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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1 comment:

Christine said...

I found your blog while researching faith in Bosnia. I will soon be joining a missions agency in this small nation. Thank you for your prayers, and know that God is moving in Bosnia.