Archive for September, 2008

Daily Prayer for September 30

September 30, 2008

Overcoming Compulsive Behavior
Father, by the grace You have imparted to me, I will test my own actions, and then I will have reason for boasting in regard to myself alone, not comparing myself to anyone else. My importance and approval comes from You. I humble myself in Your sight and You will raise me up and cause my life to be significant in the name of Jesus. I am complete in You. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Galatians 6:4-5
James 4:10
1 Peter 5:6

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October Prayer Assignments

September 29, 2008

We are entering the fall season and there is crispness in the air that bodes of cooler days ahead. As our schedules change let us remember those who continue throughout each season of the year to stand for their faith, their ministries and their families. Let us join our faith with theirs to believe for an outpouring of the compassion, power and presence of Christ to pervade these nations.

October:
1.Rwanda: The East African Revival began in Rwanda in the 1930s. The blessing was lost and the heritage of tribalism which was crucified with Jesus on the cross, forgotten. Many were shocked that a nation nearly 90% ‘Christian’ could sink to such barbarities. Too few Christians spoke out against the atrocities, and some even connived with the perpetrators.
Pray for a deep spirit of repentance, and for revival to sweep through the churches once more.
Pray that the Church may be cross-centered, Bible-based, supra-tribal and become truly prophetic and evangelistic. Recent suffering has increased the fervor of many.

Many Christians suffered much. Thousands of spiritual leaders were murdered. Many leaders despair of being able to cope with the desperate physical, social, psychological and spiritual damage done. Pray for all involved in reconciliation, counseling, discipling and training ministries. Bible schools and seminaries are seeking to regain lost ground in providing leaders for the future. There is a dearth of good Bible study aids.
Pray that God may raise up men and women of God fitted for Rwanda’s hour of need.
Pray also for protection for church leaders from extremists who still want to promote tribalism and fuel ethnic hatreds.

2. Samoa: Samoans have been Christian for over a century, and every village has at least one church, but the traditional class structure and pre-Christian cultural standards were not necessarily transformed by the gospel. Pride, political manipulation, formalism, ignorance, denominational rivalry and division, heavy demands for ministerial support, and compromise had already weakened the Church before the challenge presented by the influx of cults, high teenage suicide, and the need to provide a future and a hope for the next generation.
Pray for both government and church leaders of Samoa; there are committed Evangelicals among them.
The growth of Mormonism has been both spectacular and relatively unchallenged. Pray for all seeking to enlighten Samoan Christians of Mormonism’s errors and to win Mormons to Jesus. The whole nation has an obligatory quiet time for prayer and Bible reading at dusk.
Pray for renewal and revival.
San Marino: The Sammarinese are Catholic by tradition and culture, but most give only lip service to the Church and are very materialistic. The only non-Catholics are some JWs, a small group of Baha’i and several Waldensian Church families.
San Marino proclaims itself “Ancient Land of Liberty”. There is freedom to worship, but not to evangelize – any outreach by evangelical believers in the past has resulted in jailing and expulsion from the country. It is also almost impossible for foreigners to reside in the country. There is only one indigenous evangelical believer reported, but no evangelical church exists.
Pray that they may have a life-changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. Samoans have been Christian for over a century, and every village has at least one church, but the traditional class structure and pre-Christian cultural standards were not necessarily transformed by the gospel. Pride, political manipulation, formalism, ignorance, denominational rivalry and division, heavy demands for ministerial support, and compromise had already weakened the Church before the challenge presented by the influx of cults, high teenage suicide, and the need to provide a future and a hope for the next generation.The growth of Mormonism has been both spectacular and relatively unchallenged. Pray for all seeking to enlighten Samoan Christians of Mormonism’s errors and to win Mormons to Jesus. The whole nation has an obligatory quiet time for prayer and Bible reading at dusk.Pray for renewal and revival. The Sammarinese are Catholic by tradition and culture, but most give only lip service to the Church and are very materialistic. The only non-Catholics are some , a small group of and several families. San Marino proclaims itself “Ancient Land of Liberty”. There is freedom to worship, but not to evangelize – any outreach by evangelical believers in the past has resulted in jailing and expulsion from the country. It is also almost impossible for foreigners to reside in the country. There is only one indigenous evangelical believer reported, but no evangelical church exists.2. Sao Tome: The vast majority of the population is Catholic, but morals on the islands do not reflect this. Ninety percent of children are born illegitimately – the world’s highest rate.
Pray that the Church may experience a renewal that challenges people’s empty religion.
Evangelical growth has accelerated since independence – mainly through the work of the Portuguese Assemblies of God and more recently through Brazilian (YWAM) and Nigerian (Deeper Life) missionaries as well as a number of Pentecostal and other denominations in the late 1990s.
Pray that these missionaries might have a great evangelistic and church planting impact on these islands.
Pray for the development of locally-led congregations with effectively trained Christian leaders. Pray also for local support for national workers and for the launching of an interdenominational training centre

Less-reached sections of the population are the Príncipe islanders, the rural Angolares and the contract laborers, with each group having its own distinct Creole dialect.
Pray for their salvation.

Samoans have been Christian for over a century, and every village has at least one church, but the traditional class structure and pre-Christian cultural standards were not necessarily transformed by the gospel. Pride, political manipulation, formalism, ignorance, denominational rivalry and division, heavy demands for ministerial support, and compromise had already weakened the Church before the challenge presented by the influx of cults, high teenage suicide, and the need to provide a future and a hope for the next generation.The growth of Mormonism has been both spectacular and relatively unchallenged. Pray for all seeking to enlighten Samoan Christians of Mormonism’s errors and to win Mormons to Jesus. The whole nation has an obligatory quiet time for prayer and Bible reading at dusk.Pray for renewal and revival. The Sammarinese are Catholic by tradition and culture, but most give only lip service to the Church and are very materialistic. The only non-Catholics are some , a small group of and several families. San Marino proclaims itself “Ancient Land of Liberty”. There is freedom to worship, but not to evangelize – any outreach by evangelical believers in the past has resulted in jailing and expulsion from the country. It is also almost impossible for foreigners to reside in the country. There is only one indigenous evangelical believer reported, but no evangelical church exists. The vast majority of the population is Catholic, but morals on the islands do not reflect this. Ninety percent of children are born illegitimately – the world’s highest rate.Evangelical growth has accelerated since independence – mainly through the work of the Portuguese Assemblies of God and more recently through Brazilian () and Nigerian () missionaries as well as a number of Pentecostal and other denominations in the late 1990s.Less-reached sections of the population are the islanders, the rural and the contract laborers, with each group having its own distinct Creole dialect.3.-4. Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia once had a large Christian population. They were expelled when Islam gained control 1,300 years ago. It is now one of the least evangelized nations on earth. No Christian workers are permitted and all Christian “propaganda” banned. No Christian is permitted to set foot in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca.
Pray that one day soon this land may have many Christians praising the Lamb that was slain.
Saudi Arabia probably has the world’s worst record on religious freedom and human rights. This has been achieved through a corrupt judicial system, arrogant religious police (mutawwa), and the corroboration of the government. This woeful record is regularly condemned by both Christian and secular international bodies promoting equality and freedom of conscience.
Pray for an easing of the tight control, and for freedom of religious expression.
Christian expatriates live under strict surveillance. Secret gatherings are hunted down with diligence and leaders sometimes subjected to humiliating beatings, imprisonment, expulsion, and even execution. This is particularly so for Asian Christians who have often been the most effective witnesses and whose governments have the least international clout. There are perhaps only 50,000 practicing believers, although many more would join them were the risks not so great.
Pray for encouragement and strength for the believing community. There are few opportunities to meaningfully interact with Saudis, and very few expatriates speak Arabic.
Pray that other Arabs might gain a burden to reach Saudis.

Although Saudi Arabia signed the U.N. Charter, which guarantees freedom of religion, Saudis who confess Christ face the death penalty if discovered. Still, a growing and substantial number are secretly seeking and finding Him. All converts discovered in the past have been executed. Pray for the preservation and multiplication of believers, and the legalization of Christianity for Saudis.
Pray that Saudi believers may be able to meet together in safety and have access to God’s Word.

5. Senegal: Islam grew from about 45% of the population in 1900 to over 92% in 2000. It is the religion of almost all the Wolof, Fulbe and Mande peoples. Praise God for religious freedom; tolerance for other religions being a source of pride – possibly because so few Muslims have ever come to Christ.
Pray for a new receptivity to the gospel and the preservation of freedom of religion.
Christians are confined to sections of the Serer, Jola and Cape Verdian peoples. There are also some congregations among smaller ethnic groups in the south. Their influence is disproportionately great through their input into health services and education. Sadly most are nominally Catholic and from a non-Muslim background. Their lifestyle often does no credit to the cause of Christ, for few know real freedom in Christ and victory over the powers of darkness. Muslims refer to Christians as ‘those who drink’ rather than those who follow Christ.
Pray that there is a revival among these ethnic groups that will transform both their lives and their witness in the community.

6. Seychelles: The vast majority of Seychellois claim to be Christian, but the faith of many is tainted by immorality, superstition and nominalism. Gris-gris, African-based spiritism based on black magic and herbalism, permeates the lives of Christians. Too many believers lack a personal relationship with Christ, depending instead on the rites of baptism and confirmation.
Pray that the Holy Spirit may bring new life evidenced by repentance and sustained fruit.
The outer and less-populated islands are isolated and have had little challenge to a personal commitment to Christ. The youth need spiritual attention aimed at their particular needs.
Pray for effective ministries to be developed to win both groups for the Lord.

7. Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone was the first West African country to be evangelized. The first Protestant Church was started among freed slaves in Freetown in 1785. Yet after over 200 years of effort, less than 12% of the country claims to be Christian. Very few denominations have grown significantly in the past 40 years or made a lasting impact on the country.
Pray for revival, a spirit of prayer and unity, a strong desire to live for Jesus alone and commitment to holistic outreach to their traumatized fellow-countrymen.
The unchallenged power of the occult lies behind all the greed and cruelty, and also the powerlessness of the Church. Many Christians have compromised in this area; nominalism and sin are the result.
Pray that these powers may be bound, the influence of secret societies broken and that covenants made with demonic powers may be renounced.
Sierra Leone has become infamous for the barbaric maiming of innocent victims as an instrument for terror and control. Thousands of men, women and children and even babies, have had limbs cruelly amputated. Over 100,000 have been slain. Countless numbers of girls and women have been raped. Thousands of children have been kidnapped, drugged and forced to kill even their own relatives. Nearly the whole population has had experience of being refugees.
Pray that all the instigators who, for greed, have unleashed such terror would be brought to justice and even to repentance and faith in Christ.

8. Singapore: Bible training in the 16 seminaries, Bible schools and missions training schools is becoming a key ministry for Christians all over Asia. Worthy of particular mention are the Singapore Bible College, Trinity Theological College, Theological Centre for Asia, Tung Ling Bible School and the specifically missions-preparation institutions of YWAM, Asian Cross-Cultural Training Institute, Discipleship Training Centre and Bethany School of Missions. The Haggai Institute has provided stimulating short-term courses for pastors and Christian workers from all over the world, especially Asia and Africa. Some churches run their own theological training programs.
Pray that graduates of these may have the endurance and faith for long-term service at home and abroad.
Young people have been the most responsive segment of the population but there is a growing problem with alienated youth from dysfunctional backgrounds. Many youth ministries such as Eagles Evangelism, Youth for Christ, the Boys’ Brigade and others have a decisive impact. Among undergraduates, over 34% are involved with FES (IFES), CCCI and Navigators groups.
Pray for continued relevance, freshness and spiritual power in ministry to the rising generation of youth.
Pray also that all those discipled might be well integrated into local churches.
9. Slovakia: Slovakia has a strong Christian heritage, but the Catholic and mainline Protestant churches (Lutheran and Reformed) are more traditional and the majority of congregations are declining in numbers and attendance. The Lutheran Church holds an annual youth conference which draws a considerable number of young people.
Pray against a spirit of passivity and even cynicism and pray for a revelation of God’s glory so that many become enthused for the Kingdom in these denominations. Slovenia
Evangelical denominations are few and small. They suffer from a minority complex. Some congregations are growing but others are merely in survival mode. There needs to be a clear understanding and experience of the gospel within each congregation so that its truths are communicated to listeners hardened by centuries of Church history.
Pray for a clear expounding of God’s Word that results in obedience to His authority among young and old alike.
Slovakia, as a nation, needs a sense of direction after the years of foreign rule, Communist economics and the ‘velvet divorce’ from the Czech Republic.
Pray that as the economy picks up and becomes more linked with the EU, materialism and falling moral standards may not dull the present search for meaning and reality evident in many.
Training for leaders and believers alike is essential. The Slovak Evangelical Alliance is sponsoring a church planters’ training program to educate and train laity – nearly 100 have finished this course already. There is a good Bible School attached to the university in Banska Bystrica for preparing pastors, evangelists, Christian teachers for schools, etc.
Pray that many godly leaders may be formed through this program, and bring the good news to Slovakia and beyond.
Slovakia has a strong Christian heritage, but the Catholic and mainline Protestant churches (Lutheran and Reformed) are more traditional and the majority of congregations are declining in numbers and attendance. The Lutheran Church holds an annual youth conference which draws a considerable number of young people. Evangelical denominations are few and small. They suffer from a minority complex. Some congregations are growing but others are merely in survival mode. There needs to be a clear understanding and experience of the gospel within each congregation so that its truths are communicated to listeners hardened by centuries of Church history. Slovakia, as a nation, needs a sense of direction after the years of foreign rule, Communist economics and the ‘velvet divorce’ from the Czech Republic. Training for leaders and believers alike is essential. The Slovak Evangelical Alliance is sponsoring a church planters’ training program to educate and train laity – nearly 100 have finished this course already. There is a good Bible School attached to the university in Banska Bystrica for preparing pastors, evangelists, Christian teachers for schools, etc.10. Solomon Islands: The tragic conflict of 1998-2001 has left the country with no effective government, a severely damaged economy and infrastructure, and little prospect for a lasting peace and recovery.
Pray that all ethnic tension, vengefulness and bitterness may be dispelled and reconciliation sought.
Pray for a government to be raised up than can restore the nation’s stability and progress.

The Solomons have had a history of revivals – in SSE churches in 1935 and 1970, then in nearly all denominations in 1982 onwards. People in all parts of the country came to the Lord and enthusiastically became involved in churches, house groups, prayer meetings and outreach. Evangelical and charismatic believers have grown much in all denominations. The result was a waning of syncretistic ‘cargo cults’ and the indigenization of the gospel to local cultures. The revival is history now.
Pray that its quickening effects might restore the damaged spiritual life of the country in the wake of the violence and give strength, vigor and spiritual power to a new generation of Christians.
Inadequate training of pastors is the biggest bottleneck for the Church’s growth in maturity and expansion. There have been some damaging cases of clerical misdemeanors which have brought discredit to the Lord.
Pray for the six SSEC Bible Schools, the Anglican Theological College, and also TEE programs.
Pray also for a greater global mission’s vision.

Slovakia has a strong Christian heritage, but the Catholic and mainline Protestant churches (Lutheran and Reformed) are more traditional and the majority of congregations are declining in numbers and attendance. The Lutheran Church holds an annual youth conference which draws a considerable number of young people. Evangelical denominations are few and small. They suffer from a minority complex. Some congregations are growing but others are merely in survival mode. There needs to be a clear understanding and experience of the gospel within each congregation so that its truths are communicated to listeners hardened by centuries of Church history. Slovakia, as a nation, needs a sense of direction after the years of foreign rule, Communist economics and the ‘velvet divorce’ from the Czech Republic. Training for leaders and believers alike is essential. The Slovak Evangelical Alliance is sponsoring a church planters’ training program to educate and train laity – nearly 100 have finished this course already. There is a good Bible School attached to the university in Banska Bystrica for preparing pastors, evangelists, Christian teachers for schools, etc. The tragic conflict of 1998-2001 has left the country with no effective government, a severely damaged economy and infrastructure, and little prospect for a lasting peace and recovery.The Solomons have had a history of revivals – in churches in 1935 and 1970, then in nearly all denominations in 1982 onwards. People in all parts of the country came to the Lord and enthusiastically became involved in churches, house groups, prayer meetings and outreach. Evangelical and charismatic believers have grown much in all denominations. The result was a waning of syncretistic ‘cargo cults’ and the indigenization of the gospel to local cultures. The revival is history now.Inadequate training of pastors is the biggest bottleneck for the Church’s growth in maturity and expansion. There have been some damaging cases of clerical misdemeanors which have brought discredit to the Lord.11. Somalia: Somalia is the most lawless country in the world. In contrast, the unrecognized Somaliland has a good measure of stability and peace. After 10 years of violence and anarchy, Somalis are desperate for peace and restoration of civil order. Tentative efforts to form a government are ignored or derided by some of the warlords.
Pray that all factions may agree on the formation of a national government and that future rulers might learn from the past, govern the nation for the good of its people, respect human rights and also grant true religious freedom.
The Somali Church has been driven underground. A number of believers have been martyred; others have been publicly named as targets for execution. In 1991 there were about 500 Somali Catholics and several hundred Evangelicals – most being secret believers and nearly all in the south; with few in Somaliland. Some have since fled the anarchy, taking refuge in Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen and elsewhere. Globally there may now be 2,000 Somali Christians.
Pray for their protection, growth in the faith and boldness to witness when opportunities arise.
Pray also for Somali Christian families to be raised up – the great majority of Christians are men.

Islam has failed the people. Two powerful competing Sufi brotherhoods have contributed to present troubles. The evident greed, intolerance and lack of love have discredited Islam. Some are seeking solutions in radical Islam. Many Islamist teachers have flooded into Somaliland and Puntland where there is more stability.
Pray that Islamist plans may be thwarted and a new religious tyranny prevented.
The Somali Bible was published in 1977. Distribution is only possible in refugee camps and among Somalis outside Somalia.
Pray for the wide dissemination of the Scriptures.

12.-14. South Africa: The euphoria of the ‘New’ South Africa has worn off. There are too many African examples of demagoguery, decline, corruption and cronyism for there to be any complacency. There are many committed Christians at every level in society.
Pray for all in leadership that wise decisions, fair laws and economic betterment may be the hallmark.
There is a need for ongoing healing and reconciliation. The legacy of contempt, mistrust, fear, injustice, violence, intimidation and deep hurt has scarred the soul of the nation.
Pray for a healthy balance between non-racialism and affirmative action (favoring the previously disadvantaged) in education, the economy, employment and leadership.
There is a need for effective policing and administration of justice. The escalating crime wave has shocked the nation (200,000 murders in the 1990s), limited foreign investment and restrained the flow of tourists. The major growth industry is security. Violent robberies, car-hijacking and rape are commonplace. The country has a murder rate over seven times that of the USA and few crimes end up with convictions. The police force is discouraged, under-trained and under-equipped to cope.
Pray that both this epidemic and underlying malaise might be healed.
Pray for Christian ministries among children at risk, jobless young people, prisoners and the police force, to bear much fruit.

AIDS has become the primary cause of death. Daily 1,200 victims are buried. There were 420,000 AIDS orphans in 2000. Over 20% of the adult population and a third of all teachers are infected. The economy is increasingly affected through loss of skills and time off work. The age expectancy of the population has fallen rapidly and medical services cannot cope. There are dozens of Christian agencies and NGOs, as well as many churches, active in this field.
Pray that this terrible pandemic might be tamed and that Christians might be used of God in caring for the victims and raising moral and family standards to prevent its spread.
Mission work began among indigenous peoples in 1799. Nearly every major denomination in Europe and North America has played a part in their evangelization. Despite tragic mistakes, heroic efforts have yielded much fruit. The missionary force has reduced in numbers as mature churches have emerged, and most existing ministries are in church development, leadership training, youth, literature and radio ministries.
Pray for fruitful ministries for them in times of great difficulty and discouragement.

15.-16. Spain: The Inquisition is a dark shadow lying over Spain. In the name of Christ, the Catholic Church burned at the stake hundreds of thousands of innocent Spanish Jews, Moors and Protestants in the 16th century. This weapon of repression was then used throughout the Americas against the indigenous population. The Church became associated with bigotry and tyranny, and also was tainted by association with the Franco dictatorship.
Pray that this stain on the Spanish nation may be fully repented of and renounced and the shame on Christianity diminished.
The Catholic Church is in serious crisis. Its loss of numbers and influence and the widespread mistrust of it as an institution has had a demoralizing effect. Few applicants for the priesthood has caused the average age of priests to rise to 57. There were 23,000 seminarians in 1960 but less than 2,000 in 1999. The charismatic movement has grown, but is small with about 30-35,000 active members in 650 groups. Yet the centuries of control and instruction have inoculated most people against considering a more biblical Christianity.
Pray that the legacy of bondage and blindness may be removed. There is a spiritual vacuum which is being filled by several things including drugs. There are reckoned to be 300,000 addicted to heroin and cocaine, a major factor in the AIDS epidemic. In 2000 there were estimated to be 120,000 carrying the HIV virus (0.6% of the population)), and AIDS victims are more numerous than in any other European country. RETO, REMAR (Pentecostal) and Betel (WEC-related) have had success in rehabilitating drug addicts in centers in many parts of the country. RETO has 50 rehabilitation centers and ministry in 10 countries, REMAR has communities in 165 Spanish towns and works in 57 countries. The Betel converts have planted 10 churches and have extended their ministry to over 10 other countries.

We continue to pray in faith

 

 

Samoans have been Christian for over a century, and every village has at least one church, but the traditional class structure and pre-Christian cultural standards were not necessarily transformed by the gospel. Pride, political manipulation, formalism, ignorance, denominational rivalry and division, heavy demands for ministerial support, and compromise had already weakened the Church before the challenge presented by the influx of cults, high teenage suicide, and the need to provide a future and a hope for the next generation.The growth of Mormonism has been both spectacular and relatively unchallenged. Pray for all seeking to enlighten Samoan Christians of Mormonism’s errors and to win Mormons to Jesus. The whole nation has an obligatory quiet time for prayer and Bible reading at dusk.Pray for renewal and revival. The Sammarinese are Catholic by tradition and culture, but most give only lip service to the Church and are very materialistic. The only non-Catholics are some , a small group of and several families. San Marino proclaims itself “Ancient Land of Liberty”. There is freedom to worship, but not to evangelize – any outreach by evangelical believers in the past has resulted in jailing and expulsion from the country. It is also almost impossible for foreigners to reside in the country. There is only one indigenous evangelical believer reported, but no evangelical church exists. The vast majority of the population is Catholic, but morals on the islands do not reflect this. Ninety percent of children are born illegitimately – the world’s highest rate.Evangelical growth has accelerated since independence – mainly through the work of the Portuguese Assemblies of God and more recently through Brazilian () and Nigerian () missionaries as well as a number of Pentecostal and other denominations in the late 1990s.Less-reached sections of the population are the islanders, the rural and the contract laborers, with each group having its own distinct Creole dialect. Bible training in the 16 seminaries, Bible schools and missions training schools is becoming a key ministry for Christians all over Asia. Worthy of particular mention are the and the specifically missions-preparation institutions of has provided stimulating short-term courses for pastors and Christian workers from all over the world, especially Asia and Africa. Some churches run their own theological training programs.Young people have been the most responsive segment of the population but there is a growing problem with alienated youth from dysfunctional backgrounds. Many youth ministries such as and others have a decisive impact. Among undergraduates, over 34% are involved with and groups.Slovakia has a strong Christian heritage, but the Catholic and mainline Protestant churches (Lutheran and Reformed) are more traditional and the majority of congregations are declining in numbers and attendance. The Lutheran Church holds an annual youth conference which draws a considerable number of young people. Evangelical denominations are few and small. They suffer from a minority complex. Some congregations are growing but others are merely in survival mode. There needs to be a clear understanding and experience of the gospel within each congregation so that its truths are communicated to listeners hardened by centuries of Church history. Slovakia, as a nation, needs a sense of direction after the years of foreign rule, Communist economics and the ‘velvet divorce’ from the Czech Republic. Training for leaders and believers alike is essential. The Slovak Evangelical Alliance is sponsoring a church planters’ training program to educate and train laity – nearly 100 have finished this course already. There is a good Bible School attached to the university in Banska Bystrica for preparing pastors, evangelists, Christian teachers for schools, etc. The tragic conflict of 1998-2001 has left the country with no effective government, a severely damaged economy and infrastructure, and little prospect for a lasting peace and recovery.The Solomons have had a history of revivals – in churches in 1935 and 1970, then in nearly all denominations in 1982 onwards. People in all parts of the country came to the Lord and enthusiastically became involved in churches, house groups, prayer meetings and outreach. Evangelical and charismatic believers have grown much in all denominations. The result was a waning of syncretistic ‘cargo cults’ and the indigenization of the gospel to local cultures. The revival is history now.Inadequate training of pastors is the biggest bottleneck for the Church’s growth in maturity and expansion. There have been some damaging cases of clerical misdemeanors which have brought discredit to the Lord.

Daily Prayer for September 29

September 29, 2008

Releasing Cares
In the name of Jesus, I cast all my anxiety on God, my Father, because He cares for me. I am self-controlled and alert. The devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I resist him, standing firm in the faith…And the God of all grace, who called me to His eternal glory in Christ, after I have suffered a little while, will Himself restore me and make me strong, firm and steadfast. Thank you, Father, in the name that is above all names—JESUS! Amen.

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 5:7-10

Daily Prayer for September 28

September 28, 2008

Overcoming Fear of Rejection
Father, even though others may reject me, I am totally accepted by You. Once I was alienated from You, my God, and I was an enemy in my mind because of my evil behavior. But now You have reconciled me by Christ’s physical body through death to present me holy…without blemish and free from accusation. You are awesome and altogether lovely. In the name of Jesus, I resist the temptation to receive the rejection of others by remembering that You have accepted and approved of me. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Colossians 1
Ephesians 1

Daily Prayer for September 27

September 27, 2008

Delivered
Today, I give thanks unto the Father…who has delivered me from the power of darkness, and has translated me into the kingdom of His dear Son. You brought me forth with joy and gladness. I live in the kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Once I was darkness, but now I am shining light in the Lord, and my goal is to live as a child of light in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Col. 1:12-13
Psalm 105:43
Romans 14:17
Ephesians 5:8

Daily Prayer for September 26

September 26, 2008

In A Time of Trouble
When I call, give me answers. God, take my side! Once, in a tight place, You gave me room; now I’m in trouble again: grace me! Hear me! In my anger I will not sin; when I’m on my bed, I will search my heart and be silent. My trust is in You, Jehovah, my LORD. Let the light of Your face shine upon me. Thank You for filling my heart with great joy. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Psalm 4

Daily Prayer for September 25

September 25, 2008

Saved By Grace
My performance and the opinion of others did not save me. It is by grace that I am saved through faith; and that not of myself: it is the gift of God. Not by works of righteousness, which I have done, but according to Your mercy You saved me, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which You shed on me abundantly through Jesus Christ my Savior; that being justified by grace, I should be made an heir according to the hope of eternal life. Thank You Father-God for Your tender mercies and lovingkindness. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Titus 3:5-7
Ephesians 2:8-9

Daily Prayer for September 24

September 24, 2008

Overcoming a Compulsion to Please People
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. In the name of Jesus I cast down the compulsion to please people. Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Proverbs 29:25 (NIV)
Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
Psalm 139:23 (KJV)

Daily Prayer for September 23

September 23, 2008

The Father’s Love
Father, I thank You for the great love You have bestowed upon me, that I should be called a child of God! I submit to Your Word that is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. In the name of Jesus I repent and renounce anger, bitterness and depression. In the name of Jesus, I look inside that I might experience Your love that is imparted to me. Amen.

Scripture Reading
1 John 3:1-2
Hebrews 4:12

Daily Prayer for September 22

September 22, 2008

Free From Condemnation
Thank You for releasing me from guilt and shame. I am in Christ Jesus, walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and I am no longer under condemnation. I am blessed; my iniquities are forgiven, and my sins covered. The Lord is not bringing any charge against me. You are not counting my sin against me, and in my spirit is no deceit. Thank You for giving me the grace to accept and forgive myself for I am wonderfully made. In the name of Jesus, You are my Creator. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Romans 8:1 (KJV)
Romans 4:7-8 (KJV)
Psalm 32:1-2 (KJV)