DAY 15: Today we lift up the Western Asian countries of Turkmenistan; Georgia; Armenia; Turkey and Azerbaijan

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

You are the God of Truth… 

Father God, you are truthful (John 3:33).  You are the one true God.  Your very nature and character is truth.  It is impossible for you to lie.  Everything that you say will happen will actually take place.  I know that what you promise will come to fruition.  “For the word of the LORD is right and true; you are faithful in all you do” (Psalm 33:4)…. 

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: Northwest Asia: Turkmenistan; Georgia; Armenia; Turkey and Azerbaijan 

Father, I know you see the suffering of my brothers and sisters in Turkmenistan who find it difficult to worship despite constitutional religious freedom. (The government has only granted two Russian speaking churches permission to assemble).  I thank you for the new President and ask that you give him eyes to recognize the unjust behavior toward Christians.  Please continue leading him to introduce greater religious liberty.  Please shield the growing number of believers in Turkmenistan who must meet in house churches and face the risk of fines, seizure of family possessions, and loss of their homes, their jobs or their freedom.  (They are often sentenced to jail, labor camp or psychiatric hospitals.)  Please comfort and sustain Christian leaders who are often beaten and abused while serving sentences in jail.  I pray that they will be a witness of Christ to the other inmates.  I ask that you support the family members of imprisoned Christian leaders.    I ask that you raise up Christian leaders who speak the indigenous Turkmen language (as most of the underground house groups are Russian speaking) so indigenous communities of faith grow and become accepted as part of the Turkmen culture.  Please bring encouragement to the Turkmen Christians who are isolated from each other and from the worldwide church.  I ask that you give church leaders creative ways to communicate your word because Christian literature cannot be legally produced and, when found, it is confiscated.  Also please continue to give wisdom to the translators who are writing the Old Testament in the Turkmen language… 

Lord, please be with Georgia and bring an end to Russian belligerence and help the economic situation stabilize again.  Please bring renewal to the Georgian Orthodox Church.  Lord, I ask that you arouse your church to serve as a witness of Christ as they respond to the high physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the nearly a quarter of a million people who have been displaced by the inter-ethnic conflict so the past decade.  Many now live in camps or makeshift accommodation in and around the capital,Tbilisi.  I pray that there will be increased hunger and access to your word.  Lord, I pray for a relationship of mutual respect and understanding between the Orthodox and other churches.  I ask that you open the eyes of the Orthodox Church to their ungodly methods of oppressing the Protestant Church by requiring permits to hold meetings and preventing new churches from being planted (there have been incidents of meetings being broken up, sometimes violently, and materials confiscated).  Please inspire village churches with creative ideas for church meetings and outreach.  I pray that you will provide for the daily needs of pastors and church members living in poverty (village unemployment/underemployment is nearly 100).  Please raise up and bless ministries that reach out to:  the Abkhazian and Kish Muslims; the Georgian Jews as there is no known witness to them; the non-religious Mingrelians; and the Svaneti people who are largely untouched by the gospel. 

Lord, I praise you the survival of the Armenian Church in the world’s first Christian nation (> 1,700 years ago).   I pray that Armenian Christians will realize the blessing of their Christian heritage and become sources of light and blessing to the surrounding region (Armenia is an island of Christianity in a sea of Islam).  I pray for Unity and cooperation within the Eastern and Western Church (they use different dialects) so that they will work together for the glory of the kingdom.  Please bring deep spiritual regeneration to the Church and raise up godly leaders.   Lord, continue to bless the Armenian Church-Loving Brotherhood which emphasizes Bible study groups, personal witness, publishing and distribution of evangelical literature and Bibles, and work among the poor and needy, especially orphans.  

Lord, the land of Turkey once turned to you in great numbers through the work of the apostle Paul.  Father, I ask that you once again soften the hearts of this people so that they can discover your love through the risen Christ.  Father, I ask that you open the eyes ofTurkey’s leaders to the injustice of the limitations on Christian groups, unauthorized meetings and evangelism. Lord, move the government toward true religious freedom.  Please be with Christian converts from Islam for they face social harassment and violence from relatives and neighbors.  Lord, help these new believers who are facing intimidation and threats to stand firm in their faith. Please protect businesses owned by Christians for they often receive threats and are vandalized by Muslim extremists.  Lord, we ask that you move mightily through the media outlets so they would discontinue unfairly portraying Christians in a very negative light, often as foreign government agents and lascivious predators.  Please strengthen the believers and clothe them with piousness, humility and godliness so that the non-Christian have no basis for complaint.  Soften unbelievers’ hearts so that there will be a greater openness to the Gospel.  Please help the very few missionaries in Turkey find culturally appropriate means of proclaiming the Gospel.  I pray for the growth and strengthening of the few existing Christian churches and for the establishment of new congregations.  Lord, raise up new workers to reflect your love and hope to the people of this country.  Help the leaders of the indigenous churches receive training so that they can convey your truth effectively.  I also lift up the Kurdish people of Southeast Turkey.  May they receive a revelation of the healing power of the Cross, and the grace and mercy of a God who loves them.  Divinely reveal yourself to leaders in each Kurdish community, so that they will want to know you and lead their families to a saving relationship in Jesus Christ.  Lord, raise up children and youth who will want peace.  

Father, I praise you for your mighty work that has grown the number of Azeri believers from a mere 40 to over 3000 (some estimates are 6000) in two decades.  I am thankful forAzerbaijan’s constitution which guarantees freedom of religion.  I pray today for the Christian communities who are monitored by the secret police and local authorities. Lord, please soften the hearts of the leaders so that there will be true religious freedom.  Please protect the more than 400 unregistered evangelical churches which are often raided.  I ask that you shield the Christian materials that are routinely confiscated during raids and help the people of Azerbaijan receive more Bibles, Christian literature and leadership training materials (Last year, police raided a church house where a dozen children had gathered to read Bible stories and they confiscated 508 books and 40 films).  Lord Jesus, please protect the many new Christians for whom the cost of discipleship proves too great.  Please bring other Christians to come along side them so that will be strengthened and encouraged to persevere despite pressure to return to Islam.  Please protect believers who speak about their faith as there are expensive fines for “illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths.”  Lord, give Christians the wisdom to share your love in such a way that their Muslim neighbors are drawn to you.  Please strengthen and shield the pastors who come under great pressure from the authorities and protect their ministries.  Father, I pray that your Church can be a beacon of hope to the majority of the population who live in poverty…. 

(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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