21 MARCH 2020
Please Join Us Today in Prayer
We believe in the power of prayer to heal sickness, to provide for families, to surround believers with a hedge of protection, and to change lives for the better. God’s Word tells us that all believers can go boldly unto the throne of grace in times of need, whether those needs be our own or those of others. Please join us in praying for others around the world.
Who We’re Praying For Today
“Coronavirus” and the impact of government “responses” worldwide
Please join us today in praying for a swift end to the chaos being caused by government “responses”, worldwide, to the “coronavirus”, and that God protects and provides for all of his children during this challenging time as economies are being crashed, fear and scarcity are on the rise and freedom of movement is being curtailed.
Given that we’re living in the last days, it’s crucial that we all put on the whole armour of God, so that we are as prepared as possible to stay strong, no matter how difficult life gets.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
Introduction to prayers for Mexico during the week of 21-27 March
Church leaders in Mexico need not only a rock-solid faith and a deep commitment to their mission but nerves of steel and a fearless attitude. Parts of this country are some of the most dangerous places in the world to preach and lead a church. One leader has coined the term “clericide” to describe the violent killing of religious clergy by crime groups and drug lords.
Mexico: Pray for protection for pastors who act as the de facto human rights defenders in many indigenous, rural and migrant communities.
Nigeria: Pray for a Nigerian Christian named Parmatawhois traumatized by persecution.
Parmata was a 16-year-old student at a Government Secondary School in a primarily Muslim community in Nigeria. As a student, she lived in the school’s hostel. However, her life turned upside down in July 2017 when she suddenly went missing.
Eventually, it was discovered that the Dorm Matron was responsible for Parmata’s disappearance. She had conspired with a group of Muslim men to apprehend the teenage girl by drugging and kidnapping her. Once they hid her away, they forcefully converted her to Islam and established plans to marry her off to a Muslim man. All of this took place without the knowledge or consent of Parmata’s parents.
By the grace of God, Parmata was released through intense legal pressure. By the time she was set free, she had been held in captivity for roughly one month. By any standard, an experience like this would take a toll on one’s mental health, but especially for someone as young as sixteen.
Following her return home, Parmata’s family withdrew her from the school she was attending and enrolled her in a program that she could attend from home. However, they have struggled financially in order to provide her with the physical and psychological care that she needs in order to recover from this traumatic ordeal. Read more on International Christian Concern.
MEXICO: A PRICE HAD TO BE PAID
“Mike” and “Rose” serve the Lord in Mexico, where they planted a secret church in a tribal village hostile to evangelical work. They’d been warned that gospel work in that village was dangerous, but God’s call was clear. Several villagers came to Christ, and they began a secret Bible study. But the Good News didn’t stay secret for long, and Mike and Rose were evicted from their home and kicked out of the village. Listen in as they share how God moved through that difficult time to encourage them and empower local Christians stand strong in their young faith, and draw others into the Kingdom.
THE STORY OF PERSECUTION IN MEXICO
NIGERIA: THE FEAR IS THERE
Paul is reaching Muslims — even terrorists — in Nigeria for Christ. He says it is his passion to see people come to know Jesus that overcomes any fear he might have ministering in dangerous places. He also discusses a special ministry to widows whose husbands were killed in persecution.
THE NIGERIAN PERSECUTION NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
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