Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Pray for SERBIA
The picture to the right is from the 90s and the Kosovo conflict. Many times this picture has been a point of motivation and inspiration for my prayers for Serbia. God wants to bring peace not rage to Serbia.
While praying and asking the Father how to pray for Serbia, I just felt like the pastors, their families and all the workers in the churches were very special to the Lord. Let us focus on those that give themselves for the Kingdom.
Psalm 132:4-5 “I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, Until I find a place for the Lord, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
1. Many pastors and their families give of their time and resources to raise up a church. Many have to work a job and pastor at the same time.
a. Lord, we ask that their sacrifice not be forgotten.
b. Lord, hold them up when they become weary.
c. Keep them from the thief that comes to steal and plunder their resources and their health.
d. May they continue to be driven by the love for people, especially those in their city or village.
Psalm 132: 8-9 “Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priest be clothed with righteousness, And let Your saints shout for joy.”
2. Just as King David prayed:
a. Lord, rise upon the churches in Serbia that were planted by Your sons and daughters and dwell among them, letting Your ark of strength be in their mist.to secure them and the buildings they worship in.
b. May Your priest and pastors be clothed in righteousness, being model citizens that are worthy examples of the Lord in whom they repersent.
c. Lord, may Your Joy dwell in the hearts of the Serbian believers.
Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
3. Notice the exclamation point at the end of the above verse:
a. Lord, keep the pastors and priest in Serbia in unity.
b. Show them they are the building blocks that hold up the country. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because God’s mercy was withdrawn. Mercy Lord, mercy for Serbia.
c. Let there be times of coming together were pastors can share their needs, fears, and visions.
d. Let there be fathers of the faith raised up. (1 Cor. 4:15 “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”)
Prayer request from Pastors in Serbia.
From Pastor Viktor Sabo in Subotica, Serbia:
4. Pray for the leaders that they open up to each other because some leaders are going through severe problems due to the long isolation.
5. Last week I visited a Christian TV station in Timisoara, Romania. They are producing 24 hours long program daily. I was a guest of the director. I spend 5 hours with him and was interviewed about the state of the church in Serbia. The goal was to raise interest and prayer support of the Romanians believers. His name is Tudor, a man I like very much. He offered his help for starting a Christian TV program in Serbian language. I have no idea about this but Arpad my son has a vision for this and some other brothers in Serbia. This can be thing to pray about. Let us pray for radio and television broadcast in Serbia. Let us pray for Tudor and the vision God has planted in his heart.
6. I need very much a secretary beside me please pray that I can find someone.
From Pastor Daniel Kuranji in Novi Sad, Serbia:
7. prayer for the natural disasters in our country. Around a month ago there was a earthquake in Kraljevo where hundreds of people lost their homes. These days there were also floods in West Serbia. We want to pray for the protection and comfort of those who are affected by these disasters.
8. prayer for the distribution of shoe boxes (outreach of Samaritan’s Purse). In December, thousands of children will hear the good news. May that bring long lasting effects.
9. we pray for control over sports fans. violence is increasing… Groups that cheer for a certain team are under the control of the mafia and fascist groups. Those are the main sources of criminal groups. Pray for the ban of groups that approve of fascists, e.g. "Obraz" (translated as cheek) - two weeks ago they caused problems in the evangelical church in Nis.
10. For the recovery of the the economy in Serbia. There is practically no production. The building industry is blocked.
From Katarina in Belgrade, Serbia:
11. one thing that's been on my heart is my friend's pregnancy crisis clinic. As you may already know, abortion is quite a problem in Serbia. The people there just seem to be very ignorant about other methods of birth control, adoption, etc. So a friend of mine started a clinic years ago to counsel women and help them make informed choices. The clinic is doing well but they're always in need of supporters and donations. And in the near future, they would like to start doing sex education classes in schools, which is something the schools don't have right now. Eventually they would also like to handle the adoption process which is currently controlled by the government.
12. (Presently Katarina is in the United States) I told my friend I would try and raise some funds for them while I'm in the states and I haven't had any success so far. Let us pray that the windows of heaven would open for these babies in Serbia.
Let us seek the Father’s grace and mercy for Serbia, knowing that He hears us and has been waiting for us to call upon Him. Jeremiah 33:3 (New King James Version) ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’