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VOM Prayer Calendar: September 6, 2013

North Korea: Pray that the life and hope of Christ will spread throughout the labor camps.

Lord Jesus, “Your blood makes the deaf to hear right now. Your blood takes away the curse right now. Your blood heals every disease right now. Your blood sets the addict free right now. Your blood mends the broken heart right now. Your blood compels me to forgive right now. Your blood transforms my mind right now. Your blood brings the dead to life right now. I still believe You’re the same yesterday, today, and forever. I still believe Your blood is sufficient for me. You’re the higher power darkness cannot stand. No longer bound to sin, I am free.”* Lord, let these truths fall on the hearts of Your beloved in North Korean labor camps. Let Your love and faithfulness resound within them, let them see it on the faces of their comrades, in the morning light that rises over the fences and walls. Let them remember Your suffering on the Cross and take comfort in that they have a Savior who is able to sympathize with their sufferings and weaknesses. Grant them peace in their wearied state and let them be a reason for hope to those around them fighting for life. For all the things I don’t understand to pray for, please meet those needs in Your might and wisdom. In Jesus’ unmatched name, Amen.

*Lyrics from Kim Walker-Smith’s song Still Believe from the album Still Believe,

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Christianity, Human Rights, Religion

 

VOM Prayer Calendar: September 4, 2013

North Korea: More than 100,000 North Koreans work in other countries. Pray for Christian contact.

Father, You direct our steps just as You know the hairs on our heads. You place us where we are by Your sovereign will. I thank You for the opportunity of these Koreans to leave the oppressive regime of their homeland and have a life outside of its borders. I pray that You would continue to engineer their circumstances by guiding them to meet true believers in Your name who will joyfully share Your love with them. I pray that You would unravel the brainwashing of atheistic teaching they underwent in North Korea and open their minds and hearts to receive the truth with joy and conviction. I pray that You would shine Your light on their hearts and help them to understand who You are and what You have done throughout eternity to bring them into Your family. I pray that they would not only receive You for hemselves but also reach back to whatever family and friends they have remaining in North Korea and help them to come to know You as well. I pray that You would use them to help raise awareness of the true nature of life for Christians and citizens of that country and they would be active in seeing a change there. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Christianity, Human Rights, Religion

 

VOM Prayer Calendar: September 1, 2013

North Korea: Pray for Jo Chung-Hee and North Korean graduates of the VOM-sponsored Underground                      University.

Father, You are the author of all good things. You are enthroned in the heavens and sovereign over all things, over the political machinations of nations and over the 24-hour life cycle of an individual fly. Nothing escapes Your notice. Lord, I thank You for the blessing of education and for the opportunities You provide for Your children to learn more about You and about the world around us. I pray that You would sustain the graduates of the Underground University. I thank You for their boldness and diligence in seeking and completing these studies. I pray that You would teach them by Your Spirit how to apply their learning in the way that would benefit Your kingdom and glorify Your name. I pray that You would encourage them daily as they risk their lives to not only know You, but to share You with those around them. I pray that You would fill Jo Chung-Hee and his classmates with Your presence, that You would comfort them in their trials and strengthen them. Help them to hold fast to Your teachings and Your love. Let love and faithfulness never leave them. And Father, in Your goodness meet all the needs I they have that I could never think to pray for. In Jesus’ precious name I pray and ask these things, Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Christianity, Human Rights, Religion

 

VOM Prayer Calendar: August 30, 2013

Nigeria: Praise God for the revival in Gambo after the martyrdom of nine believers.

Father, I thank You for Your loving care for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Thank You for their boldness and willingness to lay down their lives for Your sake. I pray that You would continue to uphold whatever family members they left behind. I pray that You would give them not only the food, shelter, and medicine they need to survive, but also give them hope and joy for the days to come, for a crushed spirit, who can bear? Lord I pray that You would use those revitalized believers and new converts who came to know You deeply following the deaths of nine of Your children to bless the widows and orphans. I thank You for using the tragedy of those nine deaths to breathe new life into the people of Gambo. I pray that it would be a revival that would not end, but rather one that would grow and blossom, bearing fruit of spiritual maturity, additional salvations, and local outreaches to the hurting communities around them. Let them be known by their love for one another and for their love for the lost and hurting in that region. Glorify Yourself in Your people and make Yourself known through them, in them, and to them. Continue to safeguard them in the shadow of Your wings and uphold them with Your mighty right hand. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 
 

VOM Prayer Calendar: August 29, 2013

Nigeria: Pray for survivors of a suicide bombing at a Bauchi church that was attacked during worship.

Lord, You are our healer. Only You can bring peace to chaos, both in the physical world and the spiritual. There are so many more effects of such traumatic events than just physical wounds. People are left with emotional and psychological scars. Sometimes we are even left with spiritual damage as unforgiveness creeps in and a desire for vengeance takes hold. Lord, I pray that for those who survived whatever vicious attack took place, You would heal them from all the effects of it. I pray that You would restore function to whatever parts of their bodies were damaged, that You would clear out any infections that settled in, that You would provide ways for them to cope with the memories of that day. I pray that You would relieve them of any nightmares or flashbacks they may still experience, that You would remove any remembered cries or blasts from their ears. I pray that You would open their hearts to forgive the family of their attacker, to forgive the bomber, to pray for the salvations of other members of Boko Haram and other radical Muslims who terrorize them. I pray that You would continue to shine in their hearts as a light brighter than the sun, that all around them may see and know that You are the one true God who is able to not only deliver Your people from their enemies, but also from themselves. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Christianity, Human Rights, Religion

 

Pray for Peace on Easter

Photo Credit: Map of Zanzibar

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The following report was published by International Christian Concern

Longstanding tensions between Muslims and Christians in Buseresere, a town in Tanzania’s northwestern Geita region, flared on Feb. 11 after a cleric demanded the closure of Christian butcheries in the area.

Pastor Mathayo Kachili of the Tanzania Assemblies of God Church (TAG) was killed while trying to intervene in an attack by Muslim youths against Christian butchers. “A group of Muslim youths, armed with machetes, big clubs, knives and sticks assaulted the Christians [butchers] and seriously beat them,” ICC’s source in Tanzania said.

“When the Muslims saw [Pastor Kachili] they brutally attacked him,”  witnesses said. Pastor Kachili died on the scene as a result of this attack.

Six days later, Father Evarist Mushi, a Catholic priest, was murdered on the island of Zanzibar off Tanzania’s east coast when two men, presumed to be Muslim extremists, confronted him at the entrance of his church. “One of the attackers shot him in the head,” said police spokesman Mohammed Mhina.

The Vatican’s Fides news agency reported that a threatening text message was received by local bishops and priests after the shooting. The text read, “We thank our young men, trained in Somalia, for killing an infidel. Many more will die. We will burn homes and churches. We have not finished: at Easter, be prepared for disaster.”  The text message was signed by an extremist group calling itself the ‘Muslim Renewal.’

As you prepare to celebrate Easter with family, friends, and church please remember the faithful believers in Zanzibar and Tanzania. Please pray for the enemy’s plans of violence to be thwarted and for the safety and protection of all Christians in those regions, including pastors and layworkers in the churches. Pray that they would be able to celebrate the Savior’s resurrection with joy and hope, not mourn the day in fear of their enemies.

 
 

VOM Prayer Calendar: March 7-8, 2013

Photo of Voice of the Martyrs' 2013 Prayer Calendar

Photo of Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar

 

Lord, You are enthroned above the heavens, mighty in power and awesome in splendor. By You all things were made and all things hold together. In You, we live and move and breathe. In You is freedom forever. You bring joy and light and love and laughter. You are the healer and restorer, the redeemer and the everlasting Father. You are the prince of peace and the rider on the white horse, the leader of the angel-armies. Within Your jurisdiction are the events of the world, and in Your care are the innocent prisoners whom only You can judge righteously. Thank You for the early release of Li Ying who has been arrested multiple times in the course of her service to You through journalistic reporting. Please continue to uphold her with Your mighty right hand and bless her efforts as she seeks to tell the truth and do Your will.

Lord, also I ask that You would be our great teacher, that You would equip Your faithful servants in China with knowledge and wisdom that comes directly from You. I pray that You would open doors for them to receive training in the understanding and teaching of Your Word, that You would enrich them yet not allow them to become puffed up. I pray that You would safeguard their educations and the sharing of their lessons. I pray that as they draw closer to You in Your Word that Your Spirit would be their own personal teacher and that You would flow through them and out of them to their congregations.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.