Prayer Guide: 10.24.2017
Pray through Scripture
Choose one chapter to pray through.
- Psalm 24: The King of Glory
- Psalm 54: The Lord Upholds My Life
- Psalm 84: My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord
- Psalm 114: Tremble at the Presence of the Lord
- Psalm 144: My Rock & My Fortress
- Proverbs 24: Intelligence for Hospitality
Pray for Your Church
- The preaching of God’s Word—that it would be biblically careful and Holy Spirit imbued.
- Dusty, Star, Josiah, Anastasia, Jezreel & Kathryn Kraft
- Jim & Liz Linclau
- Joe, Liz, Micah & Isaiah Messer
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 have a balanced life—that he will balance work and play. Pray that he will fear God, but also gain favor with people he knows at work and church. (Luke 2:52; Prov. 13:15)
Pray for Your Wife
Pray that your wife will be clothed with strength and dignity. Pray that she will have a gentle and gracious spirit, and represent the Lord well as His ambassador. (Prov. 31:25a; 2 Cor. 5:20a; 1 Pet. 3:4)
Pray for Your Children
A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)
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 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
Republic of Sierra Leone
Area: 71,740 sq km
Small coastal state between Guinea and Liberia.
Population: 5,835,664 Annual Growth: 2.70%
Official language: English. Trade language Krio (Creole), spoken by 10% of the population as first language and 90% as second Languages: 26 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Challenges for Prayer
The fallout from the conflict remains – the human suffering of survivors. Pray for the following groups:
a) Those with emotional and psychological traumafrom their experiences. This could include the majority of the population, but especially those who suffered rape. Proper trauma counselling and Christian love can see these wounds healed, but much remains to be done in ministry and especially in training people to minister to these needs.
b) Victims of mutilation and maiming. Sierra Leone’s conflict was particularly noted for amputation of hands, arms and feet – for no reason other than pure cruelty and evil. Those who survived such treatment need loving acceptance and integration into normal society as well as vocational training for future employment.
c) Former child soldiers. Over 10,000 fought in the conflict, enduring as well as inflicting much suffering. The stigma associated with this role makes their reintegration very difficult. As they grow into men, they remain troubled and troublesome, knowing no life other than one of crime and violence. Pray for ministries that will reach out to these and provide opportunities for them to live whole and wholesome lives.
The challenge of the unfinished task. The pride and attitude of superiority shown by the Krio “Christian” population, and the continued growth of Islam, have limited church growth in the tribal hinterland. Most outreach is to animists, even though Muslims have shown responsiveness to the good news. Pray for:
a) The Muslim peoples. During the 20th Century, Islam grew from 10% to over 60% of the population. Islam’s recent increase in influence is in part thanks to UN peacekeeping forces. Troops from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India erected mosques wherever they were stationed. Other Muslim countries sent missionaries to further Islamize the nation. Islam and Christianity enjoyed peaceful relations until now. Pray that Christian witness to Muslims might be clear and bold, but be done with sensitivity and humility. The Fula Jalon, Krio Fulani, Mandingo, Susu, Temne-Banta, Vai and Yalunka are the least reached, but this is being addressed by a number of agencies working with these groups in neighbouring countries.
b) The more animistic groups are more easily won to Christ, but are rapidly being Islamized as well. Christians must show more urgency in reaching them. The Bom, Kuranko, Loko, Northern Kissi and Sherbro are all 5% Christian or less.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)