Monday, July 02, 2012

Praying for India states of Orissa and Punjab: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - July 2

As we near the end of praying for India, let me encourage you to persevere. Today we pray for a state that has seen some of the worst outbreaks of violence against Christians, as well as a state which has the largest proportion of one of the world's minority religions. Please read about Orissa and Punjab on pages 436-438.

My prayer for today: Lord, we pray for the Christians in India to stand firm in the face of the intense persecution they have faced. We pray for peace and harmony where possible, for boldness and love to characterize the Christians of Orissa, and for faithfulness to continue outreach despite the horrible persecution that has happened. Thank You for the church growth; we pray for the church to exemplify openness in welcoming people from all castes. Lord, send tribes that have been reached to their near neighbors to share the Gospel. For Punjab, Lord Jesus, we pray for the Sikhs. Lord, they are often misunderstood and have so many wounds from so many religious groups. We pray for wisdom and  protection for those seeking to reach Sikhs. We pray that You would call many Sikhs to You. Use their emphasis on the written word to draw them to desire Your True Word. In Jesus' name, amen. 


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