“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.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
Lord God, we worship you in spirit and truth. We declare that every knee will bow and every tongue confess, that You are Lord.
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born, will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35
Father we pray for your Holy Spirit to come and empower your children and servants in Libya for your glory.
The King of Glory
Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. —Psalms 24:7-8 NKJV
Father we pray for a Bride in Egypt that would cry out on behalf of this nation that The King of Glory may come in. King Jesus come in to the land You found refuge in. Jesus You are this nation’s only hope. Come Lord Jesus come and open the eyes and hearts of Egyptians to put their faith in You and You alone. We love You Jesus.
Merry Christmas to all!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Lord we present you as the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace to the people of Tunisia. We desire that thousands accept this heavenly gift.
“Our FATHER who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread” —Luke 11:2-4
We need God in all areas of our life (physical, spiritual and mental), and this is a daily need. We need to come back to God daily, many times each day and many ways, for we can quickly become independent and self-seeking. Father we pray that You will meet these daily needs of the Algerian people and be their sustenance. May they turn their hearts to you recognizing You alone can meet their need.