Praying for Japan and for Japanese people (or any people) is a matter of love, pure and simple. It is easy to pray and ask for God’s best for someone else when it is birthed out of a natural passion.
Momentary aside for a short testimony: The passion my wife Tracy and I have for Japan right now came from God in a single day where it was birthed. It literally settled in my heart and in my mind while I was in personal prayer. “Japan” came, just like that. Prior to this, Tracy and I had a series of dreams involving Asians and Japanese specifically, caring for and rescuing Japanese in fire-fighter style. Those dreams are yet to this day very interesting and vivid to me. This passion, like a child, has grown as God has been feeding it knowledge, relationships, and confirming peace in a number of areas.
I know that a prayer of faith can be somewhat subjective when it comes to seemingly impossible situations. The truth that we can glean from scripture regarding prayer, however, is very clear — and that is the fact we must cling to when praying for Japan — that “all things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23).” These are the words of Jesus himself. And if Jesus said it, you can believe it is valid for all eternity. There are numerous scriptures on prayer which indicate that there are significant benefits to prayer, and that prayer is necessary not simply for “making things happen,” but for establishing and maintaining an honest and real walk with God. A statement or a prayer of faith is what makes all the difference. Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood “your faith has made you well,” and to the centurian whose servant was healed — Jesus had not “found such great faith with anyone in Israel (Matt 8:10).”
A prayer of faith is one that comes from the heart and not the head.
It believes in the power of God, not the power of prayer.
Faith is praying knowing with God will do, not what he can do.
A prayer of faith prays while seeing the vision already having come to pass. A prayer of the head is one that hopes what is being prayed hits the target.
— Keep your prayers focused and simple.
— Be specific.
— Meditate on the scriptures that meet your prayer and believe in the Word of God which will inspire your “heart faith” and move you away from “head faith.”
— Research some actual needs. Of course salvation for Japan as a nation is needed, but so are workers, schools, materials, Bibles, missionaries, strength, peace, and opportunities. I could go on forever.
— I am a thinking person, so I like to think of things to think about and I can detail anything to death with over-observing things. Asking God for wisdom and strategy has become one of my favorite kinds of prayers. Why? Because when he answers them, it is so apparent that the answer came from above and not my own head. I may get proud but only for a moment when I turn to myself and say “Wait a minute, God gave me that!”
— I enjoy watching Japanese movies, listening to Japanese music and I enjoy reading about and understanding modern pop culture. I find that participating , along with going to local Japanese events, etc.. makes me feel that I can better relate and be genuine. Being genuine is very important to me, both to be genuine and to receive genuineness from people.
This entry is long, so thanks for hanging in there and reading. It blesses me to know you may be gleaning some insight and interest in what is happening in Japan. Have a wonderful day!