Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Prayers For July 10, 2007
"So Jesus answered and said to them, â€œHave faith in God. For assuredly,I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, â€˜Be removed and be cast into the sea,â€™ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." (Mark 11: 22-24)
Prayers for July 10, 2007
From The Voice of the Martyrs
MALAYSIA â€“ Christians Face Persecution â€“ VOM Sources
The Voice of the Martyrsâ€™ contacts in Malaysia have received information that they are being investigated by Malaysian police for sharing the gospel with Muslims. VOM sources reported, â€œAn individual in one of the villages where we have led many Muslims to Jesus reported us to the police. The police have interrogated a family living in the house we have ministered in and have collected evidence against us. It is not clear how many new believers in the area are being persecuted.â€ Pray God protects Christians in Malaysia and strengthens the faith of new believers. Ask him to draw more Muslims into fellowship with Him as a result of what has happened. 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:6-7
IRAN â€“ Increased Persecution against Christians â€“ VOM Sources
The Voice of the Martyrsâ€™ contacts in Iran report increased persecution for Christians in Iran. Several Christians have been imprisoned, interrogated and threatened. VOM sources said, â€œIranian security forces prompted by the Islamic leadership and Iranian president are trying to wipe out Christianity in Iran. They are angry many Iranian Muslims are choosing to follow Christ.â€ Pray God protects and sustains Christians in Iran. Ask God to use the testimonies of those being persecuted to draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Him 1 Peter 5:7, John 14:27
INDONESIA â€“ Imprisoned Christians Charged â€“ VOM Sources
More than 40 Christian leaders imprisoned in April, after a video recording of them praying for Muslims was leaked to Islamic organizations, have been charged under Article 156 KUPH. Under article 156 and 156a, â€œanyone who expresses hatred, opposition or insults one individual or groups of Indonesian citizens in public, will be imprisoned four to five years, or fined 4,500 rupiah. Muslims claim Christians blasphemed the Koran by placing it on the floor and praying for millions of people deceived by it. The Islamic organizations consider the videoâ€™s content abusive and have released the video to the media. Among the imprisoned are parents of young children. Pray for those in prison and their families. Ask God to give them boldness and wisdom as they face these difficult challenges. Psalm 91, Isaiah 26:3
IRAQ IRAQ â€“ Christian Killed by Militants in Baghdad â€“ Compass Direct News
On June 12, Fouad Salim was killed by Muslim militants in Baghdad while leaving the police station where he worked. According to Compass Direct News, Salimâ€™s family believes he was killed because he refused to convert to Islam. He had informed his family that anonymous people he believed to be Muslim militants had been threatening to kill him if he did not convert. Salim is survived by his wife and two children less than six years of age. Pray God comforts and protects Salimâ€™s family. Pray those who persecute Christians will repent and accept Jesus Christ. Psalm 23, Romans 8:31
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1: LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
2: Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3: Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
4: Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
5: Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
6: When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
7: Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
8: But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
9: Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.
10: Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.