Thursday, October 04, 2012
Prayer for the Philippines: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - October 4
Today we continue to pray for the Philippines. Please review pages 682-688. Today we are privileged to be led in prayer by one serving in the Philippines. Please join her in prayer for the country God has called her to serve.
There is great diversity among the 7,107 (or up to 7,250, depending on your source) islands that make up the Philippines. It is a land rich in natural resources and indescribable beauty but her greatest treasure is the beautiful Filipino people.
Historically the nation was Animistic before Islam came to the southern island of Mindanao, followed by Roman Catholicism to the remainder of the nation. Today the Philippines is considered the only Christian nation in Asia (11% evangelical), yet is listed as the 2nd most corrupt nation in the world. Corruption is widespread and at every level and every aspect of society. It is a way of life among Christians and even most pastors.
There is still a lot of witchcraft and Animistic beliefs and practices especially within the Catholic church, and some within evangelical churches. Christians are identified as either “Roman Catholic” or “Born Again”. The two groups have little to do with one another.
There are more than twice as many natural disasters in the Philippines than any other nation in the world.
“Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the LORD have created it.” Isaiah 45:8
Lord, I truly thank you for this great nation of the Philippine islands! Thank you for the many missionary organizations who have labored over this nation for so many years, and now is now transitioning to become a missionary sending nation. Father, I pray for a spirit of humility and a spirit of unity among the churches. Lord, I pray for the fear of the Lord, the hatred of all evil, to come upon Your body. I pray that you would purge your church of idolatry and the faithlessness that leads to corruption. I pray that You would expose every false belief system and completely root it out of Your church and replace it with a Biblical worldview.
Father, my heart is heavy, burdened for the many wonderful Muslim, and ethnic tribal people living in fear and darkness. I pray for the courage for them to look to YOU for truth. I pray for divine power encounters with miraculous healings, dreams and visions that are undeniable. I pray that you birth in them a hunger for righteousness. Jesus, You absolutely love every person of the 188 different people groups. They each have a destiny in You and I pray that YOUR purpose for each of them will come to fulfillment. I ask this in the name of Jesus, for Your glory, Amen.