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Prayer Guide 3.13.18

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 13: How Long, O Lord?
  • Psalm 43: Send Out Your Light & Your Truth
  • Psalm 73: God is My Strength & Portion Forever
  • Psalm 103: Bless the Lord, O My Soul
  • Psalm 133: When Brothers Dwell in Unity
  • Proverbs 13: The Friends of Wisdom

Pray for Your Church

  • That members would share the gospel this week—and see more conversions!
Church Members
  • David & Natalia Turner
  • Ryan, Amanda, Abby & William Visser
  • Greg, Karen & Kyle Ward
General Church Prayers
  • That God would help us to pay off the church building.
  • Please prayer for Geoffrey Omondi as his father in Kenya passed away last week.  Geoffrey is trying to get to Kenya by February 23rd for his fathers funeral. Please pray for provision, safety, comfort and encouragement.
  • Pray that Liz Grove would be encouraged as she serves in Hondurans.  Pray for protection for her, pray she would be filled with the Holy Spirit so she can love others as she has been loved. Pray God would lead and guide her in planning for the year to come.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband use practical skills to build your family and make wise decisions for your welfare. Pray that he will serve unselfishly. (Gal. 5:13; Phil. 2:3-4)


Pray for Your Wife

Your wife is a busy woman. Pray that she will make wise lifestyle choices in order to protect her health, especially in the areas of exercise, eating moderately, and getting sufficient rest. Pray for times of relaxation and renewal to balance the stress of life. (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 9:27; 6:19-20; 10:13; Prov. 31:17)


Pray for Your Children

Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)


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 for boldness in generating and taking opportunities to speak the gospel. Even Paul longed for this boldness and for the confidence that he was speaking the right and best words. Pray that God would give you the boldness and, that when you take the opportunities, that he would then guide your words. “[Pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel…” (Ephesians 6:19).


Pray for the Nations

Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Europe

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Geography

Area: 51,129 sq km

Mountainous Balkan state bracketed by Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia.

Population: 3,759,633    Annual Growth: -0.11%

Capital: Sarajevo

Urbanites: 48.6%

HDI Rank: 76 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 20 (20% unreached) All peoples
Official language: Bosnian    Languages: 8 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 1,540,698 40.98 -0.2
Evangelicals 2,207 0.1 2.1
Muslim 2,036,217 54.16

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

The tragedy of 1992-1995 was only the latest in a long cycle of violence plaguing this region. Irreconcilable animosity has burdened Bosnia with two separate mini-states and a presidency rotating among the three main factions, an inefficient and expensive situation that drains up to 50% of the GDP. Few of the displaced have resettled in their original homes, preferring to huddle together along sectarian lines. Although buildings and roads are being restored, deep communal wounds remain. Appropriate justice for war criminals still at large and fair solutions for all must be obtained. True reconciliation and unity will occur only by a powerful intervention from the Great Reconciler.

The post-war socio-economic situation is troubled, and recovery is slow. A poor country even before the strife, Bosnia still struggles with poverty. Only organized crime syndicates do well for themselves; these groups must be shut down if Bosnia hopes to join the EU with all the accompanying financial rewards. Young people in particular are pessimistic – more than 60% want to leave the country; the brain and youth drains further sap Bosnia’s potential. Pray for economic transformation, and for a new generation of Bosnians to lead their nation into a bright future rather than flee a sinking ship

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