Monday, January 31, 2011
The week of Nov. 1, 2010 we prayed: Let us pray that the churches (of Croatia) would not shrink away into their buildings for the winter but would go into the marketplace to make friends and share the Gospel.
Croatian Evangelistic Outreach in Zagreb spent the month of December going to the streets to share Jesus. Two Saturdays they set up booths at the main train station, gave out free hot dogs and shared Jesus. Their church band played in the annual Advent in Zagreb at a time when the square was filled with people. More info. at: http://www.cce.hr/
Let us join in prayer again for Croatia.
1) There is still a few months left of winter, may the churches of Croatia continue to share Jesus in the streets and market places.
2) Romans 10:15 …How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Lord, we ask a special blessing for those that have shared the Gospel this winter. Draw them near to You, Lord.
Prayer Request from Mladen Jovanovic
Sec. Gen. Evangelical Union of Croatia - PEV
- That churches in Croatia will have positive influence on how to stop corruption Croatian society,
- That hatred among diverse ethnic groups will seize in the name of Jesus, and reconciliation ways be found to minister to all captured in chains of hatred,
- That Croatian churches keep sense of unity and cooperation
3) Let us pray with Mladen Jovanovic:
a. Lord, I believe that Christians, as they fulfill Your command to subdue the earth, they can raise up in prayer and declare corruption to cease. Then through their righteous acts they can expose the wicked. Lord, give the Croatian Christians boldness.
b. Lord, we pray for the empowering of ministers for the market place, Your people displaying righteousness to their co-workers and everyone they meet.
c. Oh, Lord, ethnic hatred is the curse of the Balkans. Ephesians 3:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; The Gospel teaches us to love one another and forgive the past. Let us pray for forgiveness to start in the churches.
d. Lord, we ask that You deal with envy and jealousy in the churches. This is based on works and lies of the Devil. Lord, may the Croatian Christians love one another, especially toward everyone that speaks Your name.
4) We ask You, Lord, to cut off the spirit of Jezebel in the Croatian churches. Pastors are not to be dominated by unrighteous influences.
5) Let us pray that pastors in Croatia will see with holy eyes those things that are holding back revival in their churches. May they call their congregations to righteousness, raising a holy standard for the lost to see.
6) It is time to start planning Summer Camps for the youth. Lord, may this be a year when the camps are full of seeking youth. Bring forth creative, inspiring and anointed ideas to reach the hearts of the Croatian youth. Stir excitement in the workers as plans come together.
7) Let us pray for radio and television ministry in Croatia. Lord, open this door wide and let the Gospel be proclaimed in homes and automobiles. We pray for anointed broadcast that speak to the hurts and needs of the Croatian people. Watch this video for more information; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAuRsifUFdY
Please leave a Comment or Reaction to let us know you prayed.
Monday, January 24, 2011
There are two Youth ministries that have sprung up in Bulgaria that are multi-denominational in scope; New Wave and EMO.
New Wave is a Christian movement for youth and young adults. The highlight of the movement is an annual non-denominational summer camp. Each summer ‘wave’ includes contemporary praise and worship, teaching and fellowship. These three components are important. New Wave is making contributions to the Kingdom of God by raising up leaders in the areas of teaching, preaching and music ministry. They are also blessing the broader Christian community by developing music videos and other resources for use in local churches. New Wave has woven itself into the fabric of the Bulgarian Protestant Church, and is a vital point of connection and outreach for Bulgarian youth and young adults.
EMO, which is a Bulgarian acronym for Evangelical Youth Organization, began as a monthly prayer meeting of around 20 youth pastors and youth leaders. Their prayer time developed into sharing ideas and coordinating their various ministry activities. One development was an initiative called “Prayer 365”, which is an effort to mobilize Bulgaria’s Protestant churches to intercede for Bulgaria. By coordinating this initiative, EMO hopes to have at least one church fasting and praying for Bulgaria each day. They are also raising up a network of youth leaders throughout Bulgaria.
1) Let us just thank the Lord that He is moving in Bulgaria among the youth. The two reports mentioned above give great hope for the future of Bulgaria.
2) Lord we pray for unity among the leadership of both of these organizations. May they walk humbly before You Lord, giving honor to one another. Jesus said,
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
3) As the staff of New Wave sits down to plan the camp/camps for this year, Lord, first we pray that You will be in their mist. Lord, we ask that You supernaturally visit them with Your presence. Second, we ask Lord, that You will direct their plans. Give them much expectation to believe for a great baptism of fire for this coming summer.
4) Lord, we ask for an innovative spirit to flow through New Wave to branch out in new methods of modern ministry; such as music, videos, websites, web and radio broadcast, Social Networking, etc.
5) Lord, bless EMO as they stir up the youth to pray. Thank You Lord for giving their leadership a strategy for enveloping Bulgaria in prayer. May it result in a holy covering; Oh, Jesus, Your blood covering Bulgaria (as we say in America, this blows my mind).
6) Let us pray that the Protestant Churches would all open their doors to spiritually organized prayer. Oh, Jesus, open the doors to those Catholic and Orthodox Churches also. Touch the hearts of those priests, Lord.
7) I am so encouraged by Jesus answering prayer even to the point of beginning a movement. As you pray for Bulgaria and the Balkans, expect God to honor and respond to your prayers. He is preparing strategy to implement revival in the Balkans and in prayer we can hear Him give orders.
Expect Him to respond to all your prayers; He is listening intently to the unselfish prayers of His saints.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Pray for Bosnia Herzegovina
It is a fact that Bosnia Herzegovina has been established as a country. It will stand before the Lord in the hour of His judgment.
Revelations 14:6 -7 “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth,...”
Bosnia-Herzegovina has perhaps the most complex, not to say contradictory, political structure of any country in the world, imposed upon it under the terms of the 1995 Dayton Accords.
The presidency of the republic rotates between a Serb, a Bosniak and a Croat. The presidency is responsible for foreign policy, representing Bosnia-Herzegovina abroad and fiscal and economic affairs. The governments of the two entities within the republic are responsible for all other internal matters.
President of Bosnia Herzegovina, Nebojsa Radmanovic
• 61 years old
• He is a Serb by nationality.
• He is married and is a father of two daughters.
1) Let us pray for the President of Bosnia Herzegovina:
a. Lord, we ask you give him wisdom to fulfil the duties before him.
b. Lord, we ask that President Nebojsa Radmanovic be surrounded by wise counsellors.
c. Lord, You know his spiritual condition; we ask that You draw him unto You.
2) Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia, is home to 400,000 people, 95% of whom are nominally Muslim. Let us pray for this city:
a. Lord, this is a city that abides in darkness. Lord, send a light.
- Matthew 4:16
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”
b. Let us pray for Pastor Slavko Hadzic and his family.
- Slavko Hadzic planted a new church in Sarajevo in 2003. After seven years of prayer and hard work, today the church has 25 believers. Despite the challenges they face, Slavko’s church is trying many different ways of showing people God’s love and telling them about what Jesus has done for them. They distribute food parcels, run a free medical clinic and hold a wide variety of outreach events. (Info. Provided by http://www.eurovangelism.org.uk/mainarticles/bosnia10.htm)
c. Let us pray for Pastor Tomislav Dubotovic and his family
- Tomislav Dubotovic is the pastor of the Baptist Church in Sarajevo and he also runs the Bible School in Sarajevo. He told us the church in Bosnia desperately needs a new generation of Bosnian leaders, and he is committed to training them and equipping them to take up the challenge of being a witness in this difficult place.
d. Lord we pray You protect these servants You have planted in Sarajevo.
e. May they daily be renewed in their bodies, souls and spirits.
f. The churches of these servants lack the financial funds to support their pastors. Let us pray for support money to come from abroad to help them until they can stand on their own.
3) Let us lift up the hands of all God’s servants in Bosnia. Help them to stay steadfast in their calling to preach Jesus to the people.
Editor Note: Thanks for praying for me while I was in Romania. Shortly I will be poting a report at http://www.freebalkans.com/Extra1.html
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
This may seem like a silly way to hear from God but; I was walking the halls at the college where I work, praying and asking the Lord how to pray for Albania. (With the busy-ness of the holidays I did not have the time to do adequate research on the present situations in Albania.) As I was walking the halls at work I stopped at a painting of modern art that had three images in it. First I noticed a man sitting on the side of a bed. He looked lonely and in despair. Second was a man standing on his hands upside down. The third picture was a man getting a hug from someone. So I ask the Lord, are You speaking something through this. So I sought His heart with these pictures in mind.
1) There are lonely and despairing people everywhere but let us pray for those in Albania. Lord, You are the giver of hope. We rebuke the spirits of suicide and ask You, Lord, to rescue those in despair.
2) Let us pray for a ministry to the suicidal, those emotionally and chemically effected. Lord, raise up a saint to lead this ministry, prepare them and anoint them. May they have the patience to deal with the patients, boldness in the spirit to come against the enemy and leadership qualities to inspire others to give hope.
3) There are people that are upside down. They have made plans and everything went wrong. Now they have lost wealth, friends and property. Lord, they need wisdom for their circumstance.
a. First I pray for the Albanian believers that have suffered great loss. You Lord, are a God of restoration, give them open doors of opportunity this year and the wisdom to acquire wealth, honor others and manage assets.
b. Then Let us pray that these believers that have been restored would seek to restore others.
4) Lord, we lift up the shy ones, those that have suffered rejection and that rejection has a hook in them. Shyness and being introverted is not of the Lord. May those that shrink into the corners be sought out and given honor. They have a part to fulfill, especially in the church.
5) Lord, we pray that the Christians of Albania would be set free to express You to others. Lord, come and embrace them and help them to spread Your joy by hugging others.
Ecclesiastes 3: 5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
3:7 A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
6) Let us pray for Albania to not be alone and in despair. We pray that Albania will not be upside down and that Albania would feel a special embrace from the Lord.
a. For the past century Albania has been an isolated country, not only because of their location but because during communist days their rulers intentionally isolated the country. Lord, we pray for a coming out. You have put talents into the Albanian people, so we call them forth to be shared with the world. In Your name Jesus, we rebuke any despairing spirit that is hanging over Albania.
b. Let us pray for economic transformation for Albania. As they totally shake off communism and move to a free enterprise market system. All economic policies that are upside down, may they be turned right-side up.
c. Let us pray for joy to fill the land. We pray that the people would not refrain from embracing but would embrace each other. Especially as You, Lord, embrace the country with a revival.
7) Lord, we want to see revival in Albania. Lord, empower Your leaders there. Give them boldness and unction to believe for an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit in the Land. Lord, double the anointing on Your servants.
8) Lord, we look for the day of Your power in Albania.
Psalm 66: 3&7
Say to God,
“How awesome are Your works!
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
7 He rules by His power forever;
His eyes observe the nations;
Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
Editors’ Note: Pray with me that a Balkan Prayer Group/fellowship will be raised up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this year.