DAY 3: Today we lift up the Central American countries of Mexico; Belize; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Costa Rica; and Panama

1.  ADORE GOD & SEEK HIS FACE BY CALLING ON HIS NAME

You are a Holy God….

 O God, only you are holy.  There is no one like you.  You alone are above all and set apart from all created things.  There is absolutely no sin or evil thought in you at all.  You are pure and righteous…“There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” (1 Sam 2:2)… 

2.  CONFESS ANY SIN

 Lord, reveal to me any form of pride, lack of love, unforgiveness, or bitterness….Please show me any unholy practices or areas of disobedience to you…..

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love…blot out my transgressions…and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51)….

3.  THANK THE LORD FOR HIS GOODNESS, MERCY & PROVISION

 Thank you Lord for forgiving and forgetting my sins…. 

 Thank you for those things that you have already done in my life (even those things that don’t feel good)….Thank you for the things that I know you will do….

Write down a few of the people, events or things that you are thanking Him for today:

 4. SUPPLICATION

 (a) Pray for the world: Central America:  Mexico; Belize; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua;  Costa Rica; and Panama

Lord, I thank you for the mighty wave of evangelism that has spread through Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico.  Yet, many of the new believers experience just shallow professions of faith and are never matured to become effective disciples.  Please raise up leaders who are able to teach and disciple new believers so that they may live out your call of godly living, service and witness.

Father, I ask that you move the hearts of missionaries to respond to your call of equipping the saints.  Please send people who are called to train and support local pastors.  Most of these pastors work bivocationally and do not have the time or money for training to improve their biblical knowledge and learn models for ministry.  Please help the pastors in these countries demonstrate Christ-like humility, graciousness, integrity and morality.  Lord, guide these leaders as they seek to rise above petty divisions and pride.  I pray that you will bless ministries like the Confraternidad Evangélica which works to cultivate fellowship and cooperation across denominations.

I pray that you send your spirit upon mature believers so that they can develop effective ministries to reach and connect with teens.  Because these countries have been plagued by civil war, natural disasters, drugs, and poverty, stable families are rare.  Since young people have a natural need to belong to someone, they are joining and forming gangs that are becoming more violent and ruthless (Gangs have attracted up to 70% of the young men in El Slavadore!).   Lord, they want to belong to someone, let them belong to you.  Ministries that reach the young can yield a huge harvest for most of these countries have at least half of their population under age 30.  “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…Lord of the harvest, [I ask you] to send out workers into [your] harvest field.”  (Luke 10:2)

Lord, I pray, that you will continue to bless ministries that work to reach marginalized peoples such as the Amerindian (inc. Mayan), Garfuna (Black Carib), and Asian.  Bless the Bible translation projects.  Please help these ministries grow and raise up leadership that can persevere in the call of bringing the gospel to every tribe and every nation.

Lord as you know,Central America still needs short-term missionaries, but our previous models have sometimes created an unhealthy dependency.  Please bring fruitful partnerships that help support, train and empower local mission workers so that they can continue to do your work in healthy and culturally sensitive ways.

Lord, I lift up the persecuted church.  Specifically I want to pray for Mexican Evangelical Christians living in the southern states who have suffered lethal attacks and imprisonment from Catholics and the Caciques tribe who practice a religion that blends Catholicism with native religious beliefs.  Please ease these tensions and protect the evangelical families who are suffering persecution at the hands of community leaders in Chiapas and Oaxaca.  I ask that you give these an extra measure of faith so that they can be an example your love and grace to their tormentors.

(b) Write down the names of people who you are praying for today (especially the unchurched):

 

(c) Pray for your personal needs

5.  PRAISE, MAGNIFY & GLORIFY GOD

“Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing.  Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray.  O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” (Psalm 5)….

“For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever…Amen

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