Read about Mauritania on the Joshua Project website. 15 unreached people groups, 99.5% Islamic, and 4.5 million lost souls. What does God stir in your soul to pray?
Mauritania is a nation with, to put it politely, a less than stellar human rights record. More than 50 women have been jailed for extramarital sex in the last two years and many are victims of rape.
Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him Psalms 28:6–7
Pray that this Psalm would be true for women like Khady (from the above linked Reuters article)
Mauritania host 57,000 Malian refugees. Source.
Refugee camps can be a great opportunity for the Gospel to spread. Pray for Christian workers to aid this need, for open hearts to Gospel conversations and for the violence to subside in Northern Mali that these people might be able to return home.
He Reached Down
“He the reached down from heaven, all the way from the sky to the sea.
He reached down into my darkness to rescue me!
He took me out of my calamity and chaos and drew me to himself,
Taking me from the depths of my despair!” Psalm 18:16(TPT)
Thank you Lord for your hand over Mauritania. You are the God who reaches down. We pray that your mighty arm will meet yielding hands when you reach down to Mauritania.
We thank you that in your steadfast love and perfect timing, you draw Mauritanians to yourself. We lift you up as the only one who can rescue and save.
Show us what you desire to do among Mauritanians, and we will declare it in our prayers.
Justice Is Done
Beaten up, Robbed, Hospitalized? And the witnesses? Many as the grains of the sand: Kadiel is one; Ndoulla Ndyam Bele is one Even the birds can testify… But you forget that the chief Has his son as the judge And his son-in-law as interpreter.
Original in French, by Mauritanian poet, Oumar Ba (1921-1998)
For those who live the reality depicted by this poem, we pray for:
God’s justice to become a light to Mauritania, and for his arm to bring justice to this nation. (Isaiah 51:4-5)
Pray for Mauritania as the nation gears up for parliamentary and municipal elections on September 1.
- Praise God for His eternally perfect ways over each nation, and over Mauritania specifically
- Proclaim His Lordship over this land and ask for His mercy and grace to be poured out
- Pray for peace and wisdom for all parties and politicians involved
- Pray for political voices that advocate for the poor and marginalized to be received favorably
May the process and outcome of these elections ultimately make way for Mauritania to flourish.
Week of Pilgrimage and Sacrifice
“Look, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29
Pray for Mauritanians who are spending this week in Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the Hajj – an Islamic pilgrimage culminating in the Eid Al Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice), which is celebrated by Muslims around the world.
This video can guide our prayers:
“The Lord laid [Mauritania’s] foundations with wisdom’s blueprints. By his living-understanding all the universe came into being. By his divine revelation he broke open the hidden fountains of the deep, bringing secret springs to the surface as the mist of the night dropped down from heaven.” Proverbs 3:19-20 (The Passion Translation)
Lord, we declare that this word is true over all the earth, and over Mauritania. May this truth be acknowledged and experienced by those in Mauritania who are seeking wisdom and understanding.
“My safe place”
Pray Psalm 16 over Mauritania – may it become the heart cry throughout Mauritania. May the Lord work mightily to draw many Mauritanians to Himself.
1 Keep me safe, O mighty God. I run for dear life to you, my safe place. 2 So I said to the Lord God, “You are my Maker, my Mediator, and my Master. Any good thing you find in me has come from you.” 3 And he said to me, “My holy lovers are wonderful, my majestic ones, my glorious ones, fulfilling all my desires.” 4 Yet there are those who yield to their weakness, and they will have troubles and sorrows unending. I never gather with such ones, nor give them honor in any way. 5 Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands. 6 Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places. I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following you, for you have given me the best! 7 The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next. 8 Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. 9 My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory! Even my body will rest confident and secure. 10 For you will not abandon me to the realm of death, nor will you allow your Holy One to experience corruption. 11 For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.
In the gospels, Jesus was often faced with the question “why?” Encounters with Him stirs up intrigue and unsettles the status quo.
Jesus responds to each “why” question with power and grace; welcoming peoples’ curiosity and indignation, yet always taking the questioner closer to the heart of the matter – the upside-down Kingdom in which He is King.
Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to stir the hearts and minds of Mauritanians to ask questions about their own religion, and about what they hear of Jesus. Let pray for fascination, productive “discomfort,” new trains of thought, and discovery of the Kingdom that is beckoning them.