For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You. 2 Chronicles 20:12b You can only follow God if your eyes are on Him. The destination is wherever He leads. It costs to follow Jesus Christ, but it costs more not to. Lord Jesus reveal yourself to the people of Algeria and may they see the eternal cost of not following you.
Met by the One who sees
“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. Genesis 16: 6-8
On a typical market street in a Mauritanian town, how many men, women and children –
- Are in enslaved conditions or come from a lineage of enslaved peoples?**
- Have been mistreated?
- Are running away or wanting to run away from an oppressive situation?
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13
- Pray that many Mauritanians, especially those who feel trapped in oppressive conditions will, like Hagar, encounter God’s kindness and rescue
- May these last few months of 2016 be a season when many Mauritanians will proclaim: “I have now seen the One who sees me!”
Here is one of several news clips on YouTube on the current issue of slavery in Mauritania
At a family home in a Moroccan city the day after the Eid El Adha (feast of the Sacrifice), a grandmother chatted away with her children and grandchildren on her eldest daughter’s smart phone. She blew kisses to a young grand-child on the video-chat screen and repeated traditional blessings to her younger daughter, who moved to France 10 years ago.
This is just a glimpse of how Moroccans are connected with family and friends around the world. Could these family networks, now sustained by frequent internet communications, become highways for the Gospel?
The global Moroccan diaspora is 4.5 million strong. Most of these Moroccan immigrants live and work in places where churches and Christian ministries can reach out openly. How is the Lord moving among the churches and various ministries in France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, the U.S., and other countries who are already seeking to reach out to Moroccans?
Let’s pray for:
- God’s strengthening and blessing over the many existing outreach ministries to Muslims (including Moroccans) in the countries mentioned.
- The teams of workers in the aforementioned countries who are focusing specifically on Moroccans. Pray for deepening of friendships and fruitful conversations.
- A mighty work of the Holy Spirit to remove the veil in front of many Moroccans’ eyes so that many of them, young and old, will seek and find Jesus
- Pray for Moroccans in the West who have already given their lives to Jesus to become anointed communicators of the Gospel, to their families and friends back in Morocco
May Jesus come up more and more in the many internet and phone chats between Moroccans at home and abroad!
May the Lord crush Satan and the plans of the enemy under his feet today, in Jesus name. (Romans 16:20)
Altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt
"In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them." Isaiah 19:19-20 NKJV
For centuries Egyptians have been fascinated and wired to worship, from worshiping ancient gods to pharaohs to Christianity to Islam. They even in a way worship their political leaders. It is definitely Egyptians’ prophetic destiny as per Isaiah 19:19 to truly worship the Lord.
Pray for the raising of true and deeper worship and prayer movement in the church. Father raise up spirit filled musicians and singers, artists, dancers and all other expressions of worship. Holy Spirit give the church Your language, Your songs and Your expressions. Holy Spirit cleanse us and set our hearts on fire for the Lord. Holy Spirit magnify Jesus [the One worthy of true worship] in the church of Egypt and in the land of Egypt. Come prepare Egypt for the building of the Altar in her midst.
I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
We join the Tunisian believers and watchmen today Lord God and call on you to establish your temple in this country.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. Ephesians 1:11 Lord Jesus, we ask that we along with Algerians look at life through purpose-colored lenses. May we see everything from God’s perspective. Trust that He is acting “according to the counsel of His will. “If life is an accident, it cannot conceivably have any purpose, for accident and purpose are mutually exclusive.”
Let the winds blow
Nouakchott is the capital of Mauritania. The name “Nouakchott” means “place of the winds” in the Amazigh (Berber) language.
May the Holy Spirit come like a rushing wind over Nouakchott and all of Mauritania and bring about:
- a stirring of hearts
- an awakening of minds
- a move of the Spirit over families and neighbourhoods
May the winds of the Spirit can breathe new life over the land and carry the momentum of kingdom advancement!
“… Awake, awake, oh north wind
Awake, awake, oh south wind; blow over me
Come, oh winds of testing
Come, winds of refreshing; blow over me
Let the winds blow (repeat)
Fling wide the door to my soul
Open up the door to my heart
Have your way, have your way
Have your way, yeah…”
Jesus’ upside-down economy: when “a little” is more than “large amounts”
Yesterday, millions of livestock were sacrificed in Morocco on the occasion of Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
Out of religious obligation and social pressure, almost every household would have purchased a sheep for sacrifice. For a working-class family, a sheep can cost more than one month’s income. Some resort to selling property or taking out loans in order to “keep up with the Joneses” on this day. On the other hand, the rich pride themselves in being able to afford to buy an extra sheep or two to donate to the poor.
Eid Al Adha also coincides with the last day of the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca – the Hajj. Tens of thousands of Moroccans participate in the Hajj each year. For many working-class Moroccans, going to Hajj is a life-long dream. This pilgrimage could cost them up to two year’s worth of wages. While for the well-off, it is quite common for them to perform the pilgrimage every year or two. Drawn by the promises of forgiven sins and favour with God, those who have the means go repeatedly.
Muslims wish to obey God by offering to Him what He requires. But these religious duties come with a price tag; keeping the rich proud and the poor under pressure.
Let pray Jesus’ heart over those who will be under financial strain after this holiday, and also for those who falsely rely on money to “buy” righteousness.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” —Mark 12:41-44
The widow gave very little, but in the eyes of Jesus, she gave “more” than those who threw in “large amounts!” Here is Jesus, turning things upside down again! He is after our hearts. He gave it all in pursuit of our all.
God is inviting Moroccans to partake in the freedom and enjoyment of whole-hearted devotion to Him. He is calling out for rich and poor alike to offer Him all their hearts.
- Young and old will be confronted by the emptiness of outward religious practice
- God will raise up families of whole-hearted worshippers who will offer Him their all; in Spirit and in Truth
- The Lamb will receive the reward of His suffering, and that the desires of Jesus’ heart will be fulfilled – may he spot many whole-hearted two-coin offerings!
- Those who are new to the way of Jesus will know His pleasure and encouragement. May they know that their small but sincere offerings are treasured by Him.
Haij 9th to 14th of September
In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. —Ps 18:6
Hear the voices of those desperate to hear you there in Mecca, Lord. Show yourself to all the seekers, we pray in Jesus name.