| North African Countries
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
A believer in a North African country explains: "I know someone who went to Saudi to work and to seek God. One day during his time there, he got on a bus and the bus driver turned to him and said, "There is nothing for you here." He eventually returned to our own country. One day he was invited to visit the home of a worker. In their home was a painting on the wall. He was amazed and asked who was the man in the painting? They told him it was Jesus. He replied, "No, that man is a bus driver in Saudi!"
A believer in another North African country said: "I was attracted to the worship music I heard in a church. I went to church because of the music. I loved the music; it spoke to my heart. I argued about Jesus and everything else they believed in, but still I went because the music was so powerful. Eventually I found the truth about Jesus."
Some come to faith because of faithful, persistent friendship with a worker who shares the Gospel and the witness of their life. Others come to faith through reading the Scriptures. Still others hear the Good News on the radio or satellite or through the Internet. Many experience dreams and visions or other miracle healings or supernatural events.
God is creative. And each person has a unique story to tell.
Let us ask God, who is the Lord of the harvest, to BE Lord over North Africa and to bring in a great harvest across this continent. Let's ask with faith for His creative and unique ways of encountering people with the truth and reality of who He is. Let's ask that the Church be careful not to set the agenda without listening to God, and to be free from control and never to quench what the Holy Spirit is doing in North Africa. Pray that the Church will understand more and more the ways and plans of God in each city, town and village, so that they may co-labour with the Lord of the Harvest to see many enter the Kingdom of God. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself as the Son of God this Christmas season to many across North Africa.
Specific prayer requests:
Two workers have contacted us to request prayer for unrelated situations, both involving demonic oppression.
In one situation, a whole family have experienced a great deal of spiritual attack in their dreams. This family have heard the gospel and have finally expressed how tired they are of suffering in their sleep, and have requested the workers to come and pray with them to see relief come into their home. Pray for this opportunity to demonstrate God's power - that at the Name of Jesus, all demons will have to flee! Pray for wisdom, the right words and for protection.
In the second situation, a long time friend of a worker suddenly and without explanation began showing a totally alternate personality and her behavior became erratic. The girl's family became alarmed and afraid, and have locked her inside their home because they want to keep her safe and they are ashamed that "jinn have come to live inside" their daughter. After almost 2 months of this, the worker has been given permission to come and visit the family home and to pray with/for her friend. Please pray that God will bring deliverance, and that this will be a testimony of the power of Jesus to set people free.
From: Pray North Africa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pray North Africa
I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
A worker in North Africa writes:
“A couple of weeks ago, the group in my city met to pray. I forgot I was supposed to prepare something for the group, so we decided to sit and ask the Lord what he wanted us to pray for. We heard, ‘prayers of hope’, ‘delighting and resting in God’ - and I had a picture of a wheat field ripe for harvest, and there was a heavy wind blowing off the heads of grain, but some were clinging on. We again asked the Lord how we should use this to pray, and very clearly two out of three of us heard prayer for the local church. So we used these words and images to pray powerfully for the local church. Perhaps you all can, too!”
“Soon after this prayer time, I met with a local believer. Right now, she is the only one we are meeting with in our city regularly who is really thirsty for the Truth. We pray regularly for more like her and that she would have a local body…this was included in our prayers that day. Well, when I met with her, she told me that recently she had had a dream (she often has spiritually significant dreams). She was in the desert with no one around, and off in the distance, she saw a palm tree. She walked the long distance to the tree, and she was very tired; then she noticed a small hole in the sand under the tree. She started to dig and clear away the sand around this hole to see what was under the ground and came to a glass ceiling under the Sertraline sands, and she was so happy. We prayed together this would be. It still hasn’t come to be, but we continue to pray. We ask for the Holy Spirit to keep moving in our land. And we ask for the remembrance of this special dream to keep hope and faith alive!”
Praying for North Africa:
· As God to build His church in North Africa!
· Pray for those who are isolated believers to be encouraged, to meet with God on their own and to grow in their faith. Pray that God would bring isolated believers together.
· Pray for house churches to be planted and to grow in number and maturity.
· Pray that believers would over come fear and be willing to meet together. Pray that secret believers will have courage to declare their faith and be able to meet with others.
· Pray for national leaders for the house churches. Pray for these leaders to grow in knowledge and understanding, that they would have a passion for the Word. Pray that they would develop intimate quiet times with the Lord and that they would hear His voice and know His leading and wisdom.
· Pray for good discipling to take place. For older believers to mentor younger believers with wisdom and love. For workers to disciple and mentor nationals with humility and servant hearts. For more Bible training to be made available. For good teaching materials to be made available in the local dialects.
· Pray for an increased boldness and heart for evangelism so that North Africans will take more and more responsibility for reaching their own nations.
Watchmen on the Walls for North Africa
“Watchmen are ordinarily placed on the walls of a city to give notice to the rulers of coming danger. God appoints watchmen not only to warn men - often they will not hear - but also to summon Him to come to their aid whenever need or the enemy may be threatening. The great mark of the intercessors are that they are not to hold their peace day or night, to take no rest, and to give God no rest, until the deliverance comes. In faith they may count upon the assurance that God will answer their prayers.” Andrew Murray
Week of prayer for Morocco: March 5-11
Week of prayer for Mauritania: April 9-14
Some of the key emerging themes to pray into include: the national church
- signs & wonders, dreams & visions
- opening of doors
- barriers & resistance to the Good News
- rising up of prayer within and for the nation
- fasting for the nation
- salvation & revival
- workers for the harvest.
An Algerian believer explains, "I went to visit a lady who said she had become a follower of Christ. She lived in a small town. She was illiterate. She had a vision of Jesus and had decided to put her trust in Him. She had a Bible but could not read it. She asked for help to read it, but no one would help. So she cried out to God in her desperation, and Jesus appeared in her room, sat with her, and began to teach her to read the Bible. She showed me that she can read it. Her family are amazed!"
· Praise God for the revival that continues in Algeria, specially among the Berbers.
· Pray that believers will be committed to fellowshipping together.
· Thank God for the churches who have permission to operate openly, and ask God to protect that permission.
· Pray for an increase in home fellowship groups too.
· Pray for good discipling of believers.
· Pray that Algerians will receive a burden for evangelism in their own nation and in neighboring North African nations.
· Pray that there will be a softening of the hearts of Algerian Arabs towards the Good News.
Pray North Africa (email@example.com; www.prayna.org)
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