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Impossible

Eid el Kabir (or Eid el Adha) – the Feast of Sacrifice – will be celebrated in about 18 days. The ritual sacrifice is believed to be an important religious duty. Moroccans take great pride in their faithful observance of the Eid sacrifice.

As the nation prepare to celebrate this major holiday, let us speak God’s truth over this land and cry out for these truths to be made plain in people’s hearts and minds.

This week, we declare: "It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins." Hebrews 10:4

Let us repeat this verse as many times as you feel led, as you imagine it resounding over the mountains, valleys, highways, and coastlines of Morocco.

  • May many Moroccans be confronted with the impossibility of animal sacrifice to earn us any merit in God’s eyes.
  • May many encounter the certainty of salvation through Christ’s perfect sacrifice.

The King’s Speech

“To all those concerned I say: ‘Enough is enough!’ Fear God in what you are perpetrating against your homeland. Either discharge your obligations fully or withdraw from public life. There are plenty of honest men and women in Morocco.”

On July 30th. King Mohammed VI used the occasion of his annual Throne Day speech to rebuke the inefficiency and despotism in government. full text of the speech.

He stated: “this is the dawn of a new era in which there is no difference between officials and citizens as far as civic rights and obligations are concerned; nor is there room for shirking responsibility or avoiding sanctions.”

The words of the King resonate with what many intercessors have been sensing for the past years: God ushering Morocco into a new era, and now is the time for that dawning.

Let us pray without ceasing for the Light of the Kingdom to flood through every domain of Moroccan society: from the King’s palace, to the Parliament, government offices, neighbourhoods, schools and homes.

To every trace of darkness, to every hidden snare, we proclaim that the DAWN is coming.

"The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day." Proverbs 4:18

Continued unrest in the Rif region

A report from July 21st states:

Police in the northern Moroccan city of al-Hoceima have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters and stop them marching in defiance of government ban. Organizers from the al-Hirak al-Shaabi movement dubbed the demonstration the ‘million-man march’ and said it was aimed at protesting ‘against repression.’ Full article

The northeastern Berber region of Morocco (called the Rif) is caught up in a mass social movement that is protesting against injustice, corruption, marginalization and lack of basic infrastructure like adequate health and education facilities.

Let us call out to God for His Kingdom light to break through in the midst of this turmoil.

  • We declare hope over the Rif
  • We proclaim God’s goodness over the Rif
  • We pray for the love of God to sweep through the Rif
  • We pray for the hope, goodness and love of God to sweep through the Rif and spill over to other regions in Morocco
  • We stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ in/from the Rif, that they may be a blessing to their people for such a time as this
  • We pray that positive change will come about peacefully
  • We lift up Jesus as the Prince of Peace over this region

Winning against lions and bears

Youth and children in Morocco are on summer break from school. Many will be enjoying time to play and relax. Some will also be helping out at family businesses and farms. Let’s pray for these precious ones. May many begin their journey with God this summer.

"The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." 1 Samuel 17:37a

As David testified of the Lord’s hand in his life from a young age, may many Moroccan boys and girls taste the Lord’s deliverance this summer.

Specifically, pray that youth and children in Morocco will experience God’s love and deliverance in these areas:

  • Hopelessness
  • Dissatisfaction with life
  • Depression
  • Difficult family relationships
  • Situations of abuse

May they become men and women who have unshakeable confidence in God’s goodness and love, as demonstrated perfectly by Jesus.

 

Human Trafficking: A 2017 Report

This week, let us pray towards the total elimination of human trafficking in Morocco.

Below are some quotes from the latest US Department of State report of “Trafficking in Persons,” (published June 26, 2017). The section on Morocco from the full report could be found on page 67-68 of this pdf.

“The government of Morocco does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking: however, it is making significant efforts to do so.”

Thank the Lord for progress made and small battles won. Pray for fighters for justice to rise up among governmental and non-governmental circles. Pray that they will obtain favour, and will have endurance and wisdom as they continue to work towards the ending human trafficking in Morocco. Pray for Jesus-followers among them to shine with the light and love of Christ in every aspect of their work.

“The government did not provide protection services designed or funded specifically to assist trafficking victims.”

” … some [Moroccan] women are forced into prostitution in Morocco by members of their families or other intermediaries.”

“International organizations, local NGOs and migrants report unaccompanied children and women from Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Cameroon are highly vulnerable to sex trafficking and forced labor in Morocco.”

Pray for these victims (Moroccan, Sub-Saharan African and South Asian) who are, right at this moment, trapped in oppressive situations of exploitation. Pray for rescue and restoration: for supernatural help, for NGO-s to effectively come to their aid, and for advocates within the government to put measures in place for their well-beings

“As reported over the past five years, Morocco is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.”

Cry out to God for the networks of trafficking to become networks of Kingdom transformation. Pray for a complete turnaround. Pray that in the next five years, Morocco will no longer be a source, destination and transit country for human trafficking.

May there be revelation of the sanctity and value of all human life. May God work powerfully to bring about justice and restoration among the most marginalized and exploited in Morocco.

Fearless declaration

Ramadan just ended a couple days ago. This is a time of family gatherings in Morocco.

Pray for Christian Moroccans during these weeks of family reunions and gatherings. This could be a very difficult time for some of them. There could be a lot of pressure from family members to profess and practice Islam. Some may be ostracized, others might be shunned. There are also some whose families don’t yet know about their faith in Christ.

Stand with our brothers and sisters in prayer during this time.

  • May they know the presence and power of God in fresh ways, even in the midst of interactions with non-believing family members
  • May they experience breakthrough in family relationships; breakthroughs that lead towards openness to Christ
  • Whenever they open their mouths, may words be given to them that they will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which they are ambassadors in chains. Pray that they would declare it fearlessly, as they should (paraphrased from Ephesians 6:19-20).
  • May the love of God overflow in and through them, filling their households with His transforming presence

 

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, June 20th

“Winds from Morocco”

A stunning aerial video has been circulating on social media these past weeks. It was also featured on a Moroccan French-language magazine (watch video here)

During an eight day journey in the Kingdom, drone photographer Bernardo Bacalhau produced a video of Morocco viewed from above. The video, titled “Winds from Morocco” retraces his journey: from arid and rocky landscapes to the city of Fes and its tanneries, and the Dades gorges followed by the ruined ksars of Ait Ben Haddou… [Translated summary]

Let’s use this video to take us on a visual journey, as we call out for the winds of the Spirit to sweep across this land.

May the winds blow away fear, apathy, hardness of heart, and everything that hinders Love.

May the winds carry the transformative force of the Kingdom of God.

Spirit of Sonship

"The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" Romans 8:15

Zahra (not her real name) is 18. She grew up in several government institutions for orphaned or abandoned girls. Now that she has reached an adult age and have been faced with the reality of having to sustain a livelihood, she has been going down a path of self-sabotage. She numbs her pain and self-hatred by hurting others first before they could potentially hurt her.

Pray for young women and men like her to encounter the Father’s love. Only the Spirit of God can heal and deliver them from an orphan spirit.

  • We pray for sons and daughters to arise from the most marginalized parts of Moroccan society.
  • We declare hope over all those who haven given up on hope.
  • We declare true freedom over all those who have settled for a counterfeit semblance of freedom.
  • May young Moroccans who feel forgotten and hopeless experience the restorative strength of God’s love in powerful ways, even this Ramadan.

O Spirit of the Living God

On this Tuesday after Pentecost, we lift up the church in Morocco. We pray the words of this hymn over each believer and each fellowship group. Remember them especially as they seek to commune with God and love people during this month of Ramadan.

O Spirit of the living God, thou Light and Fire Divine
Descend upon Thy Church once more and make it truly Thine
Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace
Till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, and sin and sorrow cease.

Blow, wind of God, with wisdom blow until our minds are free
From mists of error, clouds of doubt, which blind our eyes to Thee
Burn, winged fire, inspire our lips with flaming love and zeal
To preach to all Thy great good news, God's glorious commonweal.

So shall we know the power of Christ, who came this world to save
So shall we rise with Him to life which soars beyond the grave
And earth shall win true holiness which makes Thy children whole
Till, perfected by Thee, we reach creation's glorious goal

Listen along to Audrey Assad’s version of this hymn.

Tensions in the North

There is an ongoing flare up of tension in the region surrounding the coastal city of Al Hoceima, in the Northeast of Morocco.

There has been protests, strikes, incidents at mosques, and arrests the past weekend. The root causes of this situation is quite complex and can be traced back to both historical and recent events. In brief, it comes down to a sense, shared by a growing number, that the region has been harassed and treated unjustly by the national government.

Let us pray for peace and positive steps forward.

Let’s pray also for the youth who are rising up in their discontent; who are acting out of a kind of hope for change.

Let us pray Isaiah 40:25-31 over them.

May the youth of Al Hoceima know that God is for them. May they hear the voice of their Creator, saying –

" 'To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?' says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
'My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God'?
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

May the youth of Al Hoceima rise up like eagles, full of hope in God.