Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
"If your day is hemmed in with prayer, it is less likely to come unraveled.” - Cynthia Lewis
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 148
“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.
Praise the Lord!”
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:
8. Muslims in the United Arab Emirates
Rapid development has transformed the societal landscape in the last 40 years. Emiratis now live in a modern world with first-class buildings and services that their grandparents could not have dreamed of. Still, the locals of the seven Emirates are spiritually poor. The odds of an Emerati being a follower of Jesus are less than one in 50,000.
Lord, we pray that Emiratis would risk everything to search for the Pearl of great value, finding Christ to be an everlasting treasure that will change their lives. We ask that the few local believers would be emboldened to share their faith with friends and family, and for more expatriate believers to have opportunities to share the gospel with Emiratis. We pray that you would raise up the UAE to be a light and a blessing throughout the region.
9. Muslims in Turkey
Recent political and economic instability in Turkey has made people feel insecure and fearful. Turkish Muslims hope in Allah for their protection and provision, but with no confidence that Allah is concerned about these matters.
Holy Spirit, we pray for Turks to discover the cleansing of Jesus’ blood, and to experience acceptance through Jesus’ righteousness. We ask that by your grace you would provide peace in the nation and grant wisdom to governing authorities. We pray for believers in Turkey as the invite Jesus into people’s everyday lives.
10. The Afar of Djibouti
Originally, the Afar were feared as relentless warriors; as proud Muslims they defended their country for centuries. Now, national borders divide their territory and several wars have since occurred. The approximate 1.6 million Afar have become marginalized, as drought and war push them into the slums of the few cities. Many decades ago the gospel reached the Afar. The Bible has been translated into their language even. Nevertheless, it seems the good news did not penetrate people’s hearts. Amazing things have happened in the last few years, however, and now several Afar follow Jesus. Through dreams and visions, they have come to faith, but prejudice and tribalism make it difficult for these believers to seek community among themselves. New believers face persecution by family and the state. Trust must grow, as well as the knowledge that in the family of God all belong together.
Jesus, we pray that Muslim-background believers among the Afar would develop trust and create opportunities for fellowship. We ask that you would grant Christians workers who are discipling new believers insight and wisdom. We pray for your blessings and provision over the Afar as they face drought and shortage of pastures for their herds.
11. Hui Muslims in China
The Hui people are a group of over 10.5 million Muslims living primarily in north-west China. Hui culture is defined by honor and shame, serving as a block to the gospel.
Father, we pray that the Hui will find freedom from the fear of shame and the relentless pursuit of honor. We ask that you would aid Christian workers in establishing good relationships with them as they share the gospel in love. We pray that the fruits of the Spirit would be evident among the Hui.
12. The Masalit of Sudan
The Masalit tribe is one of the largest and poorest tribes in Darfur, one of the most unreached regions of the world. Darfur is home to 8 million people and dozens of Muslim tribes. War has ravaged the land, and the Masalit are now a scattered people. Some have become refugees in the West, while others brave the Mediterranean Sea with small boats and big dreams; some go north into the Sahara looking for gold, and others migrate to the slums of Africa’s megacities.
Lord, we pray that by your grace the Masalit would be able to rebuild what has been destroyed and reconcile with those who have wronged them. We ask that you would provide the rains for their harvest this year and stave off famine. We pray that the Masalit would “declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness and into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
13. The Patoulis* of Central Asia (name changed for security reasons)
The Patoulis are strong, independent mountain-dwellers. Until recently, their rough mountainous region had no vehicular access, connecting people to markets and much-needed health services for the first time. Living in Central Asia, the Patoulis comprise only about 300,000 people made up of about five ethnic groups and speaking different languages. Their lives are plagued by conflict, religious laws, violence, sickness, and death. Many leave the mountain due to fear of family revenge killings, lack of food, or a desire to educate their children. Islamic extremism is also bringing conflict and widespread fear. Until now, none have found hope in Christ.
Holy Spirit, we pray for lasting peace, hope, and an understanding of the true nature of God and His abundant life. We ask that the Patoulis would find blessing and hear the good news on their mountain. We pray that you would provide the workers, prayer, resources, and miracles in this area to create disciples and help the Patoulis find Christ.
14. Bengali Muslims
Bengali Muslims are the majority population in Bangladesh and the largest minority in the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam. With a population of 185 million, they are the second largest Muslim ethnic group in the world (after Arab Muslims). They are a large unreached people group, but recent years have seen growing numbers come to faith in Jesus, more than two centuries after the Bible was translated into Bengali by William Carey in 1809.
Jesus, we pray that the Word of God would do God’s work among Bengali Muslims. We ask that you would create peace in this region among its religious communities and that you would grant wise governance. We pray for the growing number of Bengali Muslim-background believers to have discipleship resources, strong fellowship, and courage in the face of community persecution.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for the body of Coquina, that by your grace each of us would “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than [ourselves]” (Philippians 2:3)
Command of Christ
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
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!”
“Let the words of [our] mouths and the meditation of [our] hearts
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, [our] rock and [our] redeemer.”