Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Praying for Denmark: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - May 8 (Day 129)

Denmark - a nation with a strong Christian heritage, a country who played out that faith in incredibly practical ways during World War II. Its population was united against discrimination and persecution of the Jews and others by Hitler, and was intentional about seeking ways to get packages into concentration camps and evaluate conditions there. While legends that the king wore a star of David are not factual, the spirit behind those legends was very much true; it has been said that if Jews in Denmark were ordered to wear the star, the entire nation would have donned the yellow mark.

Sadly, only a couple of generations later we find a Denmark that is quickly rejecting the Gospel. There is a strong core of Christian values, and yet the state Lutheran church is largely dead, crippled by non-missional theologies and a shortfall of pastors. Leadership is needed for all churches. Yet God is at work, as more Danes now confess a belief in God.

Please read pages 302-303 and then let us pray for Denmark.

My prayer for today: Lord, I thank You for Denmark's heritage. I thank You for showing Your love during a crisis in history through the people of Denmark. I thank You that the foundation of truth underpins much of its laws and values. But Lord, the people of Denmark need to know You personally. They need an awakening that only Your Spirit can bring. Please breathe a fresh work of Your Spirit across the Lutheran and Free churches. Empower the Church to be missional and intentional. Raise up Godly leaders who truly have wisdom to guide their churches to reach the seekers. Minister to the refugees with Your love, and guide the immigrants who believe to know how best to reach their brothers and near neighbors who have settled in Denmark. We pray for effective and culturally sensitive outreach to these groups. Fulfill every purpose You have for Denmark. In Jesus' name, amen.

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