Libyans, the Lord has heard of your misery, He is the God who sees you. His eyes range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (Gen 16:13 and 2 Chron. 16:9)
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Pray for the Church in Egypt:
- To arise and shine
- To be filled with His love
- To be delivered from any fear
- To hear and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit
Going Deeper in Jesus
When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”
—2 Chronicles 7:3
You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.
How can we pray for Tunisia?
Pray that God would take His people (Tunisian and expatriate Christians living in Tunisia) deeper in the presence of God. Pray that they all find their souls satisfied in God. May these ordinary people find themselves growing deeper in Him. May their own prayer life increase with fervent prayer and fasting. Pray that as they grow deeper, Tunisian Muslims around them will see and yield their lives to Him as well. Lord draw Tunisians to Yourself.
Our prayer is that Tunisian Christians will daily strive to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Pet 3:18)
There is less then a month until elections in Algeria, and three men died in rival demonstrations in Ghardaia. Pray for the leadership of this country. Pray for its future.
As we pray over Mauritania we want to seek the Lord for a continued flow of the Good News. As Mauritanians come to know the Lord, may they desire to see others come to know Him.
You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
—2 Timothy 2:2-3
Pray that as Mauritanians come to know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that they would tell others, who will tell others, who will tell others, just like Paul telling Timothy and Timothy telling others, and those others passing it on to still others.
Pray for the Gospel to spread from one generation of believers to the next generation, to the next generation, etc. Pray that as more disciples are made, Jesus will plant His Church. Pray against Satan’s attack on the church. This is what a discipleship making movement is about.
Pray believing Mauritanians would be able to “endure suffering” just like Paul as they become “good soldiers for Christ Jesus.” Persecution in Mauritania is great, so we don’t pray lightly that our brothers and sisters in Mauritania are filled with courage and boldness to stand for their faith in Jesus.
Lord, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death.
How to spend an hour in prayer for Mauritania
An hour can seem a long time to spend in prayer, especially when you are on your own. Dick Eastman suggests in his book “The hour that changes the world” (1978, Baker Book House) one way to divide an hour into 12 periods of 5 minutes each. The following is his method:
- Praise and Worship
- Waiting on the Lord
- Praying Scripture
The following is a short summary of each of the 12 aspects of prayer and we invite you to use this as a guide to pray for Mauritania today. You can take this method and pray for any of the nations in North Africa:
1. Praise – An act of commitment to God.
Through praise we acknowledge God for who He is, exalt Him with our words, our whole being and our attitude, in prayer. All prayer should start with praise. Psalm 115:1 says: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the Glory, because of Your Love and Faithfulness”. We praise Him for His Name, His Justice, Love, Holiness, Omnipotence, Greatness, Faithfulness, His Word, His Creation, His Redemption, etc. You can for instance, use a different theme each time in this time span of Praise and Worship. Expand on this them as much as possible, meditate on it, weigh the practical implications of it on your life and the lives of others.
2. Waiting on the Lord – An act of silent love or adoration of God.
It incorporates worship and praise to God for who He is. It is to worship God and to praise Him for who He is. During this period of silence we tune in to (adjust ourselves to) God Himself, we direct our whole being to Him and commit ourselves to Him anew. We rejoice in and over His Presence. Psalm 46:10 says: “Be still and know that I am God.” We can say that this is a very intimate form of communication between God and ourselves, it is I, as the limited (shackled) and finite being before God who is the Unlimited and Infinite Being. We make sure at this point that we are in contact with God. This time of waiting on the Lord cannot be hurried, there is no place for impatience and haste here. During this time you think of nothing else but God The Father, His Son Jesus your Redeemer and The Holy Spirit. You need not express your thoughts in words. Concentrate on your relationship with God and your love for Him.
3. Confession – The condition to admission to God.
This is a time of self-examination (introspection) and allowing the Holy Spirit to point out any unconfessed sin to you. I acknowledge my sin and sinfulness before the Lord during this period; I confess my sin and turn my back on it; I break with my sin and accept the Lords’ forgiveness. Confession is the cleansing of the Christian. Sin builds a wall between us and God so that God will not hear us (Isaiah 59:1-2). Our sins are paid for and forgiven solely through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on the grounds of his death on the Cross. I don’t ask God to change the circumstances during confession but that He will forgive and change me. Confess each form of failure, negligence and sin.
4. Praying Scripture – To be able to pray in a balanced way, I have to spend time in The Word.
I must get to know God’s promises and pray them to God. The Promises of God create faith. In the first place The Bible is a Book that has to be believed and obeyed. During this period I ask: “Lord what promises can I make my own; what commands must I obey, what warnings must I pay attention to?” The Word is our prayer manual. We must remind the Lord of His promises in His Word day and night. As you read Scripture, ask the Lord how to apply it in your life and in your prayer time. Your prayers must become quotations from Scripture more
and more. (Use a portion of Scripture and pray through it specifically with Mauritania in mind.)
5. Watching – a time of spiritual perception (observation) to be spiritually aware of matters to pray for.
It will lead to praying for the needs of others and some of your own needs. You tune into the Lord and ask The Holy spirit specifically to draw your attention to specific matters so that you can pray for them. Be especially wary and alert for the onslaughts of the evil one during this time. Pray and ask The Holy Spirit to show you the plans, methods, strongholds and strategies of the evil one. Paul teaches us to watch and pray with thanksgiving. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col.4:2) Satan will certainly try to keep you from praying and confuse you so that you can not concentrate. Be wary, rebuke and resist him. Be sure to pray purposefully. What are the problems people experience while teaching the Gospel? Pray for that. Are there things reported in the newspapers, things that we hear
on the radio or see on the television that we should pray for; things like economic problems, political unrest, wars, etc.
6. Intercession – to intercede for others, to pray for other.
In intercession we concentrate on the needs and distress of others – we stand in the gap for someone else. Intercession is God’s method to get His children involved in His plan for the World. We become involved in World evangelization during intercession. When you intercede you stand at God’s side and you work with Him for the salvation or the benefit of some else. By faithful intercession you can do as much as those who are physically in the field. Work out a systematic plan for intercession, start with your own household and family, then your friends and church, then your town, your country and lastly the whole World. Every Christian should have a burden for lost souls and a World in need. Remember the church of the Lord also needs intercession. Intercession is not only on behalf of unbelievers. Spiritual warfare is an element of intercessory prayer that deserves a specific place in our prayer time. Pray and ask the Lord to show you through the working of The Holy Spirit where the powers of evil are working. Binding evil forces in Jesus’ Name, break their strongholds and resist them. Resist the devil, don’t give him a hold in your life. Jesus conquered the evil one on the Cross. We as believers must proclaim his victory in each area of life. Spiritual warfare will also be part of your prayer time during Watching and Petition.
7. Petition – for your personal needs.
The believer may and should come to his Father and pray for his own personal needs. And he can pray expectantly, even for the smallest things. During this period we pray for our “daily bread” and we also pray for spiritual strengthening and equipment for our lives and work as believers. I look to the Lord in total dependence to meet my needs. We must never ask out of selfishness. No, our requests must bring Praise to Our Father. Anticipate what your needs are going to be during the day in this period and pray for them. John Rice said: “Prayer is asking and receiving.” Tell the Lord why you ask these things from Him, thus ensuring that your intentions are pure. Come with frankness as our Father wants to meet our needs gladly.
8. Thanksgiving – Acknowledgement of your appreciation to the Lord for what He has done for you and others.
During this period I thank God for who He is, His gifts, His answers to my prayers, His care and provision. Thank the Lord for spiritual, material, physical and any other blessings. Be specific in your thanksgiving and beware of generalisations. Tell the Lord why you are grateful. Think about the day or days gone by and thank the Lord for everything which you have received from Him. (Thank Him for what He is doing in Mauritania.)
9. Song – Melodious Worship.
Song does not have to be used during communal worship only. The intercessor can sing his own (new) song to the Lord or make use of existing songs as circumstances determine. Song and Spiritual warfare (our battle with the evil one) are inextricably linked to each other. During this period one Praises, Worships, Exalts and Adores his Father in song. Your singing can take the form of praise songs, songs that testify to God’s power and grace, Thanksgiving and songs about God’s Name. To sing to the Glory of the Lord is definitely a command from God (Ps.100). Sing enthusiastically and heartily, because you are Exalting God. The attitude of your heart and the fact that you are carrying out His instructions are of greater value to the Lord than whether you can sing beautifully or can sing in tune. (Sing a song with Mauritania in mind. Sing it as a prayer over the nation.)
10. Meditation – means to reflect upon or examine a matter more closely (deeply) to evaluate it spiritually.
During this period I think about the Being and the nature of the Triune God, his creation and great deeds. You can use a portion of Scripture to reflect upon, a Psalm for instance, but also other portions. Christian meditation is the opposite of Eastern meditation. To the Christian, meditation is an active process of evaluation, searching and pondering, where he uses his full intellect and is led by Scripture and the Holy Spirit in his meditation. Meditation is to ponder in a disciplined way. Beware that Satan does not plant his thoughts into your mind. Also beware of negative thoughts during this time. Consider everything that is true, pure, noble, right, beautiful and praise worthy. When you meditate on a certain portion of Scripture you must ask yourself among other things what this portion means to you.
11. Listening – is a period during which you ask the Lord to reveal new things to you, things that He wants you to notice and pay attention to.
You deliberately ask God to reveal His Will and Strategies/Plans to you. In waiting on The Lord the emphasis is on loving God. During
meditation we want to learn more from God. During the period of listening we want to hear what God wants to say to us. During this period I ask: “Lord, what do you expect from me; What is Your Will for me?” You can also ask the Lord specific questions, perhaps some difficult
questions that you do not have the answers to. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Write down all the thoughts that come from the Lord in your opinion, and put them to the test in the Scripture. Use them as directives for the execution of God’s command. Be careful not to say immediately that: “The Lord said this and that to me.” Always test if the Lord is still with you in the matter and be prepared to make a change of course, if necessary. (Ask Him to speak to you about Mauritania.)
12. Worship – to exalt God and say of Him: ” I know who I am praying to and I Trust Him with my prayers”.
This is a period of jubilation before the Lord. Let your AMEN be strong at the end and confirm thus that you believe that God has heard you and will answer you. Amen means – it is true and sure, so shall it be. This “method” of prayer can be applied meaningfully by individuals and by prayer groups. Of course you don’t have to keep to 5 minutes. It can be shorter or longer. Eventually each individual will develop his own method or style. All the elements do not have to be present during each prayer session. You will also notice that some of these sections over-lap each other. Initially keep to the scheme, but be free to do it in a different order or to incorporate two or three aspects with each other.
View this plan here.
Father, I ask you to open the door for Mauritanian believers to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with one of their family members or friends this week. Give them grace and favour, love and power, to share from their hearts.
Source: AL Monitor
International organizations, including some affiliated with the UN, called for providing urgent support to save more than 1 million Mauritanians in the southeast of the country who are threatened by famine in the coming weeks due to a severe drought.
Read the whole article, there’s a lot to digest there. I haven’t actually set foot in Mauritania, but I stared at it’s southern border from Senegal. Mauritania is a desert, and there are lost, suffering people in this desert. People who define marginalized. Pray for them.
Lord Jesus, I ask you to call forth visionary leaders in the Church of Morocco. Please impart your passion for fellowship and community in the Body of Christ that will inspire people to organize opportunities to meet together with other believers. Cover these plans with favour and protection.