Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Pray for Greece

(listed 6-1-2010)
We just want to thank the Lord for the Greek Orthodox Church and how they have stood for the Gospel for two centuries now. Peter and Paul both spoke of a day when evil men “walking according to their own lust,” would creep in and water down the promises given to the fathers that fell asleep. Even Orthodox Greeks will admit that the Orthodox Church is no longer a transforming institution in the Greek culture. As we pray and contend for the lost souls of Greece, we can’t ignore the Greek Orthodox Church. Let us remember the following scriptures as we pray for the Greek Orthodox Church.
Acts 17: 13But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1:3 2that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Jude 16These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
1) Lord Just as, (Jude) 9Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”, We too rebuke the Devil and his attacks on the Orthodox Church.
2) Lord can You redeem a weak and dying institution that once proclaimed Your name? Lord we know that all things can be done through You. Lord we ask You to breathe life on the old Orthodox Church.
3) In the GOC the apostles are held in great esteem. May the Greek people return to the teachings and warnings of the Apostles.
4) Lord, we pray for the priest in the GOC. May they be visited by the Holy Spirit and turned into new men ready to proclaim the Full-Gospel. That they would no longer be, “sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.”

The English word "evangelism" comes from the Greek euangelizo, literally "to announce good news," and the English word "gospel" a translation of the Greek euangelion, "good news." Inherent in both of the Greek terms is the notion of proclamation.

5) Lord, raise up evangelist from the Greek people. It was mainly the Greek evangelist of the first and second centuries that took the gospel to Europe. Let it happen again Lord.
6) Lord, we thank you for the evangelical churches in Greece, especially the way the Pentecostals have proclaimed the Gospel. May the evangelicals not let those that cause divisions come in.
7) Anything that has been lost in the evangelical churches, Lord, restore.
8) Just as we ask that the Lord visit the priest, so may He visit the pastors. They are all shepherds watching over the Lord’s flock.
9) Lord, we pray for a move of the Holy Spirit in Greece. As a nation, Greeks have lost touch with Your blessings. May they call upon You Lord and be saved.

Greece looks like it is about to disintegrate. On May 5, over 30,000 demonstrators overran the streets of Athens. They began their protest at the Field of Ares—named after the Greek god of war. Many were there to do battle—Molotov cocktails, gas masks and sticks their weapons of choice. “It’s not unusual in Greece for a small minority to cause trouble during a protest, but on Wednesday the rage ran deeper… http://www.thetrumpet.com/index.php?q=7225.0.125.0
10) Lord we pray for the economic condition of Greece. Economic ministers have been irresponsible with their financial responsibilities. Lord bring justice into this situation. Those that are ranting and raving, may they consider their own personal responsibilities first and how they bought into a system that was doomed to fail. Lord we ask for calm.
11) Lord, You only know the lessons that need to be learned out of the financial crisis in Greece. Lord, as You pass a judgment on Greece, we pray for the poor that You would supernaturally meet their needs and draw them to You, the true source of substance.

The Greek government has announced it will start taxing churches as part of its efforts to get out of its financial crisis. A new draft bill to be tabled in parliament next week (June 2010) imposes a 20 per cent tax on the Orthodox church’s real estate income, reportedly worth over 10 million Euros (US $14.8 million) a year, the Wall Street Journal reports.
12) If they tax one group of churches, they will tax all. May this law not pass.

Let us believe that Greece will be a shining light once again.

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