“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”. Lord, we pray today for your children in Libya. May each and every one experience you as Immanuel, God with you, closer than a brother.
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” Deuteronomy 18:15 Oh Lord Jesus, you indeed came 2000 years ago to lead your children through the Wilderness into the Promised Land. Open the eyes of Tunisians to see you as the Deliverer.
As the Algerian refugees long for their homeland, may they too seek the Lord God and say with the psalmist
God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water Psalms 63:1
Advent (Week 1): Righteousness will be his belt, and faithfulness the sash
On this first week of Advent:
We pray for the the Branch from the stump of Jesse to bear fruit in Mauritania.
We pray for His righteousness and faithfulness to be demonstrated among the needy and poor
We pray for Mauritania to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:1-9
Advent (Week 1): “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
As we sing this familiar carol, may the Holy Spirit help us carry Morocco in our hearts, and bind together our adoration of Emmanuel and our intercession for this land. May the last lines of each verse, in particular, become reality in every little town of Morocco.
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth! How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n; So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n. No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in. Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child, Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild; Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door, The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!
“He (Jacob) had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” Genesis 28:12 Father God, we thank you for the stairway you opened up for us through Jesus, our Messiah.
The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his masterthe Egyptian. Genesis 39:2
… for God sent me before you to preserve life.Genesis 45:5
Abba Father we cry out before You, call out Your Josephs to the marketplace in Egypt. Godly men and women who will wholeheartedly follow the dreams You’ve planted in their hearts. Dreams to bless and prosper this land (without the love of money). Dreams to improve lives of the Egyptian people.
Abba Father heal their hearts and strengthen them to understand that excellence in business is their responsibility and calling. They are called to preserve life, to succeed and bless this land that You long to have her a blessing to all the earth (Isaiah 19:24). Spiritual blessings and earthly blessings
Amen and amen!
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“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel.” Numbers 24:17
As we celebrate your coming to earth Lord Jesus, we pray for the people of Tunisia to see you Lord, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Pray today for all Algerians who are frustrated with the lawlessness in their land, to recognize that:
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.” Psalms 19:7-9
An amendment to Article 306 of the country’s penal code will now see the death penalty applied to “every Muslim, man or woman, who ridicules or insults Allah”, his messenger, his teachings, or any of his prophets, “even if [the accused] repents”, according to state news agency AMI. … Mauritania has not carried out a death sentence since 1987.
Jesus said to them, “and I tell you that anyone who leaves home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and for the gospel, will receive much more in this present age. He will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields — and persecutions as well; and in the age to come he will receive eternal life. Mark 10:29-31