DAY 16: Today we lift up the Middle East Countries of Syria; Lebanon; Palestine; Israel and Jordan

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

You are a Just God…. 

Father, you are perfectly just.  “You are the Rock, your works are perfect, and all your ways are just” (Deut. 32:4)… 

Lord, you are perfectly righteous and just. You are the judge of all the earth and you will do what is right (Gen 18:25).  “You God, are just: You will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.” (2 Thess. 1:6)… 

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: The Middle East (Western Section): Syria; Lebanon; Palestine; Israel and Jordan

Father, I lift up the new believers from Muslim backgrounds who often face rejection by family, friends, and even Christian churches. Lord, give churches the courage to face their fears about Muslim-background believers.  Convict them of their wrong spirit and give them your spirit of hospitality so that they will invite Muslim background believers into their churches.  Lord, create safe communities of Muslim believers so that they can encourage one another in the face of oppression.  Lord, hold these Muslim believers close to you so that they will remain firm in their faith. 

Father, I lift the Syrian people.  Please give their president wisdom and as he and his government respond to the many fundamental Islamic groups wanting to obtain influence.  Help them usher in true religious freedom. (Currently, those who are born into Muslim families may not legally change their religion).  Lord, I am thankful that the traditional Christian minority groups experience relative freedom within the larger Islamic society even though Christian evangelism and foreign missionaries are not allowed.  Please extend your grace and mercy upon the different Syrian believers so that they can grow in their love, unity and passion for the lost.  Please bless the churches that are helping to provide aid to the one million Iraqi refugees.  Lord, let those who seek help from the churches feel the love of Christ in every kind gesture.  Please give believers from Christian and Muslim backgrounds courage and wisdom as they evangelize.  Lord Jesus, I ask that you provide avenues for dialogue with the Muslims dissatisfied with Islam.    

Lord, I thank you for the safe haven of Lebanon which is the only Arab state that is not officially Muslim and actually has true religious freedom.  Lord, I lift up the majority of the population (> 80%) who were displaced at one time or another during the wars, many lost homes and jobs and all suffered the loss of lost loved ones.  Father, I ask you to send your Spirit of reconciliation so that the deep hurts in communities, families and individuals will be healed and that bitterness and hatred will not be allowed to grow.  Lord, I ask that you give hope to those in despair about their future in Lebanon for many Christians have left the country (the Christian population dropped significantly in the past forty years).  Lord, raise up and protect new Christian leaders and foreign missionaries for many have left the country.  Lord, I ask that you reveal your presence in powerful ways to the Christians who remain so that they can be salt and light in Lebanon.  

Lord, you have allowed a remnant to remain in Palestine– about one percent of the population.  Use this remnant for your glory.  Embolden my brothers and sisters who evangelize in this region in spite of frequent opposition from authorities and Muslim.  Lord, let your compassion be manifested through the hands and lives of the believers as they work in Christian schools and hospitals.  Let those who they encounter feel your generous love.  Please give strength and courage to believers from a Muslim background.  Soften the hearts of the Muslim Palestinians so that they will be ready to receive the Savior of all men. Lord Jesus, I ask that you reveal yourself to them. 

Lord, I grieve for the people of Gaza and the West Bank who have lost over a thousand lives and tens of thousands of homes in the last two years because of conflict between the Hamas and Israel.  Give the Israeli and Palestinian leaders wisdom so that they will make just choices for a lasting peace.  Lord, I am saddened that many believers have left this area because of the violent persecution from the growing radical Islam population.  Father, protect your people who remain in this region.  Lord, I ask that you protect and encourage my brothers and sisters who remain in this territory either because they cannot afford to leave or they feel called to share the Gospel.  Bless your people who stay with economic and employment opportunities for many are destitute.  Give them ways to generate income because often the border with Israel is completely closed for weeks (causing the unemployment rate to reach 50-60%).  Lord, only you can remove the bitterness and hatred planted in the hearts of the people on both sides of the conflict.  

Lord, bring unity between the Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians, especially their leaders. May they know and experience what it is to be brothers and sisters in Christ and realize they are one Body in Christ. Let them be a living embodiment of the Gospel of peace.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28) 

Lord, I thank you for your recent movement in Israel among your chosen people.  There is an increasing interest in the gospel and the numbers of Messianic Jews are rising rapidly (now up to 12,000).   Messianic Jews are becoming a recognized part of Israeli society, but greater growth has intensified persecution.  Even globally, there is a significant response to the gospel among the 14.5 million Jews.  Lord, help Israeli leaders see the injustice of restricting free movement of Palestinian citizens into Israel.  I pray this in the name of Jesus, who destroyed the wall of separation between God and man, that there will be reconciliation between Israeli Jew and Palestinian Arab.  Lord, help the Israeli Jews see Christianity as fulfillment of their Jewish heritage and not a destroyer of the Jewish nation.  I pray that a widespread turning to their Messiah might come.  

Lord, I thank you for your provision in Jordan’s constitution allowing for freedom of religion, yet leaving the Islam faith is still prohibited so I ask that you continue to soften the hearts of Jordan’s leaders.  Please give wisdom and perseverance to Christians seeking to share their faith with Muslims as ‘public proselytism’ of Muslims is against government policy.  Lord, I thank you for providing avenues of evangelism: through Christian literature and Bibles; correspondence courses; and radio/television programming.  I ask that you continue to let the government allow the Christians access to media outlets.  Lord, there have been instances of pastors and Christians being deported for their evangelism efforts and I boldly request that you raise up two witnesses every time a foreign Christian is deported for ‘illegal’ missionary activities.  I ask that you open the ears of Arabs, who travel to Jordan on holiday, so that they can hear the Gospel message.  Lord, I also lift up the nearly two million Palestinian and one million Iraqi refugees and ask that you give your people the heart to incarnate your compassion in such a way that these refugees will want to know you.  Continue to provide Jordan with Christian discipleship opportunities for other Christian leaders in the Arab world.  I pray that the Jordanian churches will burn with their love for you and will catch a vision of reaching the surrounding nations.  

Lord, most importantly let the light of love and truth shine in the lives of your believers.  Let there be no signs of corruption that validates the Muslim belief that Christians are corrupt and live unholy lives.  Move the hearts of your people to love their Muslim neighbors who persecute them.  

(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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