Prayer Guide 12.23.17
Pray through Scripture
Choose one chapter to pray through.
- Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd
- Psalm 53: There Is None Who Does Good
- Psalm 83: O God, Do Not Keep Silence
- Psalm 113: Who Is Like the Lord Our God?
- Psalm 143: My Soul Thirsts for You
- Proverbs 23: Exercise Restraint
Pray for Your Church
- That transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and remaining anonymous strange.
- 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 be a good father—disciplining his children wisely and loving them unconditionally. If he is not a father, pray that he will find a young man to mentor in the things of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21; 2 Tim. 2:1-2)
Pray for Your Wife
Pray for spiritual unity between your wife and others in the church. Pray that the enemy will not be allowed to create divisions, strife, or misunderstanding in any way. (Rom. 14:19; 1 Cor. 12:25)
Pray for Your Children
Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6; Heb. 11:1-40)
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 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
Republic of Zambia
Area: 752,614 sq km
Landlocked central/ southern African country; largely savannah grasslands with forested areas.
Population: 13,257,269 Annual Growth: 2.46%
Official language: English. Trade languages Bemba and Nyanja spoken by large segments of the population Languages: 72 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Challenges for Prayer
Missions. There is an open door for ministry, although few are unevangelized.
a) Receiving. The emphasis is rightly on partnering with Zambians, training them for leadership and service and developing holistic ministries that are sustainable and useful. The largest are: CB/CMML, SIM, IMB, LM.
b) Sending. The Zambian Church’s interest in missions has grown in the last 10 years, in large part due to the GLO Centre and ProChristo/OM. Hundreds now serve cross-culturally within Zambia and to neighbouring nations, almost all of which are much less evangelized and even more in need of practical assistance. The Brethren/CMML alone has sent out 150 workers within Zambia, into the region and even to India and the UK. Pray for these first fruits to represent a much greater harvest.
The less reached – there are still unevangelized pockets and a few peoples who have received much less ministry than the majority.
a) The many smaller groups of peoples in the southwest are minimally reached – the Subiya, the four Khoisan groups, others.
b) The urban satellite towns of Lusaka, the Copperbelt and Kabwe are spiritually needy. Many are squalid shanty settlements, rife with poverty, AIDS and little hope. Pray for the work of Dorothea Mission, World Outreach Team Action and others in evangelizing these areas.
c) The Indian Gujarati community is both Hindu and Muslim, but few are Christian. South African SIM, Pentecostal Assemblies of God and Asian missionaries from Tanzania work among them.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)