Ask God for encouragement for believers today in Mauritania. There is little “Christmas cheer” in Mauritania, so we ask that Jesus Himself, be real and evident in this week for workers and national believers. May He be truly alive and present!
Pray for preparations various church groups in Morocco are making for end of year celebrations and starting a new year with fasting, prayer and worship.
Lift up your heads, O gates, be lifted up, you ancient doors in Libya, that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty… (Ps 24:7-8)
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) Father, we pray that many sons and daughters in Tunisia will turn and run into your loving arms, just as the lost son did.
Jesus, fill us again with the joy and wonder that Christmas brings, so that as we reflect on Jesus’ birth today, we may also turn that into prayer that many in Mauritania would also receive revelation of who Jesus is, His Love for the people of Mauritania, and the salvation that He brings. In Your precious Name we pray, Amen!
Jesus, how we thank you for coming to this earth as a baby! We celebrate this Christmas, with awe and wonder, the miracle of your birth. Thank you that you came because you love the people of Morocco. Thank you that the miracle of Jesus is ready and available for all Moroccans who call on You! May many Moroccans hear about Jesus this Christmas season.
As Paul prayed for the Ephesians, we ‘keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you (in Libya) the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. We pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.’ (Eph. 1:17-18)
Hadil and Yasin have the life everyone dreams of. Young, ambitious and even good-looking, they are University graduates. Yasin works at a lucrative job in the Gulf. The salary, in fact, is more than they can spend, and they are smart enough to invest it for their future. They’ve opened the first ball-gown boutique in the central desert region of their North African nation, a city with few luxury items, and even fewer occasions for such dresses. Still, there are women eager to try on the glittering gowns.
Hadil sits inside the curtain that shields the front window of the boutique, just opened. The silk flowers are still fresh, not yet faded and frayed by the desert dust of her home town, where dirty streets and boutique gowns have never dared to mix before now. She is offering friends, relatives and patrons a glimpse of life as they know it only from the glossy pages of magazines and soap operas.
But it has cost twice what she imagined. Her first “shipment” of dresses, brought in her own luggage from abroad, was first confiscated at the airport, then taxed heavily, then “lost” by the guards. She came home half a year’s salary gone, as well as empty handed. Her father brought the next shipment over the border in his van, at a crossing where he knows the guards personally.
“It’s worse than before the revolution,” a friend commiserates. “Yes, life is worse,” says Hadil, who wears her hijab loosely over tight jeans, a skimpy t-shirt and dyed blonde hair. “We need a revolution from the revolution. Things are more corrupt than ever.” She pauses for thought.
“You know what we really need?” she says, “We need a radical revolution.”
I reflected on this, and realised, Jesus is the only radical revolution that will really bring any kind of radical change in the lives of our North African friends and neighbours. Jesus’ revolution was so radical it meant the Son of God being born to Earth as a baby, to a young not-yet-married girl, to be raised in the city of Nazareth (“what good ever comes from Nazareth?”), to then be executed by the Romans on a cross, only to win the battle over satan and death and hell, coming back to life in order to secure for us and all our North African friends, eternal life! Jesus’ radical revolution is about all of eternity for all of mankind. And it starts with a little baby born in an animal stable. The story we remember this Advent season. The story we celebrate every Christmas. It fills our lives with wonder, hope, thankfulness… for this story, is indeed the TRUTH!
Can you turn this into prayer for North Africa today?
Father, we pray that your children in Tunisia will ‘live on every Word that comes from your mouth’ (Mat 4:4) Your Word is TRUTH and LIFE!
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. (Isaiah 53:10 NIV)
Lord, in this last week before Christmas we want to remember why you came and proclaim prosperity in you for the country of Algeria.