Global Day of Prayer – Prayer for the World

May 27, 2012

Below is the full “Prayer for the World” used in prayer gatherings around the world today for the Global Day of Prayer.  We posted a few excerpts from this prayer last week.  I’m also posting the short introduction to the prayer.

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“They lifted their voices to God with one accord…”

Acts 4:24

PRAY WITH YOUR CHURCH, GATHER IN HOMES OR ASSEMBLE IN PUBLIC PLACES

 

United by a Prayer for the World, Christians from all over the world, from different cultures and denominations, from many diverse streams will gather in their homes, or where appropriate, assemble in stadiums, public auditoriums and open squares and many will devote portions of their Sunday morning Service to united prayer.

Some meetings will be small. Others will be large, but each one will be praying with the same vision of repentance and hope. As at the first Pentecost, we’ll worship God openly in Christ’s name and pray for the healing and blessing of the nations. As much as possible, we are seeking to gather in places beyond the walls of our church buildings.

On this day we are all praying with the world as we pray for the world.

A Prayer for the World

Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

We gather with believers all over the world,

to glorify You as Creator of heaven and earth.

You alone are holy and righteous.

We submit to Your authority.

We praise and adore You alone.


Father, we honour You

    Lord Jesus Christ, we honour You

    Holy Spirit, we honour You

Our Father in heaven,

Thank You for loving the world so much

that You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ,

to die on the cross for our sins

so that we could be reconciled to You.

Fill us with your love as we faithfully intercede for the lost,

the hopeless, the helpless and the world.
Thank You Father, for adopting us into Your family.

Lord Jesus Christ,

You died on the cross and

redeemed us to the Father by Your blood.

You are Head of the Church

and Lord of all heaven and earth.

Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world;

bring transformation among peoples of all tribes and languages,

so that righteousness and justice will prevail.

May Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Jesus Christ, You are Lord of all.

Father of mercy and grace,

We have sinned.

Our world is gripped by the power of sin.

Our hearts are grieved by injustice, hatred and violence.

We are shamed by oppression, racism and bloodshed in our land.

We mourn all loss of life in murder, war and terrorism.

Our homes are broken and our churches are divided by rebellion and pride.

Our lives are polluted by selfishness, greed, idolatry and sexual sin.
God of mercy, forgive our sins.
Pour out Your grace and heal our land
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Spirit of the living God,

Transform Your Church into the image of Jesus Christ.

Release Your power to bring healing to the sick,

freedom to the oppressed and comfort to those who mourn.

Fill us with compassion

for the homeless and the hungry

for orphans, widows and the elderly.

Give us wisdom and insight for our world’s problems

to use the resources of the earth for the well-being of all.
Holy Spirit, guide us and lead us.

Lord Jesus Christ,

You destroyed sin, conquered death and defeated Satan.

Remove the veil of darkness that covers the peoples.

Restrain the evil that promotes violence and death.

Deliver us from demonic oppression.

Break the hold of slavery, tyranny and disease.

Help us to tear down strongholds and ideologies

that resist the knowledge of God.
Almighty God, deliver us from evil.

 

King of Glory,

Come and finish Your work in our cities, our peoples and our nations.

From all continents and islands we cry:
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Be lifted up ancient doors
so that the King of glory may come in!

Come fill the earth with the knowledge of Your glory

as the waters cover the sea.

The Spirit and the Bride say:


Amen! Come Lord Jesus!


Apologies… hit a blogging roadblock

May 24, 2012

Hi friends,
apologies but it may not be possible to complete the entries I’d planned for the final few days of the 10 days of Global Prayer blogging series here in the lead up to the Global Day of Prayer on Sunday.

Extreme busyness / a lot of unforeseen work issues and tasks have totally stolen my time today, and look to keep me offline the next 48 hours too.

Please do make sure to check out the Global Day of Prayer resources and join together with others in praying for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit in our generation this Pentecost Sunday!

We’ll continue with more prayers for the unreached nations and peoples of the 10-40 window in the days following Pentecost too, so we will pray for Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan as planned, just not on the dates we’d expected!


Praying for Egypt – ELECTIONS TODAY!

May 23, 2012

We will be posting some more general prayer requests and links to prayer resources for Egypt later today.  But there are Presidential elections today in Egypt, which are of huge significance for the future of the country.

Here’s a brief summary from a helpful BBC article (there’s a video too):

Egyptians are voting in their first free presidential election, 15 months after ousting Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring uprising.

Fifty million people are eligible to vote, and large queues have formed at some polling stations.

The military council which assumed presidential power in February 2011 has promised a fair vote and civilian rule.

The election pits Islamists against secularists, and revolutionaries against Mubarak-era ministers.

But the BBC’s Wyre Davies, in the second city of Alexandria, says that for many people the election is not about religious dogma or party politics, but about who can put food on the table.

The frontrunners are:

  • Ahmed Shafiq, a former commander of the air force and briefly prime minister during February 2011 protests
  • Amr Moussa, who has served as foreign minister and head of the Arab League
  • Mohammed Mursi, who heads Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party
  • Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, an independent Islamist candidate

Until a new constitution is approved it is unclear what powers the president will have, prompting fears of friction with a military which seems determined to retain its powerful position.

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Heavenly Father,

We pray for peace in Egypt today, that the elections would be smooth and free, not marred by violence or corruption.  We pray that the outcome would bring blessing to the people of Egypt.  We pray  especially that the outcome of the elections would lead to a reduction of religious tensions and strife, that Egypt’s Christians would be able to live in peace and proclaim their faith in Christ in freedom.  Lord, open a wide door for the proclamation of the Gospel in Egypt, and bring many to trust in You, we pray in Christ’s mighty name.  Amen.

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This entry is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.


Ten Days of Prayer – Day 7

May 23, 2012

This is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.

The ten days of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost are focused on praying and meditating through Acts.  You can learn more by reading the Global Day of Prayer 10 Days Prayer Guide.

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Day 7 : 23 May 2012  

Unite us!

BE ONE SO THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE

[Jesus prayed:] “…that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” John 17:21

PRAY:

  • For a deep work of the Spirit to join and reconcile the hearts of believers across races, languages and cultures to become one new man in Christ
  • For the Church to bear with one another in love, to eagerly maintain unity and to really become one Body, one in Spirit, one in hope, one in faith, with one Father and one Lord
  • For the Church to unite in finishing the task of World Evangelism, to share resources and to appreciate the different callings and gifts God placed in the Body of Christ

Read and meditate on Acts 18,19 and 20

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Join us today in praying for EGYPT.


Praying for Mauritania

May 22, 2012

Mauritania is a little known but large country, mostly Sahara desert, and an Islamic Republic on the edge of West Africa.  A number of prayer ministries have designated 2012 as a year of prayer for Mauritania – praying for a breakthrough in this land where Islam has reigned unchallenged for so many centuries.  (Mauritania in its history was known for  sending out Islamic teachers and warriors into North Africa and Spain.)

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We’re highlighting two prayer resources below:

GlobalPrayer365 recently featured Mauritania, with prayer topics for a full week of prayer.  Here is an excerpt:

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania

What is Mauritania? Desert all around, peace, wind that brings sand, a people with a spirit of freedom.

While most of the country is a barren desert of sand and rocks, there is a narrow belt in the south near the Senegal River Valley where the conditions are right for agriculture to prosper.

After independence from France in 1960, Mauritania has undergone a long succession of military coups. The constitution declares Islam as the religion of the people and state. The vast majority of the population practise moderate Sunni Islam but with folk magic mixed in. There is enormous social pressure against anyone converting to another faith.

Population 3.3 million people in 2010, with an annual growth of 2.4%.  Divided into roughly equal thirds: – White Moors, Black Moors, and Sub-Saharan Africans.

In 1970, 70% were nomadic, but drought and urbanisation have reduced this to less than 20% today. The capital, Nouakchott, has 729,000 inhabitants. 40% of the population is below 15 years of age. Life expectancy is 56 years.

There is not strictly speaking a visible church – there are groups of believers and Christian activities but there are still many obstacles to overcome.

AQIM, Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, is active in the whole Sahel region and sows fear with bomb attacks, kidnappings and murders.

For Prayer

Sunday –  Islam has been entrenched for 1000 years with little challenge. Pray for a spiritual awakening.

Monday –  Pray for religious freedom in Mauritania, that believers and seekers may grow in their understanding of Truth.

Tuesday –  Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Pray for the government to have wisdom and righteousness.

Wednesday –  Pray that the few expatriate Christians will clearly demonstrate the love of Christ in their lives and that they will give wise and powerful testimony. Pray for protection.

Thursday –  Pray that Mauritanian traders and herdsmen scattered throughout West Africa will have a chance to hear.

Friday –  Pray for unreached peoples: the Haratins – former slaves who are Moorish by culture and language; and the African peoples of the Senegal River Valley who have suffered much at the hands of Moor leaders.

Saturday – Almost everyone wears some type of magic charm around their necks and arms. They often feel they have no control over their own lives, and these practices bring a sense of security and hope. Pray that they would recognize and renounce spiritism and lies that set themselves up against God our righteousness that Jesus would disarm all the spiritual powers and authorities.

source:  GlobalPrayer365

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Additionally, there is a dedicated prayer website for Mauritania:  Pray4Mauritania.com

Here are prayer topics listed for May 2012:

May Prayer Themes & Scriptures

1. Pray for the maturing of believers and the church within Mauritania:

-          That there would be those who can give sound training & teaching in the Word, that will lead to growth as believers hunger for and obey the Word.

-          That growth would not be merely in numbers, or in wisdom, but also in terms of healthy fruit (the fruit of the Spirit) produced in the lives of believers, fruit that would attract others to Jesus.

-          Please pray this too for all those who may be discipling Mauritanians – that those who teach and train would model maturity, speaking the truth in love, a passion for Jesus, and obedience to His Word that would be reproduced in the lives of new believers.

-          That growth would both flow out of and lead to greater unity and reconciliation.

 Key Scriptures:  Ephesians 4:11-15;  Galatians 5:22-23

2. Pray for believers in Mauritania to be like the early church – obeying Christ’s command to wait on Him in prayer until they were “clothed with the Holy Spirit,”  clothed with power from on high.  May this month and the days of prayer connected with the Global Day of Prayer be such a time in Mauritania.

Key Scriptures:  Luke 24:49;  Acts 1:8

Read the full entry here.

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This entry is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.


A Prayer for the World – Part 2

May 22, 2012

A second portion of the “Prayer for the World” developped for the Global Day of Prayer. Part 1 is here.

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Lord Jesus Christ,
You died on the cross and
redeemed us to the Father by Your blood.
You are Head of the Church
and Lord of all heaven and earth.
Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world;
bring transformation among peoples of all tribes and languages,
so that righteousness and justice will prevail.
May Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Jesus Christ, You are Lord of all.

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This entry is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.


Praying for Sudan

May 21, 2012

After decades of civil war, the mostly Christian South Sudan achieved its independence from the mostly Muslim Sudan a year ago. Violent conflicts over borderlines and oil fields continue.
Sudan is executing an ethnic cleansing campaign on its own people in the Nuba Mountains. The first genocide of the century was the Sudanese government against Darfur, and the second genocide of the century is the same government against the Nubans.
The Nuba Mountains is home to many Christians. The farmers have not been able to grow food due to the bombings. Many Nubans have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan.

1 Samuel 25:18-29 (AMP)
Then Abigail made haste and took 200 loaves, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five measures of parched grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.
Our Father in heaven, Your very name is Jehovah-jireh, The Lord Who Provides. Make haste and release provisions for Southern Sudan before the rainy season starts. Pour out Your provision on the Nuban refugee camps of Yida, Pariang, and Nyeel. Have mercy on the residents of Blue Nile state and South Kordofan.
Grace! Grace! Grace!
And she said to her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
We humbly beseech You to send Your holy angels before Your people.
As she rode on her donkey, she came down hidden by the mountain, and behold, David and his men came down opposite her, and she met them.
Hide Your children from those who are bent on their destruction.
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has repaid me evil for good. May God do so, and more also, to David if I leave of all who belong to him one male alive by morning.
Let not the prayers and the work of Your people be in vain. Send Your angels forth in battle against the demonic forces in this region. The Sudanese and Nuban Christians are not slaves; they are the sons and daughters of the Most High God!
When Abigail saw David, she hastened and lighted off the donkey, and fell before David on her face and did obeisance.
We fall before You, Lord God. Would that our spiritual sacrifices were pleasing in Your eyes. Would that the fruit of our spirits were as bountiful as Abigail’s gifts.
Kneeling at his feet she said, Upon me alone let this guilt be, my lord. And let your handmaid, I pray you, speak in your presence, and hear the words of your handmaid.
We kneel at Your feet. How we have failed in establishing Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. How we have failed to respond to those in distress.
Only through Your rich mercy and great love, and by Your grace, we have been saved. Only under the blood covenant of Christ Jesus are we seated together in heavenly places in Him. Display the exceeding riches of Your grace in kindness in Christ Jesus to Your children in Sudan and South Sudan. Let Your kindnesses fly like a banner in the atmosphere and spring like flowers from the earth. Hear our prayers.
Let not my lord, I pray you, regard this foolish and wicked fellow Nabal, for as his name is, so is he—Nabal [foolish, wicked] is his name, and folly is with him. But I, your handmaid, did not see my lord’s young men whom you sent. So now, my lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, seeing that the Lord has prevented you from bloodguiltiness and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.
May the enemies of Christ Jesus be as Nabal.
And now this gift, which your handmaid has brought my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord.
May this prayer bring provision and protection for the Sudanese and South Sudanese who follow Jesus.
Forgive, I pray you, the trespass of your handmaid, for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the Lord’s battles, and evil has not been found in you all your days.
Forgive us intercessors our sins. You will certainly make Christ Jesus a sure house in Sudan. He is fighting Your battles, and He is without sin.
Though man is risen up to pursue you and to seek your life, yet the life of my lord shall be bound in the living bundle with the Lord your God. And the lives of your enemies—them shall He sling out as out of the center of a sling.
Though the Sudanese are risen up to pursue the Nubans and the Southern Sudanese and to seek their lives, yet the lives of Your children are bound in the living bundle with Christ Jesus their Lord. And the lives of their enemies will be hurled aside as a stone is thrown from a sling.

Resources:
Sudan Prayer Network
Serving in Mission
Frontline Fellowship

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This entry is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.


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