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Prayer Guide 10.4.18

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.
Church Members
  • JP, Monica, Elyse, Jonathan & Norman Chavez
  • Caleb, Marlys, Connor, Logan & Mailey Clark
  • Jim Clark
General Church Prayers
  • That God would help us to pay off the church 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

Croatia

Republic of Croatia

Europe

Area: 56,438 sq km

Crescent-shaped country between the Danube River and Adriatic Sea. The land is almost bisected by Bosnia.

Population: 4,409,659    Annual Growth: -0.15%

Capital: Zagreb

Urbanites: 57.8%

HDI Rank: 45 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 32 (9% unreached) All peoples
Official language: Croatian – closely related to Serbian but written in Latin rather than Cyrillic script    Languages: 22 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 4,055,122 91.96 -0.2
Evangelicals 19,359 0.4 0.6

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

The less reached. Historically, minority groups were the main force among Protestants/Independents, but this is changing. There are still peoples and areas with very little evangelical presence:

a) Croatians. Novi Zagreb is a region of the capital with one-eighth of Croatia’s population – but as of 2007, it had no evangelical church. The Istrian Penninsula, the Dalmatian coast and Zagorje in the north are all frontiers for witnessing believers to move into.

b) Romani. These peoples are neglected by evangelicals, but prove very responsive to the gospel, especially the young people. Pray for culturally appropriate churches to emerge among the Romani.

c) Other minorities. Albanians, Slovenes, Italians, Germans and others who have little exposure to or interaction with the good news.

Specialist ministries for prayer:

a) Young people. High unemployment, little confidence in the future, functional godlessness and widespread drug use (80% of teens) show that hope is in short supply. Creative outreach and authentic love will see a response if believers are willing to stick it out. There is a strong focus by evangelicals on ministering to drug addicts.

b) Students. There is a witness among the 25,000 tertiary students through STEP(IFES) and CCCI. More staff and volunteers are needed to reach this searching generation.

c) Other sectors of society include families and business professionals. With both of these groups, CCCI is pioneering helpful means of sharing the gospel and having a positive redemptive effect on society in general.

d) Bibles. The Croatian Bible is available in print, online and in audio format, and an easy-to-read NT has recently been published. There is also a children’s version. Pray for widespread distribution and impact of God’s Word into many lives.

e) Christian publishing. Izvori Publishing House of the Evangelical Church publishes literature and three Christian magazines. Increasing numbers of Christian books, especially on discipleship, are being translated into Croatian. Pray that useful Christian resources will be developed to help disciple believers and to reach unbelievers.

f) Christian media. Radio has wide coverage – more than 30 hours per week in Croatian (IBRA, TWR) across all bandwidths. Internet radio in Croatian is another new and developing ministry. Izvori-Vjere radio ministry is broadcasting on over 52 stations in Croatia and Bosnia. Christian TV in Croatian is also available to more than 60% of the population via eight regional stations.

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