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December 31, 2011

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.” (Isaiah 52:7-8)


The World— January 1-11: Listed here are some of the critical international hot spots most likely to cause turmoil, conflict, and suffering or even war in the coming years. These need to be covered in prayer:

1 The future of Jerusalem. The world’s holiest city is probably also its most volatile flashpoint. Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has resisted major international efforts to resolve it. The fundamental and seemingly irreconcilable differences between most Israelis and Arabs mean that any outbreak of serious conflict can easily embroil neighboring countries – especially Lebanon and Syria. Many feel that such a war is almost inevitable. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.


2 The Korean Peninsula is shared between an untenable, failing dictatorship and an
affluent but nervous democracy. If or when reunification comes, the main questions are
whether it will happen peacefully and at what cost rebuilding the North will occur. War would
be disastrous for both sides.


3 Somalia is a textbook example of a failed state; it is a broken land populated by warlords,
pirates, an uprooted and exiled shambles of a government and a number of aggressive
Islamist groups. The upheaval has spilled into the Horn of Africa and significantly affected
marine traffic in the busy shipping lanes along its coast.


4 Central Africa, while not the cauldron of anarchy it was in the 1990s, retains much of
the upheaval and unrest of those dark times. Eastern DRC and northwest Uganda in
particular still suffer from the predations of lawless militias.


5 Afghanistan and Pakistan remain vulnerable to religious extremism. While the former
has been stabilized significantly by heavy foreign military presence, religious terrorism and
violence have gripped Pakistan in the past decade. The porous mountain borders between the
two countries offer the ideal location for the Taliban to persist with their radical Islamist agenda.
Both remain among the world’s most unstable and dangerous nations.


6 China’s growing self-confidence and assertiveness seem less of a threat externally
as it seeks to engage the world as a financial, rather than a military, power. However, its
increasing global strength is not without its opponents – and victims. There are also increasing
tensions with the Uyghur and Tibetan minorities, the looming demographic and economic
fallout of a rapidly aging population resulting from the One Child Policy and the massive
gender gap with a shortfall of millions of females. All have serious consequences.


7 Iran is a regional power unto itself and the Shi’ite half of the West Asia/Middle East region. Its
unbending stance on developing nuclear power and its notable influence in Iraq may put it on
a collision course with other nations, particularly in the West. It also has its own internal stability issues.

8 The Mexico-US drug corridor is an area where the hedonistic excesses of American
appetites effectively fund brutal wars between various drug cartels and government forces.
Tensions from immigration issues further fuel the fire.


9 Immigration into Europe is an unstoppable tide of humanity from Africa, the Middle
East, Asia and Eastern Europe. The plunging birthrates in EU countries and the affluence,
stability and generous social services in Europe are factors that pull in immigrants, many of
whom are coming from countries where conflict rages. While immigration is utterly necessary
for the demographic and economic survival of Europe, the potential for resentment and violent
backlash on the part of the native peoples of the EU is also strong. Postmodern secularism, Islam
and Christianity must learn to co-exist or face a very turbulent future.


10 The Himalayan region simmers with tension and division. The competing claims over
Kashmir, the volatile nature of Nepal, the oppression of Tibet, the upheaval in Bangladesh
and Northeast India and the opposition of India and Pakistan on many issues make this a
potentially dangerous area – especially since the three main players are all nuclear powers.


11 The West African fault line between Islam and Christianity has seen clashes, mob
violence and civil war, especially in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire. Religious differences are
exacerbated and fuelled by ethnic divisions.


Africa—January 12 – 18: Africa has 13 of the world’s 20 least-evangelized countries by percentage. There are many clusters of unreached peoples in Africa. The vast majority are Muslim of varying degrees of commitment and orthodoxy. Reaching them will be a great challenge in terms of spiritual opposition, cultural learning and effective mission strategies.Pray for the light of the Gospel to begin to penetrate these people groups:

12 The Arabs of North Africa. Arriving from the Arabian peninsula in the early years of
Islam, the Arabs conquered the Maghreb and imposed Islam upon the population. There
has been little by way of outreach to them until recent years – and even less by way of response.
They number nearly 210 million from Mauritania across to Egypt.


13 The Imazighen, or Berber. North Africa’s original inhabitants; they were conquered by
Rome, many becoming Christian, then conquered by Arab Muslims in the 8th Century
and assimilated into Islam. There are 18 million Imazighen in 76 distinct sub-groups living in 17
countries. Major groups include the Kabyle (3.3m), Riff (2.6m), Shilha (8.7m) and Shawiya
(1.9m). Only among the Kabyle has there been a significant turning to Christ. Less than 0.4%
might be considered Christian. Several partnerships of agencies concerned for them exist.


14 The peoples of the West Africa coastal nations, including the Wolof, Malinke, Jula
and Susu clusters. Totalling 17.2 million people, they include 114 peoples speaking 75
languages and dialects. The largest peoples are the Wolof of Senegal (4.6m), Maninke of Guinea
(2.4m), Maninka of Côte d’Ivoire (1.9m), Mandinka of Senegal and Gambia (1.4m) and Susu
of Guinea (1.1m). They remain largely unevangelized, even though there are a number of
Christian workers and African churches among neighbouring peoples.


15 The Fulbe (Pulaar, Fulani) number 31.9 million in 50 or so distinct ethnic groups
speaking related dialects. They have spread from Senegal to become a major component
of nearly every country of the Sahel as far east as Sudan. They are the largest nomadic-culture
people in the world. More than half now live settled lifestyles and are more strongly Muslim
than their nomadic or semi-nomadic brethren. Planting churches among them has been hard
and slow with small breakthroughs in Benin, Nigeria and Chad. The Fulbe represent one of the
major challenges for missions in Africa today. There are dozens of agencies with some outreach
or ministry to the Fulbe, and several partnerships have been formed specifically to synergize
ministry among them.


16 The interior peoples of West Africa. These consist of the Kanuri, Bambara, Songhai,
Soninke people clusters, adding up to 78 peoples with 31 languages and 22.3 million
people. Largest among them are the Yerwa Kanuri of Nigeria (5.5m), the Zarma of Niger (4.5m),
the Bambara of Mali and Côte d’Ivoire (3.1m, 1.0m), the Songhai-Koryaboro of Mali and Niger
(1.6m) and the Soninke of Mali (1.0m). Of these, only the Bambara (5.0%) and Koryaboro (0.4%) have a notable Christian population. Many smaller peoples have no known believers.

17 The Hausa are dominant in Niger and northern Nigeria, but live in 20 countries in
total and number 32.4 million. Hausa has become the major language for much of
Nigeria, Niger and beyond. Many resources exist in Hausa – the Bible, the JESUS film, radio
broadcasting – and much ministry is done in Hausa, but few have turned to Christ from Islam.
Response is greatest among the Maguzawa section of the Hausa. Evangelization of the Hausa
remains a major challenge to the Church.


18 The Horn of Africa-Cushitic peoples. There are 101 million in 160 ethnic groups
living mainly in Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. They are represented in six people
clusters – Afar, Beja, Ethiopian (often referred to as “Semitic”), Omotic, Oromo and Somali. A
number of peoples are Christian. The great challenge remains to reach the Somali (15.7m), Beja
(3.2m) and Afar (2.3m). Many Christian agencies are burdened to bring the gospel to them and
see a harvest; there have been many attempts, but the risk and the cost are great. It is effectively
impossible for outsiders to do mission work among the Somali and Afar clusters in their home
countries, but there is a sizeable Somali diaspora in Africa and beyond.

The Americas: Despite the large Christian presence and much evangelical activity, major challenges remain for prayer:

19 Upper and upper-middle classes. These tend to be less evangelical, often wearing their liberal Protestant or Catholic sensibilities quite lightly. In many cases, even these are intellectually atheist or Marxist but make a show of religion as a social networking mechanism. Specific strategies are needed to reach these influential classes.

20 The urban poor. In North America, they usually live in the decaying hearts of major
cities; in Latin America, they live in huge slums that ring or even permeate the major cities.
Churches have a great role to play and are well positioned to do so. Pray for the light of Jesus
to shine through Christian ministry, effecting urban renewal with a reduction in crime, violence
and substance abuse and a growth in education, employment and, most importantly, the
winning of lives into the Kingdom.


21 Whole regions of some countries are far less evangelized than the rest of the country,
such as Quebec Province in Canada, the northeastern states and Amazonia in Brazil, some
of Mexico’s states as well as entire nations such as French Guyana.


22 Students in the universities. In North America, this means an opportunity to reach
out to students from nearly every nation on earth, many from unevangelized backgrounds.
Throughout the Americas, it is a chance to reach nationals for Jesus and to disciple young
believers into Christian leaders. CCCI and Navigators have extensive ministries to campuses,
and IFES has well-established work in the majority of countries, with younger movements in
others. Pray for all agencies concentrating on this strategic sector of the community. A clear,
radiant, evangelical student witness in every university is a key target for prayer.


23 The Romani (Gypsies) – present, but usually unrecognized and often undetected in
most Latin American countries, and numbering over one million. They often remain
deliberately incognito in order to avoid marginalization in society, but they have notable needs
in terms of education and health, and especially need to be reached with the gospel.


24 Immigrant communities from all over the world. Nearly every significant culture has
a migrant community in the Americas. For special mention:
a) Chinese – over four million all over the Americas. The one million in Latin America are less
reached. Their numbers are being augmented by immigrants, especially from Mainland
China. The latter need specialized ministry in order to reach them.

b) Japanese – around three million with communities in Brazil (1.4m), USA (1.2m) and Peru.

c) Muslims – mainly Arabs in Latin America, but increasing in numbers throughout the
Americas via immigration from the Middle East. There are also South Asian Muslims in the
Anglophone countries and Javanese Muslims in Suriname. Brazil is especially seeing Muslim
growth. Events of the 21st Century have brought focus on these peoples and increased
outreach to them. Many Arabs in Latin America are Christian and could be instrumental in
reaching Muslims or enabling Latin Americans to do so.

Asia—January 25-30: Listed below is a selection of the flash points in Asia that could have an effect – regionally and globally – on the political, economic, demographic and military spheres. They could also have profound influence on the efforts to evangelize the regions in question – the challenge lies before both local and national political leaders as well as the Church. Let us lift these issues in prayer:

25 The unresolved conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. All international efforts to broker a viable peace deal have ultimately failed. There are deep differences
between the claimants – on the land and on Jerusalem itself – with hawkish elements in both groups. While Israel continues to settle its people on occupied land and while Muslim nations
refuse to recognize Israel’s rights of existence and sovereignty, a peaceful resolution is highly unlikely. Factoring in antagonistic external players, without heavenly intervention, future war seems almost inevitable – the nations involved are all preparing for this possibility. Desperation, hatred and the fearsome arsenals of weapons would generate a terrifying toll on the region. Pray for all parties involved in the confrontation and for world leaders attempting to defuse the situation.

26 China’s re-emergence as a global superpower is possibly the major global political
and economic factor in the first decades of the 21st Century. China is growing more
assertive in international diplomacy and political engagement. The pragmatic marriage of
centralized state control with an increasingly capitalist economy has achieved stupendous
financial growth. But such growth, fuelled by massive consumption of resources, cannot be
sustained indefinitely; what happens when the bubble bursts will have a global impact. The major
demographic shift to an aged population (as a result of the one-child policy) will place great
burdens on those of working age. The huge gender gap – in many areas, a shortfall of 20-30%
from equal gender balance – has further serious implications for long-term societal stability. The
quasi-colonization by ethnic Han of China’s hinterlands (Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Qinghai,
Tibet, Yunnan) and accelerating immigration to under-populated and under-developed Russian
Siberia are all potentially calamitous to the indigenous populations.

27 The Himalayas region simmers with tension. The conflict over Kashmir is the most
intractable of problems, with Pakistan and India (and China) holding conflicting claims
over territory. The Kashmir dispute has profoundly shaped Pakistan’s domestic and foreign
policies, has provoked an arms race between Pakistan and India and has already resulted in four
wars. China and India are in dispute over territorial claims not just in Kashmir but also in
Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. Strife also exists over India’s hosting of the Tibetan governmentin-exile and in Tibet itself. Add to this the Nepal Civil War of 1996-2006 (and continuing tensions), and you have a region filled with potential flashpoints.

28 Afghanistan’s troubles are not yet over. It still sits under foreign military presence
and a flawed and fledgling political system. The Taliban violently oppose both the former
and the latter, and their influence is still significant in several regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.Afghanistan has known only war for so many decades, yet stability is being established – and the good news is carefully, subtly being shared and demonstrated.

29 The Golden Triangle (parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Yunnan), already
notorious for insurgency, lawlessness, drug production and trafficking, has now added
human trafficking to its list of evils.

30 Yemen is a tinderbox of trouble. Rapid population growth (the population doubles
every 21 years!), endemic poverty, a turbulent and clannish society, growing Islamist
extremism and violence against foreign powers all point to a looming ignition point.

Thank you for the time you give in daily intercession for the nations of the earth. We continue to believe that they will have a visitation from the presence of the Lord. As you have prayed for others may the Lord answer the prayers of your heart. <

Blessings,
Lane

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Daily Prayer for December 31

December 31, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

Trusting in the Lord

The ladies and I pulled our chairs together forming a circle. We read First Kings 18:37-39 and Acts 3:1-6. Then talked about how to apply these Scriptures to our lives. A demonstration of God’s power caused the people to cry: the Lord, He is God! In Acts when Peter spoke to the crippled man there was another demonstration of divine power. God wants us to trust Him to demonstrate His power through us so that our loved ones will come to know Him. It was then one lovely young woman spoke: I have a trust issue and become fearful when I think that God wants me to do something. We could identify with her and asked God to help us grow in grace that we might learn to trust Him more.

PRAYER:

To the glory of the Father I welcome you, Holy Spirit. I’m so grateful that You are my Helper as I prepare for the New Year. I humble myself before You asking for Divine Guidance. In Jesus’ name I commit myself anew to Your plans and purposes, that I might run the full race completing the destiny to which You have called me. I trust in You, Lord, I put my full confidence in You and Your word, and delight myself in You. Father-God, be glorified in my life throughout the coming year as never before, in Jesus name. Amen.

Psalm 37:3-5; Isaiah 26:4; James 4:10
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Daily Prayer for December 30

December 30, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

The Tithe

My parents always tithed and gave offerings. One spring day my dad walked to his organic garden to find an invasion of destructive bugs eating up the young plants. Without hesitation, he went back to the house, picked up his Bible and asked mother to come outside with him. They walked to the center of the rows of vegetables where dad read Malachi 3:10-11 aloud and prayed: Father we have been faithful to your word and paid our tithes with gladness. Now I thank You for honoring Your Word that says You will rebuke the devourer [insects and plagues] for our sakes. Lord of hosts, we declare that you are Lord over this garden. They were not afraid to prove God. That year their crop was greater than every. We all gave glory to God, our Father, as we enjoyed the fresh vegetables that summer! They had plenty to share with neighbors and friends.

PRAYER:

Father, it is our delight to bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of our income) into the storehouse that there may be food in Your house. Lord of hosts, in accordance with Your Word, we prove You now by paying You the tithe where we receive our spiritual nourishment. Thank You for opening the Windows of Heaven for us and pouring out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it, in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Setting Aside the Tithe, Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition)

Malachi 3:10
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Daily Prayer for December 29

December 29, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

Employment

It was many years ago when I was visiting a good friend of mine. Her mother invited me to stay for supper (we didn’t call it dinner in those days). She prepared supper, my friend and I set the table and waited for her father who was later than usual. They were a happy family who loved the Lord, were active in their church. Little did we know that this father and husband, who had been diligent to provide for his family, was headed home with a heavy heart. How could he tell them that he had been fired? It was so humiliating and unfair. He had an excellent work record but now, less than 5 years away from retirement, he was told that he was no longer needed. He had seen this happen to others, but because he was in corporate he felt that he had job security. This family’s retirement had been snatched away; their dreams of moving out of the city shattered, but I’ll never forget his declaration of faith. With tears in his eyes, he maintained his faith in God and assured his family that their Heavenly Father would provide. He added action to his faith: the next Monday he was busy looking for a job, and God did provide.

PRAYER:

Father, we pray for those in our nation who have lost their jobs. You promised, and we believe that You supply to the full their every need. You know their work records and what they are doing. We ask You to set before them doors of employment that no one is able to shut. We pray that they will prize Wisdom and acknowledge that You are the One who gives power to get wealth. In everything they do give them the grace to put You first, and You will direct them and crown their efforts with success. Cause them to increase in Wisdom and in Favor with You, Father, and with man, in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Employment, Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition)

Philippians 4:8; Revelation 3:8
Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 4:8
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Daily Prayer for December 28

December 28, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

Family

Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank You for pouring Your Spirit upon our family from on high. Our wilderness has become a fruitful field, and we value our fruitful field as a forest. Justice dwells in our wilderness, and righteousness [religious and moral rectitude in every area and relation] abides in our fruitful field. The effect of righteousness is peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness, quietness and confident trust forever. Thank You for my family in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Peace in the Family, Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition)

Isaiah 32:15-18; Isaiah 33:2,6
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Daily Prayer for December 27

December 27, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

NOTE: If you do not have children I encourage you to pray for nieces, nephews and the children of your neighborhood.

Father, I ask You to create in our children the desire to attend to Your words. Give them willing and obedient hearts that they may consent and submit to Your sayings and walk in Your ways. Cause their eyes to look straight ahead with purpose for the future. May the tongues of our children be as the pens of ready writers, writing mercy and kindness upon the tablet of their hearts. May they speak the truth in love, and may their hands do the works of the Father. In the name of Jesus, we bind their feet to the pathways You have foreordained for them. (Prayers That Avail Much Volume 3)

Proverbs 4:20; Proverbs 3:3; Ephesians 4:15
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Daily Prayer for December 26

December 26, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

Hearing the Voice of God

In the name of Jesus, I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. I purpose to listen to my Father’s voice, and the voice of a stranger I will not follow. I roll my works upon You Lord, commit and trust them wholly to You. You will cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and so shall my plans be established and succeed. Thank You for Your love, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

John 10:27; Proverbs 16:3
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Daily Prayer for December 25

December 25, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

Christmas Day Prayer

Father, we come to celebrate the Gift that You sent to us; the birth of Jesus, Emanuel, God with us. We pray that future generations will remember the sacred purpose of this celebration, and follow in our footsteps as we follow You. Jesus, we acknowledge that You are the Word that became flesh and lived among us. You are full of grace and truth, and from You we receive one gift after another. I give You all that I have—I give You myself – spirit, soul and body, and pray that future generations will walk in truth. Amen.

John 1:1, 14-16
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Daily Prayer for December 24

December 24, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

Forgiven

Heavenly Father, thank You for this beautiful Christmas Eve. Most of all I thank You for giving us Your Son, Jesus. Jesus, thank You for bearing our sins on the cross so that we can live unto righteousness, and by Your stripes we were healed. We bless You, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Tonight we will go to bed with great expectations looking forward to celebrating with family and friends the birth of our Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving our sins and casting them into the depths of the sea, in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Prayers That Avail Much First Blessings for Your Child)

1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17
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Daily Prayer for December 23

December 23, 2011

Dear Prayer Partner, let us pray together.

A Prayer for Children

Almighty God, I thank You that my children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their friends will find salvation in the Son that You have given us. They will know that there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Thank You for parents and teachers who are teaching them in a spirit of common sense so that we can bring them to maturity. By Your Spirit teach them how to rely on divine energy that You have so generously given them to do their very best, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. (Prayers That Avail Much First Blessings for Your Child)

Acts 4:12; Colossians 1:28
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