DAY 21: Today we lift up the Eastern Asian countries of Myanmar(Burma); Laos; Thailand; Cambodia and Vietnam

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

You are the Perfect God… 

Lord God, you are perfection.  Your attributes are perfect.  “Your way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. You are a shield for all who take refuge in [you]” (Psalm 18:30)…

Lord God, you are flawless and complete.  You do not lack anything or have any moral imperfection. 

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: Eastern Asia: Myanmar(Burma); Laos; Thailand; Cambodia; Vietnam

Lord, I lift up the ethnic Burmese Christians who are singled out for repression because of the government’s goal to create a uniform society of one language, one ethnicity and one religion.  Lord, awaken the world to the genocide that is happening today in Burma.  Lord, I lift up the families and friends of the half million victims of the Burmese army’s massive killing campaign against its people over the past few decades.  Why, O Lord has no one answered their cries for help?  Lord, please give protection to the heavily targeted Christian Karen people.  Father the thousands of children who have lost parents from these brutal attacks.  I also pray for the one million Burmese refugees who have fled across the border to Thailand who at any moment might be sent back to Burma to face certain death. Lord, I thank you that in the midst of this genocide, people are coming to know you as their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Please raise up resources so that refugees, widows and orphans can come to know your love in the midst of so much suffering. 

Father, I pray that Myanmar’s leaders will loosen their tight control and allow justice to reign.  Please move the government to enact laws that guarantee freedom of religion.   Lord, encourage the Burmese churches as they are often targets for arson and harassment.  Father, I ask that you provide avenues of training and income for pastors and leaders who, because of extreme poverty, leave the ministry or the country to seek better paying jobs for their families.  Please protect the house church leaders from being arrested and fined for not having proper registration documents.  Please give courage and wisdom to Christians as they share their faith, for the penalty for evangelizing is imprisonment.  Father, raise up righteous teachers for the Christian children who are often barred from attending school.   Please soften the heart of the government to lift their restrictions on the numbers of relief workers into this country.  Lord, raise up teams that help provide for the needs of Christians from minority ethnic groups, who are very poor. “I know that the Lord maintains the cause of the needy, and executes justice for the poor”  (Psalm 140:12)…. 

Father, please help my brothers and sisters in Laos who face severe persecution.  Their situation is very volatile.  Many of our fellow believers have been imprisoned for worshipping openly.  I ask that you protect the 48 Christians who were expelled from their village church at gunpoint last month during Sunday worship and taken to an open field.  I am overwhelmed with the faith of these villagers who refused to renounce their faith and consequently were forced to leave the village with only the clothes on their back.  Please shield, protect and provide nourishment for these villagers who are living in temporary hand-made shelters in the woods.   I also ask that you give strength and boldness to some of the villagers who renounced their faith and were allowed to return to their homes.  Open the eyes of the officials so that they will see your love and compassion in the faces of those they have persecuted.  I ask that these officials become convicted of their injustice and allow these believers to return to their homes.  Lord, I lift up believers who have been arrested and imprisoned.  Father, I ask that you use these Christians while they are in prison to proclaim the truth of your love so that many will hear of you and accept you as their Lord. Be with these church leaders and give them your strength to persevere in the midst of these trials. May your light shine brightly in their lives, drawing those who do not yet know you to yourself 

Lord, I thank you that freedom of religion is guaranteed in the constitution of Thailand.  I praise you for the work of many church and mission leaders who feel that Thailand is poised for its greatest – or first – breakthrough of church growth (Thailand is <1.5% Christian).  Lord, please bless the Thailand Evangelism and Church Growth Committee which has bold plans to reach every one ofThailand’s 80,000 villages and neighborhoods with the gospel through intercession and outreach.   Please raise up Thai leadership in the churches who will demonstrate vision, integrity and wisdom and who assist in the flowering of a truly Thai Church.  Father, help Thai Christians develop Thai music/hymns, worship patterns, church architecture, and Bible study styles which will not only make the church more relevant to non-Christians, but it will also give believers new spiritual insight and grounding.  

Please raise up ministries in Cambodia and Thailand that work to deliver the youth from child labor, homelessness and sex trafficking.  Lord, my heart breaks for the millions of children of these countries who are prostituted and some as young as six years old. Millions derive income from this “industry”.  It is estimated that over three million engage in sex work and some claim 10-20% of all tourist to these countries make use of the sex trade, often with the young or underage.  Lord, please help workers find ways to rescue the large number of girls involved (and the much smaller numbers of men).  They are often sold into the sex trade by family members needing money or fewer mouths to feed. Lord, I ask that you will morally convict those who profit from the sex trade so that they will cease profiting from this evil. If not, I ask you to bring your judgment on those who abuse your beautiful innocent children for their own pleasure and profit.  Lord, let your kingdom come. 

Lord, I thank you that Cambodian Christians have been allowed to worship openly, but there have been a few limitations on mission activity legislated.  I am also thankful for the unprecedented and unexpected church growth over the last two decades that has resulted in the Christian population doubling to 3.5% of the population.  Father, please continue to bless the indigenous church planters and evangelists who are responsible for much of this growth.   I lift up the majority of the population who are under age 25 (many were orphaned during the genocides of the 70’s and 80’s).   Lord, please bless ministries that reach out to the youth in relevant and meaningful ways.   I pray for the light of the gospel to shine so the people and thus the society will be decisively changed for your glory.

Father, I thank you that there have been significant religious ordinances issued in the last three years in Vietnam that have resulted in greater freedom for the Church. I ask for the continued softening of the hearts of those in the Vietnamese government so that they will cease monitoring religious gatherings, interrogating church leaders, falsely imprisoning Christians on trumped-up charges and requiring churches to register. Vietnam is ripe for a harvest because 80 percent of her population indicates no religious affiliation.  We ask that you raise up trained teachers and leaders who can serve as witnesses of your hope and life.  Please continue encouraging the churches to continue ministry in the face of the unreasonable restrictions that the government has imposed on registered churches and believers (arbitrary arrests, harassment and fines are common).  Please protect the unregistered and ethnic minority churches from persecution.  I thank you that the Government efforts to intimidate the churches have resulted in increased church growth and outreach.  However, this has been at the cost of intensified persecution.  Please continue to strengthen the rural churches facing opposition from local leaders.  I thank you that despite persecution, many Vietnamese, especially from ethnic groups in the mountains of Central and Southern Vietnam, have turned to Christ in the past ten years. I am in awe of their courage as they baptize new believers in streams at night and walk for days to obtain and distribute Bibles.  I ask that you shield and protect the many Christians who are in prison and face torture and beatings.  Continue to let them serve as witnesses of your love and power as they continue, despite pressure, to renounce their faith.  Shield and protect imprisoned Christians who are suffering for their faith.   Let their testimonies move nonbelievers into a saving relationship with you, Lord Jesus.  

(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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