Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
"My mother became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy." - Bishop T.D. Jakes
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 139
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.”
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we lift up Muslim communities both neighboring us and spread out across the globe. We pray that you would help us to shed any hatred or unloving thoughts we have towards Muslims, and open our hearts to see people made in your own image whom you wish to reclaim and redeem as your own. By your grace help us to seek understanding and unity, so that we may be a blessing and a instruments of redemption in your hand as we seek to live out your commandment: “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (Matthew 13:34) To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
1. The Fulani of the Sahel
The Fulani are the largest nomadic people group in the world and the largest unreached people group in Africa. Numbering 35 million, they roam from the east to the west of Africa across the Sahel. For 9-10 months out of the year, Fulani men travel for work as shepherds or in trade, while the women stay in small villages waiting for their men to come home.
Lord, we pray that Fulani women would experience your protection, provision, and peace while separated from the men of their villages. We ask that the gospel would be introduced to and travel with the 35 million Fulani as they traverse Africa. We pray that as Fulani families extend hospitality to others, that their eyes would be open to the hospitality and welcoming embrace of Christ as their savior.
2. Muslims in Egypt
With a struggling economy affecting all social classes, issues such as education, employment, and income are growing concerns for families and are creating cultural and ideological rifts between the younger and older generations.
Holy Spirit, we pray for the people of Egypt to experience the lavish love of God. We ask that you would use the culture of hospitality to break down barriers and lead to real friendship and witness for Christians living among Egyptian Muslims. We pray that you would use young people in Egypt to influence positive change in their nation, namely in the realm of religious freedom.
3. Muslims in Mali
Mali is a land-locked nation in West Africa with 18 million inhabitants - 90% of whom are Muslim. Mali used to be a peaceful land, but since 2012 there has been unrest and conflict in the northern part of the country, stirred by Islamist militant groups. Violence and government instability have caused a rise in poverty and ethic divisions.
Jesus, we pray that honesty, peace, unity, and compassion would build up Mali after corruption, violence, prejudice, and extremism have worked to tear her down. We ask that many of the people of Mali will be welcomed into the family of Christ, and ask that you would bless those working to share the gospel in Mali and raise up more believers in local churches to be a light to their nation.
4. Muslims in Bosnia & Herzegovina
A devastating civil war in the 1990s segregated the three main people groups in Bosnia - the Bosniaks (mostly Muslim), Croats (mostly Catholic), and Serbs (mostly Eastern Orthodox Christian). This segregation has awakened deeply rooted nationalism and made it increasingly difficult for Bosniaks to clearly hear and respond to the gospel.
Father, we pray for true reconciliation that will reunite the people of Bosnia & Herzegovina, asking that you would use the Body of Christ to lead the way in making this happen. We ask that national believers and missionaries would have opportunities to make disciples, and that Bosniaks would be curious to know more about Jesus. We pray that your love and forgiveness would break through the bitterness, suspicion, unforgiveness, and prejudice that still lingers and binds Bosnia over 20 years after the war.
5. Rohingya refugees in Malaysia
There are an estimated 150,000 Rohingya living in Malaysia, where they do not receive a warm welcome. They have no rights and receive no welfare. It is illegal for them to work and they are at risk of arrest every time they leave home.
Lord, we pray for your protection over the many Rohingya facing persecution while living as refugees. We ask that you would send workers bearing the gospel into the harvest among the Rohingya. We pray that the suffering and injustice experienced by the Rohingya would be worked for good and for your glory.
6. Kazakhs in Central Asia
The Kazakh people are a Muslim group in Central Asia. Most live in Kazakhstan, but in the nearby countries there are minority Kazakh groups, striving to preserve their unique culture and language. In the rural areas, some are nomads, tending their flocks and living in traditional yurts, which are tents made of wool.
Holy Spirit, we pray for Kazakh Christians as they show God’s love and share their faith through hospitality. We ask that you would strengthen Christian workers who are discipling Kazakh believers, that they may encourage the growth and witness of the Kazakh church. We pray for the Kazakhs scattered in other nations, that they would form positive communities and, through their hospitable culture, make friends and find blessings.
7. Muslims in the Maldives
The Maldives is by law a 100% Muslim nation without religious freedom. Corruption, divorce, abuse of women and girls, and drug addiction are widespread. Only very few Maldivians know Jesus as their Savior. After more than 20 years of Bible translation still only parts of the Bible are available in Maldivian. It has always been difficult to find native speakers able and willing to help with translations and proofreading due to fear of the authorities, reservations toward the Bible, or religious convictions.
Jesus, we pray for those who suffer as a result of addiction to experience real freedom in Christ and for that freedom to spread throughout the Maldives. We ask that you would work to create more religious freedom and opportunities for the gospel to be advanced in the Maldives, specifically through progress in translating Scripture. We pray that many Maldivians would come to know Christ as their Savior and that a network of believers and house church would come into being and multiply as a result.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for the women of Coquina, asking that by your grace you would strengthen and encourage them so “that [their] love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that [they] may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)
Command of Christ
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. . .do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
Confession for Forgiveness
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
(2 Thessalonians 3:16)