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August 8th, 2017

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Proverbs 8: Wisdom
  • Psalm 128: Blessed is Everyone Who Fears the Lord
  • Psalm 98: Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord
  • Psalm 68: God Shall Scatter His Enemies
  • Psalm 38: Do Not Forsake me O Lord
  • Psalm 8: How Majestic is Your Name

Pray for Your Church

  • That the church’s songs would teach members to biblically confess, lament, and praise.
  • Church Members
    • Jason, Richel, Eli, Abi, Dori, Anna, Caleb, Ethan, Jesse & Aiden Hubbard
    • Renee, Cailyn, Abi, Andrew & Sam Kaneta
    • Katie Klausmeier
  • General Church Prayers
    • That God would help us to pay off the church building before then end of the year.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will work hard to provide for your family, to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, positive relationships with people, determination, etc. (Rom. 12:11; 1 Cor. 15:58)

Pray for Your Wife

Ask God to protect your wife from the evil plots of Satan. Pray that she will not be corrupted as she rubs shoulders with the world. (John 17:15; Isa. 54:17; Ps. 91:9-11)

Pray for Your Children

Mercy—"May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful." (Luke 6:36)

Pray for Your Singleness

It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9–11)

Finish the work you have started within me and through me, making me a little more like Jesus every day. Restrain me from doing anything to make his death look cheap or meaningless. Equip me to increasingly think, talk, and act like someone who has been saved at infinite cost and entrusted with the greatest news the world has ever known.

Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would grant them repentance. Unbelievers cannot repent without the enabling grace of God. So pray that God would grant them repentance, that this repentance would lead them to a knowledge of the truth. Pray as well that they would come to their senses and that they would escape from the devil’s snare. “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26).

Pray for the Nations

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Republic

Asia

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Geography

Area: 198,500 sq km

Central Asian state in Tien Shan mountain range bordering on China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Most land area is mountainous.

Population: 5,550,239 Annual Growth: 1.23%

Capital: Bishkek

Urbanites: 36.6%

HDI Rank: 120 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 47 (57% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Krgyz; Russian Languages: 32 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop %Ann Gr
Christians292,4985.27-1.2
Evangelicals40,1520.74.3
Muslim4,924,72788.73

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

The Church grew impressively in the first years after the nation’s rebirth. It has since slowed in numbers but is maturing. Despite the laws, Kyrgyzstan still has more religious freedom than many neighbouring countries. Bible translation and resources (literature, electronic, radio and TV) have all been developed, though there is room for further growth.

Challenge for Prayer

The people of Kyrgyzstan continue to have the chance to hear of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that the harvest may continue and increase. Pray down the barriers to a people movement.

a) History. For centuries, foreigners have ruled the Kyrgyz and imposed their foreign religions – since the 8th Century foreign armies of various nations brought Islam; Russians in the 19th Century brought Orthodoxy and then imposed Communism in the 20th. Christianity is sadly associated with the occupiers who slaughtered many of the Kyrgyz people's ancestors and also with the West (and its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq).

b) A resurgent Islam. The vast majority of Kyrgyz are culturally Muslim, but practice and understanding of Islam are low. Northern Kyrgyz are more Russian-influenced, but southerners are more traditional and Islamic. Muslim missionaries (200 registered, many more unregistered) from several nations seek to strengthen and purify Islam. Around 2,000 mosques and prayer rooms were built between 2000 and 2005, mostly funded by foreign money. The close association of Kyrgyz cultural identity and Islam makes becoming a Christian a difficult decision; the same holds true for other Central Asian peoples.

c) Shamanism and ancestor worship are significant forces beneath the façade of Islam. Fear of the “evil eye”, use of amulets, the occult and demonization are widespread. Shamans still wield great influence.

d) Kyrgyz nationalism has grown as Russian influence declined, although the Russian language serves as the vehicle of social intercourse among the 80 people groups of the country in all spheres of life. Most minorities do not speak Kyrgyz. The conflict between Kyrgyz and Uzbek in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010 demonstrated that all is not well in this post-Soviet multicultural society. It desperately needs healthy new ideas to fill the vacuum left by communism.


(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)

August 7th, 2017

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Proverbs 7: The Deception of Seduction
  • Psalm 127: Unless the Lord Builds the House
  • Psalm 97: The Lord Reigns
  • Psalm 67: Make Your Face Shine Upon Us
  • Psalm 37: He Will Not Forsake His Saints
  • Psalm 7: In You Do I Take Refuge

Pray for Your Church

  • That elders would remain above reproach, kept from temptation, complacency, idols, and worldliness.
  • Church Members
    • Tom, Janet & Andrew Grove
    • Jessica, Kelly, Aiden & Eric Gunning
    • Omar, Karen, Ariana, Serena, Treyton & Riley Herrera
  • General Church Prayers
    • That God would help us to pay off the church building before then end of the year.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex. Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you. (Prov. 6:23-24, 26; Rom. 13:14)

Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will remember truth and practical principles from the Word of God during times of trial, and that the Scriptures will bring her comfort. Pray that the Word will become her delight and song when circumstances are tough. (Ps. 119:28, 52)

Pray for Your Children

Justice—"God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do." (Ps. 11:7; Mic. 6:8)

Pray for Your Singleness

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23–24)

Help me see any success or progress as evidence of your grace, and wean me off of the love of money and human approval. Liberate me from the tyranny of today’s to-do list, and receive every task, every meeting, every chore, and every project as an act of worship.

Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would remove Satan’s blinding influence. Unbelievers have been blinded by Satan and will only ever be able to see and appreciate the gospel if God works within them. So pray that God would give them sight—spiritual sight. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Pray for the Nations

Kuwait

State of Kuwait

Asia

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Geography

Area: 17,818 sq km

An oil-rich wedge of desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the northwest end of the Arabian Gulf.

Population: 3,050,744 Annual Growth: 2.47%

Capital: Kuwait

Urbanites: 98.4%

HDI Rank: 31 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 29 (38% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic Languages: 7 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop %Ann Gr
Christians420,69813.795.7
Evangelicals46,3911.57.3
Muslim2,490,62781.64

Answer to Prayer

The underground Kuwaiti Church is gaining strength, numbers and maturity, and more converted Kuwaitis are making themselves known publicly. These latter believers are gathering for worship, teaching and prayer with boldness and open witness. While those who openly identify themselves as Christian are still a small minority, both this group and the much larger underground are growing rapidly.

Challenge for Prayer

Expatriate ethnic minorities. Part of Kuwait’s tolerance for other faiths is based on the reality that foreigners comprise most of the workforce. Few expatriates are permanent residents – most are men on short-term work contracts who must leave their families back home. Poor and unfair treatment of these labourers is all too common; this, combined with loneliness, opens many to sensitive Christian witness.

a) Arab groups. Palestinians were the largest group in the past, but Palestine’s support for Iraq in the Gulf War resulted in discrimination against Palestinians and expulsion of many. Egyptians make up for the decrease in Palestinian numbers, as do Lebanese, Iraqis and many other Arab groups. There are many nominal Christians among them all – and many opportunities to minister the love of Christ.

b) The Bidoon (literally “without”) are stateless Arabs originally from the Kuwait region, but now adrift in the Middle East. They are present in Kuwait in significant numbers. They have no known believers and almost no ministry to them.

c) Asians. South Asians and Filipinos predominate, but there are also many Indonesians, Chinese and Koreans. They are largely contract laborers or domestic servants. A large number of Kuwaiti families leave much of the child raising to the maids and nannies who are often committed believers. Increasing numbers live and work in difficult circumstances, since they are considered beneath Arabs and there are no official channels handling the mistreatment and abuse that regularly occurs. Fortunately, the situation is beginning to improve through changes to the law. Pray for God to encourage the many believers and, through them, break into the lives of those from other faiths. Precisely because of their humble occupations, many of these Asians have amazing access to the homes and lives of Kuwaitis.


(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)


August 6th, 2017

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Proverbs 6: Responsibility & Irresponsibility
  • Psalm 126: Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord
  • Psalm 96: Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
  • Psalm 66: How Awesome are Your Deeds
  • Psalm 36: How Precious is Your Steadfast Love
  • Psalm 6: O Lord, Deliver my Life

Pray for Your Church

  • The preaching of God’s Word—that it would be biblically careful and Holy Spirit imbued.
  • Church Members
    • James, Ali, Henry & Ellis Everett
    • Jesse, Lisa, Eva, Lincoln & Ellinora
    • Elizabeth Grove
  • General Church Prayers
    • That God would help us to pay off the church building before then end of the year.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate wickedness, especially the evils of the culture. Pray that he will recognize and avoid wickedness in his own life, and if necessary, take a clear, strong stand against evil. (Prov. 27:12; John 17:15; 1 Cor. 10:12-13)

Pray for Your Wife

Pray that God will protect your wife from discouragement and bitterness when she or you face inevitable criticism. Pray that she will trust in the wisdom of the Word of God to answer her critics, and commit herself into the hands of God, who judges righteously. (Heb. 12:15; Ps. 119:42; Col. 4:6; Prov. 31:26; 1 Pet. 2:23)

Pray for Your Children

Love for God's Word—"May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb." (Ps. 19:10)

Pray for Your Singleness

He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:11–16)

Surround me with people who love me, and who you love more than they love me, especially while I would otherwise live alone. Reveal things about me to me through their eyes, their faith and maturity, and their words. Make me a healthier, more effective member of the local church. Give me a deep, abiding, and growing desire to serve her in whatever ways I can. Rescue me from the blindness and self-centeredness of isolation.

Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would free them from the slavery of sin. Unbelievers may believe they are free, but they are in fact enslaved. They are slaves of sin, bound by their sin and sinfulness. Pray that God would liberate them by his gospel. “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed” (Romans 6:17).

Pray for the Nations

Korea, South

Republic of Korea

Asia

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Geography

Area: 99,067 sq km

Southern half of Korean peninsula. Forested mountain ranges; 22% arable.

Population: 48,500,717 Annual Growth: 0.39%

Capital: Seoul

Urbanites: 81.9%

HDI Rank: 26 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Official language: Korean Languages: 4 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Non-religious

ReligionPop %Ann Gr
Christians15,010,97230.950.4
Evangelicals8,164,97716.80.7
Non-religious15,025,52230.98

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

Korean Christianity is one of superlatives. Six of the ten largest churches in the world are in Korea as are some of the world’s largest theological colleges, baptismal services and evangelistic and Christian gatherings in history. Praise God, not for the size of these events, but for the growth and strength that they reflect.

Challenge for Prayer

Theological training in Korea is unique; the nation enjoys an amazingly high number and ratio of workers with pastoral training and theological education. There may be 300 theological institutions in Korea. In addition to the 15,000 or more students in the top Presbyterian seminaries, there are, throughout the English-speaking world, thousands more Koreans studying for Christian ministry. For many who graduate, there are few openings in city congregations – yet the poorer rural congregations and mission agencies have many opportunities to serve. Pray that a new generation of trained Christian workers would seize these humble opportunities with joy and fervor.


(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)


August 5th, 2017

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Proverbs 5: Sin Leads to Death
  • Psalm 125: The Lord Surrounds His People
  • Psalm 95: Let us Sing Songs of Praise
  • Psalm 65: O God of our Salvation
  • Psalm 35: Great is the Lord
  • Psalm 5: Lead me in Your Righteousness

Pray for Your Church

  • That transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and remaining anonymous strange.
  • Church Members
    • Rob, Kristy, Eliah, Zack, Abigail, Kiera & Jaina Confer
    • Doug, Amy, Josh, James & Joseph Dale
    • Ryan Dyer
  • General Church Prayers
    • That God would help us to pay off the church building before then end of the year.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6; Gen. 2:24)

Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will respect and practice godly submission to your leadership, and that you will love and cherish her. (Eph. 5:23-33)

Pray for Your Children

Self-Control—"Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do."

Pray for Your Singleness

To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7–10)

Help me see every loss or disappointment, every moment of loneliness, every unfulfilled dream or desire, and every evidence of weakness as an opportunity to remember and enjoy the strength, hope, and rest you bought for me with the blood of your Son. Remind me that you are working all of this, every inch, in every way, for my good.

Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. Once more, God must initiate and people must respond. So pray that God would open the hearts of these unbelievers so they can in turn believe, just as Lydia did. “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14).

Pray for the Nations

Korea, South

Republic of Korea

Asia

See Prayer Information

Geography

Area: 99,067 sq km

Southern half of Korean peninsula. Forested mountain ranges; 22% arable.

Population: 48,500,717 Annual Growth: 0.39%

Capital: Seoul

Urbanites: 81.9%

HDI Rank: 26 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Official language: Korean Languages: 4 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion Pop %Ann Gr
Christians15,010,97230.950.4
Evangelicals8,164,97716.80.7
Non-religious15,025,52230.98

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

Korean Christianity is one of superlatives. Six of the ten largest churches in the world are in Korea as are some of the world’s largest theological colleges, baptismal services and evangelistic and Christian gatherings in history. Praise God, not for the size of these events, but for the growth and strength that they reflect.

Challenge for Prayer

Theological training in Korea is unique; the nation enjoys an amazingly high number and ratio of workers with pastoral training and theological education. There may be 300 theological institutions in Korea. In addition to the 15,000 or more students in the top Presbyterian seminaries, there are, throughout the English-speaking world, thousands more Koreans studying for Christian ministry. For many who graduate, there are few openings in city congregations – yet the poorer rural congregations and mission agencies have many opportunities to serve. Pray that a new generation of trained Christian workers would seize these humble opportunities with joy and fervor.


(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)


August 4th, 2017

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Proverbs 4: Wisdom is Life
  • Psalm 124: Our Help is in the Name of the Lord
  • Psalm 94: The Lord Will Not Forsake his People
  • Psalm 64: Hide Me from the Wicked
  • Psalm 34: Taste & See that the Lord is Good
  • Psalm 4: Answer Me When I Call

Pray for Your Church

  • That a hunger for studying the gospel would form among members so that they can guide and guard one another in it.
  • Church Members
    • JP, Monica, Elyse, Jonathan & Norman Chavez
    • Caleb, Marlys, Connor, Logan & Mailey Clark
    • Jim & Cindy Clark
  • General Church Prayers
    • That God would help us to pay off the church building before then end of the year.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship—protecting and providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will be glorified in your marriage. (Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19)

Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will counsel and teach with discernment through the wise use of Scripture and faith in God’s power. (Ps. 119:99; James 1:5-6)

Pray for Your Children

Honesty and Integrity—"May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection." (Ps. 25:21)

Pray for Your Singleness

May the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. (Hebrews 13:20–21)

Use me and my gifts to make your name great in the world. I want my life to count for the mission you have given us. I want it to count today, even while I am still young and single. Fill me with ambition, creativity, and selflessness for the sake of your glory.

Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that they would come to Christ. If unbelievers are to come to salvation, there is just one way. They must come through Christ and Christ alone. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6). Remember, too, that he is the one who calls them to come and to be relieved of the burden of their sin (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Pray for the Nations

Korea, North

Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

Asia

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Geography

Area: 122,370 sq km

The larger part of the Korean peninsula, with a more rigorous climate than in the south. About 70% of the land area is mountainous.

Population: 23,990,703 Annual Growth: 0.39%

Capital: Pyongyang

Urbanites: 63.4%

Peoples

Peoples: 7 (57% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Korean Languages: 1 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Non-religious

ReligionPop %Ann Gr
Christians355,7621.485.2
Evangelicals246,4001.06.0
Non-religious16,625,55769.30

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Access to ministry in North Korea is greater than commonly perceived. Foreign NGOs, both Korean and Western, are on site through aid and development projects. Strict limitations on ministry are in place, but the very presence of believers and the testimony of loving generosity can make a difference in many lives. There are possibly hundreds of Christians in North Korea in this capacity.

Present ministry opportunities:

a) Radio. Many South Korean Christian broadcasts as well as TWR and FEBC reach far into North Korea, but most radios are pre-tuned to government stations. Smuggled radios pre-tuned to gospel frequencies and Chinese tuneable radios are making their way into the country.

b) Bibles, the Gospels and tracts are smuggled into the country by various means as well as floated in via balloons from South Korea. Smugglers are liable to be executed if caught, but the rarity of Scriptures makes them extremely precious to believers. A North Korean dialect version of the Bible is being prepared.

c) Korean Christians from China and elsewhere who are able to visit and gain opportunities to witness. Korea is open to Chinese businessmen, and their easy access to the country could be strategic for the gospel.

d) Prayer networks for North Korea have multiplied in recent years, too many to list, and most have an Internet presence. Many thousands of believers are forming an unbroken chain of intercession for this nation.


(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)

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