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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.

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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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VOM Prayer Calendar: August 1, 2013

Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Calendar

Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Calendar

 

Heavenly Father, You open doors that no one can shut and close doors that no one can open. You have called us to share the good news with all the world, to pray for laborers to go into Your fields. Lord, we are ready and willing to do Your will, to be Your servants, but the doors are Yours to open. You have placed this burden on our hearts, and we know that You will be faithful to see us through in our journeys as we walk to fulfilling Your call. Lord I pray that You would not only open doors of entry for Your Word, but also that You would open hearts to receive it. I pray that You would open eyes to see the truth of Your message. I pray that Your Spirit would come upon the people of Mauritania so that they may hear and understand Your truth and be changed by it from the inside out. I pray that You would overshadow them and fill them with Your light. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 
 

VOM Prayer Calendar: May 22, 2013

Photo of Voice of the Martyrs' 2013 Prayer Calendar

Photo of Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar

 

Dear Father, I don’t know anything about persecution. All my life, at every turn, I have known favor, the blessing of Your hand on behalf of a godly and praying grandmother. I have never been cast out, never scourged, never held against my will. I have not even suffered much mockery that I could not answer with reason. How do I witness with so much comfort around me? I find that question harder to answer than how do they witness with so much pain. Your Word promises the latter as a reward for righteousness, not the former. Lord, I pray that in Your love and sovereignty, for they are united in Your person, that You would strengthen Your people in Iraq, that they would not lose heart or grow feint and weary, but would grow in their love for You and for Your Word and Your will. I pray that their trials would encourage them rather than discourage them, would give them a stronger witness and testimony by which to overcome the power of the enemy and to encourage others. I pray that You would stir up in them a holy thankfulness for the persecution that is arising all around them, and that You would guide them into all truth in the midst of their suffering. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

VOM Prayer Calendar: May 21, 2013

Photo of Voice of the Martyrs' 2013 Prayer Calendar

Photo of Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar

Lord of all creation, You are the Father of us all. You have witnessed the raising of every child into adulthood, seen every repercussion of poor parenting and of quality parenting. You know how deep runs the impact of a parent on a child. Lord, in places like Iraq, parents are often not allowed to raise their children in the fear of You, not able to share their faith with their children because they are to small to understand the need for secrecy. Father I pray that you would reach into the lives of these Iraqi Christians and show them how to nurture their children wisely as they themselves grow in faith and understanding of You. I pray that You would soften the hearts and sharpen the minds of their children so that they would not rebel against the faith of their parents, but would rejoice in the truth that You are. I pray that You would open them all to receive Your love and to share it and to wait patiently in the hope of Your return. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Increased persecution of Christians back on the agenda in Parliament

God and Politics in the UK

On Wednesday a large number of MPs met to discuss the persecution of Christians around the world and what the Government’s response through the Foreign Office should be.  The debate was secured and organised by Naomi Long MP, with a great deal of support from Open Doors.  Nearly two thousand of their supporters contacted their MP asking them to attend, which undoubtedly made a difference.  She also acknowledged the help of Christian Solidarity Worldwide and His Grace, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK

Mrs Long highlighted the increased persecution of Christians in countries in Africa not previously associated with persecution and underlined that “the Arab spring has had disastrous consequences for religious freedom and has promoted a major exodus of Christians from the Middle East.” She called on the Government to explain how they were responding to these challenges, and stated that “the right to have a faith…

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Pray for Peace on Easter

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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.