Day 50: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Colombia

We pray today for the believers in Colombia. Here in this nation we, see a small minority of people hold all the power and are holding the people captive with fear. Just a Jesus had taught a little yeast spreads through the entire dough, we pray that this fear will be removed, for greater is he that is in the believers of Colombia, then those who oppose them.

 

Of the population of 48.3 million, there are about 44.6 million believers. For more information check out Open Doors USA.

 

 

 

 

Father, we pray for Colombia. We pray for an overwhelming confidence in their faith. A desire to stand up for what is right no matter the consequences. We ask for strength to overcome the threats that aim to destroy families if they don’t conform to the rules of the rebels and cartels. Provide each believe the discipline to grow as believers and share their love with those around them. Move mightily in Colombia and change South America and the world through their faithfulness. Amen

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Day 36: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Algeria

We pray today for the believers in Algeria. Those who convert to Christianity will expect to be put on house arrest and face domestic abuse to convince them they were wrong in their choice.

 

Of the population of 41 million, there are an estimated 38,000 believers. For more information check out Open Doors USA.

 

Father, we pray for Algeria. We see a country hurting and in need of a touch from you. The youth desperately need to see you for who you are and become bold in their faith. We pray for this boldness in all believers in Algeria. This 1 % of the population can grow into a mightily army of heart changers, give them strength and conviction to reach their family’s, friends, coworkers and officials.  Work miracles in Algeria, grow your church one person at a time. Let the world see your power in what you are doing in Algeria. Amen

 

 

Day 33: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Tanzania

 
As I try to get today’s prayer going for Tanzania, my computer is not responding the way I want it to, Word keeps freezing up on me.This could all be coincidental or it could be the enemy wants me to stop praying and not get this one out. But today nonetheless we are going to pray for Tanzania.
 
They estimate that there are 32 million believers in this country of 59 million people. But in spite of the large numbers, extremists have become increasingly attacking believer. They have been enforcing their own laws and pushing for the government to pass them into standing laws.
 
Father, we pray for the nation of Tanzania, we hear their cries and join with them. Strengthen the believers to stand up for their faith and share your love no matter the cost. Help us provide them with the Word and support from where we are. In the areas where radicalism haunts the believers, we pray for some relief and freedom from this oppression. God, we want to see a might move from this African country like has never been seen before. Show your love from here to the whole continent. Amen

Day 30: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Bhutan

 
 
Today we pray for Bhutan, those who do not subscribe to the nations national religion are subject to the anti-conversion laws, and some are even being neglected clean drinking water because of their choice to follow Christ.
 
 
 
For more information, Open Doors USA has some details. They estimate just under 20,000 Christians in the population of 793,000 people.
 
 
Please pray with me and add your prayers in the comments.
 
 
Father, we pray Bhutan. Lord, we pray that this small country hidden between India and China will flourish. Spread your love throughout her borders reaching all man and woman who reside there. Let you amazing power be seen here. Give your people boldness to share their faith in spite of persecution. We ask for a move of the Holy Spirit like never seen before in Bhutan. Overflow from this nation into her neighbours, let Christ love grow from here like a mustard seed. Bless your people in Bhutan for their faithfulness. Amen
 

Day 28: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Myanmar

 
Today we pray for Myanmar. Attacks against ethnic minorities and religions are prevalent in this nation. Restrictive laws have worked against freedom of religion.
 
 
For more information, Open Doors USA has some details. They estimate just under 4.4 million Christians in the population of 5.5 million people.
 
Please pray with me and add your prayers in the comments.
 
Father, we pray Myanmar. We pray for a breakthrough within the people of Myanmar. Give strength to the believers to overcome the fears they may have to share their faith. Soften the hearts of those who are oppressing minorities and let your love envelop their lives. Work miracles in Myanmar. Amen
 

Day 26: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Bangladesh

Today we pray for Bangladesh. This country has no laws or constitution against Christianity or other religions, yet the persecution comes from the people who are dedicated to their religion. The government is known to give in easily and not stand against such oppression.

 

 

For more information, Open Doors USA has some details. They estimate just under 870,000 Christians in the population of 165 million people.

 

Please pray with me and add your prayers in the comments.

 

Father, we pray for Bangladesh. The struggle for these believers is at the street level. This might even it make it more difficult as it is more of a radical persecution. We pray for those who would openly persecute believers, may they see you on their own road to Damascus and change their lives forever. Raise up repented converts who will make impacts in Bangladesh. The believers do not have open access to scripture, we ask that this will change. Provide opportunities for the word to be distributed to those who want to serve you and those who need to see it. Move powerfully in Bangladesh. Amen

 

Day 31: 50 Days of Passion

The command to love one another is one that many today don’t quite understand. We have watered down the word love to the point where to tell someone you love them can sometimes put people on the defensive. How can we love the person who commits murder or the one who has done unspeakable things to men, woman and children alike?

It comes back to the way Jesus loves us, he loves the person, he desires for the person to be freed from the sin, no matter the variation of sin. His heart breaks for each one to come to him to be freed from the bondage of sin. Do we look at those around us and base our love on the sin or the person? Jesus laid down his life for you, his friend.

 

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:12-13 NLT

 

“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9 NLT

 

 

Would you be willing to lay down your life for a friend? Jesus did for you. And he did it for your friends and family, the strangers you meet everyday, your coworkers. He died so that we might live amazing lives sharing to other what he came to earth to do. The even more amazing part is he rose from the dead and invites us into a relationship with him. No other religion leader is alive, so they can’t have a relationship with their followers. That is what makes Christianity so real, it is also what makes it so offensive because it is the truth, and the truth can be scary.

 

If we could see ourselves the way God sees us in our sin we would crumble and hide in shame. I think that is what a lot of people do when they start thinking about God and Jesus. They run from their true selves and try to mask what they really are. For all the good things they do, the feel if they just continue in their good ways that they will earn heaven. No they may not say it out loud, but how many times have you heard ” but I’m a good person.”

 

If you haven’t noticed yet I have been focusing for awhile now on the mission.  Our passion has a direct connection to our mission work. We need to be better at reaching the list people for Jesus, or for bare minimum inviting them to church. At the men’s ministry I lead, I made a board that reads ” if they matter to God they should matter to us” and on it I asked the men to start writing names of people they want to see come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. This visual list of names not only puts them out in the open it shows us that we know many many people that need Jesus and we have a huge impact on their lives. I told the men that I want us to start taking names off the wall as we reach them, and they make commitments to follow Christ. As we add names we need to be removing some too. I am excited to see God work though about prayers and these men.

 

So today I ask you, do you value those around you to lay down your life for them. Is their fate and eternity priority for you, or do you care that one day they will be burning in hell? If it does then you need to do something, the benefits of reaching them outweigh the cost it may take. Stop storing up treasures on earth, let’s start storing up treasures in heaven. I would rather someone thanking me in heaven for telling them about Jesus then someone in hell wishing I had.

 

Jesus, we are called to share your love. I am not sure exactly how we come to this point where it has become taboo to us your name. People are offended and almost angry when the name of Jesus comes up on social media. But when you get them one on one, away from the veil of a computer, and open up to them sharing your love, something starts to happen. I ask Holy Spirit you will give us opportunities today to do just that, sharing the love of Christ. Encourage us, rekindle our fire and excitement in sharing our faith. We are free because of your love and free people can free people. Let them matter to us as we know they matter to you. Amen.