2009年9月14日 - 9月20日
Weekly Prayer Points- September 14 - 20, 2009
ALBANIA, SOUTHEAST EUROPE- After parliamentary elections held in June 2009 failed to meet international standards and reportedly “could have involved fraud,” the nation is facing a crisis of leadership. It is also facing an ongoing economic crisis. The recent global financial downturn has caused a number of very serious problems. In July 2009, the government responded by freezing all investments. According to the Central Bank of Albania, “economic growth this year is expected to be minimal….” Pray for God to raise up leaders who guide the nation forward in honesty and integrity. Pray for Him to provide them with the wisdom necessary to keep the economy from failing. Pray for those who are already in poverty and lack food, jobs, and shelter – that all of their needs would be met. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come to Albania, transforming hearts and minds, and unleashing a river of blessings that will meet the needs of the people. Pray for this time of crisis to cause multitudes of Albanians to turn from atheism and respond to the invitation to Life in Jesus Christ.
MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA- In July 2009, the justice system sentenced Abdelkader Belliraj to life in prison for his involvement in a terrorist network. Thirty-four other members of the organization were also found guilty and sentenced to prison. Praise God for the capture and prosecution of these violent men. Thank Him for giving the government of Morocco wisdom in dealing with their crimes and bringing justice. Pray for the hearts of Belliraj and his fellow terrorists to be filled with the godly sorrow that leads to repentance and salvation. Pray for this case and its verdict to serve as a warning to other extremist groups. Pray for the physical safety of the people of Morocco, as well as their spiritual safety. Pray for them to be drawn to Christ, placing their trust in Him as their Savior and Lord.
IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST- The defeat of Saddam Hussein’s repressive regime has ushered in a greater freedom in Iraq. But there are still insurgents engaged in acts of terrorism, and Christians continue to be the target of persecution. In April 2009, three Believers were murdered in Kirkuk. In May 2009, l2 people were killed and 25 injured in Dora, a Christian neighborhood of Baghdad. Untold thousands of Christians have fled to Syria and other nations where they are now living as refugees. Pray for God to bring lasting peace to this war-weary nation. Pray for the insurgents to be soundly defeated, for their members to give up, and for their supply of equipment and financing to be cut off. Pray for the protection of Believers living in Iraq and for God to give them boldness to be His witnesses. Pray for Christian refugees struggling to survive in camps under difficult living conditions. Pray for God to supply all their needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Pray for God’s Kingdom to be revealed and demonstrated powerfully in Iraq.
SRI LANKA, SOUTH ASIA- The end of decades of civil war between government forces and the Tamil Tigers is cause for celebration. However, hundreds of thousands have been displaced and many are living in temporary refugee camps which lack clean water and adequate food. “Our country is in huge suffering,” reports Lal Vanderwall of Gospel For Asia. “We are praying for God to intervene so that many more will not die in the aftermath of the surrender.” Pray for God to do just that – intervene powerfully to rescue those who are suffering the effects of war. Pray for healing of emotions, hearts, bodies and minds. Pray for Christian humanitarian groups to be allowed to meet the needs of refugees. Pray for Believers in the camps to share God’s love with those around them. Pray for this new season in Sri Lanka to be a time of reconciliation and peace. Pray for the establishment of God’s Kingdom.
ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST- International and Palestinian leaders are continuing to pressure Israel to create a Palestinian state and stop Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, however, has refused to concede. In July 2009, he stated, “We cannot accept the idea that Jews will not have the right to live… in all parts of Jerusalem. …What would happen if… Jews could not live in certain neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris or Rome[?] There would certainly be a major international outcry.” Pray for God to bless and keep His people, Israel. Pray for the Jews to see and appreciate His watchful care, give thanks, and for their hearts to be open to Yeshua ha Messiah (Jesus the Christ). Pray for the Lord to protect them on every side, along every border, guarding against terrorists and enemy governments. Pray for God to give His angels charge over Israel and to establish His Kingdom among His people.
TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA- The Church in Tajikistan may have to move “underground” after the passage of a new law restricting their freedom. The law gives the government the right to censor Christian literature entering the nation and forces churches and Christian organizations to register. Those who have been approved in the past will be required to re-register. Pray for this law to be overturned. Pray for God to direct the hearts of the leaders in this Muslim nation away from the controlling lies of Islam and toward the Truth of His Son, Jesus Christ. Pray for a great awakening among the people and for this law to be seen for what it is: an instrument of the enemy meant to persecute God’s Church. Pray for Believers to persevere in the Faith, no matter what political, social, or spiritual opposition arises. Pray for them to be able to worship freely always. Pray for their obedience to the Lord to be a powerful witness to their families, friends, and the other citizens of Tajikistan.
CHINA, EAST ASIA- Words like “farce” and “mockery” are being used to describe China’s recent denial of human rights violations. When confronted by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Chinese government claimed there was no censorship, torture, or any form of crackdown on religious and human rights groups. Their reaction to the Uyghur uprising, as well as their ongoing mistreatment of Believers, is testimony to the fact that the Communist government will not allow dissent or freedom of religion. Pray for God to continue to confound the manipulative, controlling leaders in China, by causing His Church – already growing rapidly – to grow explosively, drawing people of every race, people, and tongue into His Kingdom. Pray for the United Nations and other international groups to put pressure on China to end its abuse and torture of Christians immediately. Pray for Believers to rejoice as they see God performing great and marvelous works, accelerating the harvest of souls and exalting His Son.
DJIBOUTI, EAST AFRICA- The derailment of a freight train in southern Djibouti in July 2009 killed l3 people and injured another 24. The train was transporting livestock near Holl-Holl, a town between Djibouti and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when it left the tracks. The people who died were “hangers-on” – travelers who “hang on” to trains because they cannot afford to be formal passengers. Pray for God to move in this tiny, poverty-stricken nation, comforting those who are suffering. Pray for Him to reveal to the people of Djibouti His high calling for their lives – that they are not merely “hangers-on” in life, but were created in His image with a purpose. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come to Djibouti in power and for many to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
YEMEN, ARABIAN PENINSULA- Intelligence officials have announced that while they have not recovered the bodies, they believe all nine of the foreign hostages kidnapped in June 2009 are dead. This violent act has been attributed to al-Qaeda terrorists. One observer noted that “al-Qaida is intensifying things. We should prepare ourselves for additional deaths.” Pray for God to comfort the families of those who are confirmed dead, as well as those who continue to wait and hope for the return of their loved ones. Pray for investigators to be given wisdom and direction in tracking the terrorists. Pray for those who have committed these brutal crimes – be they al-Qaeda or some other organization – to be brought to justice. Pray for the protection of other Believers in this region and for God to give them supernatural boldness in sharing their faith. Pray for this event to be used by God to turn hearts and minds to accept the Truth of Jesus Christ.
VIETNAM, SOUTHEAST ASIA- In June 2009, the government sent police to shut down a church in the Hung Yen Province. Worshippers were assaulted and the pastor, along with one of the elders, was arrested. Both men were later beaten savagely by gangs of police. This is yet another example of the brutal persecution Vietnamese Believers face on a daily basis. However, as one Christian Brother stated, “persecution is often a sign that the Lord is at work.” He also said that the Church in Vietnam is not discouraged, but rather is expanding quickly, their faith growing and maturing. Thank God for His work in Vietnam and for His faithfulness to His people. Pray for the healing of those who have been abused and for Believers to continue to be encouraged and strengthened by the Lord’s presence. Pray for authorities and police to see the love of Christ in them and repent from their evil actions. Pray for this persecution to be the beginning of a great and abundant harvest of souls in Vietnam.
TAIWAN, EAST ASIA- Experts say Typhoon Morakot, which hit the nation of Taiwan in August 2009, is the “worst storm to strike the island in more than 50 years.” Winds reached 87 miles per hour (1l85 km/h) and heavy flooding caused massive mudslides – one of which wiped out an entire village, burying hundreds of people. As recovery work continues, authorities believe the final death toll could climb to more than 500. Pray for the people of Taiwan as they face a series of these devastating storms. Pray for God to comfort those who have lost family members and friends, as well as homes. Pray for aid to reach the victims of these destructive storms – food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and clean water. Pray for the safety of workers who are hurrying to find those who may still be alive beneath tons of mud. Pray for this horrible event to cause people in Taiwan to turn to their Creator and put their faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ.
BAHRAIN, ARABIAN PENINSULA- Despite the fact that Bahrain is a Muslim nation, the government has agreed to “donate a plot of land for the construction of a new church compound to house a range of congregations and fellowships.” This announcement comes after some churches were “facing the possibility of being closed down” because they were not registered. The government recognized that some of these were operating independently (without registration) simply because they could not afford to own or rent buildings. Give praise to God for this development. Pray along with Bahraini Believers for the government to keep its promise. Pray for unity among Believers as they share the new facility. Pray for this to expose Bahraini officials to the Gospel and for their hearts to be drawn into relationship with Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
BRUNEI, SOUTHEAST ASIA- Brunei recently announced that it will be sending a representative to the 4th Hasyimiah Government International Memorisation. This event, held annually in Amman, Jordan, is a competition involving the recitation and interpretation of the Koran – the main Islamic holy book. “This is a responsibility and trust,” explained an official with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, “to shoulder the vision the country has as a zikir nation….” A “zikir” nation is one that is “developed, well-administered, and protected.” Pray for God to remove the veil from the eyes of the Muslims in Brunei, revealing His Word and His Son – Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Pray for Him to give the people of Brunei a new, redeemed vision for the future of their nation that involves His Kingdom and purposes. Pray for the Holy Spirit to protect Brunei from the lies and spiritual death the enemy continues to sow. Pray for a powerful revival in this nation and for thousands – even millions – to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST- In July 2009, the Lebanese army successfully stopped a terrorist plot to attack United Nations peacekeeping troops in Lebanon. The cell of Islamic extremists has been linked to al-Qaeda and was smuggling militants into the country to launch an assault. The terrorists were apparently also planning to attack targets abroad, as well as create additional cells. Praise God for the defeat of this group. Pray for other cells connected to this one to be exposed and, dismantled, and for members to be arrested. Pray for organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda to meet with ongoing, debilitating defeat. Pray for God to give the governments of Lebanon and other Middle Eastern nations wisdom in defending their nations, along with the resources necessary to bring an immediate end to terrorism in this region
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