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)
Advent Week 3: Know His Worth
"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:11
The love of money and the cycles of sin that it causes is a deep-seated stronghold in Mauritanian society.
- Like the Magi, the Lord will open the eyes of Mauritanians to see and know the worth of Christ
- Treasures will be offered to the King of Kings
- The values of the kingdom of God will begin to impact the Mauritanian economy
Advent (Week 1): Righteousness will be his belt, and faithfulness the sash
On this first week of Advent:
We pray for the the Branch from the stump of Jesse to bear fruit in Mauritania.
We pray for His righteousness and faithfulness to be demonstrated among the needy and poor
We pray for Mauritania to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:1-9
Death Penalty for Apostates
An amendment to Article 306 of the country’s penal code will now see the death penalty applied to “every Muslim, man or woman, who ridicules or insults Allah”, his messenger, his teachings, or any of his prophets, “even if [the accused] repents”, according to state news agency AMI. … Mauritania has not carried out a death sentence since 1987.
Jesus said to them, “and I tell you that anyone who leaves home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and for the gospel, will receive much more in this present age. He will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields — and persecutions as well; and in the age to come he will receive eternal life. Mark 10:29-31
God, be gracious to Mauritania and bless that nation, and cause Your face to shine upon them—that Your way may be known in every town and village there, Your salvation among all the people groups of that nation.
Let Mauritanians from all backgrounds and social classes praise You, O God; let man, women and children praise You.
Let Mauritania be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge that nation with uprightness, and guide everyone within its borders and beyond.
Let Mauritanians praise you, O God; let the Moors and Fulani and Tuaregs and Wolof praise you.
The earth has yieleded its produce; God our God, blesses Mauritania. God, bless Mauritania, that all the ends of the earth may fear You.
May this passage become the heart cry of many Mauritanians.
May the heavy veil of religion be lifted, turning ritualistic prayers turn into a “you and I” conversation.
As for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long—
though I know not how to relate them all.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
you who have done great things.
Who is like you, God?
Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
and comfort me once more.