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.


Remembering the Martyrs of Sudan / Prayer Resources for Sudan

May 16, 2012

We are gearing up for our 10 days of prayer for unreached nations and the persecuted church in the lead up to the Global Day of Prayer. The 10 Days of prayer starts tomorrow, May 17 (Ascension Day) and continues through May 26. The Global Day of Prayer is May 27, Pentecost Sunday.

How wonderfully appropriate that today is the commemoration of the Martyrs of Sudan. Here is the collect for the day:

O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant us your grace, that as the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest, we too may be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Read more about the Martyrs of Sudan here.

Also a few other links of interest related to Sudan:

  • The Rev. Tim Fountain (a former Lent & Beyond contributor) is connected with development work and support for the church in Southern Sudan.  He has posted some information about how to support work in Sudan at StandFirm today.  Please go read that, pray about giving, and above all pray that this ministry would be a great blessing to many and bear much fruit for eternity.
  • A collection of prayers for Sudan written and compiled by Jill Woodliff back in 2011 at the time of the referendum on South Sudan’s independence.   Approximately 70 prayers!

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…!

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


Lord’s Resistance Army

October 16, 2011

President Barack Obama on Friday announced to Congress his decision to send about 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to help battle a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army. We have prayed much for the destruction of the Lord’s Resistance Army on this blog. Here is a previous spiritual warfare prayer: Read the rest of this entry »


Sudan

June 9, 2011

The NYT:

The southern Sudanese have fought for independence for decades, and in January, nearly 99 percent of the region’s voters approved a split from northern Sudan in an internationally backed referendum. . . . Southern Sudan will be named the Republic of South Sudan upon independence.

But there are still a number of delicate and potentially combustible issues that need to be resolved before Sudan can peacefully break in two. Conflicts remained over how the two sides would share the south’s sizable reserves of crude oil and what to do about the Abyei region, which straddles the north-south border and is claimed by both.

Mr. Bashir seems to be steering his country back toward war. His troops and tanks violently annexed Abyei in May. Then he sent thousands of soldiers into two other volatile areas, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, while continuing a crippling blockade of the south, strangling it of food and fuel.

At the same time, renegade southern militias, widely believed to be armed by Mr. Bashir’s intelligence services, have stepped up their attacks, hitting army bases, snatching weapons and stretching southern troops thin as they scramble to meet all these threats, often hijacking United Nations vehicles to get to the battlefield.

But diplomats and analysts believe that, rather than trying to start a major conflict, Mr. Bashir may instead be playing out a carefully devised strategy meant to ensure just one thing: that when southern Sudan declares independence in July, his northern government controls as much oil as possible, or at least is richly compensated.

Psalm 83:13 (NIV)
Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.

Pursue Mr. Bashir’s forces with your tempest and terrify them with your storm, O Lord. Oh, that the structure of northern Sudan’s internal security, their armed forces and intelligence services, and the establishment of their alliances would be destroyed, stripped of all power, and completely exhausted. Let it be! Amen.


Middle East

March 23, 2011

Isaiah 19:25 (Amplified Bible)
Whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, Blessed be Egypt My people and Assyria the work of My hands and Israel My heritage.

Our Father in heaven,
You are a God who loves justice and righteousness. We lift up to You the governments of the Middle East. May the governments of Jordan, Morocco, Yemen, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, Algeria, and Lebanon make decisions that are pleasing in Your eyes. Grant wisdom to the leaders of Mauritania, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Syria, and the Palestinian territories.
May the interim governments of Tunisia and Egypt set their nations on a long-term track of peace, stability, and righteousness. Restrain the destruction released by Ghadaffi against his own people.
You are the God of truth; protect freedom of speech and religion. Deliver the economic and government sectors from graft and corruption. May there be economic development that allows talent and industry to flourish.
We humbly beseech You in the name of Jesus. Amen.

JW


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