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Prayer Guide 4.7.18

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 7: In You Do I Take Refuge
  • Psalm 37: He Will Not Forsake His Saints
  • Psalm 67: Make Your Face Shine Upon Us
  • Psalm 97: The Lord Reigns
  • Psalm 127: Unless the Lord Builds the House
  • Proverbs 7: The Deception of Seduction

Pray for Your Church

  • That elders would remain above reproach, kept from temptation, complacency, idols, and worldliness.
Church Members
  • Tom, Janet & Andrew Grove
  • Jessica, Aiden & Eric Gunning
  • Omar, Karen, Ariana, Serena, Treyton & Riley Herrera
General Church Prayers
  • That God would help us to pay off the church building!

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex. Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you. (Prov. 6:23-24, 26; Rom. 13:14)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will remember truth and practical principles from the Word of God during times of trial, and that the Scriptures will bring her comfort. Pray that the Word will become her delight and song when circumstances are tough. (Ps. 119:28, 52)


Pray for Your Children

Justice—”God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Ps. 11:7; Mic. 6:8)


Pray for Your Singleness

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23–24)

Help me see any success or progress as evidence of your grace, and wean me off of the love of money and human approval. Liberate me from the tyranny of today’s to-do list, and receive every task, every meeting, every chore, and every project as an act of worship.


Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would remove Satan’s blinding influence. Unbelievers have been blinded by Satan and will only ever be able to see and appreciate the gospel if God works within them. So pray that God would give them sight—spiritual sight. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).


Pray for the Nations

China

People’s Republic of China

Asia

Area: 9,573,000 sq km

The third-largest state in the world, also containing the highest mountains and plateaus in the world. The climate and geography are extremely diverse, ranging from tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north, from a highly industrialized and modern eastern seaboard to sparsely populated western deserts and mountain ranges. Hong Kong and Macau are integral parts of China, though their statistics are not included here; Taiwan’s status is debated. These three are handled separately.

Population: 1,330,584,783    Annual Growth: 0.63%

Capital: Beijing

Urbanites: 44.9%

HDI Rank: 92 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 516 (83% unreached) All peoples
Official language: Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese); local languages in the five Autonomous Regions. 15 regional mega-languages. There are an estimated 600 different spoken Han dialects, but one written language common to all    Languages: 296 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 105,382,315 7.92 2.7
Evangelicals 75,399,270 5.7 2.9
Non-religious 590,247,410 44.36

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

China remains officially atheist, and Communist Party members number well over 70 million. But the Christian population has eclipsed this number (it is also far outstripped by Chinese Buddhists). Increasing numbers of Party members are believers. Pray that the atheism promoted for so long – and now so assiduously propagated in the education system – will finally be revealed as hollow and deceptive lies. Pray also that all followers of Christ working in state structures might walk faultlessly and be a redemptive force within the government.

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

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