Today we have special insight from one of our group members who happens to be Finnish. Operation World does an amazing job pulling together resources, but it's always an added blessing to hear from those from or in the countries we pray for. Please read her prayer insights and add them to Operation World's prayer points to fuel your prayers for Finland as the Lord leads.
- There are a lot more believers in Finland than in most European countries. Pray that more and more Christians, however, would not be believers only, but that they would whole-heartedly commit their lives to Christ and become true followers. Pray that Jesus' very words written in the gospels would deeply touch them and make them act upon their faith. We need to break strongholds of religion, egocentrism and stinginess.
- Pray that the Body of Christ in Finland would send more and more missionaries - something it has been famous for all along its history. The doors to neighbouring countries such as Russia and the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) need to be exploited while open. Pray for young Christians to discover missions trips at early age.
- The testimony of Jesus' "ordinary-radical" followers is vital, as a major part of Finns lead comfortable lives and don't feel they need God. Pray against 1) atheism, 2) materialism and 3) faith in science, which in the mainstream ideology amongst youth and young adults.
- There is an increasing number of immigrants in Finland. Pray for wisdom and compassion to the Body of Christ as to their responsibilities in protecting [Christian] political refugees, as well as in reaching Muslims and people from other backgrounds with God's love. As many of them would probably never meet a follower of Jesus in their home country, we believe the Lord has led them precisely to Finland to encounter His precious Son.