It may seem idealistic to pray for the whole world. But, praying for the world is what Jesus told his church to do. God called the church from the world, and from the church he continues to call the world. When we pray for the world, we are praying for God’s saving call to go from us to others, and for others to respond in faith. As we pray for the world, we will be moved by God to go into the world with the gospel.