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.


10 Days of Prayer: Day 5

May 21, 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 5 : 21 May 2012 

Convict us!

REPENT AND BELIEVE

[Jesus said:] “When He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” John 16:8

PRAY:

  • For anointed teaching and preaching to pierce the hearts of unbelievers, hard-hearted sinners and backslidden Christians and bring them to repentance
  • For the world to experience God’s kindness through a Church who loves unconditionally, without judgment, criticism or arrogance
  • For Christians to deny themselves, to submit and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit

Read and meditate on Acts 12,13 and 14

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Join us today in praying for SUDAN.


Praying for Saudi Arabia

May 20, 2012

10 Days of Prayer for the Nations – Day 4

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Saudi Arabia surely ranks as one of the most unreached / most-resistant nations to the Gospel.  We’d love to encourage our readers to commit to praying for Saudi Arabia for more than one day if possible!  The entry below from the GlobalPrayer365 website offers suggestions for praying for Saudi Arabia for a full week.

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Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a rich history steeped in desert culture. For thousands of years the Saudis have thrived in the heat and expanse of the Saudi desert. That desert life was forever altered about 70 years ago when 25% of the world’s oil reserves were found beneath the sand. This oil has allowed the Saudi family to rule the country through the years. The Saudi government is also known to be a generous contributor to the propagation of Islam around the world.

One of the key tenets of Islam is a pilgrimage, Hajj, to Mecca at least once in a Muslim’s life. Approximately two million Muslims from Saudi Arabia and around the world arrive there annually for the Hajj. Many come to fulfill a life’s dream and attempt to be reconciled with Allah (God), but many leave disappointed at the experience. The most holy site within this holy city is the Great Mosque. Within the Great Mosque sits the Black Stone, a large black monolith that is central to the Hajj.

The Saudi population is, by government statistics, 100% Muslim. There are few local Christians among the Saudis. While there are many foreign Christians living and working in Saudi Arabia, churches for them are not officially permitted.

Christian missionaries are not allowed in Saudi Arabia. Any sort of proselytizing of the country’s population is strictly forbidden. People accused of proselytizing will lose their jobs and may be imprisoned prior to deportation. Despite this, many Saudis are very approachable on the topic of religion. Many Saudis travel internationally, and it is quite easy to speak to them about Christ, especially when they are away from their homeland.

Sunday – Pray for more labourers to share the Gospel in Saudi Arabia. Pray for foreign Christians living in Saudi Arabia to live a life fully committed to Christ, sharing the Truth with the people around them. Pray that whole Saudi families would come to know Christ and grow in Him together.

Monday – Family, employment and social pressures cause incredible stress on believers who often struggle once they have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Pray for Saudi believers to grow in their walk with Christ and persevere in faith.

Tuesday -Pray for Saudis who travel and live abroad, that they might discover Christ while outside of Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday – Pray for every Saudi to have the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel. Think of the number of times you have heard the gospel message, and yet there are people who have never even heard it once. Pray for them.

Thursday – Pray that more people in Saudi Arabia would hear about Christ through radio, satellite TV and the Internet.

Friday  – Pray that Muslims around the world will begin to experience deeper dissatisfaction with their faith as they bow toward Mecca. Pray that they will find Christ as the Great Shepherd. Pray that they will encounter Jesus even today as they go to the mosque to pray.

Saturday – Pray that Muslims who go to Mecca on the Hajj (pilgrimage) will not find contentment but will have visions and dreams of Jesus that will lead them to the truth.

Sources – Operation World, www.pray-ap.info, www.lovesaudis.com

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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.


An update on praying for Syria

May 20, 2012

On Friday we posted prayer requests for Syria, but neglected to include some very helpful  information / prayer requests from the GlobalPrayer365 website – Syria was their focus country for prayer during the week of April 22 – 29, 2012, so the prayer requests posted there reflect current events.

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Here’s the full entry on Syria from April 2012:

‘Many Syrians take to the streets.’

This is becoming a familiar refrain in our news feeds.  Thousands of the 18.4 million people in Syria have sipped from the cup of boldness, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.  The Assad government has so far resisted and sought to quell the uprising.

Syria In The Bible

Syria features prominently throughout Scripture.  The capital city of Damascus is mentioned in Genesis and in much of the Old Testament.

The most well-known incident linked with Damascus is recorded in Acts, when Paul was approaching the city, intending to arrest any who belonged to the Way.  A light flashed around him and he was struck blind.  The risen Lord Jesus instructed Paul to continue towards the city, where he met Ananias.  His ministry to the Gentiles began in there, where he preached that “Jesus is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20).

The Church Today

Christianity took root in Syria in the first century until Islam came in the seventh century.  Today, about 10 per-cent of Syrians are Christians while 87 per-cent are Muslims.  Many Christians adhere to Orthodox traditions, with a Protestant minority.  One Christian town in Syria uses Aramaic, the language spoken by Christ.

Under the present leadership, Christians have been allowed to co-exist alongside Muslims and others.  Christians are not free to witness openly to Muslims, although Syrian and foreign Christians do seek to share the claims of Christ with their Muslim friends and neighbours.

Prayer Points

Sunday – Pray for an end to the violence.  According to reports, 3000 people have died and tens of thousands have been injured.

Monday – Pray for the 10,000 Syrians who have fled to Turkey and who now live there as refugees.  May the Lord send Christians to be salt and light.

Tuesday – Pray that the witness of Syrian and foreign Christians would be effective. The presence of Christian workers in Syria is a fragile and precarious thing; pray for great wisdom and discretion for them. Many have left because of the escalation of violence. Pray for them as they wait and trust for the door to open once again.

Wednesday – Praise God that President Assad has sought to protect Christians and allow them to co-exist peacefully with other religious groups – may this continue, regardless of the outcome of the present struggles. Thank God for the wise leadership of the Christian communities, and pray that these communities might grow.

Thursday – Praise God for the Christian history of Syria – may the Spirit of God flood this land with a new wave of spiritual life. Pray for renewal in these ancient traditions.

Friday – Pray for new believers from other backgrounds. Pray for those who have made a decision to follow Jesus, for perseverance in persecution, acceptance into fellowship by other believers and growth to maturity.

Saturday – Pray for Christian Media reaching into Syria – radio (FEBA, IBRA and TWR), television (SAT-7, Al Hayat and The Miracle Channel), and the JESUS film. Pray that many will hear and understand the Gospel through these means, and also through literature available via the Bible Society.


Praying for Oman

May 20, 2012

10 Days of Prayer for the Nations: Day 3

Today our prayer focus is on OMAN.

The following prayer requests were sent to Lent & Beyond by someone who knows the country well:

Pray for the culture of fear based in magic and jinn.  The city (and region) of Bah’la is the center of magic and mysticism.  Often people have strange stories of supernatural encounters with persons from Bah’la and/or experiences there.

Omanis are mostly Ibadi Muslims.  What we have discovered is that they are quite curious to learn about our faith, but it is not generally from a desire to know Jesus.  They seem to have the mentality that “your religion is good for you, but I would never accept that” even though they want to know about it.

There are many secret marriages to second, third and fourth wives.  Sometimes men keeps these additional wives secret for years.  It is the first wife’s biggest fear that their husband will take another wife.

Many Omanis are lonely, not experiencing deep close friendships.  Even after marriage, men and women desire intimacy with a friend because their marriage is arranged.

Here are some additional prayer requests from the Global Day of Prayer entry for Oman:

Pray that the influence of violent groups operating in neighboring countries will not spread to Oman. (2 Timothy 2:24–26)

Oman has changed rapidly since the new Sultan took power in 1970. Pray that as people adapt to new ideas and change they would be open to spiritual change as well.

Nearly all Christians in Oman are from other countries. In particular there are active churches that are seeing more and more Asians being saved. Pray the Christians in Oman would be witness to Jesus love and life in all they do.

Pray that Oman’s Muslim population would have a revelation of Jesus’ sacrifice for them.

Ask the Lord to give expatriate Christians boldness and opportunities to share the Gospel. (II Timothy 4:2)

Pray for Omanis to be set free from the bondage of Islam. Pray for them to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Luke 4:18)

Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Oman and spread throughout the Arabian Peninsula. (Psalm 108:3)

Some other prayer resources for Oman:

From the 30-Days.Net site: Pray for Muslim cities in Oman

Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula: Oman (it has some very nice videos, as well as prayer points and background info)

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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 the Nations – Days 3 & 4

May 20, 2012

Apologies that I could not get time online yesterday to post the entries for Day 3 of our series on 10 days of prayer for the nations.

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 3 : 19 May 2012 

Sanctify us!

 BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY

 [Jesus said:] “I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you.” John 15:16

 PRAY:

  • For the Church to grow in maturity and be released in ministry through the faithful work of apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists
  • For the revival of holiness, humility, simplicity and integrity in the Church
  • For the world to see the reflection of Christ in the lives of ordinary believers in every aspect of society and in acts of selfless compassion

 Read and meditate on Acts 6,7 and 8

 


 Day 4 :  20 May 201  

Guide us!

KNOW THE TRUTH

[Jesus said:] “He [the Spirit of Truth] will guide you into all the truth.” John 16:13

PRAY:

  • For the Church to proclaim the undiluted and uncompromising truth about Jesus Christ and the fact that there is no salvation but in His Name
  • For Christians to be strengthened in their knowledge of Jesus Christ, for deceptions to be exposed and for ignorance to be removed
  • For the veil that the god of this world put on the minds of unbelievers to be removed through the testimony of Christians and the truth of the Gospel message

Read and meditate on Acts 9,10 and 11

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Join us today in praying for OMAN

We are also praying for SAUDI ARABIA –  please consider praying with us for Saudi Arabia for a full week!


Ten Days of Prayer: Day 2

May 18, 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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Here is the prayer guide for Day 2 : 18 May 2012 

Empower us!

 BE MY WITNESSES

 [Jesus said:] “You will receive power…” Acts 1:8

PRAY:

  • For believers to become living testimonies of God’s salvation, forgiveness and deliverance in a very troubled and needy world
  • For the restoration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church so that every believer can minister God’s power to a hurting, disillusioned and corrupt world
  • For the Church to repent of dead works and for allowing the world to infiltrate, dictate and intimidate our witness

 Read and meditate on Acts 3,4 and 5

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Please join with us in prayer today for SYRIA.


Praying for Syria

May 18, 2012

10 Days of Prayer for the Nations: Day 2

Today our prayer focus is on SYRIA.

Here are six “strategic prayer requests” from the prayer site Cry Out Now, which helps believers intercede for Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon & Syria.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (ESV) John 14:13

Pray That Darkness Turns To Light

Cry Out to God to shine His Light in the darkness in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, so millions will see the Light of the World and follow Jesus. (John 12:46)

Pray For God’s Word To Go Out

Cry Out for more Scripture media to be produced and disseminated on good soil so many families from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq will hear and see God’s Truth and begin to follow Jesus. (Mt. 13:8-9)

Pray For Millions Of Disciples

Cry Out that followers of Jesus will go and make disciples and start new communities of believers in every city and village in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. (Mt. 28:19-20)

Pray For Influential Leaders

Cry Out for leaders of families, religion, government, education, business, and the arts to enter Jesus’ sheepfold so they become salt and light in places of influence throughout Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. (Mt. 5:13-16)

Pray For The Young Generation

Cry Out that children and young adults will be protected from evil and will have an unstoppable passion to worship God and be used by Him as agents of change throughout Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. (I Tim. 4:12)

Pray For Believers Who Are Suffering

Cry Out for followers of Christ in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq to be strengthened in their faith when they suffer persecution, and to be bold witnesses as they experience Christ’s comfort. (Phil. 3:10-11)

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Syria, has of course been much in the news in recent months due to the large-scale protests against the government and the violent attacks against the protesters.  Here are three prayer requests suggested by Open Doors for Syria:

  • For an end to the bloodshed and that any change of government will lead to greater freedom for the people of Syria.
  • That the rights of Christians and other religious minorities will be protected.
  • That the church will have strength to stand firm and bring the light of Christ to their nation.

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Other resources to help you pray for Syria:

The “prayercast” for Syria – a great 2 1/2 minute video.

Various entries at the 30-Days.Net site:

Syria – Jesus Impact

Pray for the Muslim Alawites (Nusairians) in Syria

Muslims of Aleppo, Syria

Muslims of Damascus, capital city of Syria

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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 1

May 17, 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 1 & 2.  Here’s a portion of the introduction to the 10 days found in the Global Day of Prayer 10 Days Prayer Guide:

God promises that those who wait on Him will be filled with the same power to spread the same message to all nations who are alive on earth today. As you spend time in prayer each day reflect on the promises given by Jesus concerning the work of the Holy Spirit. Ask God to demonstrate this power in and through you, and in and through the lives of everyone on this planet who believes that Jesus Christ is Lord.

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Day 1 : 17 May 2012

Baptize us!

WAIT FOR THE PROMISE

[Jesus said:] “You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 1:5)

PRAY:

  • For believers to join together in united and persevering prayer to once again wait on God for the fulfilment of His promise
  • For a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our generation, on men and women, young and old, rich and poor, literate and illiterate, rulers and servants
  • For the Church to repent of incidences where we quenched or disobeyed the Spirit through unbelief

Read and meditate on Acts 1 and 2

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Please join with us in prayer today for YEMEN.


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