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Prayer Guide 7.3.18

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 3: Save Me, Oh My God
  • Psalm 33: The Steadfast Love of the Lord
  • Psalm 63: My Soul Thirsts for You
  • Psalm 93: The Lord Reigns
  • Psalm 123: Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God
  • Proverbs 3: Humble Yourself

Pray for Your Church
  • That faithful elders would use Scripture to train members to do the work of ministry.
Church Members
  • Mike, Heather, Cade, Ethan, Landen, Emmery, Hadley, Brinely & Audrey Bonnell
  • Paul, Karen & Ryan Cladwell
  • Christine Chavez
General Church Prayers
  • Pray God would continue to provide the finances for us to pay off the building.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will be humble and quick to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord. (Ps. 51:2-4; Micah 6:8)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray for her personal walk with God—that her soul and spirit will be nourished and strengthened in her times with Him. Pray that she will spend more time in the Word of God than in reading Christian books and articles. (2 Tim. 2:15-16; Ps. 119:7)


Pray for Your Children

“Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them. (Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:2)


Pray for Your Singleness

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments. . . . I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. . . . Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. . . . Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me. (Psalm 119:10, 15, 37, 133)

You are the only one who could ever truly make me happy. No spouse, no friend, no job, no amount of money could ever fill the space inside of me made for you. You are more than enough for me, and yet my heart is still prone to wander. Order my loves according to your surpassing worth and beauty, and guard my eyes and mind from being preoccupied with anyone or anything besides you. Capture my heart again, and secure it against all of Satan’s lies.


Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would put his Spirit within them. The great joy of salvation is being indwelled by God himself. Pray that God would grant this honor to those unbelievers, that he would choose to take up residence within them. “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:27).


Pray for the Nations

Côte d’Ivoire

Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Africa

Area: 322,463 sq km

On the west African coast between Ghana and Liberia. Rainforest in the south and savannah/highlands in the north.

Population: 21,570,746    Annual Growth: 2.31%

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Urbanites: 50.1%

HDI Rank: 163 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 106 (32% unreached) All peoples
Official language: French, used by a high proportion of the population. Jula is the most widespread indigenous language, used as a trade language in the north and Abidjan    Languages: 93 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 7,256,399 33.64 2.9
Evangelicals 2,256,431 10.5 3.0
Muslim 9,016,572 41.80

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

The country has been essentially divided between Muslim north and multi-faith but predominantly Christian south. Although peace is established and the nation is moving forward, the loss of life, of infrastructure and of confidence in Côte d’Ivoire’s fundamental unity will leave scars on the nation’s psyche. Pray for political leaders who are visionary, non-partisan, free of corruption and able to boldly take the nation forward and past this unfortunate episode in Côte d’Ivoire’s history. Pray also for a satisfactory solution to the remaining challenge – how to handle the millions of immigrants from neighbouring countries, a problem at the core of the conflict of 2002-2007.

Christian media:

a) Publishing and literature took a serious blow in the civil conflicts, as stocks were looted, buildings damaged, foreign partners fled the country and economic upheaval decimated business. United Bible Society, CLC, CPE (Evangelical Publication Centre) and Maison de la Bible were all affected. Pray for these ministries to be restored to the functionality and influence they had before the war. Pray also for the impact of the Africa Bible Commentary (Langham) and the SIM Pastors’ Booksets projects.

b) Radio. Radio Fréquence Vie broadcasts in French and Jula. SIM’s plan is to eventually turn it over to the national Church. Five other cities have relay stations to further broadcast the programmes in French, Jula, Baule, Abidji, Bété, Senufo, Mahouka and other languages. Methodists also recently started their own station. The Evangelical Radio Association in Côte d’Ivoire represents several stations, as Christians seek to utilize this most popular form of media. TWR and others produce radio programmes in studios in Abidjan, which are broadcast throughout West Africa and to the whole world. Much radio ministry is funded by private donors, since churches have been slow on the uptake to support this strategic ministry.

c) PEMA, the film studio for the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, based in Abidjan, produces culturally relevant programmes on video for transmission by national television stations across West Africa. Topics such as HIV/AIDS, family life and other relevant social issues get a sound biblical treatment in these programmes.

d) The JESUS film is in use in 12 languages, with another two dubbing projects underway. Praise God for the completion of the film in Jula.

e) Christian music writing and recording continues to be influential in Côte d’Ivoire and indeed from here to the rest of West Africa. Many quality albums and songs have been recorded and produced here. Pray that the messages of the songs remain biblically sound and that the lifestyle of the artists reflects the message.

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