"But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children" —Deuteronomy 4:9
During Advent we look back and remember Jesus’ birth. We look further back than that and remember God’s plan for all of humanity right from the start. The Lord of all creation made a plan for its redemption and salvation. Take a moment to really stop and think about that.
Pray: Father of Creation, I praise You today because you loved the world so much that you made a plan to rescue us from sin and death. It blows my mind that your plan to save me involved sending your Son Jesus to earth as a baby…
What is Advent? Derived from the Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival” Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It’s the season when we look back to Christ’s first coming, as a baby born in Bethlehem, and look forward to his second coming when he will return to renew and redeem every part of fallen creation.
For many people, the weeks leading up to Christmas are busy ones. But our invitation to you is to slow down and spend a few moments each day reading these reflections.
Watch : this video from The Advent Conspiracy. It’s an invitation to make Advent a more meaningful season:
May the heavy rains that has covered Egypt the week be a sign for new spiritual rain of God’s presence and power. Let us pray for the rain from the spiritual heaven..
“So let us acknowledge him! Let us seek to acknowledge the LORD! He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn, as certainly as the winter rain comes, as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.” —Hosea 6:3
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!” —Isaiah 64:1,2
Lord, it is our prayer that you come down from heaven and reveal yourself to the enemy in Tunisia. May the people experience your holiness, quake before you, fall down and worship you.
Lord God, we ask that you move against the forces of evil and invite You to act in Your mighty power in Algeria. Throw the enemy forces into confusion and frustrate their counsel. We pray that the financial support of these evildoers will erode away as long as they do evil in Your sight. We pray that the people of Algeria will turn their hearts to Yourself and find salvation in Jesus Christ.
Eric Schmidt (former Google CEO) expects that every person on Earth will be connected to the Internet by 2020 (Yes 5 years from now!). It would be an impossible mission to invite all of them to physically attend a Jesus film display, but can we give them a chance to watch the movie on social media?
In a country like Egypt (The biggest Arab country in population), online users are growing 10% year over year. This means that by 2020 70% of population could be connected, implying that 100% is not far-fetched.
In 2015, 30 million people in 10 Arab countries had a chance to decide to watch Jesus film on social media. Each person got an average of 3 invitations to watch. One out of 25 people started to watch the movie. In September 2015, Jesus Film ministry ran the latest campaign. In 1 month, almost 10K people stayed from the first minute & finished the whole movie.
Ministries would continue to creatively use the internet to present opportunities to share the gospel message
That North Africans would respond to the message of the cross
That followup workers would be prepared for the success of campaigns such as this, being able to shepherd seekers into existing local fellowships or creating them where they don’t existx
O God, just as the disciples heard Christ's words of promise
and began to eat the bread and drink the wine in the suffering
of a long remembrance and in the joy of a hope,
grant that we may hear your words, spoken in each thing of every day affairs.
Coffee, on our table in the morning;
the simple gesture of opening a door to go out, free;
the shouts of children in the park;
a familiar song, sung by an unfamiliar face;
a friendly tree that has not yet been cut down.
May simple things speak to us of your mercy, and tell us
that life can be good. And may these sacramental gifts make
us remember those who do not receive them,
who have their lives cut, every day, in the bread absent from the table;
in the door of the person, the hospital, the welfare home that does not open;
in the sad child, feet without shoes, eyes without hope;
in the war hymns that glorify death;
in the deserts where once there was life.
Prayers from the Heart, Richard Foster, HarperSanFransisco, 1994
"Give us this day our daily bread." How do I pray those words, Lord?
I live in the context of abundance. I simply do not worry about where my next meal comes from.
Perhaps I should pray on behalf of those who really and truly live from one meal to the next.
And I do pray for them.
Yet, action on their behalf is the real prayer for the poor
I do need faith daily, Jesus, and strength and patience, and wisdom and love and so much more.
And real material needs too. "Give us this day our daily baby sitter." Is that how I pray for daily bread?
Teach me, Father, a life of daily dependence upon You
for all things - even for the bread that is already in the pantry.
Prayer by Richard Foster, Prayers from the Heart, HarperSanFransisco, 1994
Pray for the poor in Morocco. Pray for those who are trying to work among them.
Pray for success for ministries reaching the poor.
Pray for love-in-action to reach the hearts of the poor with the Love of Jesus.