Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.” (Hebrews 11: 13)
“In the end, the heart longs not for any of God’s gifts, but for God himself. To see him, know him, and be in his presence is the soul’s final feast.” - John Piper
Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)
A Prayer from Psalm 33
“Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
The earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
The Lord looks down from heaven;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
Bible Prayer Story
God’s Covenant with Abraham - Genesis 15
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we pray for your Church and the peoples of Asia and the Middle East, that by your grace they may “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [they] have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1-3) To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
Kazakhstan (President Tokayev)
Since independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, major investment in the oil sector has brought rapid economic growth, and eased some of the disparities in wealth. Suppressed under Soviet rule, the main religion, Islam, is undergoing a revival.
Lord, we thank you for how you have provided and cared for the poor through economic growth in Kazakhstan. We pray that through the sharing of your gospel and the radical love shown by your church, that a revival for Christ would replace the ongoing Islamic revival.
Kuwait (Emir Sheikh Sabah)
A conservative state with a Sunni Muslim majority, Kuwait stands out from the other Gulf monarchies for having the most open political system. But tensions have persisted and the government is facing increasing calls for radical political reform from the opposition.
Holy Spirit, we pray for peaceful political reform amid ongoing tensions. May Kuwait’s open political system give way to an openness for the gospel.
Kyrgyzstan (President Jeenbekov)
Resentment at widespread poverty and ethnic divisions between north and south have spilled over into violence, and the country's first two post-Soviet presidents were swept from power by popular discontent. Most of its six million people are Turkic-speaking Muslims.
Jesus, we pray that you would bring an end to the widespread poverty and ethnic divisions giving way to violence. May your church rise up as a cultural compass, guiding Kyrgyzstan toward reconciliation and a lifestyle of caring for one another modeled after your upside down kingdom.
Laos (President Vorachit)
After the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, Laos began opening up to the world. But despite economic reforms, the country remains poor and heavily dependent on foreign aid.
Father, we thank you for the openness in Laos that has resulted from the fall of the Soviet Union. May this openness lead to opportunities for Christian workers that will make disciples, care for the poor, and share the gospel with boldness and clarity.
Lebanon (President Aoun)
Lebanon has often been at the center of Middle Eastern conflicts because of its borders with Syria and Israel and its uniquely complex communal make-up. Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Christians and Druze are the main population groups in a country that has been a refuge for the region's minorities for centuries.
Lord, we pray for peaceful relations among Lebanon’s diverse population. Bless your church in Lebanon with endurance and hope as they minister to their neighbors and refugees among them.
Malaysia (Sultan Muhammad V)
The majority Muslim ethnic Malay are dominant politically, and benefit from positive discrimination in business, education and the civil service, but a large ethnic Chinese minority holds economic power. The communities coexist in relative harmony, although racial and religious divides persist.
Holy Spirit, we pray that your gospel would unify the hearts and minds of Malaysia, put an end to the discrimination and racial divides, and glorify Christ as the one whom all Malaysians are made in the image of.
Maldives (President Yameen)
Its political history has been unsettled since the electoral defeat of long-serving President Gayoom in 2008. The economy revolves around tourism, and scores of islands have been developed for the top end of the tourist market.
Jesus, we pray for political stability amid concerns of dictatorship. May your church in the Maldives minister well to the tourists and natives alike, spreading the grace and love of Christ to the ends of the earth in doing so.
Mongolia (President Battulga)
Once the heartland of an empire stretching to Europe under Genghis Khan, Mongolia is a landlocked country dominated by sparsely populated steppe and semi-desert. A third of the population lives in the capital, while around 40% of the country's workforce is nomadic, herding livestock in the extensive pasturelands.
Father, we pray that you would call, equip, and send Christian workers to the unreached nomadic peoples of Mongolia, bringing the hope of the gospel to those who have been overlooked and often forgotten.
Myanmar (President Myint)
Myanmar, was long considered a pariah state while under the rule of an oppressive military junta from 1962 to 2011, and stood accused of gross human rights abuses. A gradual liberalization led to free elections in 2015, but an army operation against alleged terrorists in since August 2017 has driven more than half a million Muslim Rohingyas to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, in what the United Nations called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
Lord, we pray that you would bring an end to the injustice that is ongoing in Myanmar. Cast down those in power who continue to perpetrate human rights abuses, and embolden your church to be an advocate and ally for the Muslim Rohingyas among them being persecuted and wiped out through government sanctioned ethnic cleansing.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for our church family, asking that by your grace they would be strengthened and filled “with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit [they] may abound in hope” (Romans 15: 13)
Command of Christ
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12: 32, 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!” (Psalm 51: 1-2)
When faced with the brokenness of this world, we hold firm to the promise in Scripture of our eternal home being prepared for us:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21: 3-4)