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Prayer Guide 11.5.18

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 5: Lead me in Your Righteousness
  • Psalm 35: Great is the Lord
  • Psalm 65: O God of our Salvation
  • Psalm 95: Let us Sing Songs of Praise
  • Psalm 125: The Lord Surrounds His People
  • Proverbs 5: Sin Leads to Death

Pray for Your Church

  • That transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and remaining anonymous strange.
Church Members
  • Rob, Kristy, Eliah, Zack, Abigail, Kiera & Jaina Confer
  • Taylor, Hannah, Madelyn, Addy, Finnley & Brynn Cross
  • James, Ali, Henry & Ellis Everett
General Church Prayers
  • Please pray for Dori Hubbard as she goes in for a Spinal Fusion surgery to correct Scoliosis today. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors and for a quick recovery.
  • From Jim & Brenda Long: Our son, Seth, will be having surgery to have a g-tube inserted on November 13th. There will be a time of healing for him and adjustments for us all as we learn to use it. While we hope this alleviates the burden and stress of trying to keep him fed and medicated, it is still our hope and desire that he would learn and desire to eat a variety of foods orally. We also just continually need wisdom for his care and training, as communication can be unclear with him.
  • From Susan Garcia: Please pray for my sister Natalie, she found out she has stage four cervical cancer.  It is contained to her cervix and one lymph node outside the cervix! This is good news because they think it’s treatable with radiation and chemo! So please pray the treatments go well.
  • From Heather Bonnell: This past Thursday or Friday, my Aunt passed away alone in her home. She was my mom’s twin sister and she heard the gospel, but we do not know where she stood with the Lord. She was found by my mom Friday, and had many gospel conversations with my dad. Please just pray for my parents and brothers for peace and comfort, and for my family, and me, as I was close to her and the kids knew her well. Pray also for travel plans as I plan to fly to MN for the funeral.
  • Continue to pray for the Andrews family after the loss of Rebecca’s mother.
  • Continue to pray for the McNerney’s and John’s recovery from his recent heart surgery.
  • Continue to pray for Lindsay Yackey who has two broken arms currently and is trying to finish her student teaching in the next few weeks.
  • Continue to pray for the Aricayos family and for Isaia’s recovery from his motorcycle accident.
  • Pray God would continue to provide the finances for us to pay off our building.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6; Gen. 2:24)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will respect and practice godly submission to your leadership, and that you will love and cherish her. (Eph. 5:23-33)


Pray for Your Children

Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.”


Pray for Your Singleness

To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7–10)

Help me see every loss or disappointment, every moment of loneliness, every unfulfilled dream or desire, and every evidence of weakness as an opportunity to remember and enjoy the strength, hope, and rest you bought for me with the blood of your Son. Remind me that you are working all of this, every inch, in every way, for my good.


Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. Once more, God must initiate and people must respond. So pray that God would open the hearts of these unbelievers so they can in turn believe, just as Lydia did. “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14).


Pray for the Nations

Sri Lanka

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Asia

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Geography

Area: 65,610 sq km

Large island 80 km southeast of India.

Population: 20,409,946    Annual Growth: 0.88%

Capital: Colombo

Urbanites: 15.1%

HDI Rank: 102 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 76 (84% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Sinhala and Tamil, with English as the link language    Languages: 7 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Buddhist

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 1,710,353 8.38 0.8
Evangelicals 242,965 1.2 2.3
Buddhist 14,291,044 70.02

Prayercast

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)