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Prayer Guide 11.14.17

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 14: The Fool Says, There Is No God
  • Psalm 44: Come to Our Help
  • Psalm 74: Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause
  • Psalm 104: O Lord My God, You Are Very Great
  • Psalm 134: Come, Bless the Lord
  • Proverbs 14: The End of Wisdom, The End of Folly

Pray for Your Church

  • That members would be prepared for persecution, remembering to love, not curse, their persecutors.
Church Members
  • Doug, Lynda, Anna, Grace & Jonathan Whyrick
  • Keith & Bethany Wipf / Nate & Sue Wipf
  • Jack, Kelli, Ellie, William, Hudson & Benjamin Wuest
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 speak words that build you and your family, and reflect a heart of love. Pray that he will not use filthy language. (Prov. 18:21; Eph. 4:29)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will focus on the Word of God and walk by faith in the fear of the Lord—rather than the fear of man. Pray that she will not seek acceptance from others or compare herself with them, but that she will discover true freedom in her position in Christ. (Prov. 19:23; 31:30; Heb. 11:6; 2 Tim. 2:15; Ps. 119:45; Eph. 1:3-12)


Pray for Your Children

Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thess. 5:15)


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 for other believers to encounter them. God almost always uses a succession of people to share the gospel with people before they are saved. Pray, then, that God would lead other Christians into the lives of the unbelievers you love, that they too would provide an example of Christian living and that they too would speak the gospel. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6).


Pray for the Nations

Syria
Syrian Arab Republic
Asia
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Geography

Area: 185,180 sq km

Fertile plain on Mediterranean coast; 60% desert in centre and east but crossed by the Euphrates River.

Population: 22,505,091    Annual Growth: 3.31%

Capital: Damascus

Urbanites: 54.9%

HDI Rank: 107 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 33 (45% unreached) All peoples

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 22 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 1,426,823 6.34 5.5
Evangelicals 23,663 0.1 4.2
Muslim 20,254,582 90.00

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Syrian Christian minorities enjoy freedom and stability, possibly unparalleled through the Middle East. The Orthodox and Catholic churches existed since before Islam and endure still with many godly members. The majority are Arab, but there is also a large Armenian community. Christians are concentrated in the cities, but finding housing and employment is increasingly challenging due to discrimination. Their proportion steadily declines through continual emigration. Pray against this trend. Thank God for their longstanding presence and the wise leadership of the Christian communities, and pray that these communities might flower again. Pray for renewal in these ancient traditions.

The Protestant presence is small but growing. Most Protestant converts come from Orthodox and Catholic backgrounds. There is an evangelical presence in most cities, but rarely in smaller towns. Growth can only occur if more leaders (ordained and lay) receive theological and leadership training; the signs are that many are willing. TEE is very helpful in this area – pray for more TEE tutors. Pray that all believers might gain a deep desire to grow in godliness and outreach.

 

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

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