Heavenly Father, You are the God of the large and the small, of the impressive and the unnoticed. You are as present in a gathering of two as You are in a congregation of two million. You are the hope of all. Your eyes have roamed the earth and seen the tenuous relations between governments and churches throughout the ages. You know how treacherous they can be when mixed unequally. Lord You have decreed change in the heart, not change in the offices. I pray that as we seek more peaceful relations between the Chinese church and its government, that we would pray not just for changes in the law and the governors, but for change in the hearts of the leaders of that nation. I pray for the members of the Shouwang church, that they would continue to grow in depth and not numbers only, that their passion and fervor would spread like a wildfire of Your Spirit. I pray that the officials of their government would not view them as an encroaching threat, but as a positive agent in their nation and region. I pray that even the elected and appointed men and women would come to know You by the faithfulness and peacefulness of the Shouwang members.
I thank You for Your provision in bringing Your Word through the Bibles Unbound program. How often do we–do I –disregard Your Word? How often do I set it aside or save it for later? How often do I forget Your promises, Your decrees, Your instructions, Your Gospel? Lord, make Your Word more precious to these new believers than it has been to me. May they ever cherish it in their hearts and minds. May they commit it to their memories, write it on the tablets of their hearts. May they understand Your truth as fully as You have desired to reveal it. May it renew their minds, purify their hands, convict their hearts, refresh their souls, and strengthen their conviction. May Your very face leap off the pages at them. May their tears, and not their blood stain the pages. Be the Word that You have brought to them, each day that You walk with them, and let them know it.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.