Prayer Guide 3.22.18
Pray through Scripture
Choose one chapter to pray through.
- Psalm 22: Why Have You Forsaken Me?
- Psalm 52: The Steadfast Love of God Endures
- Psalm 82: Rescue the Weak & Needy
- Psalm 112: The Righteous Will Never Be Moved
- Psalm 142: You Are My Refuge
- Proverbs 22: Discipline Yourself With Wisdom
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.
- 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 practice forgiveness in your relationship and with others. Pray that he will recognize any roots of bitterness, and yield any resentment and unforgiving attitudes to the Lord. (Eph. 4:32; Heb. 12:15)
Pray for Your Wife
Pray that your wife will serve others with God’s agape love and encourage them with His wisdom and compassion. (Gal. 5:13b; Phil. 2:3-4; Prov. 31:20)
Pray for Your Children
Contentment—”Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13)
Pray for Your Singleness
He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:11–16)
Surround me with people who love me, and who you love more than they love me, especially while I would otherwise live alone. Reveal things about me to me through their eyes, their faith and maturity, and their words. Make me a healthier, more effective member of the local church. Give me a deep, abiding, and growing desire to serve her in whatever ways I can. Rescue me from the blindness and self-centeredness of isolation.
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
Area: 274,200 sq km
A landlocked country of the Sahel. Prone to drought and famine.
Population: 16,286,706 Annual Growth: 3.45%
Peoples: 79 (35% unreached) All peoples
Official language: French, spoken by a minority of the population. Trade languages Moore (the Mossi language), Jula in south and west Languages: 70 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Challenges for Prayer
Pray for the unreached. Despite church growth, increased evangelism and mission and continued responsiveness, 27 unreached peoples remain without an effective witness; 17 of these are Muslim. Most unevangelized lie within the area of witness of several existing mission projects. Churches and missions working in areas with unreached people often tend to favour more responsive or closely related peoples. Pray for the recruitment and deployment of pioneer workers from Africa and the world to evangelize the unreached. Specific challenges include:
a) Muslims, who are stronger in the north but continue to grow in nearly every ethnic group. Only a fraction of the missionary force in Burkina is specifically committed to ministering among Muslims.
i Groups include the urbanized Soninke, rural Tuareg (WH, AoG), the Kurumba (AoG) and Songhai (WH), all in the north; Bolon in the northwest; the Jula (CMF) and the Bobo Madare (targetted by CAPRO) in the west.
ii Pray also for the partly nomadic Fulbe, who are a strategic people strung across Central and West Africa. They are responding to the gospel as never before through the witness of several groups: SIM, AoG, WEC, WH, WOI. Converts often face persecution and exclusion from their own people; pray for large enough groups of believers to form in order to overcome the stigma of following Jesus. Pray for the national-level conferences for Fulani believers, holistic church planting efforts, Fulani literacy centres, radio broadcasts, a chronological storying discipleship programme and the plans for a Fulani-language Bible school and missionary training centre.
b) Unreached non-Muslim peoples. Most of these groups are being steadily Islamized, and time is running out before they are inoculated against the gospel by Muslims. They include the Dogose, the Senufo and sub-groups such as the Karaboro (CMA, Mennonites) and the numerous groups related to the Lobi (WEC). They are concentrated in the west and southwest.
Missionaries working in Burkina Faso have a vital role in this land with so many physical and spiritual needs. The work is hard and victories long in coming. But receptivity is high, and missionaries are welcome. Major missions working in the country are WBT, SIM, CMA, Mennonites, AoG, IMB, Apostolic Church, WEC, Lutherans, CAPRO and Deeper Life. Pray for their protection and encouragement. Missionary reinforcements are needed in a wide range of ministries.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)