Weekly Watch Focus: Pray for the Persecuted Church

Friday, March 22, 2019—This past week in Nigeria, more than 130 Christians, mainly women and children, were massacred by Islamic extremists in North and Central Nigeria. Boko Haram has killed more Christians in Nigeria than ISIS in all of the Middle East. Attacks on Christians are on the rise around the globe, with pressure increasing in China, the Middle East, and in the West where there is growing intolerance for Judeo-Christian values and norms in the public square. On this final day of Purim, let us pray a strong shield of protection for the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus laid down His life for His beloved Church. May His Church grow stronger and brighter in the midst of darkness. Bind back every spirit of witchcraft, persecution, and division. Pray for the Christian community in Nigeria. Bind the spirit of anti-Christ that is attempting to wipe out the Christian witness in Nigeria. Pray that the Lord will look on these threats and give the Christians everywhere boldness and power to proclaim the gospel. In the last days, the Word promises the Church will arise and shine. Pray for a mighty move of revival and that thousands will come into the Kingdom of God.
 
 

Part 2: Pray for Mozambique

The recent cyclone in Mozambique has resulted in massive loss of life and terrible conditions for the survivors. 90% of the area surrounding Mozambique’s largest city, Beira, has been destroyed by the Cyclone Idai and resulting flooding. Hundreds are confirmed dead, and the toll is expected to rise into the thousands. Pray for the grieving families and for the rescue efforts to prevent further loss of life. Pray for relief organizations, especially IRIS ministries and Christian partners who are coming to the aid of the region. Pray for the nation of Mozambique to be healed and transformed by the glory as they recover from this disaster.

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Isaiah 60:1-4 “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. ‘Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.’”
 
Matthew 16:18, "On this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
 
Colossians 1:15-18, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the Church.”
 
Matthew 5:11-12, "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
 
Acts 4:29-30, "Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
 
Revelation 12:11, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
 
1 Peter 4:12-13, "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy."

Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

James 1:27, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Psalm 60:1b,2, “Oh, restore us again! You have made the earth tremble; You have broken it; heal its breaches, for it is shaking.”

 

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