Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Sunday Prayers for China: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey, April 8 (Day 99)

Ji-du fu-huo-le! Zhen-de Ta fu-huo-le! 
(He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed - Mandarin Chinese) 

Today unites believers in Jesus Christ around the globe. Despite cultural and theological differences, the common ground of the Resurrection is a defining Christian doctrine. As Paul said, without it we believe in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2). But with it - we are assured of the power of God working in us and through us until our feet cross the threshold of heaven and we behold Him face to face. Indeed, He is risen!

Today we wrap up our overview of China by learning about the "Supportive Ministries" on pages 224-227. The heart of this focus is how missionaries and other ministries are supporting the church in China. As we pray for them, let's also lift up the church in China as it matures and continues to grow. Following my prayer is a song of praise for us to celebrate Easter together today - wherever you are. For we unified in Him. Hallelujah!

My prayer for today: Oh Lord, how grateful we are that You live. How thankful we are that You are at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the day He tells You to go get Your bride. How precious to be part of that beautiful bride in her array of diversity. We thank You for the church in China and its place in Your body. Thank You that they, too, celebrate the resurrection today. Lord, we lift them up to You and ask You to teach and encourage and strengthen them. Guide them to go deep in Your Word and to have wisdom and discernment in all things. Lord, we pray for the support ministries. First Lord, we thank You for these faithful laborers. We pray You will give them wisdom how to truly come alongside the church in China as a support role. We pray for the missionaries who serve in creative ways - in business, in universities, in community development, and even as tourists and guests. Continue to give them boldness and help them stay focused on the purpose for which You called them to China. We ask for Bibles for every language in China. Raise up translators and protect the printing presses of the churches within China. Give wisdom to those wanting to get Bibles into China to work with these churches to benefit the press workers and also maximize the success of Bible distribution and other Christian materials. Guide those working in radio and other electronic media. Use it all for Your glory, Lord Jesus. We love You Lord. Show Your resurrection power to China today.

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