Let Us Pray2 Chronicles 20:12
‘Living under an Open Heaven’ Jessica Anglin D’Christian
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matt 5:44-45)
“It is believed that at least 100 million Christians face persecution daily for their faith in Jesus Christ. In countries such as Syria, Iraq and Sudan being a Christian could often result in death. In Pakistan, blasphemy laws continue to be used to discriminate against Christians. In other parts of the world, such as North Korea, Christians face harsh treatment in detention camps for their faith.” Source www.idop.org
November was the month of prayer for persecuted Christians around the world. In Eritrea, since 2002, the government has closed all evangelical and Pentecostal churches, and imprisoned thousands of believers. This scenario is repeated over and over again in various nations across the globe.
Our theme for 2017 is United for Purpose. Even though those persecuted Christians may be far removed from us geographically, we are one with them through the Blood of Jesus and we must pray for them (Hebrews 13:3) as well as those who execute imprisonment, pain, harassment and death on them. The scripture in Matt 5 applies to enemies closer to home, too. Those who tell lies and spread malicious gossip about us, those who take delight in seeing us our lives take a downward turn, those who despitefully abuse our love and trust, and so on. We are to love them, bless them, look for opportunities to do good for them, and above all, pray for them.
As we move into the final month of 2017, and in line with our Corporate Directive, let us review these past twelve months as we stand united for purpose and as we pray for our loved ones, our nation and our enemies. Let us revisit some of our prayer points as we cry out to the Lord.
We continue to pray for our leadership, that they will have the anointing of discipline to dedicate themselves to advancing the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray that we will be united in understanding and operating in our spiritual authority and in pursuing our corporate vision. We pray that we attain and operate in the spirit of excellence at local, regional, national and international levels of corporate operations.
We pray that Pastors will be discovered, developed and deployed across the UK, and that the National prayer movement will continue to grow and increase. 1 Timothy 2:1-2: let us earnestly pray for those in authority across the world.
May God give us an appetite for evangelism, and may He reveal to us divine strategies for outreach, wherever and whenever possible. We pray that every region and local congregation will have a burden for the dilemmas and concerns of our local communities. We ask God to send a revival upon us, awakening us from complacency. Let us tear down the altars in our lives where we have given place to relationships, desires, and behaviours and let us rebuild the altars of prayer and praise in our own lives, our homes and our communities.
We unite in prayer against the increasing tide of terrorism that is sweeping across the world. We are called to watch and pray, and so we raise our hearts and voices towards the throne of God, interceding for our nations, cities and churches, releasing the powerful light of Christ to pierce the deep darkness blinding the eyes of man.
We pray for the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, and for every heart that is sincerely searching for the truth: may they be convicted by the saving power of Jesus Christ. May the world come to know that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, that He died to save mankind, that He rose again on the third day and that He is seated at the right hand of God, making intercession for the souls of men.
We pray that the world will know that Christ lives, because of the love that we share for each other. We choose to show love in the face of brokenness, homelessness, addictions, sexual perversions, poverty, shame, death and destruction. We choose to show love where there is confusion, fear, hatred, sickness and disease, and we ask that God uses us as instruments of His love and that He sends us to the places where love is needed.
We pray for all those who have made a decision to follow Christ, and then have turned away from their decision. We pray that the Holy Spirit will woo them once again and that their hearts and minds will be filled with the desire to be in relationship with the Lord.
We lift up the bereaved and broken hearted before the Lord, that the God of all comfort will wrap them in His unfailing arms, strengthen them and bring them peace.
We cover our children and young people as they attend their various places of education. We pray that God will anoint them with boldness and power, to stand in the face of peer pressure, of temptation and of their own understanding. May the Lord raise up evangelists, teachers and preachers, and may God pour out His Spirit on our sons and daughters, that they may see dreams and visions and prophesy (Joel 2:28).
Corporate Fasting: 2 – 22 January 2018
Corporate Day of Prayer: Saturday 20th January 2018 at 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Church of God of Prophecy, Aberdeen Street, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 7DL. Each local church is asked to make a financial contribution of £30 to defray any expenses.
Pastor Heather Cunningham
National Prayer Director
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
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