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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.

Satisfaction

Ramadan will begin in about 5 days. During this month, hunger and thirst become powerful shared experiences in Muslim societies such as Morocco, where all healthy adult Muslims are expected to fast from food and drink between dawn and dusk.

God, we pray that you will encounter multitudes this month through their hunger and thirst. May the physical experience of dissatisfaction magnify the truth of each person’s spiritual longing.

In Your zeal, dismantle the lie that outward practices of piety can satisfy a Holy God.

By Your grace, reveal the truth that You delight to satisfy us with Your everlasting love.

Raise up a new generation of Moroccans who will recognize that You are the One they have been hungering for.

You are the Living Water. You are the Bread of Life. Satisfy Morocco this Ramadan, for the sake of Your glory.

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." Jeremiah 31:25

Refugees at the Eastern border

Since mid-April, a group of about 40 Syrian refugees have been stuck in difficult conditions in a Moroccan town close to the Algerian border. Due to border disputes and other political issues, these Syrian families have not received the assistance they need. They don’t have tents, or enough food and water.

Pray for these families who are suffering. Cry out to God on their behalf. Let the Kingdom of light extend to cover them.

  • May God make a way for their physical needs (shelter and food) to be met quickly and adequately.
  • May God’s comfort and healing be made known. Let dreams of Jesus be released to encourage their hearts and rescue them from despair.

"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." Matthew 25:44-45

Demands for Change

“In April, Mustapha, Rachid and other Moroccan converts submitted a request to the official National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) calling for ‘an end to persecution’ against them.’We demand the right to give our children Christian names, to pray in churches, to be buried in Christian cemeteries and to marry according to our religion,’ Mustapha said.”

This quote is taken from an article published by a Saudi-based English language news site. The same story has appeared onĀ  media outlets in different languages in Morocco these past weeks.

On Moroccan social media, the commentaries of the general public lean towards the negative. The concept of choosing one’s faith remain highly contested. Many are skeptical of the motives of these so-called “converts” to Christianity. Many are passionate for truth, but have only been exposed to false information about the Christian faith.

Regardless, the issue of “Moroccan Christianity” has taken on a new tone in the public forum. This time, Moroccan Christians themselves have become the protagonists of the story. They are the ones reaching out to make demands. The fact that they exist is no longer treated like a scandal or social ill.

In this unique season for the Moroccan church, pray for:

  • God’s power, displayed in humility and love, to be made known in every dialogue – from Facebook commentaries to cafe conversations to government meetings – about the Christian faith in Morocco. May these dialogues lead to hearts that are open to dialoguing with Jesus Himself.
  • Leaders in the local church: for wisdom, favour, keeping in step with the Spirit, unity.
  • Leaders in government: who will God raise up to be a voice for Him?

May our brothers and sisters receive the freedom that they request. But most of all, may they experience the fullness of life in Him that brings supernatural freedom in all circumstances.