Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, January 11th
He is doing whatever pleases Him
“I know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.
6 The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths.” Psalm 135:5-6
Lord, we know that you are great. Deepen our knowledge of your greatness. We proclaim your greatness over Mauritania.
Lord, you are doing what pleases you in Mauritania. You’re doing that right now. Though we may not see it, we believe it. Display your splendour and delight to those you’re pursuing. We love your glorious freedom; you do whatever you please, and you are pleased at whatever you do. We love your perfect timing. We trust that timing, even as we intercede for Mauritania.
Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, January 10
Lifting the shadows of shame
Family is highly valued in Moroccan society. Belonging to a large, close-knit family ensures a secure, stable life. A good family brings honour, and that honour is to be sustained through good marriages, children, and upholding traditional Islamic values. These values are guarded by official policies and a rather monolithic set of social norms. This high view of family is mostly a positive aspect of Moroccan culture. However, the staunch guarding of honour could also bring about tremendous brokenness. Women, especially, face life-long shunning and discrimination once they traverse the boundaries of “family honour” either by choice or as a victim of manipulation, abuse or violence. Children born to single moms are caught up in a system and a culture that stigmatizes their very existence.
Shame casts a shadow that persists from one generation to the next.
Let us cry out on behalf of those who are under the weight shame.
- Jesus, be their advocate. Act on their behalf to bring justice and restoration.
- Jesus, be their shepherd. Lead them out of the cycles of sin and hopelessness.
- Jesus, be their deliverer and rescue. Come quickly to help those who are in desperate situations.
- Jesus, show your mercy. Let your kindness draw them to repentance and into a new life. Instead of shame, let goodness and mercy follow them all the days of their lives.
- Jesus, bring your hope. You are the only source of true hope.
And finally, we ask, Lord, that you will raise up men and women in Moroccan society who will speak and act for the cause of justice and mercy for the disgraced and marginalized.
All this for your glory. Amen.
“For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalms 36:9
We pray for Libyans to realise that life is only found in You, Lord Jesus and drink from the ever flowing fountain of life.