Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
“Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.” - Oswald Chambers
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 97
“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!”
Bible Prayer Story
Jesus and Zacchaeus - Luke 19:1-10
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:
22. Muslims in Kohistan
Kohistan means “Land of Mountains” and is an area in northern Pakistan along the Indus River and its side valleys. About 600,000 Kohistanis live there, divided into different tribal groups. They became Muslim in the 17th century and were incorporated into Pakistan in 1976. Blood vengeance is still widely practiced and has caused many Kohistanis to leave their homeland, as does unemployment. The Indus River divides their two major language groups, Shina and Indus-Kohistan, both of which are poorly researched, and there are only a few Kohistan believers, making Bible translation and discipleship difficult to establish.
Lord, we pray for much needed improvements and access to healthcare and more qualified health workers to be provided in this remote area. We ask that Kohistani disciples would grow and spread their faith, overcoming vengeance and separation with forgiveness and restoration. We pray that Christian workers would take on the challenge of language research necessary for Bible translation into the Kohistani languages, and to help the gospel spread among this region with one of Pakistan’s lowest literacy rates.
23. Bedouins of the Levant
Several million Bedouins still live in the Levant states of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, which formed the original Arabia. The word Bedouin is derived from the Arabic word for “desert”. Most no longer live as animal breeders and nomads but have integrated themselves into the villages and cities. The Bedouins are mostly Muslims who have never heard of Jesus. As a proud and freedom-loving people, they are struggling with the gospel. Individual Bedouins may have found Jesus, but there have not yet been major movements of the gospel among the Bedouin people.
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would reveal yourself as the Great Comforter to Bedouins among the difficult conditions such as war and unemployment in the Levant. We ask that you would open up many doors for Bedouins to have opportunities to interact with Christians who will share their faith. We pray Bedouins would be receptive to your call upon their hearts, and that they would experience the fulfillment of your promises to respond to those who call upon you.
24. Muslims in the USA
There are an estimated 3.45 million Muslims living in the USA - about 1.1 percent of the total population. Many Muslims in the USA are immigrants, but even Muslims who are not immigrants in the USA can still be seen as outsiders in their own communities. What Muslims are you aware of in your own community?
Jesus, we pray that Muslim communities in the USA would experience the love of Jesus through Christians around them (including us!). We ask that your grace would supply good relationships among Christians and Muslims in the USA. We pray for Your blessings on all aspects of the lives of Muslims in the USA.
25. The Turkmen of Central Asia
There are about 8 million Turkmen people, and about 5 million of them live in Turkmenistan in Central Asia. Turkmen know very little about the outside world, as the country is extremely isolated and information is strictly controlled. Culturally and religiously Turkmens are Muslims; only a very few follow Christ. The nationalistic government exercises strict control over the lives of the people.
Father, we pray that you would pave the way for Turkmen to have freedom of speech and religion, which would make it easier for them to pursue Christianity. We ask that you would protect the few Turkmen believers and fill them with wisdom and courage to share their faith, as they are under close surveillance by the authorities. We pray for disciples of Christ to multiply among this people group, and that you would use expatriate Turkmen to take the gospel with them to their neighbors in Afghanistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.
27. Muslims in Jordan
Although most of the Jordanian population of almost 8 million is Muslim, there is a small percentage of Christians (estimated between 2.5 and 4 percent). However, Jordanian Christians often live in isolation from Muslims. When a Muslim becomes a follower of Christ they experience strong pressure from family and society and are often considered a traitor. Honor killings for becoming a follower of Christ are not uncommon.
Lord, we pray that you would grant Jordanian government leaders wisdom to deal with economic challenges and the many refugees who are living in Jordan. We ask that Jordanian Christians would be made complete in you, not demonstrating a faith without works. We pray that you would fill Muslim-background believers in Jordan with courage and wisdom to live and share their faith.
28. The Hadhramis of Yemen
The Hadhramis come originally from the “Hadhramaut”, which means “valley of death” and is the home of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. This region in the eastern part of Yemen is very isolated, and the people there have little opportunity to hear the gospel. In this huge Governorate of Hadhramaut one of the most conservative forms of Islam is practiced and many extremists come from there.
Holy Spirit, we pray for an end to the disasters of war, violence, famine, and cholera which plague the nation of Yemen. We ask that by your grace the people of the “valley of death” would look to you to pursue the hope of abundant life. We pray that more Hadhramis would have dreams and visions of Jesus that convert them to believers, and use their influence to spread the gospel in this region.
29. Muslim European migrants
Governments in Europe are struggling with the current migration crisis and how to respond to the different demands of the population. There are no easy solutions to the tensions caused by migration and multiculturalism, but hospitality goes along with Jesus’ way of responding.
Jesus, we pray for Christians to take seriously the command to befriend the stranger (Matthew 25:34-40) by serving in practical ways such as language lessons and reaching out with hospitality. We ask that governments, aid agencies, and churches would have wisdom from You as they respond to the migrant crisis in Europe. We pray that you would raise up new believers among the Muslims in Zanzibar and provide fellowship and resources to grow in discipleship. We pray that Christians among Muslim migrants would follow in the footsteps of Christ “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
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
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Confession for Forgiveness
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
As we go out into our communities, families, and circles of influence this week, may we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)