Times of Refreshing
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord...." Acts 3:19
- Praise God for His kindness and unfailing love towards Mauritanians. Pray that His kindness will draw young and old in this nation to repentance.
- Who is longing for their sins to be wiped out? May they respond to this invitation to repent. May there be a supernatural softening of hard hearts.
- Praise God that times of refreshing comes from Him. Ask for times of refreshing to come to the weary and lost in Mauritania.
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26
God, you are the only One who can change hearts. You “give” new hearts to those with hardened hearts.
Father, out of your kindness and deep generosity, lavish the people of Mauritania with the gift of new hearts.
Remove hearts of stone and replace them with hearts of flesh – hearts that are quick to recognize and receive Your love.
The month of Ramadan just finished a few days ago. Mauritanians and Muslims across the world are celebrating. For those who are devout, completing the Ramadan fast is an important religious duty. They earnestly hope that Allah will reward their faithfulness with forgiveness and blessings.
Let us pray the grace of Jesus over Mauritania. Let us declare over Mauritanians: “there is so much more!” More than increasing the probability of forgiveness, but a rebirth into holiness. More than fulfilling religious obligations, but an intimate relationship with a living God!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21
Come in power in Mauritania, Lord. Establish your church and receive the glory that is due Your name.
Saviour of the World
"Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him [Jesus] because of the woman's testimony. 'He told me everything I ever did.' So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more because believers. They said to the woman, 'we no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world." John 4:39-42
- Pray for a wave of encounters between Mauritanians and Jesus – through messengers and with Him in supernatural ways.
- Pray for those who encounter Him to become messengers themselves; like the woman in this passage.
- May Mauritanians “invite Jesus to stay with them,” in the sense of wanting to receive from Him and spend time with Him.
- May many come to know and believe that Jesus is the Saviour of the world.
Strength and encouragement
Let’s lift up the small number of Jesus followers in Mauritania this Ramadan.
- May they experience God’s strength and encouragement each day, and in turn bring strength and encouragement to those they meet.
- Pray that they may dwell in a place of rich communion with God, even in the midst of an atmosphere of heavy religiosity.
- May they experience breakthrough moments in their conversations with friends. Speak through them powerfully, Lord.
- Pray for physical strength and excellent health for all.
Come like the winter rains; come like the spring rains
On this Wednesday after Pentecost, let us proclaim these promises of God from Hosea 6:1-3 over Mauritania.
"Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth."
“Hundreds of Mauritanians took to the streets in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital, this month to protest against slavery in the country and to demand for justice for the victims of slavery.” From an article published on a Pan-African news site on May 28th, 2017.
During this first week of Ramadan, pray for the Mauritanians who are fighting for justice – for those who are oppressed, and for the advocates and activists.
Pray that God’s intentions for fasting will be revealed.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I...
May light and healing break forth over Mauritania as chains fall. May the nation know the one who desires to announce to them: Here am I.
Arise, O God
As the month of Ramadan approaches, let’s pray these two verses over Mauritania.
"Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long." Psalm 74:22
"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'" Isaiah 65:1
In the face of staunch religiosity and striving, be lifted up, O Lord.
Breathe freedom over the nation.
Plant truth where lies fester.
Shine over those who don’t yet realize that You are the One they have been longing for.
Ascribe to the Lord
In verses 7-8 of Psalm 96, the psalmist addresses the nations in a prayerful declaration: ascribe to the Lord!
Let us join in and shout these verses over Mauritania.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations in Mauritania!
Haratines, Bidhans, Pulaar, Soninke, Bamara and Wolof peoples – humbly acknowledge God for who He is!
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts!
Come in! You’re welcome, O peoples of Mauritania. Sons and daughters, come in to the courts of Your Loving Father.
A street where sorcerers compete with doctors
In the heart of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott a street is filled with sorcerers and fortune tellers who make a living by claiming they can heal the sick, chase away bad luck and bring good fortune.
Dubbed the “collective clinic street”, the location frequented by sorcerers makes it one of the busiest streets in the Mauritanian capital. It has been chosen by dozens of Mauritanian sorcerers as well as Africans for work. They live in filthy camps and small huts on the roadside and offer their skills those who seek their help.
Ironically, this street is located near the largest health cluster of clinics in the country. They compete with actual doctors to attract and treat patients. Before making it to the health compound, the patient passes the place of gathering of sorcerers and astrologers and so naturally, they try to convince the patient that they have the answers to what ails them and recipes for a full recovery.” quote
What does Jesus want to do on this street?
Before praying “for” this place, worship Him and declare who He is; the unchanging One, all powerful and eternally victorious. Overflowing with mercy and love.
Then take a moment to listen and let Him guide us in praying out His intentions and His heart over the people who frequent this street.
All praise be to Jesus, who came to destroy the work of the evil one.