After Ramadan, exams
While baccalaureate exams took place before Ramadan, many middle school, high school and university students will be sitting exams this week.
- May the Lord release wisdom, confidence, peace and great hope over these young ones.
- May many of these students encounter Jesus supernaturally as they cry out to God for help. May pressures and stresses lift as they experience God’s presence.
- Pray especially for students who will be preparing for exams under difficult conditions at home – ask Father to pour out grace and strength for the children and youth who have no access to quiet study spaces, who are burdened with household responsibilities, or who are surrounded by negativity and discouragement.
- Pray for those who are seeking God for success and a good future to receive a personal response from our Good Father.
Ramadan week 4: Ready To Be Found
“I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask. I’m here, ready to be found by those who haven’t bothered to look. I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’ to a nation that ignored me. I reached out day after day to a people who turned their backs on me, people who make wrong turns, who insist on doing things their own way.” Isaiah 65: 1-2 (MSG)
The Lord is reaching out to Morocco. He is ready to be found.
Pray over the overflowing crowds that attend Taraweeh prayers (“extra” Ramadan prayer time, after the breaking of fast) each night. May there be many who will find Jesus. May those who have their backs turned towards the Lord encounter Him face to face. There is nothing impossible with God.
Ramadan Week 3: Pray for first encounters
In reply to the question: “Why are you fasting?” A Moroccan law student said: “ I always fast during Ramadan. Everyone is fasting.” It was a stretch for her to conceive of not simply fulfilling the requirements of a religion that she was steeped in.
Pray for young Moroccans like her, who are just beginning to grapple with the “why” questions about life and faith. Pray that God will courage and hunger to them, so that they will venture beyond the confines of religion, and say yes to an abiding relationship with Christ.
May this Ramadan be filled with first encounters with Jesus and may this song become the testimony of many Moroccans.
Fountains / J. Baldwin
I will never forget I met you
The moment you called my name
Pulled me out of the darkness
Gave me a promise
To never thirst again
All that I ever wanted
My heart has found in you
I have tasted life
Like you do
The fount that won’t run dry
Nothing satisfies like you do
I want all that You offer
Your living water
Drink from the endless well
I will sit at your table
Forever where You plan
All my fountains are in
All my hope is built on your love
All my fountains are in you
With every breath I live for you Lord
Week 1 of Ramadan: Justice and Freedom
Ramadan will be observed in Morocco starting on Thursday, May 17th.
Let’s declare God’s chosen fast over Morocco.
“Is not his 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?” Isaiah 58:6
God, empower your children to become liberators in Your name. Give them the insight and strength to put your Word into action.
May Jesus be made known and glorified when freedom and justice comes to these ones in Morocco:
- Victims of trafficking
- Victims of domestic abuse
- The destitute
- Indentured servants
- The homeless
- The shamed and wrongly accused
- … etc.
Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, in Morocco as it is in heaven.
Week before Ramadan: prayer for the church
Ramadan will begin in about a week’s time. During this month of heightened religiosity, believers need divine wisdom and strength to know how to honour their community’s traditions while staying steadfast in their walk with Christ.
Let us pray this scripture (Hebrews 13: 13-16) over our brothers and sisters in Morocco.
“So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name. Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.” Hebrews 13: 13-16 (MSG)
– May the Lord empower the church to bring blessing, hope and love to this nation during Ramadan.
– May our brothers and sisters in Morocco unleash praises all over this land, lifting up the One who brings Grace and Truth!
You Still Lack One Thing
“... sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22
There are increasing numbers of Moroccan young people who are like the “young ruler” in this gospel account. They are attracted to the gospel. They are passionate about seeking truth. They are open to encountering God through Jesus.
However, they struggle to give up certain “riches” that offer security in Moroccan society: reputation, belonging, acceptance – three things that are still directly tied to a shared Islamic identity. Some of these young people choose to remain culturally Muslim, while living a largely secular life, and professing genuine interest and a measure of belief in Jesus. Others become drawn to atheism or the New Age.
Pray for these bright and precious ones. May they:
- Come to know the worth of Christ
- Find strength and trust to lay down their “riches” – whatever they may find difficult to give up in order to follow Christ
- Find courage by the power of the Holy Spirit to say “yes” to Jesus and enter His Kingdom once and for all
- Find each other – may there be a new generation of young Moroccan men and women who will respond wholeheartedly to Jesus’ invitation: “follow me.”
And as we pray, faith arise, as we set our hearts on Jesus’ words:
“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
The Capital Region
We stand with our brothers and sisters to declare: “prepare the way of the Lord” over the administrative region of Rabat/Sale/Kenitra.
- Praise God that the light of His Kingdom is spreading and taking root in this region – we celebrate this as we ask for more!
- This is a region of great political influence. May the ways of the Kingdom of Light gather momentum at the top of the power structure of this nation and be released to cover the whole land.
- May our brothers and sisters experience the unity that Jesus himself is interceding for; and may this unity impact the Body in the rest of the nation.
Bold as a Lion
“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
“So that we confidently say, ‘the Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13:6
Thank you Lord for the boldness and confidence that is stirring up among believers in Morocco. We ask for more.
As our brothers and sisters in Morocco respond to Your greatness and worth in boldness, shower them with Your abundant joy, wisdom, and hope.
Be their strength and shield. Hide them under the shadow of Your wings and give them favour and protection.
May the church in Morocco be released into a season of dynamic growth; in intimacy and in fruitfulness! The lions are out of the cage, and ready to take the land!
Religion to Relationship
Pray for Fes-the religious capital of Morocco. Pray for the religious leaders and scholars of Fes. May there be those who are like “Nicodemus” among them; seeking after Jesus and daring to pursue truth. May the Word of God come in power among them, cutting through strongholds and lies.
We proclaim over every mosque and religious institution in Fes:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV
By the power of God, may Fes become known as a place of “relationship” with God rather than “religion.”
Grace and Power
“Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of al the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness ad access with confidence through our faith in him.” Ephesians 3:7-12
Pray for the church in Morocco in this season of increasing harvest
May they minister according to God’s grace, make plain the mystery hidden in God, make known the wisdom of God in the heavenly places, and walk in boldness and confidence.