Monday, April 25, 2011

Pray for Greece

While in worship this morning (4/25) I felt that we should pray for the Greek government, especially with the present economic crisis.

Let us pray for the three branches of government; executive, legislative and Judicial.
1) Pray for President--Karolos Papoulias & Prime Minister--George Papandreou. Lord, direct these men to seek Your wisdom for the Greek people. Lord, You rule in the affairs of nations, so may these men be bend toward Your physical remedies.
2) Pray for the Legislative branch of government. Men and women are sent from the 13 districts and 325 municipalities to represent the people. We pray they stay true to their constituents.
3) The Judicial is always important to a culture. Lord, we ask that You guide the judges in their judgments, seeing that the law is strictly adhered to and justice established. May they be a key in rooting out corruption.
4) Corruption in government is very rampant in Greece. Corruption in business is also rampant in Greece. Lord, we ask for You to expose this corruption and transfer governance and administration of government, business and institutions to the righteous.
5) We know this transformation cannot happen without the righteous taking their stand. To be righteous is to do the right thing, even when it is unpopular and temporarily unprofitable. Lord, bless the righteous in such a way that all will see and desire to follow their example.
6) The churches and God’s people are commissioned with the task of influencing the culture. We pray that the churches would not shrink into their buildings and be like private clubs but speak-up in the market place and confront unrighteousness.
7) Lord release Your wisdom in the Greek churches to help the Christians to live righteous. May they be an example in their families, in their market places, with their productive skills, and in their civic involvement.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Pray for Croatia

Get ready Croats, Europeans and other people are coming to enjoy your coast. Every summer the Croatian Adriatic Coast is visited by thousands and thousands of vacationers.
1) Let us pray that the Croatian economy would capture, retain and wisely invest the tourist money. Let this year be an extra blessing for legitimate business throughout the land.
2) Let us pray for the tourist. May they have rest from their labors, enjoy their families and benefit from God’s creation.
3) Lord, release strategies to the churches - how to reach these tourist with the Gospel. We pray for labors for this special mission field. May the churches in the coastal towns and villages seek out ways to open their doors to the tourist.
4) May this be a summer when many tourist take a vacation and see their lives changed forever.

Summer is also a time for Christian youth and children camps, and the Croatian churches know how to put together summer camps.
5) Let us pray for the directors and volunteers. Lord, may they be chosen and inspired by You. May these workers have the love of Jesus for these children and the anointing of the Holy Spirit to minister transformation in their lives.
6) Let us pray for the finances so the camps can be conducted efficiently. Money for those children that can’t pay.
7) Let us pray for the Christian young people as they gather with other Christian youth. Many are from non-Christian homes or they are the only Christian in their school. May they be encouraged to live pure and holy in their environment.
8) We pray that the Christian youth would invite their lost school mates and extended family members.
9) We want to thank the Lord that Croats have the freedom to have these youth camps.

April 16, 2011 ZAGREB: Tens of thousands of people protested in Croatia on Saturday, a day after a UN court handed down heavy war crimes sentences for two ex-generals seen by many Croats as heroes.
10) Weather the Croats are right or wrong in the above matter is not the main concern; I just felt that we should pray that Croatia will put the past behind them. Pray that Croatians will ask forgiveness for their wrongs and not boast in divisive victories. May Croatia proceed with an intent to bless the nations.
Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD.
Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

[Personal Note] I do not favor international courts. Countries should judge their own or countries should judge those they capture. International courts can assume god-like status.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Pray for Bulgaria

Bulgarians are really wonderful people. Of all the Slavic people, their history can be traced further back in time. But Bulgaria has some deep wounds that only God can heal.

Bulgarians have an unfortunate history of being deceived and lied to by foreign powers and, at times, even their own leaders. Over-all, anyone in politics is considered untrustworthy and this translates into apathy among the general public. A Bulgarian saying is “You can trust dogs, but you can’t trust people.”

1) Bulgaria has always been surrounded by more powerful nations. Bulgaria has been dictated to and what we call “bullied”. Let us pray for a sure foundation. Lord, help Bulgaria stand its ground in the mist of the nations.
2) Bulgaria has been content to eat the crumbs from the master’s table, now it is time for Bulgaria to sit at the table and eat off the good china.
3) The surest way to reverse a curse is to do the opposite of the curse; do the right thing. Righteousness needs to arise in Bulgaria. Let us pray that at all levels of Bulgarian society truth would be proclaimed and lies exposed.
a. Let the farmer give a true measurement.
b. May one neighbor not look on his neighbors with suspicion.
c. Lord, raise up righteous politicians that will strive to build trust among the people.
4) Lord, we pray that Christians would lead this transformation in Bulgaria. Actually it is only biblical truth that can stimulate righteousness and justice, therefore bringing trust among men.
Because dominating world powers came, took what they wanted and did not give back, the Bulgarians took upon themselves this same nature of greed. Even today greed is evidenced through business people that tear down historic buildings in order to build modern/profitable buildings.

5) Let us pray that greed would be replaced by men and women of integrity and generosity. Lord, show them the value of freely giving of their time, finances and ideas.
6) Lord, open their eyes to see how greed destroys relationships and causes disunity.
7) Lord, help Bulgarians to see and feel eternity in their hearts. The things of this world are temporal and will just fade away.
8) Let us pray for the Christians to step out in faith and give. Lord, You promised to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on those that give. May there be an abundance of giving in the churches this year.
2 Samuel 22:21
“The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me."

9) Let us remember the children of Bulgaria. Let the Holy Spirit move upon their generation. May they grow up in true freedom; released from yokes of bondage in their souls.
10) Let us pray for pastors, church workers and volunteers as they prepare for the summer youth camps. Many children have been saved in these summer camps, so we pray for a double, triple portion this year.
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Monday, April 04, 2011

Pray for Bosnia Herzegovina
Bosnia Herzegovina is a country that has went through a civil war, endured a lack of infrastructure; good roads, educational opportunities and disciplined civil government. Let us pray that the Lord would visit them and lift up their heads.
Psalm 24:
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory.

1) Lord we lift up Bosnia Herzegovina to You. In the spirit we lift the gates for them. As we pray we believe You are moving. Lift the gates so the Lord can enter. Lord, we give ourselves in prayer for this country.
2) First let us ask that the people of Bosnia Herzegovina would lift up their heads. Within their spirit-man they would yearn for hope. They would not look at the negative things around them but they would have hope rise in their hearts.
3) As the gates open, may a flood of good news pour in. Send missionaries Lord. Let them be burdened for the Bosnian people. Ready to face those negative things working in the lives of people and ready to point them to Jesus.
4) Lord, You are strong and mighty, especially You are strong in battle against the enemy. There are battles in the physical in Bosnia Herzegovina, Lord, You war in the heavenlies. Show us the battle; We will declare the victory.
5) Lord, stir the churches in Bosnia Herzegovina to pray for their country. With boldness, may they approach Your throne.
6) Show them the enemy, how he manifest himself, and what are his strategies in their country. Expose the enemy, drive him into the open for all to see his shame. May judgment come to the individuals that are being used by the enemy. But Lord, provide a door of redemption for the evil doers. Let conviction fall. May even the priest speak out against corruption.
7) Lord we pray that You would release Your plan for effective ministry to reach the Muslim population.
8) Let us pray for the release of resources to finance ministry to Bosnia Herzegovina this year.
9) Lord, we ask for Your grace to be extended to the children of Bosnia. Open the hearts of the Churches to the youth. Even now release strategies to minister to the children this coming summer; youth camps, street drama, Christian clubs, sports, etc.
10) Lord, we cry out in our spirits, “How long Lord, before You visit the hurting people of Bosnia Herzegovina.” Oh, Lord, release Your light into the darkness.
11) Let there be an everlasting door opened that leads to everlasting life, and that the people will know Who is the King of Glory.

Request for prayer from a church in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Romans 15:20
It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation.

We have a small church meeting in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. If you are looking for guidance in terms of what to pray for, here are some suggestions:

1. Pray for a stable government that is favorably disposed to Christianity.
2. Pray that God will strengthen the disciples who are already in the country.
3. Pray that God will open hearts and connect those open hearts with disciples.
4. Pray for nationals to be converted in other churches around the world.
5. Pray for God to inspire brothers and sisters to want to lead others.
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