DAY 6: Today we lift up the The Caribbean Islands of The Bahamas; Turks & Caicos; Cuba*; Cayman Islands; Jamaica; British Virgin Islands; US Virgin Islands; Aruba; Netherlands Antilles; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Barbados; Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago

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

You are the Omnipotent God….

O Lord God, you are all-powerful.  You can do all things by your own strength.  You have unlimited power and authority over all creation.  Your power creates all things and sustains all things.  Only You, O Lord, have the power over life and death.  And yet, you seek to be in relationship with insignificant me…Your power and your ways are beyond my comprehension…“

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jer. 32:17)…

2.  CONFESS ANY SIN

Lord, reveal to me any form of pride, lack of love, unforgiveness, 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:  The Caribbean Islands: The Bahamas; Turks & Caicos; Cuba*; Cayman Islands; Jamaica; British Virgin Islands; US Virgin Islands; Aruba; Netherlands Antilles; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Barbados; Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago

Lord I thank you for the work that you have done in Cuba.  The opposition and hostility toward the church has refined your believing community and they grown in numbers, confidence and spiritual maturity.   I am also thankful the ministries who seek to bring unity to the evangelical churches in The Bahamas and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  I praise you for the increasing numbers of mission agencies that are operating branches out of Jamaica.

Lord, I pray for the visitors to the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, British and US Virgin Islands, Millions of people visit or immigrate to these islands each year seeking pleasure and often engaging in morally questionable activities (including licentious behavior, money laundering,  and illegal drug trafficking). I pray that many of the visitors will be confronted by the claims of Christ while in pursuit of pleasure Please protect the local Christians from materialism and give them confidence to witness to tourists and immigrants.  

The majority of the residents of these islands self-identify as Christian, but true disciples faithful to God’s Word are not so common.  Many Christians are nominal; many others have incorporated the occult, witchcraft, Afro-Spiritist beliefs and Hinduism-influenced worldviews into their faith. Family life and morals within the Christian sphere often do not demonstrate the lordship of Christ. In addition, materialism, spreading theological liberalism, decreasing church attendance, increased violence and crime are all symptoms of spiritual decline.  Lord, I pray for your spirit of renewal to descend upon these islands and I ask that the islands of Barbados,St Vincent,Trinidad and Tobago reawaken.  Lord, please revive and restore biblically based, Spirit-led Churches.

Lord, the racially diversity of these islands can be a curse or a blessing.  The Church is one of the only structures connected to every community, and therefore has enormous but unrealized potential to bridge the racial divide. I pray that churches of all these islands will be used as instruments of reconciliation and demonstrate that all are one in Christ.

Lord, I ask that you empower the churches of Jamaica to stand together with courage, moral integrity and determination to turn the country back to God. Jamaica has become a transshipment point for cocaine destined for the USA by powerful South American drug cartels.  This fuels violence, putting Jamaica fourth globally for murders per capita. Rape and domestic abuse are widespread.  I pray for revival to enliven and empower the Church. I also pray for theological training for the leaders so they can effectively disciple their flocks.  Father, please send your spirit on the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast and other ministries that seek to bring church leaders together to bring the good news of the gospel to these islands.  Lord, your work has already become evident in Aruba where there has been increased fellowship and cooperation among pastors, thus enabling evangelicals’ impact society on issues such as teen drug addiction and the high rate of illegitimate births (about 50% of all births in Aruba).

Lord, there is significant poverty in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos.  Often the very poor have little exposure to your word except by radio.  I pray for the whole gospel to touch the lives and communities of Jamaica, Turks and Caicos.  I also lift up the younger generation which is increasingly out of touch with and alienated from traditional church culture. Please bless the ministries that seek to reach, disciple and integrate the youth into the larger body of Christ.  Protect the youth from the culture of immorality which is pervasive, and even church-going teens are subject to its temptations.   Lord, move your churches to offer effective programs for children and youth, while demonstrating personal and positive holiness.

Lord, I pray that you will reveal yourself the Rastafarian, the Papiamento people of Netherlands Antilles, the South Asian community of Grenada and the smaller isolated Grenadine Islands.  Continue to raise up missionaries who will bring the gospel to these people in culturally sensitive ways so that your gospel is not hindered.  

Lastly, I pray for the persecuted church of Cuba, please move the government to lift their restrictions on your churches.  I thank you for ingenuity of the Christian pastors who circumvented the strict zoning codes for churches by building churches without walls.  Lord, I ask for your protection on pastors for they are frequently targeted by governmental threats, harassment, intimidation and arrest.  Lord Jesus, please be with your believers who still occasionally face physical attacks to person and property and discrimination at school and in the work place.  Lord, please increase avenues of discipleship for your people and give them wisdom as they seek to import Bibles and Christian literature.

(b) Write down the names of people that 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”

© [The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth; a ministry of First Presbyterian Church,Norfolk,Virginia] and [thewayofprayer.com], [2011]

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