Monthly Archives: January 2017

Give Me Oil For My Lamp

Will the church in Morocco be ready when Jesus comes?

Will we be ready for the harvest that we’ve prayed for? Will we be ready for that day when our Bridegroom King comes back for us?

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Matthew 25:1-13

Pray that we will be like the wise virgins:

– May we stay awake and keep watch for Him, in full expectancy and single-heartedness

– May we not only have the outward “appearance” of being “prepared” for the Bridegroom (Just the lamps), but may we be filled up to be brim with “oil.” Not just the outward forms of “doing church,” but lives abandoned to the Kingdom in every way.

“Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning, give me oil in my lamp, I pray, give me oil in my lamp, keep be burning, keep me burning till the light of day…”

 

“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.” Psalms 24:7-8

We command the ancient doors to be opened in Libya so that the Lord Almighty, the King of glory may enter in.

We invite all Tunisians who are thirsty today, to come to Jesus, the source of living water and never be thirsty again. Come, draw water from the wells of salvation. (John 7:37, Isaiah 12:3)

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. —John 14:16

Father God today we pray that the believers in Algeria will be able to offer forgiveness to those who are opposing them and trying to repress the Gospel. We praise you for the helper You have given and therefore we are not left to accomplish this in our own strength.

Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, January 25th

Rosso is the third largest city of Mauritania, after Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. A city of under 60,000 inhabitants, Rosso is a market town and transport hub situated in the southern border of Mauritania, on the banks of the Senegal river.

"When the righteous prospers, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy." Proverbs 11:10

May Rosso be filled with rejoicing as the righteousness triumphs. Lord, only you can bring about true righteousness.

We lift you up as Lord over Rosso.

  • Stretch out your mighty hand to tear down spiritual veils
  • Shower down dreams and visions of Jesus
  • Send your word: through people, and technology
  • May your Kingdom come into all spheres of society
  • Breathe life into the Catholic church that has done service projects in this city for the past decades
  • May praise of Jesus ring out in Wolof, Hassaniya Arabic and other local languages

Bless Rosso to become a city from where the ways of Jesus can flourish and spread.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, January 24th

“I want to learn English”
An increasing number of Moroccans, children, youth and adults, are learning English. An English-speaking visitor to Morocco will find that many are eager to practice speaking English. English language learning is promoted by the Ministry of Education as a way to facilitate the further developments in scientific research. English is in many respects overtaking French as a preferred “international language” for Morocco in the fields of business and tourism.

May the light and truth of the Kingdom be made known in Morocco in all the languages that are used by Moroccans, including English.

Pray for:

  • English teachers who are followers of the Way: May the presence and fragrance of Jesus make way for Him to be glorified in classrooms. May they be blessed with wisdom, patience and love as they teach. Pray also for open doors for more Kingdom-minded teachers to serve in classrooms across this nation.
  • English students, young and old: May their English language learning journey (which is often accompanied by critical thinking skills and creative modes of learning that are lacking in other subjects taught in local schools) lead them to a transforming encounter with Jesus.
  • Conversations in English: May there be many seed-sowing opportunities in these cross-cultural encounters in areas frequented by tourists. Pray for divine appointments between tourists who love Jesus and locals who are ready and willing to chat about Him.
  • Internet resources in English and other languages: May those who search find what they are truly seeking. Pray for the fruitfulness of websites and videos that proclaim truth. May those who find Him “share” widely, online and offline.
  • Eyes and hearts to be open to God’s valuing of all nations, peoples and languages, debunking a common notion that local dialects are somehow lesser in value. May the gospel impact and permeate Moroccan society from its roots to its dreams, from its heritage to its future.

"Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples." Psalm 117:1

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” Psalms 119:28

We pray today that your Word which is living and sharper than a double-edged sword will penetrate and strengthen all weary souls.

The Water Covers the Sea

"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" Hab 2:14 KJV 

Father we stand before Your Throne crying out on behalf of Egypt and the Egyptians. May the knowledge of Your glory fill and cover this land. Holy Spirit please come heal this nation that’s aching and longing to be set free from the enemy’s dark bondage. Set free to love and worship the One True God. Set free to be a blessing to the nations. Set free to become a safe haven again.

You are Egypt’s only hope. Amen.

This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

As Tunisia was the home of many church fathers in the first centuries, we call the people today to look for these ancient paths and The Good Way and find rest and peace.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. —John 16:33

When Jesus was preparing for the most intense of His own tribulations, His arrest and crucifixion, He warned His disciples that they, too, would have tribulation. It would not last forever; He did not define the end point, only that the end point would come. Lord Jesus we pray for the Christians in Algeria, as they face trouble may they know the peace of Jesus through it all, and wisdom of the Father as well as guidance from the Holy Spirit day by day.