Archive for March, 2010

Prayer Assignments for April 1-15

March 31, 2010

PRAYER ASSIGNMENTS

APRIL 1st-15th, 2010

Nations are changed because of prayer. Individuals and families are healed and restored because of prayer. In spite of what we may hear in the daily news remember we serve a God who is continually moving behind the scenes to bring about His perfect will for creation. As we enter spring I pray that you will receive renewal and hope in your spirit to continue pressing into the presence of God. May you experience great joy as you celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Let us “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”(Hebrews 10:23, NKJV)

Please remember to pray for the armed forces stationed all over the world and their families.

APRIL:

1-5: The United States of America:
The USA’s role in the world during the 1990s has been unique as the sole superpower. Every policy choice in economics, politics and use of the armed forces has global reverberations. The US President wields awesome power.
Pray for the President, his choice of leadership team, the Congress and Senate and their legislation so that decisions may be wisely made and well balanced between often conflicting domestic and international requirements.
The Pilgrim Fathers were determined to establish a land in which they were free to exercise their Christian faith. On that foundation has developed one of the largest and most dynamic Christian movements in history. In the USA are 19% of the Protestants in the world, 21.5% of the Evangelicals and 35% of all the world’s foreign missionaries. Evangelistic vitality, generosity and vision have been major factors in the surge of gospel progress.
Pray that this may be maintained.
Young people present one of the major areas of spiritual battle today. The bitter fruits of humanistic philosophies are now being harvested in disorientation, spiritual vulnerability, moral decay, rejection of authority, widespread drug abuse and mindless violence. God raised up such organizations as OM, YWAM, CCCI, Teen Challenge and others to combat this confusion and make a mighty impact on the world. Now God is also raising up a new generation of movements for this century – The next generation could be America’s most traumatized ever if there is not a decisive work of God’s Spirit.
Pray for organizations such as Youth Quake and Teen Mania.
Pray for the youth.

Native Americans, or the First Nations, have suffered intensely in their encounter with centuries of European immigrants. They have lost almost all their lands, their self-respect and much of their culture, and they still face prejudice and insensitivity to their plight. Poverty, disease, alcoholism, child abuse and unemployment are common among those on reservations and among the 50% or so who have migrated to the cities. There is a vigorous movement across the country to revive indigenous cultures; this is successfully demanding the honoring of treaties protecting Indian lands and rights that have rarely been kept by the government in the past.
Pray for:
a) Vitalization of Christianity among Native Americans. A profusion of missionary efforts over the centuries has yielded meagre fruit. In the early 1980s there were 2,500 congregations and 320,000 Christians of all kinds, but syncretistic indigenous sects and cults as well as reversions to pre-Christian beliefs are still widespread. Only about 17% of the total population is affiliated with a Christian church. The largest group, the Navajo (200,000), have begun to respond after years of indifference and a very low percentage of believers – now 7.3% of the population.
b) Bible translation, which has regained importance as local languages are revived. Over 50 languages are in common use, and SIL and others have teams working in 27.
c) The evangelization of every reservation. Of the 550 reservations, 54 were surveyed in 1979 and only 20% had a church led by a native American. In the 1990s change came; the Holy Spirit raised up indigenous leaders and new organizations, such as Wiconi International and On Eagles’ Wings, as a means to indigenize the gospel and promote reconciliation.
d) The indigenous peoples of Alaska who have retained their identity far more than those in mainland USA. Over 16 missions and churches have ministry among them (SEND, Interact Ministries [formerly Arctic Missions] and GMU). The harshness of the climate, geographical isolation and economic stresses complicate the work of bringing churches to maturity. Many of the Aleut and Eskimo are traditionally Orthodox Christians, a legacy of the time when Russia ruled Alaska. Over 71% of the 65,000 indigenous people profess to be Christian.

6: China; Hong Kong:
The Christian community is 10% of the population, but has long exerted a strong influence in running 505 of the schools, 60% of social organizations, and 25% of the hospitals. This influence could diminish if its privileged position is challenged and leaders acquiesce with negative trends, potentially exposing churches to discrimination or even persecution.
Pray that the Church may be bold and uncompromising in exercising its prophetic role in society.
Hong Kong’s pervasive and powerful underworld of crime majors on the narcotics trade, the sex ‘industry’ and gambling and protection rackets. There are estimated to be 50 Triad Societies (the Chinese equivalent of the Mafia) with over 600,000 members. Christian ministry among criminals, drug addicts and the destitute has increased with some success (partly as a result of the work of St Stephen’s Society pioneered by Jackie Pullinger).
Pray for an infiltration of the Holy Spirit to bring the gospel message into this arena.
Student ministries have flourished. Christians comprise 30% of university students. Most of CCCI‘s 107 staff minister on six campuses. HKFES (IFES) with 48 staff workers has an extensive ministry. About 2,000 students in 11 tertiary institutions and 10,000 in 300 secondary schools are involved.
Pray that these young people may decisively impact HK and beyond.

7: China, Macau:
Macau has the dubious distinction of being the first Christian territory in Asia to become non-Christian. In 1600 Macau was 95% Catholic. By 2000 this had been reduced to about 7.4%. The Catholic Church has suffered disastrous decline, and Protestant churches have always been small. The number of Protestant churches had grown from 33 in 1986 to 78 in 1999.
Pray for the people of this territory to be changed by the Word of God.
Macau was named ‘City of the Name of God’ by the Portuguese, though it was a Chinese god that gave it its present name. It has truly become the ‘City of Sin’. Gambling and prostitution are major money-earners which are run by ruthless Triad gangs who wage wars for control of this lucrative ‘industry’. Lawlessness characterized the twilight of Portuguese rule, but the new government is seeking to change this.
Pray that this city might lose its unflattering reputation and the gospel of Christ change a society so blanketed by sin.
Pray for these less-reached groups:
a) Many mainlanders work in Macau
– some legally, many illegally. They work long hours with rare days off, but are more open to the gospel. Pray for those seeking to reach and disciple them.
b) Those involved in the entertainment industry. There are a few seeking to reach them. The Macau Evangelistic Band is one such.
c) The 12,000 Chinese refugees from Myanmar. There is one church among them (Baptist).
d) The Macanese are mostly nominally Catholic. There is one very small evangelical church among them, but they are largely neglected by evangelical agencies and churches.

8-9: China, Taiwan:
Taiwan remains the only major Han Chinese population in the world where the spiritual breakthrough has yet to come. During the 1990s the influence of Buddhism grew markedly with a large increase in adherents (800,000 in 1983 to 4.9m in 1995). Many of their outreach techniques have been adapted from Christians. Ancestor worship is one of the major barriers to faith in Christ. Added to this is the materialism stimulated by the rapid rise of living standards.
Pray that every obstacle to the reception of the gospel may be broken down.
The Presbyterians pioneered ministry since 1865, but only saw significant breakthroughs among the Taiwanese in the 1930s and among the mountain people after 1940. Many other missions moved to Taiwan after the fall of the mainland to Communism, and among the 2 million mainland refugees there was a time of harvest. Between 1960 and 1990 there was stagnation. Catholics and some Protestant denominations even declined as a percentage of the national population. Only in the 1990s has some growth resumed.
Please pray for these major challenges to be faced by the Church:
a) Spiritual power to stand against gambling, entrenched ancestor worship, rising materialism and aggressive opposition from non-Christian religions. Many Christians are still in bondage to, or in fear of, these things.
b) Low commitment. Too few of those converted and baptized ever become active participants in congregational life, and there is a high drop-out rate. Few Christians become soul-winners.
c) Lack of pastors and full-time workers. In most churches the congregation sits back expecting the pastor to do all the work.
d) The great disparity in ethnic distribution of Christians. The mountain peoples are largely Christian, but only 23% actively so. Nominalism is a problem. Those of mainlander descent are nearly 5% Christian, but the Taiwanese majority only 1% and the Hakka 0.3%. The Church needs to tackle the social and cultural barriers that hinder the progress of the gospel. The Church is perceived to be intellectual (37% of members are graduates) and not relevant to the majority.

10-11: Columbia:
Colombia retains its reputation for being one of the most violent countries in the world. Leftist guerrilla movements, right-wing paramiitary groups and the drug-trafficking barons control many areas of the country. Corruption, blackmail, kidnapping, assassination and revenge murders continue to brutalize society, with the abandonment of moral values and ethical standards.
Pray for the political, legal and spiritual leaders of the nation – for their safety and for courage to stand up for the right.
Pray that Christians may remain untainted by the evils of their society and become God’s instruments for moral, social and spiritual change.
Pray that the endemic fear and anger of normal Colombians may lead them to personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

Missionaries live under great stress and the constant threat of kidnapping and murder. These tragedies are all too common, often forcing withdrawal from areas controlled by leftists or drug barons. Internal mission/church relationships have been a source of tension, division and grief in the past, but seem to be improving. Great humility and sensitivity is required in the complex ecclesiastical scene in order to have a viable, fruitful ministry.
Pray for courage and faithfulness to their calling
Pray specifically for these Unreached people groups:

a) Less evangelized cities. Medellín, renowned for its hardness to the gospel, is the nation’s crime and narcotics capital. The city of Cali is also a special challenge for the gospel. But cooperating Evangelicals are seeing significant fruit with increased church growth as they hold prayer vigils and proclaim together Christ’s lordship over these cities.

b) The tens of thousands of gamines, or street urchins, of the cities. YWAM, WEC and LAM have ministries to them involving rescue and career training.
c) The urban middle class, shrinking and crippled by political and economic crises of past years. Possibly the least responsive segment of society, they are turning to the occult in growing numbers.
d) The Syrian-Lebanese Muslim community, which numbers around 15,000.
e) Amerindian peoples closed to evangelical church planters. Possibly 25-35 are in this category, including the Chami, Inga, Coreguaje, Cuiba, Desano, Epena, Huitoto, Saliba and Tucano. Almost half the indigenous tribes have not yet been reached with the gospel.
f) Student work has been slow and hard. Marxist ideology once dominated the campuses, now a post-modern approach of individualism and apathy hinders interest in serving others or seeking God. Pray for Christian students to be creative in serving and in proclaiming the gospel.
g) Over 1 million internally displaced refugees, 70% of whom are women and children , victims of the faceless endemic violence. They are rootless and traumatized by the wars between the various factions, but are also open to the gospel of peace.

12: Comoros:
Although there is religious freedom and direct evangelism is permitted, outreach has concentrated on the Maore and response has been slow. Pray for the barriers to come down and hearts to be opened.
Pray for new initiatives planned for the unreached shiBushi speakers.

The only organized Protestant churches in the Comores are two evangelical groups among the Malagasy on Grand Comore and Mayotte, Assemblies of God on Mayotte, and isolated Christians elsewhere.
Pray for the right church-planting strategy to be applied enabling the relatively few mature Maore believers to easily integrate while retaining their cultural ties with the majority.

Expatriate workers:
Pray for their witness on Mayotte and other islands, and for an increase in their number.

Pray for the following supportive ministries:
a) Bible translation
continues in two languages. AIM workers also run a literacy programme to encourage the reading of the shiMaore NT which was completed in 1995.
b) Radio – FEBA broadcasts to the islands 10 hours/week in French and 3 in Swahili.
c) The JESUS film has been dubbed in shiMaore.
Pray for the strategic use of this film on all four islands.

13: Republic of Congo (Brazzaville):
The Congo needs peace and a government that seeks the welfare of the people. Two decades of Communist dictatorship followed by a fragile, failing democracy and civil war have devastated the land. Six members of a team of nine church leaders seeking to mediate in 1998 were martyred.
Pray for national reconciliation, the repentance and conversion of those who wreaked violence in the years of fighting, and the resettlement of the 300,000+ refugees of the civil war.
Revival and restoration is the Church’s need. The massive disruption of ministry, the destruction of many churches and the flight of thousands of Christians from the cities during the war years brought discouragement, a questioning of God’s presence and a feeling of abandonment. Many Christians have compromised their faith.
Pray for new life, vision and trust in God.
Pray also for committed Christians to be appointed to positions of national leadership.

Many church leaders have left the country. There had been developing cooperation between leaders of evangelical and charismatic churches just before the civil war in an attempt to heal some serious divisions within the denominations which have hindered the gospel.
Pray that these hard experiences may bring about a deeper walk with God, greater unity and a passion for Christ to be formed in the lives of Congolese.
Bible translation is an ongoing challenge. The Bible is available in Kongo, Lingala, Njebi, Ngbaka and Punu. SIL has had significant input with 19 workers involved in 5 of them and is seeking to involve and train many more Congolese in Bible translation. There is need for surveys of 33 languages for translation purposes.
Pray for the completion and use of the NT in Munukutuba.
Pray also that churches might catch the vision for mother-tongue Scripture use

14-15: Congo-DRC (Kinshasa):
The Democratic Republic of Congo, (formerly Zaire), is the size of Western Europe and rich in minerals, oil and fertile land. The DRC should be a wealthy country. Instead it is one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in the world; where even the desperately needed aid agencies fear to tread.
Pray for PEACE.
The Christian Church remains the only viable national social structure to survive and retain some credibility. Its role in rebuilding the nation is crucial. Most of the hospitals, clinics and schools now operate with Christian initiative. The Catholics continue to invest much into these institutions.
Pray for the raising up of Christian leaders of spiritual maturity and moral integrity for both the denominations and for secular and political positions.
Vision for the future: The work of the Holy Spirit in some areas has led to increased love for God’s Word, prayer movements, mobilization of youth and a new indigenous hymnody. ECC leaders have bold goals for 2010 – training in evangelism and outreach, extensive use of river boats for outreach, etc.
Pray that this may result in vision for outreach and that conditions may improve to allow this.
Christian media: All ministries have been cut back or even crippled by Congo’s woes.
Pray for the resumption or growth of:
a) Christian literature publishing and distribution
. There is a famine of contextually appropriate and helpful literature. Distribution and poverty are enormous problems. EHC has had a wide impact – by 1997 4.5 million pieces of evangelistic literature prompted 1.9 million enquiries.
b) The JESUS film has been viewed by much of the population in many areas. It is available in 19 languages, and a further 56 are in production.
c) GRN has messages available in 286 languages and dialects – a valuable resource in this land of many languages.
d) Christian radio’s importance has been enhanced as communication systems broke down. There are significant radio ministries based in Bunia, Bukavu, Kindu, Katanga, Goma and the much-appreciated Sango Malamu with a massive following in the Kinshasa area. TWR have broadcasts in French and Lingala from Swaziland.

Thank you for committing your time to pray for these nations with the expectation that the Lord will move mightily among them.

Blessings,

Lane M. Holland, M.Div.
Prayer Coordinator

Word Ministries
http://www.prayers.org

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Daily Prayer for March 31

March 31, 2010

Jesus is Alive
Even though I knew the Bible stories about Jesus, I did not know Him. I wasn’t even sure that He really cared about my everyday struggles. But the day came when I understood that He died and rose again, even for me. What He’s done for me, He’ll do for you. Jesus is alive! He is not a myth or a fairy tale. He lives; I know He lives! He is my best Friend and my elder Brother. He is the Sun who rose with healing in His wings, my Redeemer.

PRAYER:
Praise God! Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? Jesus, I know that my Redeemer lives — you are risen from the dead, and I am risen with you. I set my heart on things above, where you are seated at the right hand of God. Thank you Jesus! I have this assurance that even as you were taken up from among us to heaven you will come back in the same way you left. When you appear I shall be like you — awesome! Hallelujah! Jesus is Lord!

Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 15; Colossians 2:12; 3:1; Acts 1:11

Daily Prayer for March 30

March 30, 2010

Praying for Others
Do you pray for others because you want them to change to make your life easier, or because you want God to be gloified? When you pray for others, pray for them with joy. When you pray for others you are restored to a spiritual tone of heart and mind. Probably few of us have been through as much as Job of the Old Testament. He lost everything, and was attacked physically. After many months he prayed for his friends. The Lord turned his captivity and restored his fortunes; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Let’s pray for one another.

PRAYER:
In the name of Jesus, I thank God for you—every time I pray. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Ephesians 1:16-23

Daily Prayer for March 29

March 29, 2010

Free From Fear
The grandmother called to talk about the fear that she lived with. She was so afraid that something dreadful might happen to her husband, children or grandchildren. How could she overcome this torment? We prayed for her family from Psalm 91. You can turn fear out of doors by declaring your faith in God’s Word. Praying aloud will stop the tormenting thoughts. Believe God; He is faithful, and He watches over His word to perform it.

PRAYER:
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank you for delivering me from the fear of death. You are with me; I will not be afraid. You are my God, and I will not be dismayed. I have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but I have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Hebrews 2:14-15; Isaiah 41:10; Romans 8:15; Psalm 34:4

Daily Prayer for March 28

March 28, 2010

Delivered From the Power of Darkness
If life is passing you by, and you are struggling with self-doubt, feelings of inferiority and insecurity, Jesus is waiting to give you life in all its fullness – the more abundant life – a life of composure and stability. During this Easter season remember Jesus is alive! He turns your gloom to joy, your turmoil to peace, your depression to hope. Jesus gives you a reason to live, shows you the pathway of Life, and He will help you become your true self.

PRAYER:
Father, we thank you for Christ, our Passover lamb, who has been sacrificed to clear us of sin. You have delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of your Love. Therefore we will keep the Festival, not with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the bread of sincerity and truth. Amen.

Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 3:25; Colossians 1:13

Daily Prayer for March 27

March 27, 2010

Wisdom from Above
Do you live and conduct your everyday going-to-work life with wisdom? The wise and intelligent person does good works with humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom. This wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Prov 9:10). This recognition and reverance for the LORD leads the child of God to submission. The wise man not only hears the word, but submits in every circumstance to the word of God. The wise man is a doer of the word, and enjoys life.

PRAYER
Father, in the name of Jesus, I prize Wisdom highly and exalt her; she will bring me to honor because I embrace her. She gives to my head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. Jesus has been made unto me Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption. Hallelujah!

Scripture Reading
Proverbs 4:6-9; Proverbs 3:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30

Daily Prayer for March 26

March 26, 2010

Power to Heal
Do you need physical or emotional healing? Renew your mind to God’s Word; He abides in you, in every cell and tissue of your body. Declare that Jesus is Lord over your spirit, soul and body. Let go of all unforgiveness, resentment, anger, and bad feelings toward anyone. God plans to prosper you and not to harm you. He plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). It is God’s will to heal you, and when you pray, believe that He will do what He promised. The prayer of faith will heal the sick!

PRAYER:
Father, thank you for sending your word to heal me and deliver me from all my destructions. Jesus, you are the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. You bore my griefs (pains) and carried my sorrows (sickness). You were pierced through for my transgressions, crushed for my iniquities, the chastening for my well-being fell upon you, and by your scourging I am healed. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Psalm 107:20; John 1:14; Isaiah 53:4-5

Daily Prayer for March 25

March 25, 2010

The Work of the Lord
Have you grown weary in the work of the Lord? He sends His Word to relieve and refresh you; He is ever mindful of your work with and for Him. This is God’s Word to you today: From the fruit of your words you shall be satisfied with good, and the work of your hands shall come back to you [as a harvest] (Proverbs 12:15). Take some deep breaths, and think on the goodness of the Lord. Weariness will fade away, and you will hear the Word of the Lord!

PRAYER:
LORD, thank you for opening the heavens, the storehouse of your bounty. You bless all the work of my hands if I continue to heed the voice of the LORD, our God, and observe faithfully all your commandments. I am strong in the Lord and will not give up, for my works will be rewarded. Father, in the name of Jesus, I stand firm giving myself fully to the work of the Lord, knowing that my labor is not in vain. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Deuteronomy 28:1, 12; 2 Chronicles 15:7; 1 Corinthians 15:58

Daily Prayer for March 24

March 24, 2010

The King is Coming
What is on your mind? Are you consumed with your needs, troubled about tomorrow, or meditating on how someone has mistreated you? You can change your thinking –change your perspective by setting your mind on the coming of the Lord, looking for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness is to abide. Be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts] (2 Peter 3:12-14).

PRAYER:
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! I shout with joy for my King is coming! Jesus, you are the Righteous One, the Victor! Salvation now, GOD – a free and full life! I bless you out of the house of the LORD. I am the righteousness of God in Christ, and I will flourish like the palm tree, and grow tall like a Lebanon cedar along with my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Scripture Reading
John 12:L13; Zech 9:9; Psalm 118:25-26; Psalm 92:12

Daily Prayer for March 23

March 23, 2010

Overcoming Prejudice
My dictionary defines prejudice as an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics. Believers have the power to loose, crush and annihilate an attitude of prejudice from their minds and emotions. Regardless of our race, social or economic standing, we have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. We are one family! Treat everyone as you would want to be treated with respect and honor.

PRAYER:
Father, I ask you to forgive me for tolerating prejudice in the household of faith, and set me free from the influence of public opinion that I may live out my glorious Christ-originated faith. Thank You for revealing that we are one blood, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. We are baptized into Christ and have put on the family likeness of Christ. We are one in the bonds of love. You are the God and Father of us all in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Scripture Reading
James 2:1-9; Ephesians 4:3-6; Ephesians 2:13-22