Monthly Archives: July 2014

Do not hide your face from me,
  do not turn your servant away in anger;
  you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
  God my Savior.
—Psalm 27:9

Jesus, we pray that you would not forget or forsake those who call you Lord in Algeria. Strengthen and encourage your church in this land giving them boldness and resolve. Amen.

As Ramadan finishes this week, we ask that many in Mauritania will feel dissatisfied with just doing the good deed, and hunger for a God that is real and present every day of the year.

As Ramadan finishes this week, we ask that many in Morocco will long to live a life that is holy and pleasing to God every day of the year.

Can you bless North Africa with the Presence of God?

This is Part 3 as we look at how we can bless North Africa in our prayers.

A great booklet called Blessings, Ways to Pray in Hope prepared by WayMakers is the source of much of this material. Please visit their website to find out more information about how you can order copies to use in your prayer life.

What are blessings?
Prayers of blessing are usually expressions of God’s intended goodness prayed by ordinary people who pray in the power of having their hearts aligned with God’s heart. Prayers of blessing are always prayers of hope.

How to pray blessings?
1. Seek God to know what is in His heart.
2. Request what you know God desires, or what you see is much needed.
3. Turn your request into a statement which describes a future, a hope, or a destiny.
4. Declare the blessing over a specific nation, or over all of North Africa.

Today, we want to bless the nations of North Africa with the Presence of God.

Use Scripture as a starting point and then turn it into prayer. Here is an example :

May He come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In His days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace till the moon is no more… Psalm 72:6-7

May the days of Your presence come swiftly to North Africa. Bring Your wisdom, plant Your joy, infuse Your jubilant loveliness, add Your mighty righteousness, so that Your presence will become a never-failing peace.

May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed. Psalm 72:17

As sure as the sun will rise, so sure is the truth of who You are. Shed the light of Your name on all the people of North Africa. May Your ancient promise – that every people will be blessed – soon be fulfilled.

Other Scriptures you can use :
Num 6:24-26
John 12:13
Psalm 72:18-10
Jer 29:13
Matt 18:20
Hab 2:14

Source : www.waymakers.org

Month of Ramadan June 28 – July 28 2014

Libyans, the Lord will lead the blind by ways they have not known and will turn your darkness into light. We praise you, Jesus for the wonderful promise. (Is. 42:16)

Ramadan in Mauritania


Picture : The last night of Ramadan being celebrated in a village in Mauritania

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.” Isaiah 35:1

Mauritania, an Islamic republic in North Africa, is a vast desert; constantly hot, dry and very dusty. Its legal system is a combination of Shari’a (Islamic law) and French civil law. Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania has suffered from a succession of military coups and ongoing tribal conflict. A severe drought over the past decades has devastated the country. In 1957, a small fishing town called Nouakchott was chosen to be the capitol of the new country. Now there are more than 600,000 people living here. The capital has become a crossroads for many ethnic groups with nomadic roots.

Its not easy to be in Mauritania during Ramadan. Its hot and many religious people dominate the social scenery and social pressure is great.

Miracles Despite the Heat
A Christian who recently visited the country described the general situation of Mauritanian believers. “You can have freedom of speech, if you are a Muslim. You can have freedom of religion, if you are a Muslim. It is in fact OK to be a Christian, but it is offensive to speak of Jesus as anything other than one of the prophets.” In this setting God is doing wonders, despite the guards that sometimes stand at church doors to ensure that Mauritanian citizens don’t enter. God has given dreams to Mauritanians even in remote areas. In the interior of the country, an Imam showed the Jesus Film in a mosque. The Iman later died and the results are unclear, but such seed sowing needs to continue. By God’s grace, there are now Mauritanians following Christ in many countries around the world.

How we can pray :

  • Pray for revelations of the love of God for whole population of over three million people.
  • Desperate poverty plagues the lives of most Mauritanians, causing a sense of hopelessness and despair.
  • Despite the grip of Islam on the country, animism is practised by most people. The deep-rooted fear of evil spirits (known as jinn) binds many people. Many seek supernatural help through divination and occult practices.
  • There are often tensions between different tribal groups, (Soninké, Fulani, Maures, Wolof, etc.) which can lead to violence.
  • Corruption is endemic in all areas of society.
  • Divorce is widespread, and women and children often suffer the most.

_Source : http://www.30-days.net/muslims/muslims-in/north-african/mauritania/_

More information about Mauritania that will help you pray for this nation can be found at the following websites :

http://www.pray4mauritania.com

http://www.30-days.net/muslims/muslims-in/north-african/mauritania/

http://www.operationworld.org/maua

http://www.pray.om.org/mauritania/

A video to watch :
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cv6KpqMkWU]