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PRAYERS FOR THE WORLD

Prayers for the World

by Jan Cox

The words “pray for the world” have been used many times in searches on the Internet this week. We have seen people rise up against their oppressive governments; we have seen earthquakes and tsunamis and fears of a nuclear meltdown.

People are searching for a way to reach God in these times.

T.L..Wiens has spoken in Under the Cover of Prayer about ways to pray for our governments. It is not easy to pray for those in authority when we disagree with their policies. But we have to remember that Jesus is the head of all authorities and has the power to use them as He needs to in His plan.

“Whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NIV UK).

I find that praying for different countries each day is a good way to lift people and their governments to our Lord. It doesn’t take a lot of time.

I read Operation World while having my breakfast and then pray for that country. On the sidebar to the right you will see the countries I have prayed for so far this year and each will link to the Operation World site for that country.

Join me in prayer and together we can learn about the countries as well as intercede for all the peoples of the world.

This week we especially pray for the people of Japan and Libya, whose lives are in turmoil and their countries torn apart.

Here is a link to prayer for Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiYiD1fgUz0

“Do not fear.” Those words were some of the first I learned when I became a Christian.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV UK).

Fear comes from Satan and Christ gave us power over him. So when you feel fearful try saying that Christ has overcome fear and you are free from Satan at all times.

Continue to pray.

My Gratitude list for this week:

36.  Our small town Pregnancy Care Centre

37.  Volunteers at the Centre

38.  The Board of the Centre who have shouldered many emergencies lately

39.  The women, our clients, at the Centre

40.  All the churches and others who support the Centre

41.  All the donors who give to the Centre

42.  Our small community who want to help us with donations of clothing and money

Prayer:

Father, these are times when many things in the world could frighten us. However, we know that you have conquered fear. We no longer are until its control. Help us to remember that and come to you whenever that “‘ole fear” might arise in our hearts. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus, who is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. We pray in His Name, AMEN.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD?

What is going on in the world?

Are you up-to-date with your prayers for the world?

I watch our Canadian news station called The National every night so I can keep abreast with what is happening in our world. But I found the best resource for prayer is Operation World 21st Century.

Each day for a whole year you can read, and pray about a continent or country. Sometimes more than one day will be spent on that continent or country. Not only do you expand your knowledge of the world but you see how God works and what we can pray about.

In the Bible we read,

I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you (my emphasis), in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me (John 17:20-23, The Message).

Yes, we need to pray for the world – for God’s people. Check out Operation World website.

Last week I told you I planned to start a Gratitude Journal.

Here are my thanks for this week:

Thank you Lord for:

  1. Christ’s sacrifice for me
  2. The Bible
  3. My family – my ancestry and now
  4. God’s leading to find my husband, Wayne, almost 43 years ago
  5. My education, so I can read, write, think and talk
  6. My dog’s, Snowball, kisses
  7. My eyes to see – the beauty of the world and God

Prayer:

Lord, we are grateful for our lives. We pray for those who have not heard your message through Jesus. We pray that You continue to teach us how to pray – there are so many ways. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

JESUS’ PRAYER FOR BELIEVERS

Jesus’ Prayer for Believers

by T. L. Wiens

John 17:20-26 is a prayer said for all believers. A petition made by Jesus for those who would be His. It’s encouraging and humbling to see the heart of Jesus at a time when He must have had a few other things on His mind. Things like how He would die. But in this passage, Jesus is encouraging and the central theme of this prayer seems to be love.

Then I look at verse 20—“I do not pray for these alone.” Before this passage, Jesus starts with a prayer for his disciples—the men who followed Him during His time on earth. “…and the world has hated them because they are not of the world.” (VS 14) Hate is a strong word. Then in verse 15, He talks about not taking us out of the world, away from evil. The world will hate us but Jesus prays for us to continue in the world.

Are we a part of the world? Or has the Christ’s church separated itself from those who hate us?

In my own life, I pray that I will remember these words of Jesus. That the only way the world can see Him is through believers. If I’m hidden from view, so is Jesus. And so I pray that Jesus prayer continues to be a part of my life; that I may live my life in response to Jesus prayer for me.

PRAYING FOR THE WORLD

Praying for the World

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, The Message).

A few years ago God put it on my heart to pray for the countries of the world. He led me to a book called Operation World 2001. There is a new book coming out soon. That year I prayed my way through all the countries. I found this book enlightening. I learned not only information about each country, but about the people, the politics, their history and specific prayers for each country.

Since then I have focused on prayers for Canada. I began a blog in January 2009, called Spirit-Filled Canada. My meeting with Ed Hird and subsequent reading of his book Battle for the Soul of Canada, prompted my creation of this blog. Then I wrote a Bible Study to go with Ed’s book. It is called Seeking God’s Solution for a Spirit-Filled Canada.

To lift the leaders of our countries in prayer at all levels of government is important to God.

Think of God’s wonderful answers to prayers. Here are but a few:

  • The Berlin Wall came down.
  • Russia has more of a free market economy and has a willingness to openly discuss problems between countries (has joined the G8).
  • Poland after many years of occupation is now a free democratic country.
  • Ireland after many years of turbulence is now experiencing a blessed peace.

Now my prayers have expanded to praying for Poland as I have developed a love of the people from my two recent mission trips.

For more information about praying for our nation of Canada see National House of Prayerblog and website.

Remember as we pray, “Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments.”

Prayer:

Father, thank You for hearing our prayers. Thank You for working in the hearts of the world’s leaders – please continue to speak to them. Encourage us to pray for those in authority. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.