Monday, December 31, 2012

The Lord's Return: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 31

What an amazing place to end our journey.

Barring unforeseen events on this final day of 2012, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel and hope of the nations, will not return in 2012. We will usher in 2013 knowing that there is still work to be done, but that His return is still something we can anticipate with hope. Please read page 978.

My prayer for today: "Come Lord Jesus". Oh Lord, we wait for Your coming and we long to hasten it by seeing the Gospel taken to all nations. We pray for the speediest possible evangelization fo the world, including every unreached people group, area, city, and nation. We pray that the church worldwide will restore the Great Commission to the heart of its ministry purposes. We pray for our individual role in Your message getting to the ends of the earth, and for our locals churches to grow in missionary zeal and commitment in 2013. Thank You for this journey. Use the prayers we have prayed for Your glory and Your kingdom purposes. Come, Lord Jesus.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I've learned so much. Whatever God calls you to focus on in prayer for the next year, please keep His kingdom purposes close to your heart. He is worthy to receive glory, and honor, and power, because He created all things - including the nations.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Operation World: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 30

Isn't Operation World an incredible resource? I have been so blessed the last couple of years by this updated edition, and trust that you will soon be wearing out your copies as well. Those working with OW are also missionaries, dependent upon support and prayers of other believers. Please read page 977 and let's pray for those who have made our journey much more feasible this year!

My prayer for today: Lord, we thank You for Operation World. We thank You for the impact it's had on the global church, for the way it's influenced world missions vision in the non-western world, and for the way it's awakened many of us in the west to countries we never would have heard of otherwise. Thank You for this incredible, incredible tool.We pray for distribution of this latest version into different languages, media, and formats. We pray for the completion of the Children's Prayer Atlas and the easy-English edition. We pray for continued accurate research to plan now for future editions of this great work. Give the leadership wisdom to know the role of Operation World in the future - what needs to be tweaked, adjusted, or totally changed. We pray for those who have assisted throughout the world to be blessed; give grace over all the dealings and communications with the different languages and cultures involved. We pray for Your anointing to be upon this effort, in Jesus' name, amen.   

Saturday, December 29, 2012

World Leaders: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 29

Today we focus on prayers for world leaders. We'll be skipping ahead to page 976 in Operation World; appendices 4-9 also hold helpful information if you wish to review them for future reference, but today let's focus on page 976.

As we pray for these world leaders, you may wish to pray specifically. A couple of websites can assist with that information:

My prayer for today: Lord, Your Word tells us to pray for leaders and those in authority. We know that no power exists except that which You allow; we also know they are held accountable for their actions and judged when they do not act righteously. We pray for You to raise up good and just leaders to accomplish Your purposes on earth. We pray for unfit rulers to repent and change, or be removed. We lift up those facing major crises to have the courage to make right decisions and take decisive action without compromising righteousness. We pray for those who are already giving just and godly leadership to have great wisdom and guidance, not giving way to pressure by those who have their own interests or seek to compromise scripture. We pray for You to raise up Christians to promote justice, righteousness, honest government, and wise rule. We pray Christians in each country will become part of the solution, not putting their faith in the political process but not ignoring it either. Use the governments of the world for Your kingdom purposes, in Jesus' name, amen.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Missions Organizations: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 28

Today we pray for those involved in the global missions strategies that ultimately affect those on the "front lines" - the missions agencies. Please look through pages 930-952. Again, please focus on whatever groups God calls you to, but if you are serving with a specific agency I sense God giving me a special challenge: Pick a group other than your own to also pray for. Prayer is a great unifier!

My prayer for today: Lord, we are so thankful for the pages and pages of organizations that exist for the sole purpose of taking the Gospel to the nations in word and deed! We are grateful to live in a generation that sees the purpose and need for the Gospel to go to all nations. We pray that this generation will be faithful to finish the task You've set before us. Only You will know when that last people group has heard, so we just need to press on to take the Gospel to the nations for Your glory. Lord, for these agencies that are doing that we pray for You to bless them with resources, creative strategies, wisdom, and most of all unity. We pray for You to work within the leaders to maximize the resources they have and equip more people to be able to serve You to the ends of the earth. In Jesus' name, amen.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Prayer Networks: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 27

Over the course of this year, I've learned so much about committed prayer. I've learned how hard it is; how much warfare is involved; how it's easy to rush through it and not give into it with my whole heart. I've learned the importance of Scripture in my prayers, and I've learned they are pointless without a divine infusion of the Holy Spirit to take those words to God through Christ. I've learned that God is sovereign but He uses the prayers of His people. In short, like each of you I've learned that prayer IS the greater work.

Today we are privileged to pray for other prayer warriors. Please read pages 923-929. You'll see prayer networks, resources, focuses, and special days of prayer. God may use one of these to stir your focus for a region, country, or emphasis He has placed on your heart this year. However you pray, let's use what we've learned this year to pray for these prayer efforts.

My prayer for today: Oh Lord Jesus, we know like never before that prayer IS warfare. It matters a lot - more than we realize. So Lord, today we lift up to You the prayer networks, resources, focuses, and special days of prayer compiled in Operation World. We know there are many more unlisted, and we lift up those efforts too. Please infuse them with Your Holy Spirit. Take their words, combine them with Yours, and lift them up as an offering of love to God. We pray for faithfulness on the journeys these individuals are on. For the prayer leaders, I pray for a special anointing and sense of Your presence. Prayer is such an invisible work and it's sometimes easy to get discouraged; I pray that You will give them encouragement when they need it the most and enable them to persevere whether they have one prayer partner or a million, whether they get feedback or not, whether they see fruit or not. You know, Lord. And we pray that they will fight for unity in the Spirit, so they can keep pressing on in this great work of prayer. In Jesus' name, amen.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Global Facts and Figures: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 26

For the remainder of the year, our focus is on the appendices in Operation World. Just as we did at the beginning of the year, we will zoom our journey back out to a global scale - get off the ground and back into the airplane, flying us back home. As we travel at this global view, we'll once again be reminded of God's heart for the entire world, of the story HE is writing - a story of redemption and grace, of inclusion in His kingdom, of destroying the deeds of Satan. Today, please read Appendix 1 on pages 901-922. I know this is a lot of information, and you may want to zero in on a section or two that really jumped out at you. My prayer will focus on page 922, the 50 largest unreached people clusters.

My prayer for today: Lord, we are so thankful for this journey You've allowed us to be on this year. For most of the year we've been trudging through mountains, valleys, islands, deserts, and forests in the different countries of this world You created. Today, as we return to the global view, we are reminded that every square inch of this world belongs to YOU alone. Because you died and were resurrected, the world is Yours, its people groups are Yours. We need not fear, but we do know that You have asked US to partner with You for Your kingdom purposes. We commit to this anew, Lord Jesus. Specifically today we pray for the world's largest unreached people clusters - dominating the 10/40 window, overwhelmingly Muslim or Hindu, but also Buddhist and animist - Lord, they need You so desperately. They are lost, Lord. We pray for You to call laborers to this great harvest. For those already working among them - give them wisdom and creative ideas to share the unchanging message. We pray for these groups to have Scripture in their names and for Your Word to accomplish its purpose. Oh Lord, reach these groups with Your love! In Jesus' name, amen.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Prayer for Zimbabwe: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 25

Merry Christmas!

Sometimes it's hard to say those words. We look around and see crisis, tragedy, pain, death. We see places like Zimbabwe or we know people who are suffering and feel like we are somehow wrong for our joy.

It's important to remember for all the beauty and glory surrounding the birth of Jesus, He really did come into a pretty messed up world. Herod's murder of all boys under age 2 demonstrates just how brutal that regime was. It's easy to look at Zimbabwe or other tragic situations and want the white horse-riding Jesus, the one bringing armies from heaven (Revelation 19). That day is coming - but for now, living between the first and second advents, I have to remember that Jesus came into a messed up, broken world, to fix it one heart at a time. Matthew 2:16 reminds us that evil at Christmas is not a new story. Praise God for 1 John 3:8: Jesus came to destroy Satan's works! Let's pray for Zimbabwe today, and seek for the One whose birth we celebrate to destroy Satan's works in that land. 

My prayer for today: Lord Jesus, Your word tells us You came to destroy the works of Satan. We know that he has been working overtime to destroy Zimbabwe from within. We pray for You to intervene - through Your church, and sovereignly through either a heart change or a leadership change. We pray for the church to reject syncretism and idolatry and focus on pure love for Jesus. We pray for unity and guidance as they seek to minister to the hurting and share the Gospel. You are Victor, Lord Jesus. Demonstrate that to Zimbabwe today by shining Your light into the darkness, just as You did when You came to earth over 2000 years ago.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Prayers for Zimbabwe: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 24

Today and tomorrow we wrap up our journey through the nations. We will still have a week of prayers remaining, as we zoom back out from the narrow lens of countries to the broader lens of the world. I cannot encourage you enough to stay with us through that entire week!

As you celebrate the birth of Christ with family and friends today and tomorrow, please take a moment to pray for Zimbabwe ... part of the ends of the earth, and the last country on our worldwide tour. Please read pages 896-900.

My prayer for today: Lord, we thank You for the growth of the church in the middle of this failed state. We pray for wisdom for the churches to prioritize the many desperate needs they are facing. We pray for healthy churches and strong faith. We pray for leadership in Zimbabwe to turn around and start finding solutions. We pray against the state-endorsed violence. Bring humility and a servant attitude to the leadership or replace them with people who will govern for the sake of the people and the restoration of the nation. We know You are sovereign and we know you care. Lord, be gracious and compassionate to Zimbabwe. Restore education and health care; bring about fair and equitable land reform. We pray for righteousness and justice to reign in Zimbabwe. In Jesus' name, amen. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Prayer for Zambia: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 23

We started with the world, then narrowed to an A to Z focus. Today, we hit the Z's. Please read pages 892-896, and join me in praying for Zambia today!

My prayer for today: Lord Jesus, we lift up Zambia and thank You for the freedom of religion and openness to Christianity. Thank You for the holistic ministries that have started, and we pray for more creative, ambitious, faith-filled individuals who seek the spiritual and economic transformation of their society. We thank You that the country chose to be a Christian nation, and we pray for a thorough national transformation along Biblical lines so that the country lives out what it has claimed. We pray for leaders to be dedicated to rooting out corruption and that the land will honor You. We pray for many to return to their land to be blessings and missionaries to their own people. We pray against the schemes of the enemy and ask You to be glorified in Zambia.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Prayers for Yemen: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 22

Today we continue to pray for Yemen. Please review pages 889-891.

My prayer for today: Lord Jesus, I praise You that You are working in Yemen, that so many are being drawn to You. Thank You for the wisdom You've given the church to sow the seed broadly, then carefully train potential believers in safe settings. Lord, we pray that You would protect these small groups from wolves who are not true seekers. We pray for strong discernment for the leaders of these groups so that they see red flags along the way. We pray for believers to continue to share their faith and be open even while being wise. We pray against fear and isolationist tendencies. We ask You to honor the sacrifices of those who could leave, but choose not to do so in order to reach their fellow Yemeni brothers. Meet their needs and minister to their spirits. In Jesus' name, amen.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Prayers for Yemen: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 21

Yemen has been in the news this year, with uprisings and threats of the "Arab Spring" revolts spilling into this land as well. Yet within Yemen there is a strong and growing hidden church. Though very much at risk, the church continues to grow because Jesus is showing Himself to be irresistably attractive to seeking Muslims. Please read pages 889-891, then watch this video (altered because of the risk to the speaker) and pray today.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Prayers for US Virgin Islands, Wallis, and Fatuna: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 20

Today we pray for the final islands on our trip around the world. Our journey hops-skips from the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean over to Wallis and Fatuna in the Pacific. Please read pages 886-888 and join me in prayer.

My prayer for today: Lord, Your Word tells us that the islands are Yours - they belong to You. Not only every nation that is an island, but every individual island, of the thousands on this globe, belongs to You. What joy that brings us as we pray today for the Virgin Islands, and ask You to work the Gospel into the fabric of the islands so that it permeates everything, impacting society, personal lifestyles, and family life. We pray for revival in the church so that vitality and vision are restored, and for churches to work together in evangelism and vision for the future. For Wallis and Fatuna, Lord Jesus, we praise You for the outreach of Pacific Islanders to reach their cultural "cousins". We pray for firsthand faith and that individuals will worship not out of cultural habit, but out of true love for Jesus. We pray for Scripture in the Wallisian language and that ample Christian resources will exist in both written and oral forms in the tribal languages. Bring glory to Yourself on these islands, in Jesus' name, amen.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Prayers for Vietnam: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 19

Today we continue to pray for Vietnam, especially for the unreached peoples there. Though known for Communism, Vietnam is actually held captive even more to ancestor worship that even crosses into the church. There is much wisdom needed for Christians to know how to respond in a way that honors those gone before without compromising the Gospel. Please review pages 882-886, then watch this video for more information and prayer points.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Prayers for Vietnam: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 18

Today and tomorrow we pray for a country famous for conflict. What's less known is a spiritual war that has raged within Vietnam. The church is emerging from years of serious persecution and there is a strong turning to God. Please read pages 882-886, then watch this video to learn more and pray for Vietnam.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Prayre for Venezuela: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 17

Today we conclude our prayers for Venezuela. Please review pages 878-881, then join me in prayer.

My prayer for today: Lord, we continue to lift up the church in Venezuela to You. We pray against spiritism, and all the forces that seek to draw Venezuelans away from Christ. We pray that they will not be led astray from sincerity and pure devotion to You, Jesus. We ask You to bind the powers that blind Venezuelans to the Gospel, and release Your Word to go forth with power through the church. We pray for believers to live lives of true discipleship, and for unity across theological lines. We pray for a renewal of Biblical truth within the church to correct the errors that have crept in. We ask You to deepen the church spiritually for Your purposes to be  fulfilled. In Jesus' name, amen.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Prayer for Venezuela: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 16

Today and tomorrow we pray for a country whose direction could literally change a region. Venezuela currently embraces dictators, provides safe havens for criminal leaders, and seeks to control its region and its people. A turnaround here could impact millions, both inside and outside Venezuela. Please read pages 878-881, and join me in prayer for Venezuela today.

My prayer for today: Lord Jesus, we are thankful that You are sovereign, You raise up leaders and remove them. We thank You that despite the hardships of Venezuela, the church is growing and believers are seeking to advance spiritually regardless of the country's situation. We pray for the success of their ministries. We do pray, Lord, for Venezuela's struggles. We pray for the people who are financially destitute, and for those for whom Venezuela is only a stopping point as they are trafficked elsewhere. Raise the awareness of this situation to the world, and stop this evil. Lord, we pray for Christians to be able to lead quiet, peaceful lives in godliness and dignity, as Your word describes. In Jesus' name, amen.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prayer for Vanuatu: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 15

I simply cannot think of Vanuatu without remembering the title of a book I read by a missionary who went there. "The Man with the Bird on His Head" told the story of a man named John, from America, who went to Vanuatu as a side trip off a missions boat and walked right into the fulfillment of the beliefs of a "John Frum cargo cult" - groups set up after World War II that thought there would someday be loads of supplies coming from "John from America". The story beautifully tells how God used these presumptions to open a door for the islanders to hear the Gospel - and as a result, as Operation World notes, thousands have turned to Christ. The country was actually rededicated to the Lord in 2006. Please read pages 875-877 and pray with me today for a tiny speck in the Atlantic.

My prayer for today: Lord, how encouraging to read about Vanuatu and to see Your creativity in getting the Gospel to them. What a blessing to see a country devoted to You and standing on Your name! Please bless the church, bring unity to the Christians, and give them wisdom to fully evangelize the island. Lord Jesus, please guide the churches to know how to address their culture and respond to other belief systems that are taking room. We pray that the truth would be made manifest and the people to have a firm understanding of Your Word. In Jesus' name, amen.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Prayers for Uzbekistan: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 14

Yesterday we learned about Uzbekistan and its great persecution. Please review pages 872-875, then join me in prayer for Uzbekistan today.

My prayer for today: Lord Jesus, in a land with few missions workers, tight control, and intense persecution - we pray for a mighty move of Your Spirit. We pray for You to cause Uzbek believers to reject the evil that is so prevalent, and to demonstrate what it means to receive the word with humility and to live it out, showing their faith by their works. We pray that Uzbek believers' faith will be seen as pure and faultless as they minister to the needs of the weak and keep themselves from being stained by the world around them. We pray for them to show a different way. In Jesus' name, amen.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Prayers for Uzbekistan: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 13

Throughout the year we have prayed for countries that have experienced significant changes with the fall of Communism. In many of these lands, believers seek wisdom to apply relatively new freedoms. Uzbekistan is different. In this land, missionaries have been expelled, and the control of Communism has been replaced with the control of radical Islam. Please read pages 872-875. We'll pray for Uzbekistan today and tomorrow.

My prayer for today: Oh Lord, the strongholds over Uzbekistan are heartbreaking! The governmental control; the occult of folk Islam; the vestiges of Communism; and the deceptiveness of being one's own master are all versions of the old lie of the enemy. We know he doesn't want to loosen his grip on Uzbekistan and so Lord, we pray that You will break it down. We pray for You to raise up servants who recognize the warfare and pray accordingly; for You to equip the church in Uzbekistan with Your Word and every gift needed to fulfill its calling. We pray for Godly leaders and wise counsel. We ask for a breakthrough in Uzbekistan that will influence all of Central Asia. We pray for Christians to respond to persecution with love and to be joyful when their property is seized, focusing on their inheritance in heaven. We pray for strength and boldness; we ask for Christians to endure under pressure and not turn each other over to the authorities. Show Yourself strong in Uzbekistan, in Jesus' name, amen.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Prayer for Uruguay: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 12

The rapid evangelical church growth in Uruguay since 1995 is reminiscient of the book of Acts - doubling the number of believers in less than a generation. How exciting and what an answer to prayer! However, we sometimes forget that churches in the New Testament didn't immediately form with full doctrinal understanding. As most of Paul's letters indicate, the churches needed a lot of guidance to learn how to think correctly in their new faith. It's no different in Uruguay. Today's prayers focus on the church in Uruguay, but please read pages 870-872 for a fuller picture of what's going on in the country, before we pray together.

My prayer for today: Lord Jesus, thank You for the amazing growth of the church in Uruguay. Thank You for the unhindered gospel and the freedom of religion in this land. Lord, we pray for these churches to effectively know how to disciple the new believers. We pray for right, Biblical thinking and for all religious deceptions to be exposed and the demonic powers behind them defeated. Lord, we pray that Uruguayans will not tolerate any Gospel other than the truth, and we pray for the influential Catholic Church to emphasize Scripture and through Your Word, experience a resurgence of faith. Help the church to know how to move forward with evangelism and missions in Uruguay, Latin America, and the world.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Prayer for the United States of America: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 11

As we wrap up our prayer for the US today, my heart is to focus on our spiritual heritage. It's never been the case that every single person was a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, but the US definitely has solid, undeniable Christian roots that has influenced the country in ways many people don't even realize. That spiritual heritage is under attack, and frequently anti-Christian voices are the loudest in the public sphere. Let's pray for the church and the nation today in light of its spiritual heritage.

My prayer for today: Lord Jesus, thank You for the heritage of the USA. Thank You for those founding fathers and mothers who came over to take on a grand experiment in religious liberty. It's worked, Lord, far beyond anyone's wildest dreams. And yet that very liberty has allowed for voices that would stifle the predominant religion in the land. We pray for You to give wisdom and guidance to Christians and churches to know how to respond to this heritage. We thank You for the challenges which remind us that we are first and foremost followers of Jesus and that our national heritage is very much secondary. And yet, Lord, we long to see Christians being bold and courageous, not cowering in the public realm. Please give us a fresh infusion of Your Holy Spirit, and revive our hearts to fully demonstrate You to the world in which You've placed us. In Jesus' name, amen.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Prayer for the United States of America: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 10

The power of influence.

In a nutshell, that's one of the most important things we can pray about for the US. Like it or not, in the political, military, business, economic, and entertainment spheres - to name just a few - US influence is significant. People may disagree with the US, and there are times the country stands alone - but generally, its influence is significant on the global scale.

Today, let's focus our prayers for the US on that influence. Please review pages 861-872 and then lets' pray together.

My prayer for today: Lord, for reasons beyond our understanding You have allowed the USA to be an influential nation. Some of this influence has been for good, righteous, just reasons; much of it has been negative. We pray for the influence of the US on the world to be for purposes that focus on teh things of heaven, not the things of earth. We pray for our churches to pray and lead by actions that demonstrate our primary citizenship in heaven, and we pray for more Christians who have an interconnectedness with Your people throughout the world to be placed in positions of influence within the USA so that we can increase influence in the world in a way that is productive for the Gospel. Thank You for this gift of influence. We do not take it lightly. May we use it responsibly and well. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Prayer for the United States of America: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 9

How can we reach all the unreached nations of the world?

If I go as a missionary, I reach one people group, two or three at the most, and only a few people.

If my church adopts a people group we might penetrate deeply into one group.

But what if we can impact unreached people groups HERE, from the USA? I'm not talking about just financially supporting those going to the least-reached (though I strongly advocate that) ... I'm talking about personal involvement.

What if we can do it by just opening our homes and our lives?

If you live in or near a college town, you probably have that opportunity. 60% of international students studying in the US are from the 10/40 window. Many of these are from unreached people groups - even unengaged people groups. 25% of their countries prohibit missionaries. Amazingly, 40% of current world leaders studied in the US at some point - and the State Department estimates 25% of future leaders are currently studying here.

Think campus ministries are reaching them? Think again. Only 10% are touched by campus ministries - and a number of those are already believers. Furthermore, 80% of international students will return home having NEVER visited an American home.

When you add in other international visitors to the US - whether for tourism, asylum, or immigration -  the numbers only increase. We can make a difference. We certainly need to give more to reach the unreached - currently only 0.5% of offerings go to those ministries - but our churches have an amazing opportunity for personal involvement as well.

Today, let's pray for the unreached within the borders of the US, as well as for the church to grasp the bigger picture of missions and align its giving accordingly.
 (Sources:, personal conversation with international student minister)

 My prayer for today: Oh Lord God, you are so creative. Though we haven't gone to the extent You commanded, to the ends of the earth, You have brought the ends of the earth to us. Lord Jesus, I pray for You to reveal this to Christians, individual believers as well as church leaders. We repent of any animosity or prejudice towards immigrants and instead see them for what they are - a harvest within our borders, and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who can help with that harvest while they are here. We pray for You to show us how to minister to these precious ones, whether at universities or job sites or down the street. Fill us with Your love, give us the heart to open our homes, and enable us to have discerning hearts to know those who are seeking You. Help us love them all, and guide each one to the next step of discovering You. But for those who are ripe for the Gospel, teach us how to share it effectively and give us welcoming, open churches to receive them. Make our churches look like the throne room, with people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. And shape those believers into missionaries with beautiful feet, carrying the Gospel back to their homelands and reaching the rest of the unreached world. Guide the church so we do not waste this opportunity. In the precious name of Jesus, amen. 

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Prayer for the United States of America: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 8

As I shared yesterday, it's been hard to discern how to pray for my own country. Last night, though, God woke me up with a clear indication of our prayer focus for today: We need to pray for our country - overwhelmingly filled with those who claim Christianity as their faith - to WAKE UP.

It's Advent - the days of preparation before Christmas Day, when we celebrate Jesus' coming. I haven't been able to get the words to Casting Crowns' "While You Were Sleeping" out of my head. What will we miss while we're sleeping? Are we a nation with room for its King? Or will we wake up and follow Him to the ends of the earth?

Please watch this video today, and pray with me for my country, its churches, and all those who claim to be Christians to wake up and open the doors so the King of Glory may come in.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Prayers for United States of America: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 7

For the next 5 days we are praying for my own nation, the United States of America. This is one of the hardest areas of the prayer journey for me personally to write about. It's so hard to communicate my heart when I'm this close to the situation - to strike the right balance of prophetic challenge, humility, and hope. For the reality is this: Just as we need Jesus no less than anyone else in the world, the Gospel's power is no less effective for the United States than it is for all the war-torn corners of the world we've visited. We're not better than the rest of the world - but we're not worse either. Hallelujah, the ground is level at the foot of the cross.

Please read pages 861-870 to get an overview of where we're going the next few days, then watch this video to get started in prayers for my country, the USA.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Prayers for United Kingdom: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 6

Today we wrap up our prayer focus for United Kingdom by making quick side trips to Wales and Scotland, both with rich Christian heritages. Please read pages 859-860 and then watch and pray with these videos which will teach you much about these areas of the U.K.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Prayers for United Kingdom: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 5

Today we continue praying for the United Kingdom. Please review pages 850-860, focusing on p. 858-859 (Northern Ireland), then watch this video to focus our attention on Northern Ireland today.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Prayers for United Kingdom: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 4

For the next three days we pray for a nation that has played an indescribable role in the development of the world as we know it. 100 years ago, it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire. While that empire has broken down into various independent nations, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) still plays an incredible role on the world stage. It's still a destination point for many immigrants in the world who wish to make a better life for themselves. And, it remains influential over millions of adherents in the Anglican community. Please read pages 850-860 to learn more about this influential nation, then watch the video below for specific prayers over England.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Prayers for United Arab Emirates: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - Dec. 3

Today we pray for a nation that is a crossroads for much of the Arab world to the rest of the world - with a large immigrant population that makes it a great touchpoint for the Gospel for hundreds of people groups. Please read pages 848-850 and join me in prayer today for United Arab Emirates.

My prayer for today: Oh Lord, You designed the world so creatively. You tell us that You determine the times and boundaries of people's lives so that they might seek You. You have determined in this time period that United Arab Emirates is a place millions pass through on their way to somewhere else. The religious freedom in this land is significant to provide an opportunity to reach those who are in UAE for a season. We thank You for the overwhelming response to the Gospel! Lord, we ask that You guide the church in UAE to meet the challenges of this response. We pray for spiritual hunger for the people of UAE and for fruitfulness from the ministries that are there, both old and new. Let UAE be a dynamic launching pad for the Gospel. In Jesus' name, amen.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Prayers for Ukraine: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 2

Today we continue to pray for Ukraine, the "Bible Belt" of the former Soviet regime. God is working mightily to give spiritual vision and growth in this land, called the Antioch of the Slavic world for its missions impact! Please review pages 844-847.

My prayer for today: Oh Lord, we thank You for raising up Ukraine to be a sending country. Thank You for calling the church there to love missions and to set a great tone for the rest of Europe. We pray, Lord, for the church in Ukraine to shine righteousness, justice, and compassion into the circumstances facing Ukraine. We pray for the traditional churches to be governed by spiritual life and truth, not by power-politics, and for unity to develop across all spiritual lines within the church. We pray against competition and for spiritual fervor and a working together that will greatly enhance the gospel message. We ask for a generous spirit on the church so that there can be less reliance on outside dollars. Lord, continue to work in Ukraine for Your glory, in Jesus' name, amen.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

ADVENT Devotional begins December 2, 2012

Tomorrow begins Advent, a season of focus on the coming of Jesus. Observing Advent has transformed my Christmas season from one of craziness to one of JOY. Please join me and my church on our Advent Journey this year with the devotional below. Have a blessed Advent!

Prayers for Ukraine: A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - December 1

Welcome to the final leg of our year-long journey! We have one month remaining. What a blessing that God has given us the privilege of getting to know His world so much better this year. The changes in the world in the past few decades mean that the maps look quite different than most of us studied in school. One of the things God seems to be doing is breaking things down so the church can focus on those individual people groups. Few regions of the world have broken down more than the former Soviet Union. Today and tomorrow, we focus on one of the countries that used to be tucked under that monolithic nation but today exults in its own identity. Please read pages 844-847, then watch this video to learn about Ukraine.