripture once it is translated and that their lives would be transformed by the power of the gospel.
PRAY FOR PERSONNEL
So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. — Matthew 9:38 (NLT)
Pray for more language and support workers around the world to be called, trained and sent.
PRAY FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE TASK
Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. — Philippians 2:16 (NLT)
Pray for perseverance and that those involved in Bible translation would not grow weary or give up before the work is complete.
Reproduced with permission from Wycliffe US (PDF)