Monday, February 13, 2012

Prayer for Algeria: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey -Feb. 13 (Day 44)

Today, we conclude our prayers for Algeria. Please glance over pages 99-100 again as we prepare to focus on prayer challenges #4-10.

There are a couple of big issues that begin to arise with today's prayer emphasis. Persecution will be a recurring theme for the rest of this year. If you are interested in pressing into prayer with more detail on persecution, here is a great resource that highlights each country with significant persection and gives guidelines for prayer.

Another issue we see highlighted in point 5d is the reality of financial need in much of the world. In Algeria this is highest among Muslim Background Believers, but we will consistently be faced with challenges for prayer that stir our hearts toward those in need. I would encourage you to equip yourself with a solid foundation to make wise choices in giving. When Helping Hurts provides a great overview of the difference between relief (meeting immediate, urgent needs) and sustainable development (helping people in a way that does not lead to dependence but instead equips them for self-sufficiency).

Let's pray now for these needs.

My prayer for today: Oh Lord, we pray for the believers in Algeria who are being persecuted. We pray for continued boldness and evangelism. We pray that the church will respond with faith and perserverance and love. Pour out your Spirit upon the church to equip them for this challenge. We pray for those believers from Muslim backgrounds who are unable to work due to this persecution. Give the churches wisdom how to best address this need. We pray for the success of ministries that provide jobs and we pray that there will be wisdom among those who desire to give to assist these believers. Protect them from temptation and enable them to use their abundance of time wisely. Lord we pray for the unreached through Algeria. Give the church wisdom how to best reach them. We pray for the missionaries in Algeria to work with the church and to truly be supporting partners. We pray especially for ministry to emerge among Christian children. Help parents and churches disciple them well so the teaching they hear in school is countered with truth. We pray for those Algerians abroad to hear the Gospel and to become channels of truth. Oh Lord, please give all Algerians access to Your Word which gives life and faith and hope. In Jesus' name, amen.

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