Thursday, July 05, 2012

Praying for Indonesia: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - July 5

Today we begin 9 days of prayer for a country with a goal of communal peace and monotheism. A majority-Muslim country, Indonesia also official recognizes five other religions including Catholicism and Protestantism. The Muslim population is quite diverse itself, with many branches or "denominations" or Islam being practiced. The threat by radical Islamists is as much a threat to many of these Muslims as it is to Christians and other religions practiced in Indonesia. Indonesia was profoundly affected by the tragic tsunami in December 2004. As we read and pray for Indonesia over the next 9 days, let's ask God to bring a "tsunami" of His love and revelation to these precious people!

Please read pages 446-453 to get an overview of Indonesia. We'll focus in on "Answers to Prayer" today.

My prayer for today: Lord, we are grateful that You have been at work in Indonesia. We praise You for the growth of the church and specifically evangelicals. We thank You for the people movements and for the vibrant witness of the church. We thank You that You have used even the government's limitation to six religions to draw animistic religonists to Yourself as they explore the claims of Christians and believe in Christ. Thank You for establishing a common language to facilitate sharing the Gospel. As we see the democracy, the openness, and the national structures that are in place, we thank You for this kairos moment, this window of opportunity, in Indonesia. We pray for the church to be fully unified and focused on You as they move forward with the open door You have given them. In Jesus' name, amen.   

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