But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. —1 Peter 2:9,10
May praises to God ring forth from Algeria! Hallelujah!
A worker stopped into a music store to ask whether they came to homes to tune pianos. After getting all the details of the services provided, the worker asked the price which was quite expensive. Thanking the shop assistant for the information, they turned to leave the shop and said, “Well its expensive, but Jesus has paid it all for me!”. By this time the worker was almost to the front door about to leave, when the shop assistant called out, “Wait, wait! Come back. What did you mean when you said Jesus paid it all?” So they had a very encouraging spiritual discussion all about what Jesus has done for us. How he died for each one of us. How He took on Himself all our sins, and mistakes, and wrong thoughts, and He took the punishment for all of it, so that God doesn’t have to punish us individually on that day of judgement.
“Have you ever read the Bible?”, the worker asked. The shop assistant had not but wanted to, so a Bible was given and some passages pointed out as good places to start reading. Now the follow up begins.
How can we pray?
- Praise God that just a one-line sentence spoken by the worker brought about a very productive spiritual discussion
- Praise God for the shop assistant’s openness. Ask that he may read the Bible, and want to study it together with others
- Ask that God would give workers one-line sentences like this one, to say throughout the day, in all different circumstances – just one-liners that catch the attention of spiritually interested North Africans
Praying for families in Mauritania
Mauritania has an 80% divorce rate! Many men marry and diivorce multiple times. This means women have frequently had multiple husbands and bear children to multiple fathers. Imagine the implications for notions of family!
Father, we pray for the restoration of marriages. Your intention with marriage was that You wanted godly offspring who will glorify You (Mal 2:15).
We pray that the Church will speak Your Word with great boldness in Morocco. Stretch out your hand and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:29-31). We pray that You will work through and in your Body, the Church, through signs, wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to your will (Heb 2:4).
Lord, may the Good News continue to spread in Libya regardless of the violence and political instability. May the number of new believers increase daily, in Jesus Name! (Acts 6:7)
In several areas in Egypt, young females are usually mistreated, devalued, demeaned, and abused. This has roots in the Islamic culture, as well as the general Egyptian culture that sees females as less than males in value. Egyptian females have to potential to be ministers, scientists, artists, and worshippers. Let us pray for girls and women in Egypt:
- Pray for them to see and receive their value from God
- Pray for laws and conditions to protect them
- Pray that God may touch, reach, heal, and protect the girls & women in Egypt to become all He wants them to be and to do all He wants them to do.
“Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!
The splendor1 of the LORD shines on you!
For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers1 the nations,
but the LORD shines on you;
his splendor appears over you.
Mariam became deaf in her early childhood after a bad fall. She has a son but no husband, yet offers no explanation. Since Muslims believe that only infidels can commit immorality, this shame is hidden. Mariam became fast friends with the first Christian lady she has met; they light up when they see one another. This friend has shared the Gospel in many ways with her sisters but, since she is dependent on their translation in their own private sign language, it is not clear what she understands about Jesus.
- Pray for a miraculous breakthrough for this deaf lady
- Ask God for a miracle of healing
- Pray that Jesus would give her dreams and visions revealing who He is to her
- Pray that the Gospel message would be translated well
- May God move in a mighty way in this family
- Ask God to bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ
We pray, Lord, that all believers in Tunisia will turn to you, repent and receive the refreshing of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 3:19)
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Lord, may you be the desire and the strength of your people in Algeria!
Pray for the anti-slavery activists who are currently being harassed by authorities or are serving prison sentences.
May God provide for them.
May God protect them and keep them safe.
May God bring dreams at night and visions during the day.
May they come to know the Loving Heavenly Father, who comes to set captives free.