Resources for Praying for Unreached Countries and Peoples and the Persecuted Church

May 14, 2012

In our lead-up to the Global Day of Prayer on May 27, we’ll be focusing on prayer for unreached countries and peoples and the persecuted church in at least 10 specific countries.

As part of that process, we’ve created new categories, and updated our sidebar and added links to additional prayer resources.

As far as categories, some of the new blog categories here are:

Global Intercession (a top level category), with subcategories, including

Ministry to Muslims

Persecuted Church

Prayer for Nations

In terms of updates to the sidebar, see these sidebar categories:

  • Missions, Evangelism, Persecution
  • Prayer Resources & websites
  • Praying for the Nations

In that final section, we expect to post links to prayer resources for a number of specific unreached countries, so that section will grow over the coming days and weeks.

Here are a few excellent sites that we highly recommend.

Operation World if you plan to only visit one website re: prayer for the nations, this is probably the one to focus on!  Think of it as an encyclopedia of information for prayer about each country of the world!

Prayercast:  this is a site I’ve just discovered, following a link on the Global Day of Prayer site.  It has links to wonderful high quality  “prayer videos” for dozens of countries around the world, including a number of the 10 countries we plan to focus on here at Lent & Beyond.

30 days of prayer for the Muslim World – they produce a prayer guide for use each Ramadan to help Christians pray for Muslim countries and peoples, but there are lots of helpful prayer resources year round

Global Prayer 365 – resources to help promote daily prayer for the countries of the world.  Very interactive.  There’s a prayer wall where visitors can record their own prayers for various countries.

New Wineskins Prayer Calendar – pray for Anglican missionaries and ministries daily

Prayer Resources for the Persecuted Church – some helpful prayer resources to mobilize prayer for persecuted believers, from the website of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (which is in November each year)

And definitely don’t forget the Global Day of Prayer site itself – it has resources for use during the full year, including regular prayer alerts for various countries.  It is becoming kind of a central “clearinghouse” for organizing and disseminating prayer requests and news from many different prayer initiatives and websites.


Prayer Focus May 2012: Unreached Peoples & Global Day of Prayer

May 14, 2012

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In the lead up to the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, we here at Lent & Beyond are going to focus on praying for some of the most unreached countries and peoples throughout the Muslim world.  You can read the details here.  Please join us in praying for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom where He is not yet named or known.

As we post new entries for different countries or people groups, they will be indexed here.    All entries for Global Day of Prayer series.

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Upcoming Blogging Focus: Global Day of Prayer / Missions & Persecuted Church

May 14, 2012

Hi friends,

Apologies that the Easter Devotional posts have dried up.  We hope to continue fairly regular devotional blogging here even as we move into “Ordinary Time” and are not in a special liturgical season.

However, beyond devotional blogging, one thing that we increasingly hope to focus on is prayer for unreached nations and peoples.  A great opportunity for praying for the nations is the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday: May 27. In addition to the Global Day of Prayer itself, many intercessors will also be taking part in 10 days of prayer leading up to the Global Day of Prayer, from May 17 – 26.

Here’s the website for information about and prayer resources for the Global Day of Prayer.

We’re hoping that here at Lent & Beyond we can focus prayer on 10 different unreached countries, or countries in which Christians face serious persecution, during each of the 10 days prior to the Global Day of Prayer. Here are the 10 countries I am thinking we will pray for:

  • Afghanistan
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Mauritania
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

If anyone can direct us to prayer resources for these specific countries, or would like to volunteer to write a post with prayer requests for these countries, we”d welcome the help.  Please leave a comment and we will email you.  (email addresses are only visible to the blog owners).  Thanks.

Please join us in prayer for the nations and the increase of Christ’s Kingdom in the days prior to Pentecost!  Stay tuned for more information…!

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Here’s the link for all entries for the Global Day of Prayer Series


Matthew 13:1-9

May 14, 2012

On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:1-9)
      Jesus, please help us continue to sow the seed of your Spirit and your word no matter what the condition of the soil appears to be. You alone can look into the heart and know the soil that is there.

      Holy Spirit, guide us in sharing the good news of Jesus’ death on the cross for us, his resurrection and his ascension. Guide our ears and our tongues that we will speak when you give us the words and will remain silent and listening when you don’t.

      Father, you are Lord of the harvest fields — it all belongs to you. Help us daily go into the harvest fields with the good seed of the gospel and reap all that you have prepared for us. Help us daily produce that crop of 30-, 60-, 100-fold that Jesus has promised. Thank you.

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Lev. 25:35-55: Col. 1:9-14: Matt. 13:1-16
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Lev. 26:1-20: 1 Tim. 2:1-6: Matt. 13:18-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Ps. 68:1-20 or 47; Acts 1:15-26 or Exodus 28:1-4,9-10,29-30; 1 John 5:9-15 or Acts 1:15-26; John 17:11b-19).

***** Date: Sun, 13 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Pay attention to “Divine appointments.” You never know to whom God is going to introduce you today.

Albany Intercessor


Lost and found

May 14, 2012

In reading through the Bible, I noticed there was a sequence of three stories involving a man from Bethlehem:
Reclaiming the land
Judges 17-18 opens with a mother losing some silver coins and ends with 600 Danites finally taking an inheritance in the Promised Land. The man from Bethlehem was a Levite, the grandson of Moses, who became priest to the tribe of Dan.
Restoring relationship
Judges 19 relates a story of heinous sin in the tribe of Benjamin committed against a Levite from Bethlehem. He issues a call to the other eleven tribes, who ask for the perpetrators, but the tribe of Benjamin refuses to relinquish them. The eleven tribes attack the tribe of Benjamin. The tribe is reduced from 26,700 to 600 men. Evil is purged from the house of Israel, but at a great cost. Wives are provided for the remaining 600 men, and the tribe of Benjamin is returned to the family.
Redeeming lost bloodlines
Next in sequence is the book of Ruth, which opens with Elimelech of Bethlehem moving to Moab in a famine. He and his sons die, leaving no heirs. Elimelech’s widow returns to Bethlehem with her Moabite daughter-in-law. Boaz redeems Elimelech’s land and the Moabite daughter-in-law in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in their inheritance.
Not only is Elimelech’s bloodline redeemed, but there is redemption in Lot’s bloodline, as Ruth the Moabite is his descendant. Interestingly, Boaz is descended from Perez, himself the product of Judah redeeming his sons’ bloodlines by the trickery of Tamar, and Boaz is the ancestor of Jesus, Redeemer of the world.

The sequence of these three stories reminds me of the sequence of the three ‘lost’ parables in Luke 15–the lost coin representing lost inheritance; the prodigal son representing lost relationship; the lost sheep representing lost life. Both sequences of three are reminiscent of the Trinity.–JW


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