Prayer Guide 8.25.19
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.
- Joe, Liz, Micah, Isaiah, Judea & Josiah Messer
- Chris, Sherry & Neriah Meyer
- Marek, Monique & Blake Mikula
General Church Prayers
- From Mandy: One of my co-workers has asked us to pray for her son, Tyler. He serves in the National Guard, and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. He is now struggling with strange dreams and is reacting to some sounds. I let her know that I would share this request with you all.
- From Mike: I will be driving to MN, leaving the 31st and returning the 8th, to visit my mother. Please pray for: My health and safety, my car, and the trip in general, that things would go as planned. Thanks!
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
Republic of Mali
Area: 1,240,192 sq km
Landlocked state. Dry southern grasslands merge into the Sahara Desert. The Niger River runs through the southern part of the country.
Population: 13,323,104 Annual Growth: 2.40%
Official language: French. Trade languages Bambara, Fulbe, Songhai Languages: 60 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Challenges for Prayer
Missions have multiplied and few areas of the country are untargeted, but breakthrough has not yet been seen. Mali is still a pioneer missions country, with two-thirds of the population unevangelized. For years there were only four Protestant missions – Avant, CMA, and then UWM and Evangelical Baptists. Only in the more receptive Avant and CMA areas have strong churches emerged. There are now over 40 agencies from all continents, comprising several hundred workers. But the trickle of responses has not yet become a flood. More and more African and even Malian ministries work here; pray for them to collaborate with foreign missions and to have a galvanizing effect on the national churches.
Bamako, the capital and only major city in the country, has 60 small churches and over 100 expatriate missionaries, but only a minority are involved in urban church planting. Many suburbs are still without a meaningful witness, even as the city rapidly grows and spreads. The churches struggle with limited facilities and with expanding what facilities do exist. A prominent, visible Christianity – with actual buildings as symbols of growth and presence – would be an answer to prayer; a dynamic, growing movement of people to Christ irrespective of physical infrastructure would be even greater!
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)