Monday, June 25, 2012

Pray for Greece
Week of June 25 - July 1, 2012

In the News: Economic collapse in Greece is finally sinking into the consciousness of its citizens

On Sunday, June 17th, voters narrowly elected a center-right New Democracy Party to take the reins of power in a country that, besieged by debt and teetering on the brink of insolvency, is literally in chaos. For months now, Greece has only managed to exist, not thrive, as successive bailouts of its government by the European Central Bank (led mostly by German efforts and money) have kept Athens from tumbling headlong over an economic cliff that, frankly, its leaders should have seen coming years ago.

Life in the capital has come virtually to a standstill. The streets are less congested, sure, but because few can afford to drive. And while less trash goes to the landfill, it's because people are consuming less because they have to.

Giorgos, a 27-year-old economics [said] "There is a depression in the Greek people, in all my friends," ... "They keep saying: 'I can't take it. There's depression about our jobs, depression on the news, depression about the economic situation, depression in our family, depression and fighting among friends.'"

The Financial Times reports that violence, hate, polarization, fear, resignation and despair are rife across the country. It's so bad, in fact, that the country is developing the same characteristics of the German republic in the early 1930s, before Adolph Hitler rose to power.

In the News:
Greece still in trouble as talent leaves country

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Brain drains are insidious. Like cutting away at muscle, they leave a country emaciated, unable to respond to crises and too lethargic to work hard to get where it has to. Then there’s the damaging effect they have on morale. Those who are left behind are either too old, too poor or too unskilled to be able to leave the country. This creates a deep sense of disillusionment, apathy and lack of national pride just when you need the exact opposite to get the country out its difficulties.

      Romans 1:16 (NKJV)
      For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for
     everyone  who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

1)      Jesus primarily ministered to the Jews but He sent Apostle Paul to the Greeks. Let us pray for apostles to be sent again to Greece for this time of great need. Men and women anointed to guide the country out of this critical economic situation. – Apostles to the marketplace –
2)      The enemy would love to bring an Adolph Hitler, but let us stand in prayer against such an outcome.  

Acts 17:21-23 (NKJV)

For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing. Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD”. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:

3)      Upon Mars Hill (Areopagus), Paul pointed out to the Greek philosophers that there was a benevolent God beyond their myths and idols. Greeks have bowed down to new idols of self-sufficiency and a socialist state. Lord, as You shake this false trust, remember mercy.

4)      We see that when Paul arrived the Greeks had an empty place in their lives to hear the Gospel. Lord, we ask that that empty place will be exposed once again. Soften their hearts.

5)      Let us pray for the Evangelical churches in Greece. May this be their greatest hour. Lord, send them into the streets and homes with the good news. Give them a word of comfort and assurance for their countrymen.

6)     Burning hearts for Greece. Lord, raise up Your intercessors that will declare on earth as it is in heaven Your blessing for Greece.

7)      It is likely that things will get worse before getting better so let us pray for an influx of aid to come from Christians worldwide and be funneled through the Greek Evangelical churches.

8)      As mentioned in the news report above, when things turn bad in a country a brain-drain results. This has been a problem in all the Balkan countries for the past twenty years. Lord, we ask that You guide them to countries where they can find You. 

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Pray for Croatia
Week of June 18-24, 2012

Well the biggest event on most Croatians minds today is the Croatian team’s soccer (futbal) match with Spain in the EURO 2012 elimination trials in Poland. In fact by time you read this the match may be over.

But there are two problematic things that happened in Croatia last week; The display of vulgar acts in an international setting and the seeking of recognition for the homosexual lifestyle.


In the NEWS: European soccer's governing body has charged Croatia's Football Federation (HNS) for racist chants and symbols displayed by the national team's fans during the Group C match against Italy in Poznan, [Poland] on Thursday. [June 14] [A fine of 31,000 Euros]


In the NEWS: Zagreb, Croatia – Some 2,000 people took part on Saturday in a gay-rights march in Croatia’s capital, calling on the government to boost the rights of same-sex couples in the largely conservative EU-bound country.

They urged “equality, dignity and visibility” for all gay and bisexual people and their families.

In 2003 Croatia extended the same rights to gay couples living together as to unmarried heterosexual couples, including state recognition of shared assets. The law only applies to gay and lesbian couples living together for at least three years.

1) Let us first pray for the Lord’s mercy on Croatia. Of course these two acts do not represent all Croats but they are a stain on the country. Lord, hold back judgment until repentance has been offered.

2) It is time for godly citizens to speak up with boldness to their pastors, priest and government leaders. Lord, give boldness to Your saints.

3) Let us pray for one such pastor that has spoken up against these things in Croatia, Mario Ducic. Lord, we pray for more doors into the government to open for Pasto Ducic. We ask for protection, wisdom and the anointing to lead in this matter.

4) Lord, we ask that the righteous ones be given loud voices to speak up against crude acts, homosexuality, abortion, etc. Lord, we pray that Croatian Christians would unite and let their elected officials know the Christian worldview on these issues. Unite them in prayer, bring them to repentance and lead them to action.

5) Let us pray for Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic who joined the marchers. Lord we pray for change or removal of this elected official.

6) The week before the gay-pride march in Zagreb there was a smaller parade in the coastal city of Split were about 500 people marched including five government ministers. We ask for mercy on the city of Split. Stir the Christians to do what is right.

7) Let us pray that the Catholic church, which has a big influence in Croatia, would speak up against these incidents.

8) Lord, we thank you for the Evangelical churches in Croatia. May they see these events as a warning to intercede for their country.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pray for Bulgaria
Week of May 11-17,2012

Let us confront the enemy.

1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

In the news: Vampire Hype to Boost Bulgaria's Tourism

People on three continents are excited about Bulgarian vampires in the wake of local archeologists claiming to have found a vampire skeleton in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

The skeleton is believed to be about 700 years old. In the past, because of the fear of vampires, sometimes deceased loved ones were buried with a spike pierced through their chest, believing that would keep them from coming back to life to terrorize the villages.

You might say, well that was 700 years ago, surely no one believes in those myths today. Perhaps, however we do know the devil has a way of changing his techniques of witchcraft in order to keep a country enslaved from generation to generation.

Surva International Festival of the Masquerade – In the city of Pernik, about 20 Kilometers from Sofia, there is a festival held every year in January that is much like Mardi-Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana. It has its roots in the Dionysian Mysteries. The Dionysian Mysteries were a ritual of ancient Greece which used intoxicants and other trance-inducing techniques (like dance and music) to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a [so called] natural state.

Recently there was a 5.8-6.0-magnitude earthquake in Bulgaria and the epicenter was Pernik. There were no deaths but there was damage.

IN the news: Bulgarian Officials Persecute Pastor over Homeschooling
Authorities in the former communist nation of Bulgaria are reportedly persecuting a pastor and his family over their decision to homeschool, prompting an international outcry among home-education advocates who are calling on officials involved in the growing scandal to drop the case immediately. The matter is even more urgent now as the father has been threatened with criminal charges of "child abuse" for removing his son from government school, according to activist groups and news reports.

1. Let us pray for Bulgaria, asking for the Lord to look down upon that land.

2. First Lord, we ask that the Christians of Bulgaria would seek You with all their hearts. Lord, we pray that a hunger for Your ways would burn within the people.

3. Lord, were You in the earthquake?

Job 37:4 After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard.

Joel 3:16

The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.

4. Lord, we thank You for the report that Christians are taking Bibles to the quake victims. Lord, let an angel accompany each Bible, protecting it and blessing the house it is in. Let us pray that these Bibles will be read. Holy Spirit, we know You will teach and soften hearts.

5. James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Lord as we submit to You we want to resist the plans of the devil over Bulgaria. We rebuke him in Your name, Lord Jesus.

6. Lord, show Your saints how to do battle against the enemy. Empower them to stand and proclaim the promises of our God in the enemies face. If the enemy can organize and empower festivals then why can’t the Lord’s people gather and in unity rebuke such unrighteousness? [ I don’t know the laws in Bulgaria concerning Christian expression on the streets but I see in my spirit organized Christians going into this Masquerade festival and being very vocal for Jesus.]

7. Lord, we rebuke the vampire spirit. The enemy would like to use this, so we pray that the popularity of this story would diminish.

8. Let us pray for the right of Christians to homeschool their children in Bulgaria. May the laws guaranty this right and that there would be cooperation and acceptance on the part of the public schools.

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Monday, June 04, 2012

Pray for Bosnia
Week of June 4-10, 2012
There was an early Bosnian Church that had an indigenous form of Christianity not only distinguishable from Catholicism and Orthodoxy but also enjoying protection of rulers and noblemen powerful enough to offer a kind of safe heaven to those deemed heretical by the Papacy. They had a tendency to meet in homes or in the open air. Therefore very few ancient buildings of worship have been found. The members are believed to have been very charitable and un-materialistic. Each church or community was not subject to a pope or a metropolitan but independent.
Bosnia Herzegovina was also influenced by Bogomilism during medieval times. The Bogomils were also non-aligned with the Catholics and Orthodox churches. Either way, going back to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries the Bosnian church was independent. One report I read mentioned the Church of Bosnia as being the first protestant movement and very evangelistic. Bosnia is now divided into three camps that are nationalistic in nature; Catholic Croats, Orthodox Serbs and the Muslim Bosniaks. These three groups are trying to govern the country from three points of view. (See Note at end.)
1.      To hear that there were evangelical roots in Bosnia Herzegovina is very encouraging. Lord, we ask for restoration of the roots of Bosnian faith.
2.      Let us also pray for a government (rulers and noblemen) that will respect and protect the beliefs of all faiths.
3.      Let us pray that Bosnia Herzegovina will develop into a stable country. Lord, we know it has a long way to go but You are able to bring blessings. Let us pray for stability in government, commerce, unity among ethnic groups and churches grounded in the truth.
4.      Of all the Balkan countries, Bosnia seems to be the hardest to raise up new evangelical works. Let us pray that the walls holding back the Spirit would fall.
5.      Let us pray for help to come to the Bosnian Christians. Lord, we ask that the spiritual needs of Bosnia would be put on the hearts of mission agencies and churches around the world. This is just a deep burden of my heart, that the Lord would send help.
6.      The Bosnian War during the 90s has left deep scars on the country. People are hurt and all they want to do is leave. Let us lift up the hurting of Bosnia.
7.      Let us pray for those that are leaving the country, may their paths lead to Christian communities.
8.      Lord, we are confident You have a plan. Lord, seek out those that can be trusted with Your plan and move them into position to work Your plan.
9.      Let us remember the youth of Bosnia Herzegovina. May they be rescued from the demons that are working to rob them of hope.
Note: (editor) I am a nondenominational type Christian. I am thankful that denominations have kept the name of Jesus before the people for centuries but I am not necessarily aligned with any one of them. I am looking for Christians that have a passion for Jesus; Those that love the Lord even during the good times. Many use religion like a medication to sooth present uncomfortable situations. To me it is all about a daily relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The greatest need in the Balkan countries is for Christians to communicate the peace, joy and above all the love that He gives us. People need to know that a confession or a once a week church service does not necessarily bring that joy. It comes through a complete surrender to Jesus as Lord and Savior. Most people in the Balkans have given up on the confessional, taking the Eucharist and/or being baptized into a church.  These things are good and can help us focus but having a daily relationship with Jesus is where the abundant life is lived. We are called to love others as Jesus has loved us.
John 13:35
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
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