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St. Augustine, FL, 32084
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Prayer Guides

The Power of Believing (week 21)

Luke Brodersen

Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.

Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

“Of all the things Christ wants for us, loving Him and focusing our attention on Him are the most important.”
- Charles Stanley

Congregational Bible Prayer

A Prayer from Psalm 67

“May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that His way may be known on earth,
   God’s saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you!
The earth has yielded its increase;
   God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
   let all the ends of the earth praise him!”

Bible Prayer Story

The Conversion of Saul (Acts 9:1-19)


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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:

15. The Muslim Community in Chicago, USA
More than a half-million Muslims from around the world live in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Ministries, churches, and individuals are reaching out to Muslims and Muslim-background believers through hospitality, evangelism, friendship, Bible studies, English teaching, and worship services. As friendships are established and deepened, American Christians can support and pray with Muslim friends for their life situations, for their children adjusting to American schools, for families back home in war zones, and that they will learn English to help them find jobs and make new friends.
Lord, we pray that Christians in the highly Muslim populated Chicago region will reflect Christ to their Muslim neighbors, so that your saving power may be known among all the nations through the divers collection of Muslim populations in this region. We ask that Muslim background believers and Muslim seekers would experience your grace and grow in their faith and commitment to Christ as they meet in ethnic fellowship groups and Bible studies. We pray for Muslim immigrants as they adjust to American life, education, language, and friendships.

16. The Kaka’i of Iran & Iraq
The Kaka’i are a Kurdish people group, living mainly in Iraq and Iran, with over 5 million members who speak Kurdish, Arabic, and Farsi (Persian). Officially, they are registered as Muslim and Islamic Sharia law is forced on them. However, they prefer to follow their own secret religion, known as Yarsanism - a religion influenced by Islamic mysticism. The Kaka’i desire to have a personal relationship with God. However, it is difficult for the Kaka’i to follow Jesus as this is seen as a rejection of their faith, family, and community.
Holy Spirit, we pray for the Kaka’i as they are officially unrecognized by their governments, making them vulnerable to discrimination and harassment and leaving them in need of support to live peacefully and successfully. We ask that you would reveal yourself to the Kaka’i as they practice their mystic-influenced religion, seeking intimate connection with God and revelations of the spiritual world. We pray for the few Kaka’i believers to bring light and truth to their people..

17. Muslims in Morocco
Many Moroccan Muslims feel there is no real certainty of salvation or guarantee that they will be in paradise in the afterlife. This causes them to ponder their own eternity, and some are driven by that to seek the certainty of eternity found in Jesus.
Jesus, we pray for Muslims in Morocco, especially women; may they know that Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). We ask that Christians living in Morocco would be sensitive to their Muslim neighbors and take the time to show kindness and love. We pray that Moroccans would gain access to God’s word, so they may experience the sweetness of His Truth.

18. The Saho in Eritrea & Ethiopia
The number of Saho is estimated to be around 300,00. They are Muslims and live as farmers and herders along the Eritrean coastal areas as well as along the border running between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Since the independence of Eritrea in 1993, their tribal area is divided by a border; on both sides, there are soldiers, tanks, and artillery ready to fire. Among the Saho there is a small Catholic minority, which is a result of the Italian occupation before WWII. But, surprisingly, there are only a few parts of the Bible in the Saho language, although translation is in progress.
Father, we pray for Saho believers as they are messengers of the good news to their people. We ask that written and recorded translations of the Bible would be developed so all the Saho can hear the message of the gospel. We pray for ongoing peace along the border to enable development in this region.

19. The Somali of Somalia
There are about 20 million Somalis, and many of them live in other countries around the world. News from Somalia in the Horn of Africa is often related to political unrest, conflicts, drought, and hunger. For many, the struggle of survival is a reality.
Lord, we pray that Somalis would experience the peace found in Jesus Christ. We ask that you would begin a work of restoration for the land and its people in the wake of devastating drought and war. We pray for the Somali diaspora to meet hospitable followers of Christ who will show them peace.

20. Uighur Muslims of China
Today, Uighur culture faces great stress and challenges as a religious minority in a large nation that has cultural and political tensions. Uighurs have to find new ways of preserving their honor and offering their hospitality amid oppression.
Holy Spirit, we pray that God’s love will be a banner over the Uighurs. We ask that by your grace the Church in China would reach out to the Uighurs as an oppressed minority. We pray that you would call the Uighur to yourself, including them in the great wedding feast of your everlasting kingdom where no one is viewed as being lesser.

21. The Swahili of Zanzibar
Zanzibar has a population of 1.4 million, of which 99 percent would identify themselves as Muslim. A lot of witchcraft is also practiced. Zanzibar was a center for the East African slave trade and is known for having the “strongest” witch doctors in East Africa.
Jesus, we pray that Muslims in Zanzibar would count everything as loss because of the surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus as their Lord, taking hold of the righteousness stored up for them in Christ (Philippians 3:8-11). We ask that by your grace those who serve Christ in Zanzibar will find open doors to share their faith. We pray that you would raise up new believers among the Muslims in Zanzibar and provide fellowship and resources to grow in discipleship.


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

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)

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!”
(Psalm 51:1-2)

Benediction

“May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that His way may be known on earth,
   God’s saving power among all nations.”
(Psalm 67:1-2)