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Prayer Guide 5.25.19

Pray through Scripture

Choose one chapter to pray through.

  • Psalm 25: Teach Me Your Paths
  • Psalm 55: Cast Your Burden on the Lord
  • Psalm 85: Revive Us Again
  • Psalm 115: To Your Name Give Glory
  • Psalm 145: Great Is the Lord
  • Proverbs 25: The Speech of the Self Controlled

Pray for Your Church

  • That elders would remain above reproach, kept from temptation, complacency, idols, and worldliness.
Church Members
  • Joe, Liz, Micah, Isaiah, Judea & Josiah Messer
  • Chris, Sherry & Neriah Meyer
  • Marek, Monique & Blake Mikula
General Church Prayers
  • Please pray for David and Natalia turner and their new baby boy, Gabriel, who is currently in the NICU. He’s doing well!
  • That God would help us to pay off the church building.

Pray for Your Husband

Pray that your husband will be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will stand for the truth. Pray that he will protect you and your family from Satan’s attacks. (Ps. 31:24; Eph. 6:13; Ps. 27:14)


Pray for Your Wife

Pray that your wife will seek God for personal revival and revival in your church and community. Pray that she will quickly repent when she sins or strays from her Good Shepherd’s side, and that she learn the will and ways of God. (2 Chron. 7:14)


Pray for Your Children

Hope—”May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)


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 grant them repentance. Unbelievers cannot repent without the enabling grace of God. So pray that God would grant them repentance, that this repentance would lead them to a knowledge of the truth. Pray as well that they would come to their senses and that they would escape from the devil’s snare. “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26).


Pray for the Nations

France

French Republic

Europe

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Geography

Area: 543,965 sq km

The largest country in Western Europe.

Population: 62,636,580    Annual Growth: 0.53%

Capital: Paris

Urbanites: 77.8%

HDI Rank: 8 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 101 (33% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: French. Regional languages in decline. French is the first language of 136 million people worldwide    Languages: 62 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 38,296,005 61.14 -0.6
Evangelicals 603,192 1.0 2.4

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Challenges for Prayer

The accelerating decline of religious faith since the 18th Century has seen France’s Catholic and mainline Protestant legacies plummet in recent years, even as atheism has grown. Hostility toward organized religion as well as the privatization of spirituality mean that regular attendance in any church is below 8%. Some surveys show that over 30% of French people are non-religious. Most French have a profound ignorance of, or indifference to, the gospel, many having never meaningfully encountered it. Yet, the relativism of postmodernity has generated acute emptiness and existential angst; as many have noted, this in turn has created a spiritual hunger that has grown rapidly in recent years. Pray that such hunger might overcome the suspicion toward religion. Pray that Christians would be prepared to patiently and relationally share Jesus with those who seek.

Protestants were accepted at the Reformation, and at one stage some estimate that up to 25% of the French population had embraced the new teaching. But persecution (from the mid-16th Century until the late 18th Century), humanism and nominalism (in the last 200 years) have reduced this to 1.9% in 2010. Protestantism – though widely respected – is spiritually compromised by liberal theology, universalism and the acceptance of contradictory doctrinal and ethical views. Protestants are more numerous in Alsace and the south, but nominalism and decline are common. Yet there are staunch evangelical believers in most Reformed and Lutheran congregations. Pray for restoration to the faith and commitment shown by their martyr forebears.

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