Praying for the nations – handy list of links

May 15, 2012

Here are the links we’ve now posted on our sidebar which provide good prayer resources for many Muslim nations across the 10-40 Window:

As always, we welcome feedback and news of resources and links from our readers!

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…!


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

Libya: Praying for Christians Serving There

February 24, 2011

Thanks to Kendall Harmon of TitusOneNine for linking an article that gives some specific names and details of Christian clergy ministering to expatriates in Libya. It is good to have some names and details in order to pray specifically.

Here’s the article.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Catholic Church, the largest Christian denomination in Libya, has been allowed two places of worship: St. Francis Church in the capital of Tripoli and Immaculate Conception church in Benghazi. There are also Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and some Pentecostal churches.

The priests serve more than 80,000 Christians who come from Asia, Africa and Europe. Together with the pastoral care service, the church also offers social services to large number of African immigrants. Nearly 100 nuns are working in hospitals and health centers in various places.

With violence intensifying, Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, apostolic vicar of Tripoli, was quoted in media reports on Feb. 22 as saying that many Christians were going into the churches to pray for peace.

“The two churches in Tripoli and Benghazi have not suffered any damages,” he said. “The different communities of religious sisters working in hospitals in Cyrenaica (the eastern coastal region of Libya, which includes Benghazi, Tobruk and other areas), are busy treating those wounded in clashes.”

A Song for North Africa & the Middle East

February 22, 2011

In my team’s prayer & worship time here in W. Africa this morning, we sang the following song by Matt Redman. It seems an absolutely perfect song to describe our hopes and prayers for what God is “birthing” from coast to coast across N. Africa and throughout the Arab world in these days. May it be so Lord Jesus!

IT’S RISING UP from coast to coast,
From north to south, and east to west;
The cry of hearts that love Your name,
Which with one voice we will proclaim.

The former things have taken place,
Can this be the new day of praise?
A heavenly song that comes to birth,
And reaches out to all the earth.
Oh, let the cry to nations ring,
That all may come and all may sing:

‘Holy is the Lord.’ (Every heart sing:)
‘Holy is the Lord.’ (With one voice sing:)
‘Holy is the Lord.’ (Every heart sing:)
‘Holy is the Lord.’

And we have heard the Lion’s roar,
That speaks of heaven’s love and power.
Is this the time, is this the call
That ushers in Your kingdom rule?
Oh, let the cry to nations ring,
That all may come and all may sing:

‘Jesus is alive!’ (Every heart sing:)…

Matt Redman & Martin Smith.
Copyright © 1995 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music.

Birth Your Song in Libya this day Lord! May this be a new day of praise in Algeria. Would Your Kingdom’s rule be ushered in in Morocco, and right across N. Africa.

We also prayed through Psalm 96:
1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;
13 they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.

– Karen

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