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Prayer Guide 12.25.17

Merry Christmas!

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 25: Teach Me Your Paths
  • Psalm 55: Cast Your Burden on the Lord
  • Psalm 85: Revive Us Again
  • Psalm 115: To Your Name Give Glory
  • Psalm 145: Great Is the Lord
  • Proverbs 25: The Speech of the Self Controlled

Pray for Your Church

  • That elders would remain above reproach, kept from temptation, complacency, idols, and worldliness.
Church Members
  • Chris, Sherry & Neriah Meyer
  • Marek, Monique & Blake Mikula
  • Jay, Michelle, Jacob, Timothy & Emmalynn Nichols
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 courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will stand for the truth. Pray that he will protect you and your family from Satan’s attacks. (Ps. 31:24; Eph. 6:13; Ps. 27:14)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will seek God for personal revival and revival in your church and community. Pray that she will quickly repent when she sins or strays from her Good Shepherd’s side, and that she learn the will and ways of God. (2 Chron. 7:14)


Pray for Your Children

Hope—”May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)


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 grant them repentance. Unbelievers cannot repent without the enabling grace of God. So pray that God would grant them repentance, that this repentance would lead them to a knowledge of the truth. Pray as well that they would come to their senses and that they would escape from the devil’s snare. “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26).


Pray for the Nations

Zimbabwe
Republic of Zimbabwe
Africa
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Geography

Area: 390,759 sq km

Landlocked state in southern Africa.

Population: 12,644,041    Annual Growth: 0.27%

Capital: Harare

Urbanites: 38%

Peoples

Peoples: 44 (7% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English. Trade languages Shona spoken widely, Ndebele in the West    Languages: 22 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 9,861,088 77.99 1.1
Evangelicals 3,910,631 30.9 2.2

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Young people have watched idealistic visions fade to empty slogans and oppressive misrule. They constitute a huge swathe of the population, but have little reason to hope for improvement to their difficult lot. Pray for the ministries of:

a) Fellowship of Christian Unions – FOCUS(IFES) has 50 groups with 5,000 students served by five full-time and one part-time staff. In the midst of societal dysfunction the students continue to declare the gospel and help where they can to serve the practical needs of the people.

b) Scripture Union has had a decisive impact on the educated via its work in secondary schools. They impart life skills to younger students, work with orphans and children at risk and provide HIV/AIDS education. Camp ministry has been especially fruitful. Pray for more Christian teachers to nurture this work in their spare time.

c) African Enterprise impacts about 50,000 people and hundreds of churches per year with its youth-oriented Foxfire ministries. This ministry, going since 1980, has spiritually shaped many of the nation’s top Christian leaders.

Pray for the less-evangelized. Zimbabwe has been extensively evangelized, but areas of need remain:

a) The rural areas, often neglected for church planting and for sending qualified workers. Pray more will be called to this humble but vital task. Pray also for evangelistic outreaches and suitable literature distribution specifically to these areas.

b) The burgeoning cities, swollen with hundreds of thousands of rural migrants looking for non-existant jobs. Squatter settlements are multiplying and crime is on the increase. Outreach to the unemployed is a major challenge.

c) Less-reached peoples. There are some congregations in every indigenous people, but relatively few among the Tonga, Nambya and Dombe of the Hwange-Kariba area in the northwest (where the AoG have made a significant impact), the Kunda in the northeast and the Tswa in the southeast.

d) Muslims. They are a small minority but wield disproportionate influence on the country through foreign aid “with strings”, mosque-building and scholarships in Muslim universities. Most are Yao from Malawi, some are South Asian immigrants and a few are indigenous Shona-speakers. Little Christian outreach has been made to win them and churches are ill-equipped to do so.

 

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

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