In the time of Jesus’s life on earth, most Jews and Samaritans despised each other, in part because of religious differences. Many Jews traveling between Judea and Galilee avoided Samaria at all costs, to the point of taking a much longer route through the Trans-Jordan area instead.
Once when Jesus was leaving Judea for Galilee, Jesus “had to pass through Samaria.” On that journey, he sat down by a well around noon, wearied. Against social conventions, Jesus, a Jewish man, asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. Jesus thus began a surprising conversation about thirst and living water, about the woman’s relationships and true worship. After Jesus revealed to the woman that he was the Messiah, the Christ, she went throughout the town to urge people to meet Jesus. Many of the townspeople came to recognize Him as the Savior of the world.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus commanded His followers to go and make disciples of all nations. Yet today, there are still over 1,200 ethno-linguistic groups who have not heard of Jesus and whom no one is currently trying to reach. An estimated 3.5 billion people do not personally know anyone who follows Jesus.
“As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21b): Father, forgive us, Your Church, for failing to be willing to be sent as our Savior was. We repent for refusing to bring the good news to the people living in certain geographic areas. We repent for allowing cultural and societal barriers to hinder the message of reconciliation. Lord, we humble ourselves before You on behalf of those living in darkness.
Ask God how else to pray.
Have a time of repentance, intercession and fasting for the billions who have not yet heard of Christ. Donate your meal expenses to a missions organization actively working among the unreached.