Prayer Guide 11.21.17
Pray through Scripture
Choose one chapter to pray through.
- Psalm 21: The King Rejoices in the Lord’s Strength
- Psalm 51: Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
- Psalm 81: Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me
- Psalm 111: Great Are the Lord’s Works
- Psalm 141: Give Ear to My Voice
- Proverbs 21: The Plans of the Wise
Pray for Your Church
- That faithful elders would use Scripture to train members to do the work of ministry.
- James, Ali, Henry & Ellis Everett
- Jesse, Lisa, Eva, Lincoln & Ellinora
- Elizabeth Grove
General Church Prayers
- That God would help us to pay off the church building before then end of the year.
Pray for Your Husband
Pray that your husband will learn how to relax in the Lord and, in his greatest times of stress, find joy and peace in his relationship with God. Pray that he will submit his schedule to the Lord. (Neh. 8:10; Prov. 17:22; Ps. 16:11)
Pray for Your Wife
Pray that your wife will be wise in her conversations, choosing her words carefully to encourage respect for you and the church, and to edify her sisters in the Lord. Pray that she will know how to respond to gossip, and that she will always speak with kindness and compassion. (Prov. 21:23; 31:26; 1 Pet. 3:10; Prov. 11:13)
Pray for Your Children
Responsibility—”Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)
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 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
Area: 56,785 sq km
The Atlantic coastline is only 56 km long, but the land stretches 540 km northward to the Sahel; wedged between Ghana and Benin.
Population: 6,780,030 Annual Growth: 2.50%
Peoples: 56 (11% unreached) All peoples
Official language: French. Only two indigenous languages used in education system: Ewe/Mina and Kabiye Languages: 43 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Challenges for Prayer
Bible translation remains a major ministry challenge. The whole Bible is completed in Kabiye, one of two indigenous languages used in schools. Four languages have definite Bible translation needs. Work in 12 languages is in progress, much of it by WBT workers. Training national translation workers is now one of the greatest priorities for Bible translation.
Christian media ministries for prayer are:
a) Christian literature is in great demand and cheap to produce. Pray for the ministry of The Bible Society as well as the CLC and ABWE bookshops in distributing Scripture. ABWE, WBT and others undertake literacy projects, which enable such resources to actually be used.
b) Audio resources are vital in this low-literacy nation. GRN produced materials in 55 languages, including the FCBH series. Audio Scripture Ministries trains nationals to produce Christian audio resources such as music and teaching.
c) EHC distributes hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature as well as ministers through primary health care to the communities they reach.
d) Christian radio and TV. Local stations broadcast Christian programmes; there is also one well-acclaimed Christian radio station in Lomé. Christian television channels include Television la Solution and TV Zion. African Christian Television produces programmes for broadcast on the national channels. The JESUS film is shown extensively in film and on TV and is available in 18 languages.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)