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Prayer Guide 10.1.18

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 1: The Way of the Righteous & the Wicked
  • Psalm 31: Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit
  • Psalm 61: Lead Me to the Rock
  • Psalm 91: My Refuge & My Fortress
  • Psalm 121: My Help Comes From the Lord
  • Proverbs 1:Wise Sayings of Solomon

Pray for Your Church

  • That we would have unity amid diversity—loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel.
Church Members
  • Lukas Abernathy
  • Kathy Andera
  • Barry, Rebecca, Ryanne, Shaelynn & Gabriel Andrews
General Church Prayers
  • That God would help us to pay off the church building.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, etc. (2 Peter 3:18; Prov. 4:23)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will love God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. Pray that God’s Spirit will work in her heart in power, and that she will value and follow biblical priorities. (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 6:33)


Pray for Your Children

Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)


Pray for Your Singleness

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Not my will, but yours, be done, O Lord. If those seven words and the faith beneath them were enough to carry Jesus through the cross for my sake, they should be enough to carry me through anything in this life for his sake. Prepare me to make the most of marriage or singleness, whatever you have chosen and planned for me. If it’s not your will for me to marry, help me see all that you have planned for me — in gifting, ministry, and singleness. Either way, anchor my heart firmly in you, and not in marriage.


Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would circumcise their hearts. Circumcision was the Old Testament sign of entering into God’s covenant, of being God’s people. To have a circumcised heart symbolizes having a heart that is fully joined to God, fully submissive to him. “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:6).


Pray for the Nations

Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica

Latin America

Area: 51,100 sq km

Agriculturally and ecologically rich land that straddles the Central American isthmus.

Population: 4,639,827    Annual Growth: 1.40%

Capital: San José

Urbanites: 64.3%

HDI Rank: 54 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 21 (5% unreached) All peoples
Official language: Spanish. English and Mekitelyu spoken on Caribbean coast    Languages: 13 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 4,358,653 93.94 1.3
Evangelicals 688,771 14.8 3.7

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

The Roman Catholic Church is deeply impacted by charismatic renewal. Many have come to a living, personal faith in Christ, which has strengthened the Catholic Church (higher mass attendance, more indigenous seminarians and priests). Although 73% of the nation is Catholic, this percent declines every year, and most Catholics are quite nominal in their faith. From the charismatic renewal, many left the Catholic Church for evangelical churches; however, large and increasing numbers of “post-evangelicals” have returned to the familiarity and structure of Catholicism. Pray for both charismatics who stayed in the Catholic Church and those who have returned – may their faith bring further renewal to the mainstream of Catholicism.

These are signs of progress:

a) Increased cooperative efforts for outreach and mission, despite lingering hesitations on the part of some evangelicals. The Costa Rican Evangelical Alliance, representing the majority of denominations, initiated the programme “Costa Rica Century XXI” to promote the development of churches at every level. Pray for a cutting edge to this vision, and for the leaders of this ambitious programme.

b) Some of the best training options in Latin America. There are 26 Bible schools and seminaries and a very extensive and effective TEE programme (SEAN). Two of the most influential are UNELA (Evangelical University of the Americas) and UBILA (Latin American Biblical University); both train Christians to minister effectively to all segments of society – be it through church work, missions or marketplace ministry. There are plenty of training opportunities; pray that Costa Ricans would use them to raise the bar for leadership and to strengthen the Church.

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