Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Praying for Belgium: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - March 7 (Day 67)

Reading about Belgium's history and outlook is a reminder to me that behind every circumstnce is a God who is working all things together for His kingdom purposes. Almost invariably, this principle is true: There is more going on beneath the surface than we will ever imagine.

Have you ever watched the 60's show Hogan's Heroes? The basic premise of the show focuses on a handful of prisoners of war in a German POW camp. These Allies from England, France, the U.S., and occasionally Russia volunteered for an unusual assignment when they were captured: Rather than escaping at the first opportunity (the norm for POW's), they committed to not escape and instead use whatever means available to help other prisoners escape and undermine the German war effort. Hogan's Heroes built an elaborate underground structure - tunnels containing storage areas, radio rooms, fake printing presses, even food. In every show, the enemy Nazis walk on top of these tunnels daily, usually without suspecting a thing.

Similarly, what God is up to in the world is beyond anything we can fathom. He is orchestrating the movement of nations and people, the minute details of life and the big picture of the world, for His glory to open doors for the Gospel to all people. Habakkuk never could have imagined the kingdom purpose God had for Babylon surrounding Israel - but God was definitely at work. Habakkuk 1:5; 2:14 "Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days - you would not believe if you were told....For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." As Paul noted to the Romans (Romans 11:33) "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!". When the enemy prowls about like a roaring lion, He has absolutely no idea what God has planned just under the surface of what's going on.

Please review pages 141-145 and then let's continue to pray for Belgium.

My prayer for today: Lord, thank You that despite the obvious challenges in Belgium we know You are working. Strengthen the church and work through them Lord. We pray for all false belief systems to be exposed and for Your truth to shine forth in its beauty. Strengthen the church connections and equip them for maximum service to Your purposes. Lord, thank You that the Bible is again present in Belgium; we ask that it take root deeply within the fabric of society. We pray churches will teach it clearly and that people will not take it for granted, remembering the pain of having experienced a famine of Your Word. We pray for leaders in the churches. Raise up more people who will give and support full time leaders. We pray for many to hear the call to pastor churches. Lord, we pray that You would guide those who are working toward ministry to French speaking children, prayer ministries, and missions. Lord, we pray for Your light to shine in this place where it has been intentionally squelched. We pray for You to call many to Brussels for Your amazing purposes. Continue to reach all of the areas that have special needs and Lord, let the Belgian church be willing to learn from the international churches that are doing so many things well. Do what only You can in Belgium. In the name of Jesus, amen.

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