Saturday, February 04, 2012

A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - February 4 (Day 35)

Today we are privileged to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord, part of fulfilling Jesus' prayer in John 17 that we would all be one. Please read pages 79-80, then return here to pray for "The Church in Europe."

Point 4 contains a key sentence: "Biblical illiteracy is shockingly common considering the high levels of education and historic influence of Scripture in European society." Oh, how crucial it is that we are people of the Word! Worship is central, and prayer is vital, but both must have a solid Biblical foundation. Let me encourage you today to maintain consistent times in the Word along with our daily prayer focus. Let Scripture fuel your prayers. The Biblical illiteracy of Europe explains a lot of the problems we've addressed this week.

My prayer for today: Oh Lord, thank You for maintaining a faithful remnant in Europe. We start by praying for them, Lord, to be bold and courageous and to "go in and take the land." We ask, Lord, that You would guide them in appropriate levels of engagement to hold the banner high for Biblical truths.We pray for the growing emerging church to have the right balance of wisdom, passion, and biblical understanding - that they would be strong in the word as well as in love. Oh Lord, we pray for the Catholic church to undergo a deep renewal as a result of its current battles. Draw them back to Your Word as well. Lord, raise up leaders at all levels - leaders who know the Word and who know You well, but who also are willing to battle the inevitable spiritual warfare. Guide those serving immigrant congregations and those immigrants who have come to minister to Europe. Let them be a blessing to Europe as many were blessed by Europeans who came to bring the Gospel to their countries. Let Your glory fall afresh on Europe, Lord. Even now raise up many who, like Isaiah, will see You high and lifted up and be convicted of their own sins and those of their people, then will hear the call to go to tell their people of Your good news and say "here am I, send me." Thank You, Lord, that You are at work in Europe.

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