Prayer Guide 12.4.18
Pray through Scripture
Choose one chapter to pray through.
- Psalm 4: Answer Me When I Call
- Psalm 34: Taste & See that the Lord is Good
- Psalm 64: Hide Me from the Wicked
- Psalm 94: The Lord Will Not Forsake his People
- Psalm 124: Our Help is in the Name of the Lord
- Proverbs 4: Wisdom is Life
Pray for Your Church
- That a hunger for studying the gospel would form among members so that they can guide and guard one another in it.
- JP, Monica, Elyse, Jonathan & Norman Chavez
- Caleb, Marlys, Connor, Logan & Mailey Clark
- Jim Clark
General Church Prayers
- From Lynda Whyrick: Please pray for my dear co-worker, Pearl. She just found out she has a nodule on her lung, more testing will be done. She was treated this summer for shortness of breath/chest pain and after testing was told it was stress related. In addition to this, the family will have to travel (12/16-12/22) to WI for her daughter, Sam’s surgery. It is a complicated surgery which could result in a colostomy bag. Sam is only 22 years old. Her other daughter, Lindsey (15 yrs old) will be having surgery shortly after the family’s return from WI on 12/26. Pray for strength and endurance for the family during this already stressful time of year. The physical, mental and financial burden may become overwhelming. Pray that the nodule on Pearl’s lung is non-cancerous/non-life threatening, pray that God blesses the surgeons to allow for complete success without the need for a colostomy bag for Sam and that Lindsey’s sinus surgery is performed without complication.
- Please pray for Chelsea Linclau-Watts, Jim and Liz’s daughter, who had an MRI yesterday to determine whether or not she has MS due to Lyme’s. Please pray that God would help give comfort and healing in this time.
- Pray God would continue to provide the finances for us to pay off our building.
Pray for Your Husband
Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship—protecting and providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will be glorified in your marriage. (Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19)
Pray for Your Wife
Pray that your wife will counsel and teach with discernment through the wise use of Scripture and faith in God’s power. (Ps. 119:99; James 1:5-6)
Pray for Your Children
Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)
Pray for Your Singleness
May the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. (Hebrews 13:20–21)
Use me and my gifts to make your name great in the world. I want my life to count for the mission you have given us. I want it to count today, even while I am still young and single. Fill me with ambition, creativity, and selflessness for the sake of your glory.
Pray for Unbelievers
Pray that they would come to Christ. If unbelievers are to come to salvation, there is just one way. They must come through Christ and Christ alone. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6). Remember, too, that he is the one who calls them to come and to be relieved of the burden of their sin (see Matthew 11:28-30).
Pray for the Nations
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Area: 65,610 sq km
Large island 80 km southeast of India.
Population: 20,409,946 Annual Growth: 0.88%
Official language: Sinhala and Tamil, with English as the link language Languages: 7 All languages
Largest Religion: Buddhist
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Answer to Prayer
The anti-conversion bill was not brought to pass, not so much defeated as deferred. Its implementation would bring difficulties for a number of minorities, but especially for evangelicals seeking to share the good news. Praise God that it has not yet become reality; pray that it may never become so.
Challenge for Prayer
Sri Lanka has suffered much in the past generation. From the constant threat of the Sinhala-Tamil conflict to the tsunami of 2004 to the civil war’s bloody conclusion in 2009, over 100,000 people have lost their lives, over 900,000 (mostly Tamils) emigrated or fled and over one million are displaced. Points for prayer:
a) A resolution of the long-term conflict between Tamils and Sinhalese. Defeating the LTTE as a force means little if enmity, resentment and rebellion are still brewing. Key players are the Sri Lankan government, the former LTTE core members, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora and even India and China. Power sharing may be the only way to long-term peace. A new constitution is being considered, one to resolve ethnic antipathy and return the nation to a more secular status with no religious favouritism. Pray that wise heads may prevail, and that peace, reconciliation and freedom for religious minorities might take precedence over ethnocentrism, prejudice and pride.
b) A government that will work toward transparency, justice and the fair representation of all communities and their civil, economic and religious rights. Corruption and nepotism are too common. Post-2009, courageous decisions have been and will need to be made to oversee the healthy stewardship and development of this nation.
c) The handling of immense human needs in the aftermath of the civil war. Former LTTE fighters need to be reintegrated into society, the many injured and maimed government soldiers must be rehabilitated and given new vocations, orphans and widows must be cared for and half a million who were displaced need to be returned to their homes to rebuild their lives.
d) The fight against the many growing social ills:
i The plight of children – malnutrition, selective abortion/female infanticide or abandonment, abuse (including sexual abuse) and child prostitution (including sex tourism) are evils that are sadly making names for themselves in Sri Lanka.
ii Sri Lankans working abroad, especially in the Middle East and Gulf regions, are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, especially since most of them are female domestic helpers. There are up to 700,000 such women willing to endure the risk in order to earn enough to send remittances home. Their absence is often very difficult on the children they leave behind.
iii Threats to traditional Sri Lankan culture include alcoholism, suicide, casual violence and rape.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)