Prayer and Praises
In just 2022 so far: 380 million Christians living in places of persecution and discrimination (that is currently 1 in 6 Christians worldwide, 1 in 7 in Africa, and 2 in 5 in Asia)...Each month, 322 Christians are killed for their faith (that's someone killed every two hours for their declaration of Christ as their Saviour), 214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed, 772 forms of violence (beatings, kidnappings, rape, arrest, etc) are committed against Christians. The ten countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution are, in order: North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Eritrea. What can we do? WE CAN PRAY for our brothers and sisters living in these particular areas, facing intense persecution every hour, every day, every week, every month, year in and year out for their faith in the One Who can save them from those who wish to commit harm against them.
The ten nations we are praying for this week...please join us:
Saudi Arabia: PRAY for Saudi believers who must hide their faith from friends and family. PRAY for God to soften the hearts of religious leaders and the monarchy. PRAY for the muslim seekers who visit the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, for God to reveal Jesus to these seekers;
Myanmar: PRAY for the church in Myanmar to be on their knees and praying for peace in the country. PRAY that God will touch and soften the hearts of the military leaders and give them a desire for peace and reconciliation. PRAY that God will encourage church leaders who struggle with the horrific memories of the previous military regime;
Sudan: PRAY for believers who converted from Islam, that they would know they aren't alone. PRAY for God to ease the ongoing political tension and uncertainty. PRAY for peace and reconciliation;
Iraq: PRAY for peace and stability so that displaced Christians can return to their homes. PRAY that the new Iraqi government will protect the rights of Christians and other religious minorities;
Syria: PRAY that Christians would be “lights” in Syria, which has been so devastated by civil war and Islamic extremism. PRAY for God to inflame the hearts of Syrian believers with love for Him, and to give them the knowledge the worldwide church is with them;
Maldives: PRAY for believers in Maldives who must sustain their faith in isolation and secrecy. PRAY that President Solih and his government would soften their stance toward Christians and other religious minorities. PRAY for access to the Bible for Christians in Maldives as the full Bible is NOT available in the native language;
China: PRAY that, despite intense surveillance, faith will flourish in China and more people will discover God's love. PRAY that God will be with converts from Buddhism and Islam as they are double persecuted. PRAY for God to soften the hearts of officials, to allow believers to worship again;
Qatar: PRAY for the monarchy in Qatar. PRAY that God would soften the hearts of the Emir and his government. PRAY for opportunities for Christian in Qatar to share their faith. PRAY for native Qataris who convert to Christianity, they must do so in deep secrecy or risk intense persecution from their family and society. PRAY these believers would know they are NOT alone;
Vietnam: PRAY for God to protect Christians who follow Jesus in places where doing so is seen as a betrayal of culture and family. PRAY for Christians who lose their families and homes, that they would feel the reality that God has given them a global family of believers who pray for them daily;
Egypt: PRAY for the protection and flourishing of Egyptian Christian women. PRAY that God would deliver Christian women who have been forced into marriages with a muslim man, that He would give them hope in this devastating circumstance. PRAY that God would smooth the path for new churches to be built in Egypt, as it is very difficult to get permission to do so.
PRAY that persecuted Christians will be prepared to, “give an answer to everyone who asks them to give the reason for the hope they have” (1 Peter 3:15)
PRAY ~ for our Prime Minister and for all state and territory leaders; PRAY they will be open to the voice of truth; PRAY they will seek peace for all living under their authority; PRAY that God will guide them as they guide us; PRAY they will be wise and discerning, and surrounded by helpful advisors who also seek wisdom and discernment; PRAY for this new attack from the LRC on Christian schools and other religious bodies that would remove autonomy to determine their own enrollment and employment policies.
1 Timothy 2:1-2..."First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."
PRAY that we can be an unusual people in our town who love and serve without limits; PRAY for plentiful opportunities to be bold as we point people to Jesus as their solution, rather than the many other harmful options that don't solve anything; PRAY we can be a light shining brightly to our community, living our lives in such a way that will radiate the Truth in love rather than using the Word of God as a bludgeon.
PRAISE God that we are able to meet freely, without fear of arrest or detainment every Sunday, unlike others around the world who have to meet secretly. PRAY that we would read His Word and take both His call and His promises to head and heart. PRAY that we can find our spiritual gifts individually and operate in them so we can build our church family well.
Our Elders and Board Members
PRAY for them as they finalize the next steps to take regarding our future as a church family; PRAISE God for an exciting future as a church!