Prayer Guide 7.5.18
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.
- Rob, Kristy, Eliah, Zack, Abigail, Kiera & Jaina Confer
- Ryan Dyer
- Jim, Brenda, Noah, Victoria, Andrew, Nicholus, Zack, Caleb & Seth Long
General Church Prayers
- That God would help us to pay off the church 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
Republic of Cuba
Area: 110,861 sq km
The largest island in the Caribbean.
Population: 11,204,351 Annual Growth: 0.02%
Largest Religion: Christian
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Challenges for Prayer
There are over one million Cuban refugees (legal and illegal) living in the USA, mainly from the white middle and upper classes and predominantly Catholic. Pray that they will not be victims of the temptations offered by the “free” society they sought so desperately. Pray that the Cuban diaspora might also find Christ and have a redemptive influence on their nation of origin. Pray that their faith might shape their views and approaches to their home country.
Christian help ministries for prayer:
a) Bible distribution – the need remains urgent as church growth outstrips supply. Over one million copies of the Scriptures have been printed in-country on the Cuban Bible Society press, and many thousands are imported every year. A new easy-to-read Spanish Bible will help make the gospel more accessible to many, but it is still difficult for many Christians to get a Bible. The need for the state-appointed Council of Churches to approve Bible translations limits options and prevents good translations from being available.
b) Christian literature has been extremely hard to acquire for years and is an intense need. As the church and its leaders grow, more materials are needed. More can now be imported, but permission for local printing is difficult to obtain. Pray that the wide range of Spanish-language resources would make its way into Cuba.
c) Christian radio remains an untapped potential. Although a cumulative 878 hours per week are broadcast, almost all of it is over shortwave, which is very hard to receive as shortwave radios are illegal in Cuba. Some FM Christian radio can be picked up from other Caribbean islands. Local Christian broadcasting is still not permitted.
d) Music is a core aspect of Cuban culture and identity. Raising up and training Christian musicians and worship leaders is hugely strategic. Some prominent musicians have become believers, increasing Cuba’s exposure to the good news.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)