Prayer Guide 3.21.19
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.
- Jesse, Lisa, Eva, Lincoln & Ellinora Furr
- Roy, Susan, David, Lea, & Daniell Garcia
- Elizabeth Grove
General Church Prayers
- That God would help us to pay off the church building.
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: 274,200 sq km
A landlocked country of the Sahel. Prone to drought and famine.
Population: 16,286,706 Annual Growth: 3.45%
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)