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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