Monday, July 29, 2013

Pray for Romania

Week of July 29 - Aug. 4, 2013

1 Corinthians 4:7-8 (NKJV)
7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!

While seeking the Lord in regards to Romania, I felt lead to 1 Cor. 4:7-8 as the guide for how to pray. Every time I would try and meditate on these scriptures I seemed to be more confused than enlightened. Then finally this morning the Lord showed me how to pray. What I heard was that correction needs to come to the Romanian churches. Now I am not an elder in a Romanian church and I am not a prophet sent from God. Correction is a part of the Christian life; the Apostle Paul expounds upon this in Hebrews 12 concerning all sons needing correction. I didn’t feel this was to be a focus on the individual Christians but the churches as a whole.

1)    Just as Paul was giving instruction, even a mild rebuke, to the Corinthian Church so we pray for the Romanian churches to be instructed and corrected. As Christians we should all have a teachable attitude concerning our walk with the Lord.
2)    Now the Corinthian Church was not being truthful with Paul. They acted as though they had not received revelation when they had. The fact was that they had not responded to the revelation given them. Let us pray that Romanian churches would approach the Lord with sincerity and possess a willingness to learn. May the church leaders be open to change.
3)    I heard an evangelist this past weekend say, “Revelation is an invitation” (Peter Louis). Let us pray that the Romanian churches would walk in the revelation they have and embrace new revelation so there may be greater blessings for Romania.
4)    The Evangelical churches in Romania are blessed much like the Corinthian Church was blessed. The Corinthian Church was known for its generosity which is always a sign of maturity. Romania is over 5% evangelical. Much more than any of the countries around it. Lord, we thank You for this consistent witness.
5)    Let us pray for a move of God in Romania that will take the Church to higher level of intimacy, power and favor.

Please pray for an upcoming outreach to Romania that is in the planning. For the past five years European Initiative has sent a team to Romania to minister in Gypsy villages and has had amazing success. This next outreach will be similar in many ways but we will turn more toward orphans.

1.    Pray for the breath of the Holy Spirit over the planning and details of the upcoming outreach in January 2014.
2.    Pray for open doors to receive the right donations of shoes, boots, etc that will be a blessing for the poor of Transylvania. 
3.    Pray for the right team members to emerge, who are called to be on this outreach.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Pray for Montenegro

Week of July 22-28, 2013 Business News Correspondent – (07.19.2013)

In the period January–June 2013,… Montenegro’s economy experienced economic growth of 4.3% primarily thanks to favorable hydrological conditions and significantly lower rate of informal economy,…

This period showed good trends when it comes to inflation, as it was reduced from 4.3% in January to 3% in May 2013. The level of inflation in June was negative and prices were lower by 0.6% when compared to previous month, which speaks that increase in VAT rate didn't cause a wave of price increase as it was expected.

Over that period, 174,000 citizens of Montenegro were employed, which represents the highest level of employment over the past several years,… the 5-month period saw the growth of loan activities at the rate of 6.4%.

Because of the beautiful Adriatic Coast, investment money has been flowing into Montenegro to develop a tourist industry.

1)    Lord, we want to be quick to give You the glory for the blessings coming to Montenegro. With high poverty levels, we pray for increased revenue and an influx of investment funds to create many jobs.
2)    Let us pray that these funds be funneled into the right markets promoting productivity instead of more casinos, brothel houses, etc.
3)    May the Christians all along the Adriatic coast develop a burden for the many tourists that visit there each year.
4)    There are very few evangelical Christians in Montenegro. Lord, we ask for more intercessors to pray for Montenegro.
5)    If many are praying for Montenegro, God will surely move among the people. Lord, we ask that the Holy Spirit would start to stir in the evangelical churches. May they know they are special in the Lord’s heart.
6)    Lord, we ask for Your favor to be extended to the Montenegrin Christians. Let us pray for ministers to come to Montenegro to share hope and encouragement.
Job 4:6
Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?
7)    Lord, we ask for the release of heart-felt worship, where they lay their lives before You to be changed into Your image.
8)    Let us pray that Montenegrin Christians would repent before God and desire to walk in holiness and integrity, and they may stand before their neighbors and testify of the hope within them, may others see Jesus in them.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Psalm 33:18
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Pray For (FYROM) Macedonia

Week of July 15-21, 2013
If you Google “Macedonian Folk Art and Embroidery” you will find that red is the predominate color used in Macedonia. Even the Macedonian flag is dominated by red. Red is the color of blood. Good blood or bad.  Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so mankind could return to the Father, in Whose image man was made.

1)    Let us call out to our Creator God to apply the blood of Jesus over Macedonia. Let us ask the Lord to protect this new nation as it works through the racial divides and seeks peace with itself and its neighboring nations.

… Most of Macedonia's roughly two million people identify themselves as members of the MOC [Macedonian Orthodox Church], [but] Muslims could become a majority in the coming years. It is estimated that among 2 million people, one third is of ethnic Albanian origin and of a Muslim background.

2)    Let us pray for the ethnic Albanians in Macedonia. May the Lord raise up intercessors to stand in the gap for this group of people. They have precious souls that are important to the Lord.
3)    Let us believe and pray with boldness for these Albanians to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Lord, send Christians to live among them, anoint these chosen saints to show acts of kindness that lead to redemption and to live an example of Your love.
4)    God is raising up a House of Prayer in Macedonia. Please pray for the many funds necessary for this project, and pray for anointed staff to guide the intercession.

This past week, I had an interesting dream: In the dream I was helping someone carry skeletons out of an ancient crypt somewhere in Macedonia. We were carrying them on cots or sheets. While we were carrying these skeletons, much like in the book of Isaiah, mussels and flesh began to form on the bones. What God said through this dream is that ‘The saints of old, who labored for the Lord in the villages of Macedonia, are being revived to inspire today’s Macedonian Christians.’ 

5)    Lord, I pray for deeper revelation of that dream. May the prayers that were prayed in Macedonia by early Christians, be fulfilled today.
6)    Let us pray that the ancient books of the spiritual history of Macedonia be reopened. Lord, reveal your plan of redemption from the past in order to bring a wind of revival to the present.

Isaiah 37: 7-10 (NKJV)  So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

7)    Lord, reveal Your end-time army for Macedonia, one that would stand up and proclaim the Good News. May this army stand on Hebrews 12:1-2; knowing that the “cloud of witnesses” could very well be those saints that have gone on before and are now standing at the Father’s throne cheering them on.

Hebrews 12: 1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Praise Report: I received a report of Romanian Christians delivering Bibles house to house in Greece. There is a new translation of the Bible in Modern Greek and they want to deliver one to every Greek home. Read the story at,

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Pray for Greece

Week of July 8-14, 2013

This past week, while reading an article, I was shocked to learn that there are currently no mosques in Athens, Greece, a city of 5-6 million, with 500,000 Muslims.
In the News: Athens has come under criticism by human rights groups such as Amnesty International for being one of the few European capitals without a mosque.

Repeated plans for a mosque in Athens began in earnest in 1980, with an act of parliament, but all fell through, including one timed for the 2004 Olympic Games.

Reports in local media that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered to fund a mosque in Athens have also sparked anger in Greece, which spent four centuries under Turkish Ottoman rule.

In the Greek capital Athens, where almost half the country’s 11 million people live, there is a 500,000-strong Muslim community, mostly immigrants from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Many of those are faithful and want to express their faith by praying in an appropriate place. Well, there is no such place – there isn’t a single “official” mosque in the wider area of the Greek capital. 

Instead, they have to rent flats, basements, old garages and all kinds of warehouses and transform them into makeshift mosques to cover their need for a place to hold religious ceremonies.

Greece is a country where the vast majority of people are Orthodox Christian and a country that has lived under Turkish Ottoman rule for approximately four centuries.

How do you pray into this situation? Ethnic tensions in Greece are very high. The Greeks tend to be very nationalistic. As Christians we are generally concerned by the presence of a mosque as it contradicts our beliefs. In the case of Greece, there is a nationalistic mindset that seeks to repay the Muslim Turks for having occupied Greece for four hundred years.

Let us pray:

1)      First of all we thank You, Lord for preserving the Greeks over the centuries.  Let us pray that they would find their destiny and national purpose in the Lord. Greeks were greatly used in the first, second and third centuries to spread the Gospel.

2)      Let us pray for the Greek Orthodox Church, even though it long ago lost its spiritual edge, it is still the conscience of the people. Lord, restore the life giving Gospel to the Orthodox Church.

3)      Since the priests in Greece are highly honored, let us pray for a revival among them. Lord, stir a hunger in their hearts for You. Cause them to want more.

I did a Bible search of Moses’ commands to the Jewish people on how to deal with the foreigner in their land. What I found was that they were directed to be kind to the foreigner but not to consider them an equal. The foreigner was not to have full rights. The fact is, foreigners are people and our attitude toward them is important to the Lord. The reality is that governments have to govern their nations, and there is much wisdom that can be gained from how Moses governed by God’s divine direction.

4)      Let us pray for the government of Greece, may seek out ancient wisdom on how to deal with the foreigner in their midst. (God does judge nations for their actions) 

Deuteronomy 29:21-23  (NKJV)21 And the Lord would separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law, 22 so that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the Lord has laid on it: 23 ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’

 The Apostle Paul instructed us with the following:

Eph. 2:19,14-18

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,


14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

5)      Let us pray for the Christians in Greece to soften their hearts toward the foreigners. Lord, heal them of past injustices. Let them be used to lead forth in seeing the Greek mindset toward foreigners changed.

6)      Let us pray for the Greek Christians to seek the Lord for a plan to reach the Muslims (foreigners) with the Gospel. Lord, show every Christian that righteous acts of kindness are more effective than hate and segregation.

Personal Note: Many people worry about the Arabic/Muslim people over populating Europe, but this might be the perfect opportunity to reach them with the Gospel. They are no longer under the controlling Arabic countries of the middle-east and Christians are free to engage them with the truth.

7)      Lord, teach us as Christians how to reach the Muslim immigrants among us. Give us methods of encounter that will break their yoke of bondage.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Pray for Croatia

Week of July 1-7, 2013

I had taken a month off from publishing the Prayer for the Balkans prayer directives and it is good to be back in the flow. The restoration of the Gospel in the Balkan countries is my passion and I welcome all to join this worthy cause. 

This Monday morning opens with Croatia being now the 28th country to join the European Union. With 66% of Croats in favor of the move, there is much rejoicing and hope for Croatia to have a new and promising future. So far the EU has been a uniting force and not an empire that enslaves its subjects. What Charlemagne, Napoleon and Hitler tried to do militarily is being done by an economic and political entity with no face.

Fireworks erupted over Zagreb and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy rang out in the city’s main square at midnight, as the former Yugoslav republic hoisted EU flags and EU signs were unveiled at the country’s border posts.
Because of this event, I have pulled up 

and have read at least a consolidated version of the CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. This part mainly lays out individual rights of citizens and inhabitants of the European Union. If you live in an EU country I would suggest you read it. It is available at

I am amazed at the wording of the document and the fact that it clearly and simply qualifies things like Freedom of thought, conscience and religion, Freedom of expression and information, Freedom of assembly and of association, Cultural, religious and linguistic diversity, Family and professional life, etc. 

I did do a search of The Treaty and found religion was equated with sexual orientations as a right against discrimination.

So let us Pray:
1)      Lord we pray that this act of Croatia joining the European Union would be a positive step for all Croats.

2)      We know from history how many wars and injustices have occurred because of the European people groups not being able to live together. Lord, may You work through the EU to bless the people of Europe and help them live in peace.

3)      Lord, we know from Matthew 24 and Revelation 11:18 that the nations will be judged and we know from the book of Daniel that you judge empires. Let us pray for the European Union and its administrators; May they always seek to promote peace among all men.

4)      Since most border restrictions between Croatia and other EU nations will be loosened, let us pray for the free-flow of ministries across those borders so all European Christians may benefit from each other.

5)      Let us pray that the Church would be the example of unity among European people.

6)      Let us pray for investment to flow into Croatia now that they are part of the EU.

7)      Let us pray that respect of all (un-harmful) religions would now be fully honored in Croatia. Let it be decreed that no longer can a National Church influence laws and label other faith expressions as cults.

8)      Let us pray for President Ivo Josipović and the Croatian government as they take on new responsibilities and adjust to the European treaties. May the rule of law be rightly adjudicated and corruption exposed.

9)      Above all, we pray for the positioning of godly men and women in the government Croatia.