Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, January 18th

Poets arise

"The sin is that I wasn't a stone
And the troubles of the world make me sleepless
And I shield myself with poetry
And it keeps me company when I'm far from home
And poetry is my satchel that I will always carry with me
It holds the taste and fragrance of the earth"
Mbarka Mint Al-Barra - Mauritania Poet

This article from a cultural magazine (link: https://goo.gl/Fi7zEo ) gives some historical context to how Mauritania has become known as “the Land of a Million Poets.” In the Arab World today, the performance of original poetry remains a revered tradition, celebrated in festivals and televised competitions. Mauritanian poets take part in these Pan-Arab events each year.

Pray for the poets of Mauritania.

  • May the Lord raise up “David”-s among them; men and women after His own heart.
  • May their creative pursuits lead them to encounter the Creator
  • May there be “Kingdom” poetry infused with the fragrance of Heaven
  • May there be writers and reciters in Mauritania who will bring fame and honour to God, may they burst into verse as they encounter Jesus, saying – “my heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendour and majesty. In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.” Psalm 45: 1-4

 

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, January 17th

Standing Firm

This past week, believers in Morocco took part in a 24/7 prayer initiative initiated by some local brothers and sisters. The focus of this initiative is to prayer a covering over the local body – for protection, encouragement and fruitfulness.

Let us join them by praying Ephesians 6:10-18 over the whole community of believers in Morocco. May each beloved child of God arise in strength, readiness and boldness as God’s Kingdom continue to grow throughout Morocco.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."

… “and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel …  Ephesians 6:19

Abba Father, we pray that your children will boldly proclaim your Holy Name and Good News wherever they go.

No Other Name

No Other Name

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 NKJV

Father thank YOU for sending YOUR only begotten Son Jesus to save us. Thank YOU for calling HIM Jesus for "He will save His people from their sins" Matthew 1:21 NKJV

Father we proclaim the name of Jesus all over Egypt. Father call Egyptians to ponder on HIS name and call upon HIS name for their salvation. Father heal this Land in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:6

Lord Jesus, we pray that the words of your Tunisian children will bring flavour to conversations wherever they are and your Name be glorified.

Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, January 11th

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Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, January 11th

He is doing whatever pleases Him

I know that the Lord is great,
    that our Lord is greater than all gods.
The Lord does whatever pleases him,
    in the heavens and on the earth,
    in the seas and all their depths.” Psalm 135:5-6

Lord, we know that you are great. Deepen our knowledge of your greatness. We proclaim your greatness over Mauritania.

Lord, you are doing what pleases you in Mauritania. You’re doing that right now. Though we may not see it, we believe it. Display your splendour and delight to those you’re pursuing. We love your glorious freedom; you do whatever you please, and you are pleased at whatever you do. We love your perfect timing. We trust that timing, even as we intercede for Mauritania.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, January 10th

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, January 10

Lifting the shadows of shame

Family is highly valued in Moroccan society. Belonging to a large, close-knit family ensures a secure, stable life. A good family brings honour, and that honour is to be sustained through good marriages, children, and upholding traditional Islamic values. These values are guarded by official policies and a rather monolithic set of social norms. This high view of family is mostly a positive aspect of Moroccan culture. However, the staunch guarding of honour could also bring about tremendous brokenness. Women, especially, face life-long shunning and discrimination once they traverse the boundaries of “family honour” either by choice or as a victim of manipulation, abuse or violence. Children born to single moms are caught up in a system and a culture that stigmatizes their very existence.

Shame casts a shadow that persists from one generation to the next.

Let us cry out on behalf of those who are under the weight shame.

  • Jesus, be their advocate. Act on their behalf to bring justice and restoration.
  • Jesus, be their shepherd. Lead them out of the cycles of sin and hopelessness.
  • Jesus, be their deliverer and rescue. Come quickly to help those who are in desperate situations.
  • Jesus, show your mercy. Let your kindness draw them to repentance and into a new life. Instead of shame, let goodness and mercy follow them all the days of their lives.
  • Jesus, bring your hope. You are the only source of true hope.

And finally, we ask, Lord, that you will raise up men and women in Moroccan society who will speak and act for the cause of justice and mercy for the disgraced and marginalized.

All this for your glory. Amen.

“For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalms 36:9

We pray for Libyans to realise that life is only found in You, Lord Jesus and drink from the ever flowing fountain of life.

Eastern Christmas

Eastern Christmas 
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There  will  be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
Isaiah 9:6‭-‬7 NKJV
The Eastern churches celebrate Christmas on January 7th.
Father as You have called Your Son out of Egypt years ago call Him again today. May the Bride carry Jesus in her womb again to a nation that is in desperate need of the Son. Father Jesus is this nation's ONLY hope. Call Your Son again. Jesus rule on the hearts of the Egyptian people and stir the heart of Your bride to prepare and make way for You.
Amen

“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;” 2 Peter 1:19

Lord Jesus, you are the Light of the world and the bright Morning star. May your light penetrate into the darkest places and rise in the hearts of thousands of Tunisians in 2017.