The following scriptures settle for us the ownership of the earth:
For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
1 Corinthians 10:26
The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.
Let us pray that the “guests of the Lord will turn to Him and acknowledge all of His works and His great love that sent us a Savior.
Hungarians have lost contact with the gospel, despite enjoying a rich theological history. They seek answers in many places: materialism, hedonism, alcohol and, increasingly, false religion. Postmodern mentalities predominate. In recent years, public spiritual life is characterized by an alarming rise in occult activity and eastern mysticism, including pagan witchcraft, ancient Magyar shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism. Most common is a pick-and choose spirituality that is effectively non-religious, with some personal sentiment.
Pray for all falsehoods and empty philosophies to be exposed as such and for Christ to be exalted as the truth in this historically Christian nation.
Pray that Hungarians might see the truth of the gospel and the freedom it brings through Jesus.
The openness of the post-Communist 1990s has passed. It is now increasingly difficult to openly witness – restrictions forbid teachers, doctors and such from sharing their faith in the workplace. The Church failed to respond adequately to the window of opportunity that is now largely closed. Christianity, while present and active, does not quite have the impact it should on society, politics, ethics, education and the economy.
Pray for a new revival in the Church – following on those from 1939 and 1946-50 – that gives birth to a new spirit of witness and activism.
There remains a great need for evangelism, despite the increasing amount and types
of outreach and public ministry. Christians need to acquire confidence in the power of the
gospel and its effectiveness when shared in the right way and in the Spirit. The number of
nominal Christians is high, and millions of people have only cursory contact with the good news. There is still resistance to the gospel in much of Hungary. Thank God for increasing levels of collaboration in outreach among churches and denominations.
Pray for Spirit-led, creative forms of witness and for wisdom in how, when and where to reach out.
Traditional Icelandic life can be considered under threat. High-profile disputes divide opinion between conservationists wanting to preserve the environment and industrialists wanting to cash in on the resources. Although the total number of immigrants is not massive, Iceland’s relatively small population has seen possibly the largest migration rate in Europe, bringing other faiths and cultures into a traditionally guarded society.
Pray for wisdom for leaders and the people in dealing with these new challenges.
The Lutheran and the smaller, but similar, Free Churches are suffering the same
challenges as much of Europe – declining and aging congregations, low attendance and a
general lack of spiritual vitality. There is, of course, a segment of Lutherans who faithfully follow Jesus.
Pray that their numbers might multiply. And, there is actually a surfeit of young trainees – so much so that churches may “export” them to serve in Lutheran or Anglican congregations abroad!
Pray for a surge of new life in the congregations and the leadership.
Pray also for the theological faculty where all pastors are trained.
19- July 4: India:
India has more human need than any other nation – largely by virtue of its massive population, but also due to many areas of suffering that must be addressed through considered action and sustained prayer.
Over the next 14 days ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray for these States in India for a move of God and an increase in laborers for this area of the Vineyard:
Jammu & Kashmir
July 4th…….To those in the United States….Happy Fourth of July!
I believe that every time we pray the Lord hears, for it is His desire that all nations receive the news of His extravagant love for us. Thank you for praying.
Until next month.
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