Praying for pilgrims: Hajj 2017
Between August 30th and September 4th, more than a million Muslims will congregate in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj (ritual pilgrimage).
Let us pray especially for Mauritania pilgrims, and Mauritanians who wish to go on this pilgrimage but will not be able to this year.
- God will encounter each pilgrim with His light and truth
- The emptiness of religion will become evident in many hearts
- Many will receive dreams and visions of Jesus, and other divine encounters that will usher in gospel-hope into their lives
May Mauritania be among the nations who will say,
"... Come and let us go to the mountain of the LORD and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths..." Micah 4:2
Referendum on constitutional changes
On August 5th, Mauritanians voted on “contentious constitutional changes sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz that some opposition legislators could prompt slide [sic.] towards authoritarian leadership” Full article on Al Jazeera English.
Pray for the future of Mauritania as the nation goes through possibly drastic political shifts.
We occupy a powerful position as watchmen over Mauritania who are standing firmly on the truth that this nation belongs completely to the Lord
- Thank the Lord for His good plans for Mauritania.
- Ask for the Lord’s hand of mercy and kindness to rest on this land and be manifest in increasing measures.
- Pray for peace, justice and hope to prevail
- Pray for the president and politicians from all sides to be held back from corruption, and to serve the people in ways that are pleasing to the Lord
The Word in Hassaniya
Hassaniya is the main Arabic dialect spoken in Mauritania. There are 5,751,000 Hassaniya speakers in the world according to statistics. 80% are Mauritanian. Others are spread across a few countries in Northwest Africa.
Last month, the Hassniya Arabic translation of “The Little Prince” by St. Exupéry was published. Thus far, the Bible is not yet available in Hassaniya yet. However, audio bible stories and the Jesus film are available in this dialect. Because of the high illiteracy rate among Hassaniya speakers, audio and video resources are invaluable.
Pray that the Word will reach Hassaniya speakers across Mauritania and beyond.
- Pray for the sent-ones in Mauritania and surrounding regions who are using this dialect to share the Good News. Pray for God to powerfully anoint their story-telling and life sharing.
- Pray for God to bless and prosper all ongoing projects (media, translation, etc.) to reach Hassaniya speakers.
- Pray for the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers to serve among Hassaniya speakers.
- Praise God that by His grace and power, scripture will be proclaimed in Hassaniya. New songs and poems of praise to Jesus will arise in this Arabic dialect!
"Then I saw another angel flying midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth - to every nation, tribe, language and people." Revelation 14:6
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26
God, you are the only One who can change hearts. You “give” new hearts to those with hardened hearts.
Father, out of your kindness and deep generosity, lavish the people of Mauritania with the gift of new hearts.
Remove hearts of stone and replace them with hearts of flesh – hearts that are quick to recognize and receive Your love.
The month of Ramadan just finished a few days ago. Mauritanians and Muslims across the world are celebrating. For those who are devout, completing the Ramadan fast is an important religious duty. They earnestly hope that Allah will reward their faithfulness with forgiveness and blessings.
Let us pray the grace of Jesus over Mauritania. Let us declare over Mauritanians: “there is so much more!” More than increasing the probability of forgiveness, but a rebirth into holiness. More than fulfilling religious obligations, but an intimate relationship with a living God!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21
Come in power in Mauritania, Lord. Establish your church and receive the glory that is due Your name.
Saviour of the World
"Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him [Jesus] because of the woman's testimony. 'He told me everything I ever did.' So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more because believers. They said to the woman, 'we no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world." John 4:39-42
- Pray for a wave of encounters between Mauritanians and Jesus – through messengers and with Him in supernatural ways.
- Pray for those who encounter Him to become messengers themselves; like the woman in this passage.
- May Mauritanians “invite Jesus to stay with them,” in the sense of wanting to receive from Him and spend time with Him.
- May many come to know and believe that Jesus is the Saviour of the world.
Come like the winter rains; come like the spring rains
On this Wednesday after Pentecost, let us proclaim these promises of God from Hosea 6:1-3 over Mauritania.
"Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth."
“Hundreds of Mauritanians took to the streets in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital, this month to protest against slavery in the country and to demand for justice for the victims of slavery.” From an article published on a Pan-African news site on May 28th, 2017.
During this first week of Ramadan, pray for the Mauritanians who are fighting for justice – for those who are oppressed, and for the advocates and activists.
Pray that God’s intentions for fasting will be revealed.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I...
May light and healing break forth over Mauritania as chains fall. May the nation know the one who desires to announce to them: Here am I.
Arise, O God
As the month of Ramadan approaches, let’s pray these two verses over Mauritania.
"Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long." Psalm 74:22
"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'" Isaiah 65:1
In the face of staunch religiosity and striving, be lifted up, O Lord.
Breathe freedom over the nation.
Plant truth where lies fester.
Shine over those who don’t yet realize that You are the One they have been longing for.
Ascribe to the Lord
In verses 7-8 of Psalm 96, the psalmist addresses the nations in a prayerful declaration: ascribe to the Lord!
Let us join in and shout these verses over Mauritania.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations in Mauritania!
Haratines, Bidhans, Pulaar, Soninke, Bamara and Wolof peoples – humbly acknowledge God for who He is!
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts!
Come in! You’re welcome, O peoples of Mauritania. Sons and daughters, come in to the courts of Your Loving Father.