Can You Pray for Morocco?

Join Daniel Cookman, Kent Chandler and 7 others in prayer for Morocco.

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Pray for Morocco: Wednesday, November 7

Our vehicle wound ever higher up the earthen road cutting through Morocco’s High Atlas mountains. Below me, the red soil spilled like wine between green dots of forest and sheets of white snow. I lost myself in the dizzying beauty of North Africa’s tallest peaks, and as I nervously peered out of the window, I saw there was no guardrail separating us from the sharp ledge and distant valley below. A journey to a Moroccan Village frozen in time. BBC Travel.

While modern maps may have forgotten these towns, God hasn’t. Pray that foreigner would carry the Gospel to remote Atlas villages in Morocco.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, October 30

Morocco World News Reports that In 2017, aeronautical exports exceeded $1.2 billion and jobs increased by 50 percent.

Automotive News Europe reports that Renault is to double production at Dacia plant in Morocco

Even with these positive reports of an improved economic situation in the country, our contacts confirm that personal security has decreased and the wealth gap between middle and upper-class has increased. Pray that Moroccans would seek the God of the bible for their provision.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, September 11

Education reforms: “Spirit of Pluralism”

A new legal framework for education reform in Morocco was approved on August 20 after a meeting of the council of ministers, chaired by King Mohammed VI. It is part of a strategic plan for development in Morocco between 2015-2030.

This document mentions the need to revise curriculum and pedagogic methods in order to facilitate “the development of intelligence and critical thinking” in children that will in turn foster “a spirit of pluralism.”

The tone of this document marks a definite departure from prevailing pedagogic practices in public institutions that value rote learning within a Islam-centric framework.

How may these proposed reforms intersect with God’s transformative work in Morocco in the next 12+ years?

Pray that the execution of these reforms will pave the way for God’s Word and ways to enter into all domains of Moroccan society.

Pray for a movement of God’s spirit among ministers, educators, curriculum writers, and the up-and-coming generation of young teachers in Morocco. We ask the Lord to do what “only He could do” in the field of education in Morocco.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, September 4

Khadija

“Police in Morocco have arrested 12 young men over allegations by a 17-year-old woman [named Khadija] that she was brutally raped and tortured over a two-month period. The case caused outrage in Morocco and led to an online campaign to bring those responsible to justice.” (Quoted from a BBC news article published on August 28th, 2018)

Ask the Holy Spirit to sensitize our hearts so that we can respond to this not merely as a piece of shocking news, but as the story of a young woman who is at this moment in desperate need of restoration and healing in her body, mind and spirit. What would Jesus say to Khadija? Pray His words over her.

Pray also for the young perpetrators of this heinous crime: may they be blessed with the capacity to truly repent. May they become transformed and set free in the Name of Jesus.

For the activists and legal professionals involved in this case: may they encounter the heart of our Father, who is the source of all that is good and just.

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, August 28

No “back-to-school” for most

Many teenagers in Morocco will not be returning to school this year.

According to a recent article on the US Aid website, only 53% of Moroccan middle schoolers continue on to high school, and the estimated high school graduation rate of Moroccan first graders is a meager 15%.

Many middle/high school drop-outs become what is known in the colloquial as “galsa” (female) or “galis” (male) – literally translated as “the one who is sitting.” For girls, the word “galsa” connotes “waiting for marriage” while helping with housework at home. For boys, it means “unemployment.”

Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your prayers to one or more specific young men and women who are currently feeling lost and anxious about the future.

  • Declare Father’s goodness and light over them.
  • Proclaim the breakthrough power of Jesus’ name over every situation.
  • Cover them with the love and blessings of the Kingdom of God.
  • May supernatural Hope mark this generation of Moroccan youth!

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, August 14

A week before the Feast

Eid El Adha (a.k.a. Eid El K’bir) – the Feast of the Sacrifice will take place next week.

The sociocultural significance of this feast day precedes its spiritual weight; at least as it is generally practiced by most Moroccans today. The “Eid” is a time of strengthening familial bonds and enacting a tradition that reinforces the roots that hold a community together. It is more about celebrating a shared identity as Muslims (first) and Moroccans (second).

As the blood of the sacrificed animals streams down roofs and lanes, there is almost a sense of relief for having perpetuated a tradition, more so than a remembrance of God providing a sacrifice for Abraham. Cultural pressure often cloud over spiritual anticipation as folks prepare for the celebrations – not unlike Christmas in the West!

All of the above is stated in very broad terms, and by no means apply to all Moroccos; but it gives an idea of how to pray the Living Word of God over this significant religious holiday .

Let us raise up a resounding call over Morocco and Moroccans worldwide – “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”

May this declaration cover the land like a canopy,
and may it do a work at the root level; cutting off lies and shaking up complacency.

May the Spirit of God that testify to Jesus envelop Morocco this week and beyond.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, August 7

Fully Convinced

“[regarding Abraham] No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20

Pray for Moroccan followers of Jesus who, like Abraham, have been waiting on the Lord for a long time for promises to be fulfilled.

May they be blessed with strength to remain firm in faith, and may they become more and more convinced of God’s goodness and power as they wait.

For those who have wavered, pray for grace to wash over them. May they know Father’s beckoning voice, calling them Home again.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, July 31

Stewards of the land

This headline from a news article published on July 20 says it all: “Morocco’s litter-strewn beaches kick up a stink

Morocco is blessed with great natural beauty that is celebrated and enjoyed by many. However, eco-friendly practices are not yet widespread.

Praise God for many good beginnings in improving public cleanliness and care for the environment. May all those involved be encouraged in their endeavours.

Pray for the beaches, mountains, fields, and deserts of Morocco to be cared for as God’s glorious and precious creation. May the growing church play a part in advocating for creation care.

As eyes and hearts become open to God’s truth, may they also become in awe of God’s beauty. May this bring about new vision and momentum for creation care.