Please pray wherever you are on Tuesdays @ 10am.
Matthew 20: 1-16
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise:
1. Isaiah 1: 18 “Come now, and let us reason together. . .” Father God, we hear unkind, harsh words spoken daily from the media, on tv programs, in the workplace and through social media. It seems we have forgotten how to speak and listen to one another. As a nation would You help us to reason together and to value those with differing opinions and beliefs?
2. Matthew 5: 23-24 “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” Lord God, our hearts’ cry is that we are clean before you. Help us to live lives that honor You and present Christ to the world. Reveal any hypocrisy in us.
3. Zephaniah 3: 17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior, He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Whatever our circumstances we rejoice because the Lord, our victorious warrior, is here, He loves us with a quiet steady love and He even shouts about us!
4. Psalm 27:4. “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.” Thank You Lord that our Sunday School classes have begun again. Continue to bless all the Zoom meetings and the worship services both in person and virtual. We thank You for amazing worship times during these days.
5. Psalm 25:4. “Make me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. It is not easy for us to know those issues You desire us to address. Would you help us to know the truth and follow Your path for the good of our nation?
6. Psalm 77:14 “You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.” Father, we acknowledge that we cannot live one second without Your breath in our bodies. We have no timetable for the Corona virus, but we trust Your plan for our lives. Would You bring an end to this pandemic?
7. 1 Peter 3:8-9 “. . . all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called that you might receive a blessing.” Lord, would You bless our homes, those places where we are the most like ourselves and where we easily allow the stresses of the day to rule? Remind us before we say or do the wrong thing.
8. Psalm 34:1. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Lord, we come to you thanking You for every blessing, for our nation, for those who serve us and for those who work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. With the uncertainties and stresses related to the pandemic, help us to maintain balance and harmony. Our desire is to continually praise You, remind us of this when we become discouraged or start to complain. Receive our sacrifice of praise!
9. Acts 6:7. “The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith. Dear God, we remember mission work all over the world, as well as, the work of our churches here in the States. Grant that the efforts of Christians would not be silenced or curtailed by the pandemic or by other means. Strengthen the resolve of Your people to maintain sweet fellowship with You and Your church. Make us bold witnesses to share with those who do not know You. We praise You for Your Spirit that draws men to Yourself! Our prayer is that You add greatly to Your church.
10. John 15: 1-2. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” Father, would You help us to go deeper into Your word and to know You better? Help us not to despise the pruning but to delight in Your sweet presence. During times of prayer for our nation help us to maintain a strong discipline of prayer.
IMB Prayer Points:
22 KOLKATA, INDIA. In Kali’s temple of Kolkata, India, devotees offer strings of marigolds and animal sacrifices. Hindus openly worship the goddess to show the depth of their submission. Pray for Hindus to hear the truth of Jesus’ complete and only necessary sacrifice.
23 JEWS OF LONDON. England hosts the second-largest Jewish population in Europe. They have thrived in London, but sentiment against them is growing. The population varies greatly in their orthodoxy. Ask God to show believers how to effectively reach Jewish communities with the gospel.
24 SOUTH AFRICA. Before Covid-19 lockdowns, a missionary in South Africa trained church members how to use a simple gospel presentation. Soon after, they shared the gospel with neighbors, friends, and co-workers, and 58 received Christ! Pray for more bold witnessing in South Africa.
25 CENTRAL ASIAN PEOPLES. Asal* is the second wife of a poor man who is often away from home. She has decided that the gospel is true. She is the first woman to profess faith within her community. Pray that God will grow her faith and that her roots will go down deep.
26 FULAKUNDA OF SENEGAL. The nearly 2 million Fulakunda people are Muslim, holding steadfast to their beliefs and traditions. They also enjoy sharing a local tea with visitors. The tea ceremony symbolizes relationships. Pray that the Fulakunda will find God’s word sweet.
27 ILONGGOS OF THE PHILIPPINES. In a province of the Philippines, many Filipinos have confessed faith in Jesus, but haven’t grouped into churches yet. Pray that a Filipino church planter will wisely lead these believers to form churches. Ask that the believers will grow in their faith and share it.
28 CENTRAL ASIAN PEOPLES. Yasir* is a Muslim religious leader who warns the community not to have anything to do with the Bible or workers. Pray that he will encounter the living Christ in a Damascus Road experience. Pray that he will be transformed and use the same fervor to proclaim Christ.
29 DEAF PEOPLES. Wayne,* a Deaf Muslim, had dreams about Jesus telling him that a foreigner would come and help him find the answers and meaning that were missing in his life. Eventually, he met a worker who signed the gospel for him. And Wayne believed! Pray for those still waiting.