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Prayer Guide 3.1.19

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 1: The Way of the Righteous & the Wicked
  • Psalm 31: Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit
  • Psalm 61: Lead Me to the Rock
  • Psalm 91: My Refuge & My Fortress
  • Psalm 121: My Help Comes From the Lord
  • Proverbs 1:Wise Sayings of Solomon

Pray for Your Church

  • That we would have unity amid diversity—loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel.
Church Members
  • Lukas Abernathy
  • Kathy Andera
  • Barry, Rebecca, Ryanne, Shaelynn & Gabriel Andrews
General Church Prayers
  • That God would help us to pay off the church building.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, etc. (2 Peter 3:18; Prov. 4:23)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will love God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. Pray that God’s Spirit will work in her heart in power, and that she will value and follow biblical priorities. (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 6:33)


Pray for Your Children

Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)


Pray for Your Singleness

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Not my will, but yours, be done, O Lord. If those seven words and the faith beneath them were enough to carry Jesus through the cross for my sake, they should be enough to carry me through anything in this life for his sake. Prepare me to make the most of marriage or singleness, whatever you have chosen and planned for me. If it’s not your will for me to marry, help me see all that you have planned for me — in gifting, ministry, and singleness. Either way, anchor my heart firmly in you, and not in marriage.


Pray for Unbelievers

Pray that God would circumcise their hearts. Circumcision was the Old Testament sign of entering into God’s covenant, of being God’s people. To have a circumcised heart symbolizes having a heart that is fully joined to God, fully submissive to him. “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:6).


Pray for the Nations

Bangladesh

People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Asia

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Geography

Area: 143,998 sq km

Occupying the delta and floodplains of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers, with high rainfall and frequent flooding.

Population: 164,425,491    Annual Growth: 1.43%

Capital: Dhaka

Urbanites: 28.1%

HDI Rank: 146 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 423 (88% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Bengla; English also used    Languages: 46 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 1,085,208 0.66 3.1
Evangelicals 633,467 0.4 3.6
Muslim 146,355,130 89.01

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

Progress in the fight against poverty has been made. The thousands of NGOs operating contributed immeasurably to this. Bangladesh is now the furthest along of all South Asian nations toward meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015 (focused on poverty reduction, education, etc). Micro-credit has been the flagship strategy for this progress.

Challenge for Prayer

The cycle of poverty will perpetuate itself until fundamental changes occur. Pray for long-term, penetrating transformation in the following areas of desperate need:

a) The economy is sorely underdeveloped. Bangladesh has little infrastructure, very few natural resources, and therefore affords few ways of making an income. Most people work in agriculture or textiles for scandalously low wages. The majority of Bangladeshis live in gripping poverty, with a very small wealthy minority.

b) A solid social foundation for progress is lacking. Education levels are low (but improving), and overpopulation creates problems in a nation already wanting in land, resources and employment opportunities. Women have been the backbone of micro-credit success (80% of households participate in benefits from micro-credit), yet often suffer undignified and inequitable treatment.

c) A frightening vulnerability to changes in climate and economy. With such widespread poverty, a large proportion of income is spent on food. Significant rises in food prices have a devastating effect, but not as devastating as the effect of flooding from swollen rivers and monsoons. With alarming regularity, the nation is made to endure tragic loss of life and property.

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