Justice and Freedom for All
Amnesty International recently reported on the “growing repression of human rights defenders who denounce disorientation and slavery” in Mauritania. (Full article)
“… we don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” —2 Chronicles 20:12
In the face of this endemic social issue, we ask for supernatural solutions.
Spend a minute or two listening to the Lord for His “precious thoughts” (Psalm 139:17 ) towards all Mauritanians.
Proclaim the truths from the Creator’s heart over this nation.
Pray for the roots of slavery and racial/social discrimination to be cut off once and for all in Mauritania,
Our eyes are on You, Lord – arise and act on behalf of the the enslaved and formerly-enslaved peoples of Mauritania. Show Yourself to be the mighty one who saves, demonstrate the strength of Your love
Believe Also In Me
We call out to Mauritanians - these are the words of Jesus to you, “do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” —John 14:1
God, soften Mauritanians’ hearts towards You, as only You can do.
- May unbelief be destroyed, and may faith in Jesus arise in Mauritania.
- May Mauritanians hear the voice of Jesus this week, and respond with belief.
The robust looking “bushes” in this photo are actually weeds; a common sight growing in the sandy neighbourhoods of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania.
“And it shall be said, ‘build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.’ For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I will dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.’” Isaiah 57: 14-15
Pray for “weeds” – i.e., everything that obstructs the planting of gospel seeds – to be removed from Mauritania’s spiritual soil in Jesus’ name.
Pray for those who seek to plant seeds for the Kingdom of God to find good soil.
Praise God that His zeal and passion for Mauritania is greater than we could ever understand, and that He is the creator God who can cause a bountiful harvest to spring up in the driest of deserts.
See beyond the Messengers
Pray this passage over Mauritania – may Mauritanians come face to face with the face of Christ, through the ordinary lives of Messengers who are “filled up with light.”
“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when god said, ‘Light up the darkness!’ And our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.” 2 Corinthians 4:5-7 The Message
God of All Comfort
“Blessed be the God and Father our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Pray for Christ-followers who are sharing life with Mauritanians who are suffering, in despair, or grieving.
Praises be to our Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
May Christ-followers find grace and strength in their ability in Him to comfort those who are in every kind of affliction.
May the Lord’s grace be more and more fully known as His people share in his sufferings and comfort.
From doubt to faith
“Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” —John 20:26-29
Pray for Jesus to reveal himself to many Mauritanians.
- For those who doubt, pray that Jesus himself will dispel all unbelief about who He is
- Pray for faith to arise so that many Mauritanians will count among the blessed ones who will believe upon hearing the words of Jesus
Water the Seeds
Praise God for the seeds of the Kingdom that are scattered and planted in Mauritania every day. Praise God for for the conversations, acts of kindness, practical help that are done in the name of Jesus in this land.
- Pray that God will nourish and tend to each seed.
- Ask Him to bring about quick growth and abundant fruit.
- May He encourage and empower each “seed sower” with His Spirit.
The Meek Shall Inherit the Land
For those who have been crying out for justice and righteousness in Mauritania, the Lord says—
“In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” Psalm 37:10-11
Lord, bring encouragement and strength to the meek in this land. Demonstrate your saving grace! Invite them to receive Your eternal hope! To the poor and the descendants of enslaved peoples, we pray for deep joy and abundant peace.
Christ love compels us
“‘For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.’ And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Pray for Christ followers in Mauritania to be compelled afresh by His love; that they would have the wisdom, compassion and endurance to live for Christ among their Muslim neighbours.
Do It Again
Pray an encouragement over Kingdom sowers and harvesters in Mauritania this Christmas week.
"And now, God, do it again—
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing."
Psalm 126:5-6 (The Message)