Category Archives: Intercession

Prayers for Secret Muslim Believers

image **This was released today from Open Doors Secret Believers Ministry after I posted the previous article:

Prayers for Secret Believers


For congregations to pray

Sovereign Lord,

We pray for believers across the Muslim world who have chosen to follow Christ, often at
great personal cost.

Strengthen those who lead congregations, that they may be faithful to the call of God to
build the church in the Muslim world. Give courage to those who face intimidation,
discrimination, imprisonment or torture for their faith in you. And bring peace to the Muslim
world, so that your church may grow and flourish freely.

We also pray for Muslims all over the world who are seeking the truth about God. Bring
alongside them someone who will share the love of Jesus so that they can know God for
themselves.

We ask this that your church may advance, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

For persecuted Christians to pray

Father God,

Convince us again of your love for us and give us grace to forgive our oppressors, to love
them and not become bitter. Help us to put on the full armour of God so that we can take
our stand for you, and enable us to remain in the communities and families that you have
placed us in.

We ask for your protection and pray that you would thwart the plans of those who would
wish to bring us harm. Grant us "safe" fellowship with other believers, and give us
discernment to know who and when to trust.

Finally we ask that you would reveal yourself to the people living around us and put your
love into their hearts.

We ask this in the name of Christ.

Amen

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The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Coptic Altar- Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem -via Wikipedia

I keep track of what is happening to Christians in the Middle east, it is really heartbreaking. I’ve been a supporter of Israel and still am, but let’s face it Palestinian Christians receive persecution from both the Jews and the Muslims. I have no answers for what’s happening except to pray.

Seven years ago, the Lord gave me a burden for the Muslims and for revival in the Middle East and I have been praying ever since. Everyday I search the net for stories about Christians in Muslim countries and unfortunately the reports are nearly always bad–except there is the beginning of a hidden revival going on among the Christian community in a number of places.

As near as we can tell, 200,000 Iranians have come to Christ in the last 5 years or so. Nearly every week I read from Compass Direct News or on the VOM Persecution blog of Iranians being arrested, killed, or their children being taken. In response to the revival, the Iranian Parliament just passed a law that would place an automatic death sentence on all who convert to Christianity.

There is also a revival going on in Algeria as near as we can tell, 50,000-70,000 have come to Christ in that country and persecution has increased to the point that they have made it illegal for Christians to gather together in private homes for prayer–it is only legal in an official church. Like the Chinese revival, the real expansion is going on in house churches and not in the recognized churches. 

Egypt is another story. The Coptic Christian community comprises about 10% of the Egyptian population but persecution is increasing because the Muslims are becoming more radical, but also because more and more folks are coming to Christ regardless–usually in miraculous ways. It is illegal there for Muslims to convert to Christianity, but ok the other way around. If a father converts to Islam, all his children and grandchildren are considered to be Muslims whether they want to be or not!

Presently, churches are illegal in Saudi Arabia and it is also against the law to hold bible studies or worship services in the home, but that is the only place that the 1.5 million Christians in the country can meet together. If caught, Christians are thrown in jail after receiving lashes for their faith (just like the book of Acts). There is hope that soon some churches may be allowed in the country.

I could go on for ever about this subject—here are the two articles that got me going today:

Persecution Blog- "Christians Are Being Persecuted in Most Arab Countries"

Christianity Today-"Listening and Learning in the Middle East"

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Intercession: A Burden for America and Revival

image From Charisma Online: A Testimony from Louise Nankivell:

Since Christ appeared to me in the night, my heart is broken for the needs of America. The burden of God’s people and the multitude of unsaved is upon me in a greater way than I have ever known it in life before. Many times my spirit is so broken, I preach and pour out my heart in crying and tears.

The Spirit is crying for God’s people to be revived, for sinners to be saved, and for people to be delivered from their diseases. Our great, unchanging Lord waits to come forth in signs and wonders and mighty miracles this very hour. I am praying that the cities of America shall once again be stirred.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
Leviticus 26:3–6

TODAY’S PRAYER:
Lord, I pray for America. Bless our leaders, Lord; turn their hearts toward You. Forgive us, revive us, and use us as light to all nations. In Jesus’ name. Amen.               *Top

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The International Day of Prayer

image Sunday Nov. 9 is The International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the persecuted church. Please join hundreds of thousands of Christians all around the world praying for those who are being persecuted for their religious beliefs.

 

Here are some specific prayer requests from the VOM Persecution Blog:

Please pray:
The Lord will give courage to His people who are enduring persecution for His Name

The Lord will place His restraining hand on those who seek to harm His people
Churches facing government opposition will stand firm in their ministry

Christians will have opportunities to reach out with the Gospel without fear of intimidation or harassment

Servants of the Lord will be able to deliver Bibles and Christian literature to places where they are most needed

Christians who have been left without pastors and teachers may be kept strong in their faith

Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith will be released safely

The Lord will restrain the callousness and brutality of prison guards in their treatment of Christians in prison

Pray against the increasing problem of young Christian girls being kidnapped, raped and forced to marry

Those who have lost loved ones by martyrdom will be comforted and strengthened by God during their grief

Christian pastors will be kept from danger and strengthened in their faith as they care for the people of God

New converts may be protected and provided for should their family turn against them.

The current laws in many restricted nations forbidding evangelism, missionary activity and religious instruction, will be repealed

Response: The persecution of Christians has been on the increase this year. Remember particularly the 50,000 that had to leave their homes behind in Orissa, India and the thousands that recently fled Mosul, Iraq.

Also, remember the thousands of Christians who are continually subjected to persecution, discrimination and worse in Muslim dominated countries or regions around the world.   (Cross-posted @ Answers For The Faith)            *Top

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Ministry of Intercession–An Example of a Stay-at-Home Mom

image From Charisma OnLine by Germaine Copeland:

As a stay-at-home mom, Rose’s world was very small. In fact, some days she wondered if her children would ever grow up, or would she forever be “Mommy”? Then Jesus reached way down for her; He came to her world, and she was never the same. She began a new walk, and prayer became a normal part of her day.

Every day is an adventure in the Spirit, and God will expand your vision of the world. On that day many years ago, Rose began a new adventure in prayer. Her three older children were in school, and the baby was asleep. As was her custom she went into her bedroom where she knelt to pray. The sun shining through the window welcomed her, and she was transported into the Sonlight of God’s love. Kneeling there, enjoying the warmth and the presence of her Lord, she became aware of other people. God opened her eyes, and she saw a parade of people dressed in native costumes walking before her. Overwhelmed, she asked, “Lord, what does this mean?”

God expanded her vision beyond the four walls of her home. That day she caught a glimpse of the heart of God and praised Him for including her in His plan for man. God loves the whole world. Jesus died that men and women of every nation and tribe might be free. Walking in the love of God became her great quest, her aim in life.

God will enlarge our capacity to love that we might understand His heart and see as He sees. He has involved His church in His plan. Our prayers prepare the way for His will to be done on earth even as it is in heaven. Let us be about our Father’s business.

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