Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Moors of Mauritania and Mali

A worker writes,

“My heart is gripped by the unengaged and unreached people groups, included among them are the Moors of Mauritania and Mali.  I have felt deep sighings for them, unusual in my intercessory experience.”

Mauritania and Mali are among the poorest nations in the world.  Civil unrest in Mali has wreaked havoc within Mali, sending thousands of people seeking refuge over the borders in Mauritania, already poor and under-resourced. The plight of these nations is largely unnoticed.  

How can we pray?

  1. Workers are needed. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers. Pray that He would open doors.
  2. Intercessors are needed who would know, feel and do His heart for Mauritania.  Ask that more would have a specific prayer focus for these lands.  
  3. Appeal to the Lord and agree with what He already has on His heart, that His Son, Jesus, would be the One adored and marvelled at before the great and terrible day comes.
  4. In my prayer I reason with the Lord asking, “Why would you not want to move in power?  Your glory is what we desire.  Reveal Your glory to these people.”  
  5. I praise the Lord whose power is unlimited.  The earth is a small speck of dust before Him.  The enemies of the Gospel can be quickly dispelled. Lord, make all your enemies in Mauritania and Mali melt like wax before You.
  6. I am asking that witty inventions would be given to Christians who would be ushered into the economic structure of the country.  That the wisdom God gave Solomon would cause many to marvel and that the testimony of Jesus would grip many hearts.  Witty inventions are the power to devise amazing deeds.

Prayer is seed in the harvest

Did you realise that every prayer you pray is actually a seed in the harvest fields of God?

Suzette Hattingh, evangelist, intercessor and teacher, explains that as you sow you will reap also in prayer. She asks us,

“What does your spiritual bank account look like? How much of your prayer life are you banking? Sowing it for the nations, for others, for the utter most parts of the earth?”

Find out more in this 2 minute reflection with Suzette

And then ask God to lead you in your prayers for North Africa today. YOUR prayers make a difference to God’s Kingdom work in North Africa. Please keep going with your persistent prayers. The Father hears and answers!

REBUILDING THE RUINS IN LIBYA

Cyrene was a city of Libya in North Africa, west of ancient Egypt, from which it was separated by a portion of the Libyan desert, and occupied the territory now belonging to Barca and Tripoli. It was situated upon an elevated plateau about 2,000 ft. above the sea, from which it was distant some 10 miles. A high range of mountains lies to the South, about 90 miles inland. This shelters the coast land from the scorching heat of the Sahara. The range drops down toward the North in a series of terrace-like elevations, thus giving to the region a great variety of climate and vegetation. The soil is fertile.

Historically, Cyrene was a Greek colony rounded by Battus in 630 BC. Because of the fertility of the soil, the great variety in climate and vegetation, together with its commercial advantages in location, the city soon rose to great wealth and importance. Greater fame, however, came to it through its distinguished citizens. It was the home of Callimachus the poet, Carneacles the founder of the New Academy at Athens, and Eratosthenes the mathematician. To these must be added, from later times, the elegant ancient Christian writer Synesius. So important did this Greek colony become that, in little more than half a century, Amasis II of Egypt formed an alliance with Cyrene, marrying a Greek lady of noble, perhaps royal, birth (Herod. ii.181). Ptolemy III (Euergetes I), 231 BC, incorporated Cyrene with Egypt. The city continued, though with much restlessness, a part of the Egyptian empire until Apion, the last of the Ptolemies, willed it to Rome. It henceforth belonged to a Roman province.

In the middle of the 7th century, the conquering Saracens took possession of Cyrene, and from that time to this it has been the habitation of wandering tribes of Arabs.

The Biblical Importance of Cyrene comes through the dispersion of the Jews. Ptolemy I, son of Lagus, transported Jews to this and other cities of Libya (Josephus, CAp, II, 4) and from this time on Jews were very numerous there. By the return of the Jews of the Dispersion to the feasts at Jerusalem, Cyrenians came to have a conspicuous place in the New Testament history. “A man of Cyrene, Simon by name,” was caught by the Roman soldiers and compelled to bear the cross of Jesus (Matthew 27:32; compare Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26). Jews from Cyrene were among those present on the day of Pentecost. Their city appears as one of the important points in the wide circle of the Dispersion described by Peter in his sermon on that occasion (Acts 2:10). Cyrenian Jews were of sufficient importance in those days to have their name associated with a synagogue at Jerusalem (Acts 6:9). And when the persecution arose about Stephen, some of these Jews of Cyrene who had been converted at Jerusalem, were scattered abroad and came with others to Antioch and preached the word “unto the Jews only” (Acts 11:19,20 the King James Version), and one of them, Lucius, became a prophet in the early church there. In this case, as in so many others, the wise providence of God in the dispersion of the Jews in preparation for the spread of the gospel of the Messiah is seen.

Via biblestudytools.com

Libya February 10, 2014

We bless Libya in Jesus’ name with peace, stability, openness, justice and freedom. May people be hungry for freedom and truth. May they find what they are looking for in the God of Love.

Prayer for Egypt February 8, 2014

Father, we hear of all the unrest and lack of peace, stability, security and contentment across North Africa and in our hearts we know that the answer is JESUS. May You reveal Yourself to many across North Africa today. Open their eyes and hearts. Counter misinformation and lies with Your Truth. We praise You for what You are doing across these nations. Amen!

The Early Christians of Tunisia

The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas

This is the prison diary of a young woman martyred in Carthage in 202 or 203 CE. The beginning and ending are related by an editor/narrator; the central text contains the words of Perpetua herself.

While we were still under arrest my father out of love for me was trying to persuade me and shake my resolution. ‘Father,’ said I, ‘do you see this vase here, for example, or waterpot or whatever?’
‘Yes, I do’, said he.
And I told him: ‘Could it be called by any other name than what it is?’
And he said: ‘No.’
‘Well, so too I cannot be called anything other than what I am, a Christian.’At this my father was so angered by the word ‘Christian’ that he moved towards me as though he would pluck my eyes out. But he left it at that and departed, vanquished along with his diabolical arguments.
For a few days afterwards I gave thanks to the Lord that I was separated from my father, and I was comforted by his absence. During these few days I was baptized, and I was inspired by the Spirit not to ask for any other favour after the water but simply the perseverance of the flesh. A few days later we were lodged in the prison; and I was terrified, as I had never before been in such a dark hole. What a difficult time it was! With the crowd the heat was stifling; then there was the extortion of the soldiers; and to crown all, I was tortured with worry for my baby there.
Then Tertius and Pomponius, those blessed deacons who tried to take care of us, bribed the soldiers to allow us to go to a better part of the prison to refresh ourselves for a few hours. Everyone then left that dungeon and shifted for himself. I nursed my baby, who was faint from hunger. In my anxiety I spoke to my mother about the child, I tried to comfort my brother, and I gave the child in their charge. I was in pain because I saw them suffering out of pity for me. These were the trials I had to endure for many days. Then I got permission for my baby to stay with me in prison. At once I recovered my health, relieved as I was of my worry and anxiety over the child. My prison had suddenly become a palace, so that I wanted to be there rather than anywhere else.

Read the entire story at pbs.org

Thursday, February 6, 2013 – Algeria

> For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:4-5 NIV

Lord, we remember your faithfulness, and we pray that the people of Algeria would remember your unfailing love.

Wednesday, February 5, 2013, Mauritania

Father we come before You today asking for the nation of Mauritania as our inheritance. You love all the different people groups that make up this nation, and you know each of them by name. Please draw them along the journey towards You. Stir and soften their hearts. Loose their minds from the one who blinds them. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

mauritania map

Mauritania: Slavery’s last stronghold

Source: CNN

“Mauritania’s endless sea of sand dunes hides an open secret : An estimated 10% to 20% of the population lives in slavery… In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. Activists are arrested for fighting the practise. The government denies it exists.”

Writes journalist John Sutter in his award winning “Slavery’s last stronghold”. We\’ve tweeted and facebooked this link before, but the entire article, with it\’s beautiful and poignant accompanying photos and video, is well worth reading.

Mauritania’s struggle with slavery has been frequently in the news headlines in recent months when one of its leading abolitionists, Mr. Biram Dah Abeid, won the UN Human Rights Prize in December 2013.

As I’ve read the news and prayed for Mauritania, I’ve often found myself drawn to these Scripture verses:

I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. I will speak to kings about your laws, and I will not be ashamed. Ps. 119:45,46

I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’ Isa. 49:9

Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. Gal. 3:21,22

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Eph. 1:6-8

But when someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Cor. 3:16-18

Here are two songs to listen to today as you pray for Mauritania. Let the words of the songs, and these verses above lead you in your prayers for this nation of North Africa.

Josh Upton – Freedom Reigns or Bethel Live- Freedom Ft. William Matthews