I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalms 32:8
Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit is always present to instruct and teach your children. Thank you for the wonderful promise that your loving and watchful eye is also on your Tunisian children. May they find comfort in this knowledge every day.
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. Isaiah 10:1-2
Lord Jesus we remember the oppressive situation the peoples of Algeria live in and pray that righteousness will prevail. Cause those who bring about the oppression to be removed and replace them with peoples who have a heart for You and can rule with justice.
The Lord is My Rock
Following up from last week: The referendum results are in. Over 80% voted for the changes proposed by the president, on a ballot that combined the “flag design change” and “abolishing the senate” into one “yes/no” vote. For further details, see this Washington Post article.
While political unrest continues, most peoples’ lives probably go on as usual. The heat, the dust, the toil continue.
Let us read through Psalm 18:1-19 as our prayer for Mauritania this week. May many encounter God as their rock and burst out in praise!
1 I love you, Lord, my strength 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. 7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. 13 The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.[d] 14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. 15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils. 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Eid el Kabir (or Eid el Adha) – the Feast of Sacrifice – will be celebrated in about 18 days. The ritual sacrifice is believed to be an important religious duty. Moroccans take great pride in their faithful observance of the Eid sacrifice.
As the nation prepare to celebrate this major holiday, let us speak God’s truth over this land and cry out for these truths to be made plain in people’s hearts and minds.
This week, we declare:
"It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins." Hebrews 10:4
Let us repeat this verse as many times as you feel led, as you imagine it resounding over the mountains, valleys, highways, and coastlines of Morocco.
- May many Moroccans be confronted with the impossibility of animal sacrifice to earn us any merit in God’s eyes.
- May many encounter the certainty of salvation through Christ’s perfect sacrifice.
Please declare the following over Libya today:
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
Lord Jesus, give your children in Tunisia boldness to proclaim the mystery of the gospel every day, wherever they are.(Ephesians 6:19 )
Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Acts 13:39
Holy God we are ever so thankful that we can be justified though the sacrifice of Your Son – open the hearts and minds of the peoples of Algeria that they too will receive the justification from the law.
Referendum on constitutional changes
On August 5th, Mauritanians voted on “contentious constitutional changes sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz that some opposition legislators could prompt slide [sic.] towards authoritarian leadership” Full article on Al Jazeera English
Pray for the future of Mauritania as the nation goes through possibly drastic political shifts.
We occupy a powerful position as watchmen over Mauritania who are standing firmly on the truth that this nation belongs completely to the Lord
- Thank the Lord for His good plans for Mauritania.
- Ask for the Lord’s hand of mercy and kindness to rest on this land and be manifest in increasing measures.
- Pray for peace, justice and hope to prevail
- Pray for the president and politicians from all sides to be held back from corruption, and to serve the people in ways that are pleasing to the Lord