He shall be great
"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth." —Micah 5:2-4
Let’s use this Messianic prophecy in this Advent season to guide us in interceding for Mauritania.
Lord, we praise you and thank you, that you sent Jesus out of a little town to become ruler over the nations! We praise you, O ancient of days, that you did not forget your people. In your mercy, you made a way for us out of captivity into freedom. We lift up Mauritania to you today.
Jesus, our Messiah, stand in your strength over Mauritania, stand as the great shepherd over Mauritania, in the majesty of the name of God. Draw multitudes to yourselves, that they may dwell secure. Lord, we believe and we proclaim that you “shall be great to the ends of the earth, ” you “shall be great [in Mauritania.]
“As you’ve promised”
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations; a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." Luke 2:25-32
Old folks are the “guardians of tradition” in Moroccan society in many ways. They are the respected leaders of households, and are expected (or assumed) to be pious and devout in Islam.
Yet, how many older men and women in Morocco are like Simeon, waiting to be fulfilled by God in a way that they’ve always longed for? How many are wanting assurance that their lives of devotion and piety have indeed pleased God?
We know that God has been pursuing hearts in this land since the very beginning. How many older men and women have already encountered the Holy Spirit throughout their lives, and are waiting to see Jesus “face to face?”
In this first week of Advent, let’s pray that there will be “Simeon encounters” in the cities, towns and villages of Morocco!
We lift up the elderly in Morocco –
- Holy Spirit, come and show them Jesus.
- Holy Spirit, move and guide their steps towards Jesus.
- In the powerful name of Jesus, we pray that every obstacle, hindrance, and lie that are stopping the elderly from the Kingdom of Light will be broken off
- May many praise you in their old age, saying, “… my eyes have seen your salvation…”
- May these “Simeon”-s and their entire households be transformed by this “light of revelation.”
“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 Libya. May the people experience your holiness, quake before you, fall down and worship you.
Time of Salvation
Egypt is passing through a very rough time especially economically.
Father we pray that through this hard time Egyptians would run to YOU not from YOU. Jesus You are Egypt’s only hope. Egypt desperately needs YOU. Holy Spirit call out the church to jealously and earnestly stand in the gap on behalf of Egypt. Father send YOUR workers for the harvest ripening in Egypt in this hour. Awaken the Bride and set her heart on fire. Oh that Egypt may not miss her time of salvation.
Thank YOU that YOU hear the cries of our hearts. Amen!
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” —Isaiah 52:7
Father, we ask for more workers and labourers to bring the good news to the people of Tunisia.
Our FATHER who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” Luke 11:2-4
Today we recognize that you are ‘OUR’ Father – we stand as family joined together in Christ, recognizing the LOVE you have for your children and amazed that we are ‘adopted’ into your family. Therefore we stand on behalf of our fellow brothers and sisters in Algeria and pray that they too will know You as “Father”
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” —Lamentations 3:22-23
Steadfast: firm, fixed in place, unwavering. The Lord’s love for Mauritania is steadfast. His heart is resolutely committed to this country.
Lord, display your steadfast love in the lives of individuals and families.
Magnify your mercy in the darkest situations. There is no end to hope in You.
As the sun rises over Mauritania this morning, may many wake up with a fresh revelation of you, the One who is faithful and true.
Back to the stable
“Humility is the heavenly algorithm for social transformation. The rusty hinge of human history turns out to be the bended knee.” Pete Grieg, from “Dirty Glory” (2016)
Let’s lift up the Body of Christ throughout Morocco, expat churches and various home groups of locals and internationals. As Advent approaches,
- How is He calling us to prepare our hearts to receive Him afresh?
- How is He inviting us “back to that stable” where God met us in a family scene that is marked by weakness, poverty, and a simple, defiant faith?
In our worship, service, and meditation,
- May we “enter into the humble stable” to adore Him with bended knee, declaring anew that we need Him, we trust Him and we choose Him.
- May we encounter the glory of Immanuel – the glory of infinite love choosing to be born into a broken, finite world; the glory of a humble King.
- May that glory keep us on bended knees, humbled before Him and before each other.
- May that glory destroy any trace of apathy towards sin.
“… then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
O Come, O come Immanuel.
I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” —Hagai 2:7-9
Lord, we desire for Libyans to be part of your glorious House in Jesus name. May each spiritual stone make your house more beautiful.
The Name of Jesus
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name Philippians 2:9 NKJV
and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come." Ephesians 1:19-21 NKJV
Sickness, witchcraft, strongholds, death spirits, poverty, Isl@m, corruption, atheism, Jezebel spirit, religious hypocrisy, and injustice are some of the names that try to rise in Egypt against the name of Jesus. Father we believe Your word and Your truth. We stand in agreement with Your word. Let Your Kingdom come Let Your will be done. Let it be in Egypt as it is in Heaven. We proclaim the name of Jesus above every other name in Egypt. Only the name of Jesus be lifted high. Glory glory glory to the King of kings.
In Jesus mighty name we ask and believe. Amen and amen.