Classrooms of Mauritania
Pray for the children and youth of Mauritania as the new school year begins.
Only about 5% of Mauritanian high school students successfully pass the exams that qualify them for a high school diploma and a place in university. This is due largely to an underdeveloped education system, and in part to a culture that places higher value on preserving traditions than on learning or innovation. As such, many children and youth encounter discouragement and frustration in their studies.
- Pray for God to bless each Mauritania classroom with vitality and vision.
- Declare hope over the students of Mauritania. Pray for this generation of youth to break away from the negative cycles of the past.
- Bless each young mind in the name of Jesus – may they be filled with curiosity, creativity, and determination.
We believe that future followers of Christ are among these dear students of Mauritania. And we pray that they will begin their journeys in Him soon.
Praying for pilgrims: Hajj 2017
Between August 30th and September 4th, more than a million Muslims will congregate in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj (ritual pilgrimage).
Let us pray especially for Mauritania pilgrims, and Mauritanians who wish to go on this pilgrimage but will not be able to this year.
- God will encounter each pilgrim with His light and truth
- The emptiness of religion will become evident in many hearts
- Many will receive dreams and visions of Jesus, and other divine encounters that will usher in gospel-hope into their lives
May Mauritania be among the nations who will say,
"... Come and let us go to the mountain of the LORD and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths..." Micah 4:2
The Lord is My Rock
Following up from last week: The referendum results are in. Over 80% voted for the changes proposed by the president, on a ballot that combined the “flag design change” and “abolishing the senate” into one “yes/no” vote. For further details, see this Washington Post article.
While political unrest continues, most peoples’ lives probably go on as usual. The heat, the dust, the toil continue.
Let us read through Psalm 18:1-19 as our prayer for Mauritania this week. May many encounter God as their rock and burst out in praise!
1 I love you, Lord, my strength
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Referendum on constitutional changes
On August 5th, Mauritanians voted on “contentious constitutional changes sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz that some opposition legislators could prompt slide [sic.] towards authoritarian leadership” Full article on Al Jazeera English.
Pray for the future of Mauritania as the nation goes through possibly drastic political shifts.
We occupy a powerful position as watchmen over Mauritania who are standing firmly on the truth that this nation belongs completely to the Lord
- Thank the Lord for His good plans for Mauritania.
- Ask for the Lord’s hand of mercy and kindness to rest on this land and be manifest in increasing measures.
- Pray for peace, justice and hope to prevail
- Pray for the president and politicians from all sides to be held back from corruption, and to serve the people in ways that are pleasing to the Lord
Carried off by love to the “bare places”
“Look at the golden plough of the wild oat, with every spike and hair so set that it slips forwards and will not be pushed backwards. Look at the hooks and the barbs that cling to anything and everything that passes by if only they can carry their seed away and away… And the Christ-life in us, developed and set free, will go by its very nature reaching out and spending itself wherever there is want, in love and longing for the bare places and the far-off. The Spirit will carry our hearts and sympathies and prayers away and beyond the tiny circle around us, of our personal interests and our own work, into fellowship with the Father about the world He loves…” —Lilias Trotter, “Parable of the Christ-life”
Pray for those who are beginning to sense a stirring in their hearts to serve God in Mauritania. May they be carried away and away into the center of His purposes. May they be released from all worldly burdens, and propelled into deeper fellowship with a God who breathes hope over deserts.
Pray also for God to raise up more intercessors for Mauritania. May He deposit love and passion into many hearts for this nation.
The Word in Hassaniya
Hassaniya is the main Arabic dialect spoken in Mauritania. There are 5,751,000 Hassaniya speakers in the world according to statistics. 80% are Mauritanian. Others are spread across a few countries in Northwest Africa.
Last month, the Hassniya Arabic translation of “The Little Prince” by St. Exupéry was published. Thus far, the Bible is not yet available in Hassaniya yet. However, audio bible stories and the Jesus film are available in this dialect. Because of the high illiteracy rate among Hassaniya speakers, audio and video resources are invaluable.
Pray that the Word will reach Hassaniya speakers across Mauritania and beyond.
- Pray for the sent-ones in Mauritania and surrounding regions who are using this dialect to share the Good News. Pray for God to powerfully anoint their story-telling and life sharing.
- Pray for God to bless and prosper all ongoing projects (media, translation, etc.) to reach Hassaniya speakers.
- Pray for the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers to serve among Hassaniya speakers.
- Praise God that by His grace and power, scripture will be proclaimed in Hassaniya. New songs and poems of praise to Jesus will arise in this Arabic dialect!
"Then I saw another angel flying midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth - to every nation, tribe, language and people." Revelation 14:6
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.