247 Prayer (August 2nd-August 8th)
——Prayer for the country
1. Gratitude and self-cleansing for entering into destiny
(1) Give thanks
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
Thank God that His love and honesty endures forever. We take refuge in the Lord and pray to Him and He hears; His words are powerful and willing to encourage us, because of His encouragement we have power in our hearts.
(2) Self-cleaning and repentance
Ecclesiastes 7:29 This only have I found:
God created mankind upright,
but they have gone in search of many schemes.
Romans 1:28-29 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.
New Zealand has resumed normal commercial and economic activities under God’s protection, but at the same time, various forms of fraud have begun to resurface and even intensified, causing great losses to businesses and consumers.
Ask the Lord to forgive us for going our own way, deliberately ignoring God, being greedy, vicious, deceitful, and jealous, filling people’s hearts, using unrighteous means to steal other people’s finances.
2. For the king and the rulers
Deuteronomy 1:13 Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Continue to watch and pray for the general election in September this year. God’s people will wake up to understand God’s will, and that the new prime minister and ministers will align with God’s destiny.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to forgive us for not knowing God’s will, and only choose to vote according to secular standards. Pray for the Lord to awaken the people to understand God’s will, elect people who conform to God’s will, and lead the country into God’s destiny.
——For the people of this place-Young people to be rid of anorexia and binge eating
Proverbs 29: 25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Psalm 119:116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.
Due to the effect of hormones, adolescent girls at the age of 13-15 will increase their average weight by 40% and appear plump. Changes in body shape make adolescent women more sensitive to low self-esteem and seek to lose weight, leading to anorexia and binge eating. The development of the population has also led to an increasing number of young women suffering from this disease in recent years. Anorexia and binge eating are called eating disorders in psychiatric departments. The peak age of onset of eating disorders is 12-20 years old. It is the highest fatality rate among mental disorders, and the mortality rate is as high as 5% to 20%.
Prayer: May the Lord have mercy on the young people who do not know themselves and fall into the snare of the world’s beliefs and pray that the Lord will heal and release the young people so that they can find the right identity in Christ. Pray for the families of patients with eating disorders, and ask the Lord to give them great love, confidence, and patience for their families to pull through.
——Pray for the churches
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:1-4).
Pray for the churches to be buckled with the belt of humility, build up and learn from each other. May the Lord give churches a humble heart, a teachable ear and dig deeper into the word of God. According to the truth, be renewed in vision and height; and willing to accept suggestions in changing the way of serving and equipping. May the lives of the brothers and sisters become more and more acceptable to God. They will walk in the will of God and serve together with each of their gifts so that the function of the churches is complete.
——For Israel and the nations
1. For Israel
“Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?… They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 15:3, 9).
May the Lord forgive the people of Israel who still practice the religious rituals of their ancestors to this very day; and not knowing the power of the resurrected life of Jesus the Messiah. Pray for the Lord to remove the veil and open the hearts of the Israelites and rise up more Messianic churches to share the gospel and testify to the fellow Jews.
“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10)
2. For Turkey
Turkey is on the continent of Asia and Europe. The president Erdoğan has the ambition to revive the Ottoman Empire, so soon after his inauguration, he Islamicizes the country and supports Palestine to resist Israel for a long period of time; hoping to gain more influences among the Islamic countries. At the same time, Turkey is also the origin of the early churches. Even till this day, many missionaries and churches are still testifying for the Lord and sharing the gospel on this land.
Prayer: May the Lord expose the Turkish government’s hidden evil tactics against Israel. In the name of the Lord, break the political alliance that does not conform to the will of God. Pray for Lord’s protection over the missionaries and churches in Turkey and bring forth fruits of their work: For salvation to come to the people of Turkey, turn people’s hearts from darkness to light and know that Jesus is their only salvation and hope.