DAY 14: Today we lift up the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan; Uzbekistan; Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

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

God, you are faithful…. 

O Lord, help me to never forget your faithfulness.  You are faithful, even when I am not.  “You are the faithful God, keeping your covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love you and keep his commandments” (Deut. 7:9). 

Your faithfulness is without measure.  “Your faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 119:90)… 

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 Asia: Kazakhstan; Uzbekistan; Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan 

Lord, I thank you that the Kazakh Church has grown in the past two decades – from almost none to about 15,000 who meet in over 100 Kazakh-speaking congregations. Yet, persecution is increasing and only traditionally recognized groups can operate freely.  Lord, I ask that you move the president to see the injustice of new unconstitutional laws that require registration of churches complicated by obstructionism for those who try to register and heavy fines for those who don’t.  Unfortunately, these laws affect newer and more active Christian denominations and are used to limit, restrict and even persecute Christians.  Lord please strengthen and protect new converts from Islam for they face harassment from family members, authorities and strident Muslims.   There is a folk saying that says “To be a Kazakh is to be a Muslim” and several countries are spending huge amounts of money on missions to Kazakhstan.  These efforts have resulted in increasing the number of registered mosques from 46 to 1,282 in two decades.  Lord, I ask that you renew and strengthen the faith of the large numbers of Russians and Ukrainians who have immigrated back to their ancestral homeland of Kazakhstan.  Lord, let these Christians be a source of light and hope to their Muslim neighbors.  Lord, bless the ministries that are working to translate the Bible into Kazakh (the NT in Kazakh is now complete).  Father, I ask that you open the ears of believers (indigenous and foreign) to hear your call to full-time mission work in Kazakhstan as there are many needs including: reaching the unreached; training; discipling; and work focused on material needs.  Please, protect your believers from intimidation, expulsion and violence.   

Lord, you know the plight of your people in Uzbekistan(#10 on most persecuted churches list).  Please protect the Christians in southeast Uzbekistan because police have campaigned to prevent children from attending worship services.  I am thankful that in the past two decades, 25,000 ethnic Uzbeks have turned to Christ as the source of their salvation.  Please shield the approximately 65 unregistered Christian fellowships from surveillance.  I ask for courage for those who are routinely arrested for attending unregistered churches.  Give these secret churches strength when they are found guilty of “attracting believers of one confession to another” and subsequently fined fifty times the minimum monthly salary (about US $955).  Help them to serve as your light when they are imprisoned as a punishment for worshipping at these unregistered churches.  Lord, I ask that you give courage to Christian pastors and leaders who are serving as your witnesses in prison because religious activity. Please fortify them and let them feel your presence in this difficult time and place.  Please intercede so that they will be set free.  

Lord, be with your nation of Kyrgyzstan.  Help them to know that they are not citizens of an earthly kingship, but they belong to the eternal King.  Lord, open their hearts to live the good news of the ‘kingdom of heaven.’ Lord, be with your church as it faces many obstacles.  Please move the governmental leaders to relax the rules regulating the establishment of new churches (There are many regulations, one of which is that there must be 200 founding members and many Kyrgyz churches do not meet this requirement).  Lord, please protect the new believers who convert from the Muslim faith as they are viewed as traitors to the Kyrgyz traditions. Help these new Christians to walk without fear and have peace.  Protect the Christian converts in rural areas from the strong pressures from families and the authorities to renounce their faith.  Lord, bless the small Bible schools and training programs that have been started to prepare the Christians for ministry. Thank you for the workers who recently completed a new translation of the Bible into the Kyrgyz language.  Lord, I am thankful that in the larger cities, the gospel can be proclaimed relatively openly, and many churches have started.  Lord, move the Kyrgyzstan and foreign Christians to bring your word to the indigenous people who live in remote locations in the mountains and are completely unreached.  Lord, “how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says…‘Your God reigns.’”  (Isaiah 52:7) 

Lord, I pray for the government and president of Tajikistan.  Open their eyes to the injustice of the way that they monitor the constitutional right of “freedom of religion.”  I grieve that religious communities must register with the government and are banned from:  selling of religious literature in unapproved locations; religious activity outside of registered addresses; state officials being among the founders of a religious community; inviting foreigners for religious visits or from traveling abroad for religious events without state approval.  Father, soften the hearts of Tajik authorities who are considering a new religious law that would further limit religious freedom. Lord, block this law from being passed.  Lord, please shield and strengthen my brothers and sisters in Tajikistan who face religious persecution.  I pray for avenues of spiritual growth so that families will grow in their Biblical knowledge and love for you.   Father, give them the strength to stand firm in the face of escalating Islamic fundamentalism. Lord, I thank you that the birth of the Tajik Church, although a slow and painstaking process, is now reality.  Please nourish these communities of faith (only a thousand people, but growing) so that they can develop their own style of worship in their own language.  Lord, there are many remote villages that have not heard the Gospel.  Please open doors so that Christians may have opportunities to minister to the Tajik people.  Bless the believers that are already involved in outreach to remote areas of the country and help them bear fruit.  Lord, soften the hearts of these remote villagers so that they will come to know your love, comfort and provision in the face of harsh environmental conditions.  Lord, I ask for believers to rise up and befriend the many Tajik men who are employed in surrounding countries.  Move the hearts of believers to come into relationship with these men, so that these men will come into relationship with you..  

(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” 

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

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