Lead by a star
"After [the Magi] had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:9-11
Who are the wise men of Mauritania? Who are the wise women of Mauritania? May they be captured by His light, like a bright star in the sky, and follow it until they see him face to face.
Praise God that He is the One “initiating contact” and leading those He calls right into His presence. Pray that many Mauritanians will stop, spot a “star,” and follow it.
Praise God that His sent-ones are shining like stars (Philippians 2:15) in some neighbourhoods of Mauritania. May they be encouraged, renewed, and strengthened. May those who cross paths with them recognize the Light through them.
Fresh encouragement, renewed joy.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1: 3-9
During this week leading up to Christmas,
Pray that all believers in Morocco will receive fresh encouragement from God.
Pray that we will celebrate our living hope and our eternal inheritance with renewed joy.
Pray that those who are struggling know His nearness and taste His goodness deeply.
May our overflowing joy testify to His presence to all those around us.
May this joy be widely scattered like seeds during this season, drawing hearts to the One who knows all our sorrows and infuses all circumstances with triumphant joy.
All praise, glory and honour be to our Immanuel.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” Luke 2:12-13
Lord Jesus, you deserve all the glory. Thank you for your promise of peace and favour to all people. We ask that you open the eyes of the Libyan people to experience that peace and favour.
A bigger explosion
On December 11, 2016 a man wearing a belt with 12Kg of TNT went into a church adjacent to the main Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt and bombed himself. 26 people died and more than 50 people were injured. Mostly women and children. More details here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botroseya_Church_bombing
Father we continue to pray for the Blood of Jesus to cry out on behalf of this land. Father we pray for a church that honors Jesus not politics, honors Jesus not people’s desires. Father use this rage for the glory of YOUR Son that many more Egyptians would come to put their faith in Jesus. Father hallowed be YOUR name in Egypt. Let YOUR Kingdom come with all YOUR glory and power. Father we pray for a NATION that would run after Your heart.
Father we pray for the injured and the ones who lost their loved ones, full healing in Jesus mighty name.
Amen and amen.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me, one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2
Father, thank you for sending your Son to the world to be born in Bethlehem as promised by the prophet Micah. We thank you for all the promises spoken over Tunisia through the ages. Thank you, that all your promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Jesus.
“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” Luke 11:2-4
Heavenly Father, give Your children in Algeria the assurance YOUR will is that the bounds of the gospel-church be enlarged; the kingdom of the world be made Christ’s kingdom, and all men live with the character of Christ embedded in their hearts.
A “Bridegroom’s Carol”
Below is the text of a lesser known carol, a celebratory Christmas song sung from the bridegroom’s perspective. The music is composed by English composer John Gardner, who wrote one of several musical settings of this 19th century text.
May these jubilant, hope-filled, tenderly loving words resound over Mauritania. May many respond to this invitation “to dance!”
Jesus, our Bridegroom king, is calling out to Mauritania – “my love, my love…” May those whom He calls have ears to hear and hearts to receive.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day;
I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
To call my true love to my dance;
Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love
Then was I born of a virgin pure,
Of her I took fleshly substance
Thus was I knit to man's nature
To call my true love to my dance. Chorus
In a manger laid, and wrapped I was
So very poor, this was my chance
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass
To call my true love to my dance. Chorus
Then afterwards baptized I was;
The Holy Ghost on me did glance,
My Father’s voice heard from above,
To call my true love to my dance.Chorus
The Shepherds saw
“As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!" Luke 2:15-20 (The Message)
Let this scene from the story of Jesus’ birth guide us in praying for the shepherds and nomadic herders of Morocco.
“… what God has revealed to us”
Pray for divine revelation of Immanuel. The shepherds of Morocco live in remote regions. Many are illiterate. Portable devices with audio recordings are being used to share stories. Pray for the effectiveness and of these devices and for the stories to capture hearts. Pray also for dreams, visions and divine appointments.
“They told everyone they met”
Pray for shepherds who have seen Him to make him known.
“… glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen…”
May joy and gladness overtake the camps and villages where shepherds and nomadic herders live. May the celebration of Messiah spread across the land; may praises ring out under open skies.
“It turned out exactly the way they’d been told”
Manifest your faithfulness and steadfast truth among the shepherds and nomadic herders of Morocco! May they testify of what you’ve told them. May there be young people who will begin a journey of walking with you and experiencing your faithfulness as they grow up in the beautiful wilderness and hills of Morocco.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”. Isaiah 7:14
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.
to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. —Heb 12:24
Yesterday in Egypt there were 2 bombs that killed around 10 people. It’s such a loss but there’s a blood that speaks better things. Father let the blood of Your Son cry out in this land.