Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
“Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray.” - Oswald Chambers
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 42
“As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
My soul is cast down within me;
I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.”
Bible Prayer Story
The Body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we pray for your Church and the peoples of Africa, that by your grace their “love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that [they] may approve what is excellent, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
Chad (President Déby)
Lord, Chad's post-independence history has been marked by instability and violence, stemming mostly from tension between the mainly Arab-Muslim north and the predominantly Christian and animist south. The people suffer from inadequate infrastructure. Internal conflict and poverty are rife; health and social conditions are poor. Establish yourself as the Prince of Peace among this nation, and reveal yourself as a friend to the poor and sick as you did in your earthly ministry, Lord.
Comoros (President Assoumani)
Holy Spirit, political unrest has rocked the Comoros, as these four islands have weathered 20 coups or attempted coups as well as a violent conflict in 1997 which resulted in two of the four major islands, Anjouan and Moheli, declaring unilateral independence. May Comorans are reliant on money sent home by family living abroad as an important source of income. Grant political leaders wisdom, create a heart and mind of unity and peace among Comorans, and use your church to share all they have and provide for the needs of others as did your early church in Acts.
Democratic Republic of Congo (President Tshisekedi)
Jesus, the recent history of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been one of civil war and corruption, with widespread civilian suffering the result. The war claimed up to six million lives, either as a direct result of fighting or because of disease and malnutrition. Heal and revive this nation, Lord, and strengthen your church to tend to those hurting and suffering among them.
Republic of Congo (President Nguesso)
Father, civil wars and militia conflicts have plagued the Republic of Congo, and nearly half the population lives in poverty, despite the Republic of Congo being one of sub-Saharan Africa's main oil producers. Correct the injustices upon the people of the Congo, and use your church to minister and care for the poor across this country.
Djibouti (President Guelleh)
Lord, thank you for the relative peace and stability afforded to the nation of Djibouti. Use this nation as a lighthouse for the gospel, spreading your name across the nations from within its own borders, as America, France, China, and Japan each have military bases here, and those from all around the globe pass through here as Djibouti serves as the main gateway for trade for its giant neighbor, landlocked Ethiopia.
Egypt (President Fattah)
Holy Spirit, rapid population growth and the limited amount of arable land are straining Egypt's resources and economy, and political unrest has often paralyzed government efforts to address the problems. Raise up your church here to lead the way in stewarding their resources, and use this nation to extend a far-reaching impact for your kingdom through Egypt’s central role in Middle Eastern politics.
Equatorial Guinea (President Mbasogo)
Jesus, Equatorial Guinea’s two post-independence leaders have been among the worst abusers of human rights in Africa, prompting a third of the population to flee. Despite being one of Africa’s biggest oil producers, a large proportion of the population still lives in poverty. End the injustice that has plagued this land, and raise up the abused to no longer be trampled upon. By your grace, establish your church and grant them endurance to live among and minister to “the least of these” (Matthew 25:31-40).
Eritrea (President Afwerki)
Father, Eritrea has been plagued by repression at home and tense relations with its neighbors since winning independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year war. Prolonged periods of conflict and severe drought have adversely affected Eritrea's agricultural economy, and it remains one of the poorest countries in Africa. By UN estimates, hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have fled the country in recent years, making the perilous journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean to Europe. Grant this nation peace, and use those who have fled to other nations to plant seeds of your gospel along their paths.
eSwatini (King Mswati III)
Lord, according to UNICEF, eSwatini (previously Swaziland) has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world. The HIV-Aids virus has killed countless Swazis and left thousands of orphans. Some 210,000 people, out of a population of 1.2 million, are estimated to be living with HIV. Heal the hearts, minds, and bodies of the Swazi people, and by your grace allow eSwatini to develop a treatment program to combat the HIV epidemic turning this land into a nation of orphans. Use your church to care for the sick, widowed, and orphaned among them.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for all those among us that are suffering and grieving. We ask that you would reveal yourself as our deepest comfort and closest friend through our wounds, and establish yourself in our hearts and minds as being the sovereign King over our circumstances. During this time, as we share prayer requests and pray over one another, we put to practice what we read in scripture: “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)
Command of Christ
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
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.”
“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)