“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.
Keep me safe, O mighty God.
I run for dear life to you, my safe place.
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.”
And he said to me, “My holy lovers are wonderful,
my majestic ones, my glorious ones,
fulfilling all my desires.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
Because you are close to me and always available,
my confidence will never be shaken,
for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment.
My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory!
Even my body will rest confident and secure.
For you will not abandon me to the realm of death,
nor will you allow your Holy One to experience corruption.
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.
Summit of the African Union
The 31st summit of the African Union is taking place in Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania.
The theme of this summit is “Defeat corruption: a sustainable way for the transformation of Africa.”
Pray for this coming together of leaders in Africa on Mauritanian soil.
In public and private interactions, may the ways of the Kingdom of God open hearts and minds.
May the Lord pour out blessings, mercy and hope over Africa. May the result of this Summit be increased peace and justice throughout the continent.
Take a look this article (from April), and declare over Mauritania that “with God, nothing is impossible.” Pray also for supernatural protection and encounters to increase for such a time as this.
Pray for Mauritanians who have encountered the gospel recently. May their hearts be good soil for the seeds that are sown.
“And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty fold and sixty fold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:8
May every seed sown, even if it’s small and insignificant in the sower’s eyes, yield exponential increased for the Kingdom.
Ramadan week 4: Blessed
During the month of Ramadan, faithful Muslims are consciously practicing what is prescribed to them in order to increase their chances of gaining forgiveness from God.
Pray for God to break through the blinding veil of religion and reveal the blessing of the Cross.
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is not deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
My strength was dried up
As by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you,
And I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’
And you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
Surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him,
You are a hiding place for me;
You preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.”
Ramadan Week 3: In a sun-scorched land
Temperatures in parts of Mauritania have gone up to the mid to high 40s (104-118 F) since Ramadan started. Many Mauritanians who fast from food and drink in this weather cannot afford adequate nourishment for their evening “break-fast” meal. There is also social pressure for nursing mothers and pregnant women to participate in the fasting, even though it is not considered required by the religion.
Lord, have mercy on your dear ones who are ultimately seeking to find secure refuge in Your love. Strengthen their bodies and breathe life into their spirits. May they know that the fasting that you seek is the kind that looses the chains of the oppressed.
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
Week 1 of Ramadan: Be still and know
During the month of fasting, life slows down during daylight hours.
Holy Spirit, encounter Mauritanians during their times of sitting, waiting and resting.
Show them that Jesus is the One will be exalted in the nations, and the One who long to be exalted in their hearts.
Break through apathy and stir up spiritual thirst that is greater than even the physical thirst of hot Ramadan days.
Pour out your Spirit
“… till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.” Isaiah 32: 15-17 (NIV)
Lord, we continue to pray for a quickening of Kingdom transformation in Mauritania. In Your name, we speak a future of fertile fields, righteousness, peace, quietness and confidence over the land.
Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of Mauritanians. Reveal the kindness and the glory of Jesus. May this upcoming month of Ramadan be a time of revelation of what each heart is truly thirsting for.