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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 on  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.

Watch!

Jesus said:

"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back - whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'" Mark 13:32-37

There is a shared sense among some brothers and sisters that a powerful move of God is imminent. We don’t know when, we don’t know how, but we will keep listening and discerning. We want to have eyes so fixed on Him that we’ll spot His every move.

Father, we ask for sharpness of vision, zealous patience and joyful expectancy. … 
Strengthen us so we can stay on guard; to see what You’re doing, and to hear what You’re saying.
Wake us up and keep us awake, so we can stay alert.
Forgive us for all the times we’ve chosen to “fall asleep.”
Bless us with endurance and unity for such a time as this. May we watch well, together.
May encouragement increase among Brothers and Sisters. May we spur each other on, even as we wait for You.

Jesus, thank you that you are ever interceding for us even as we wait for “that day.”

Bless

"Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Morocco to have:

  • Unity of mind: for a profound, supernatural, transforming Oneness
  • Sympathy: for hearts to be tuned to each others’ sorrows and joys; overflowing with encouragement
  • Brotherly love: for restoration of broken relationships and thriving fellowship
  • A tender heart: full of affection and openness towards the Lord and to each other
  • A humble mind: eager to grow, quick to turn away from pride

May the prayers and declarations of the Moroccan church become a powerful fountain of blessings for this nation.

New PM

The King appointed a new prime minister last week. His name is Saadeddine El Othmani.

Pray that God will be glorified in his life, and in the life of this nation under his leadership.

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? " Micah 6:8

May there be an increase of justice and kindness in Morocco. May more and more come into a place of true submission to God in all humbleness and surrender.

Leadership shuffles

After five months of failed talks on forming a coalition government, the King of Morocco ousted the Prime Minister on March 16th and will appoint a new one soon. Full news article.

This is a time to pray covering and blessing over those in leadership in Morocco and commit the future of this nation to God.

Praise God for peace in Morocco.

Pray for:

  • the leadership transition to be guided by wisdom, integrity, peace, and hope.
  • the incoming prime minister to be strengthened and blessed by God.
  • the King and his family: may God bless them with overflowing blessings of joy, wisdom and health.
  • all those in political power: for the breath of God to sweep through their lives, to usher in a new season of hope and light for Morocco

Praise God that as we intercede for Morocco’s leaders, He will make a way for his children to live for Him, whether in seasons of freedom or oppression. May God’s desire for all people to come to the knowledge of the truth be fulfilled. May we have the incredible opportunity to rejoice with Him as He delights in the fulfillment of His own desire.

"First of all then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time." 1 Timothy 2: 1-5

 

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…”

 

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

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."