2009年3月15日 - 3月21日
Weekly Prayer Points- March 15 - March 21, 2009
Iraq – Pray for God’s protection for the Christians of Iraq, especially in Mosul, where there were several attacks last year. Pray that the money that is made from Iraq’s new trade agreements with countries like Iran will be used to protect and care for Iraq’s people. Give thanks that the provincial elections that recently took place went peacefully and that there was not a single attack on the day of the election. Pray that the new leaders elected would govern their country with Godly wisdom and Biblical principles. Pray that these changes will give the people hope for the future.
Sri Lanka – The Sri Lankan government has so far resisted pressure not to pass the anti-conversion law that has had Christians worried about the oppression they will face if it passes. The government has received letters from Western nations and human rights activists representing many nations, faiths, and organizations asking them not to pass the law. The law would also criminalize charitable acts and humanitarian aid given as part of a religious effort. This would make much of the aid that has previously been given to Sri Lanka during natural disasters, such as the earthquake in 2004, illegal, since much of it was collected by religious charities. Pray that the international community would convince the Sri Lankan government to reject the bill. Pray that God would protect local Christians from the oppression that would almost certain occur if the bill passes.
Israel –Pray that the competing parties in Israel’s government would be able to come to an agreement and form a new unity government. Pray that Benjamin Netanyahu, who was asked to form a new coalition government after the elections, would be blessed with wisdom to help end the escalating violence around Israel. Pray that the new government would be able to come to a peace agreement with Hamas and still be able to put an end to the attacks on its cities. Pray that the people of Israel will know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Tajikistan – Tajikistan is struggling with how to deal with extremist religious groups. In an attempt to crack down on Salafi Islam, the government is moving closer to a system of rigid government control of religion that will put harsh restrictions on religious freedom. Protestant Christians are likely to be among those who would be scrutinized under the new laws the Tajikistan parliament is considering. Pray that the parliament will not pass laws restricting religious freedom. Pray that Christians will not suffer from prejudice and discrimination because of their religion. Pray that the new laws and bans will not affect the ability of Christian groups and ministries to operate legally in Tajikistan.
China – The Chinese government is becoming increasingly worried about the spread of Christianity and is stepping up its efforts to identify and find ways to control and suppress Christianity. The government has called meetings to discuss the dangers of foreign religions and is eager to paint Christians as subversives in a time when their own power is in danger because of public unrest over the economic recession. Pray that the government will not choose to launch a crackdown on Christian groups and that the people would not be deceived by false messages about the dangers of Christianity. Pray that the Chinese government would stop oppressing, arresting，and torturing Christians. Pray that the Gospel would continue to spread like fire among the Chinese people.
Djibouti – Pray for relief from hunger for the people of Djibouti. Drought and rising food prices have hit this part of Africa hard as part of the global food crisis. Pray for increased help from donors, and a drop in food prices. Pray that the drought would end and God would bless them with plenty. Pray for the Kingdom of God to be established in this land.
Yemen – Yemen is still struggling to deal with the wave of refugees that flooded into the country in 2008. Pray that God would provide for these refugees and that they people of Yemen would welcome and protect them. Pray that The United Nations Refugee Agency would be able to find funding to help these people, and that the refugees would soon be able to return home to safety. Pray that Christians would minister to these people and them to Christ.
Vietnam – Government officials in Vietnam are taking emergency measures to try to prevent a bird flu epidemic as the infection spreads through local bird populations and has begun to spread to humans. Pray that their actions would be effective and that they would be able to prevent an outbreak of the disease in Vietnam. The communist Vietnamese government has also agreed to hold its first meeting with the Vatican to discuss establishing diplomatic ties. This could be the start of an important movement in softening control over religion in this country. Pray that the talks result in the establishment of a friendly diplomatic relationship and that the Vietnamese government would ease its supervision of religion, and let the Gospel be freely preached in this mostly Buddhist country.
Taiwan – Very few of Taiwan’s people have embraced Christianity, and this is especially true among Taiwan’s working class. Christianity is mostly seen as a religion for the wealthy and well-educated and Westernized classes. Pray that the Gospel message would be taken to the working class of Taiwan and that they would accept it. Pray that they would not be made to feel embarrassed when they go to church because they are not well-educated and refined. Pray that churches would conduct services in a manner that all can understand.
Bahrain – Bahrain has been troubled by political and economic unrest lately. Banks have been weakened by the economic crisis and workers have been threatening strikes over unfair conditions. Demonstrators are also taking to the streets to protest the arrest of alleged political prisoners who are suspected of planning terrorist attacks. Pray that the government would be able to negotiate agreements with striking groups like the fishermen’s union. Pray that Bahrain’s leaders would continue to fight terrorism and would render true justice where it is needed. Pray that other nations would follow Bahrain’s example in fighting terrorism and granting increased freedom to women. Pray that they would reject Islamic law that seeks to crush religious freedom and women’s freedom.
Brunei – The Brunei government continues to resist all attempts to bring Christianity into this country. Telling others about Jesus has been outlawed, and it is illegal to import religious books or materials. Pray that the controlling Islamic government would relax their harsh laws to allow the import of Christian books. Pray that Christianity would flourish here despite restrictions by the government.
Lebanon – Lebanon’s parliamentary majority leader, Saad Hariri, declared that his party would not join a unity government if Hezbollah wins the June elections. Hezbollah believes in armed resistance against Israel, and Hariri says that he has no interest in being part of a Hezbollah-led government. Pray that Lebanon will not choose to go down the path of open war against Israel. Pray that the Lebanese people elect wise leaders who will help to guide and care for their nation. Pray that the new government will uphold human rights and religious freedom in their country. Give thanks that the Lebanese government has repealed its requirement that people state their religion on their official IDs, which often leads to discrimination.
Qatar – Last year Qatar ended a history of the underground Church by allowing the first Christian church to be built, which was soon followed by the construction of several more churches. Pray that the Muslim majority would come to accept Christians and their churches in their midst. Pray that Christians would continue to be protected against any backlash from Muslims who are angry about Christian influence on their country. Pray that the Gospel would spread beyond the mostly foreign Christian population to the native Muslim population.
Turkmenistan – Turkmenistan continues to be very hostile to Christianity and remains one of the world’s worst abusers of human rights - two years after a new government took power, promising to do a better job. Amnesty International reports that journalists, activists, and religious believers are still subject to harassment and intimidation, and there is no difference between the old oppressive regime and the new one. Pray for a real change in Turkmenistan’s government. Pray that they will grant their people religious freedom and stop abusing and arresting anyone the government doesn’t approve of. Pray that the darkness of this oppression will spark revival and draw people to accept the message of Christ.
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WIN創立於1999年，是基督教資訊網絡（Christian Information Network）國際外展事工的一部份，主要使命是提供資訊、裝備和動員全球的禱告網絡，有效地致力於在北緯10至40度窗中和其周圍地區傳福音、教會增長及門徒訓練工作。