Be Steadfast in Prayer! Luke 18:1-8
While the Israelites engaged in physical combat, a spiritual battle was simultaneously being waged nearby. Scripture tells us that as Moses was praying, he grew weary in the midst of a critical situation (Ex. 17:12).
If this can happen to one of God’s greatest leaders, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we feel defeated or discouraged. As battles loom, we oftentimes lose heart because our eyes are focused on the circumstances. Jesus knew that we would at times feel fainthearted, which is why He told the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). The Lord wanted to encourage His followers to be tireless in prayer. This requires faith, without which it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).
So keep praying, and let the Word of God encourage you personally. You’ll hear His assurance as He fights for you. Pray like the verse Luke 18:1 says, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” So, let us be steadfast in prayer!
Everybody is called to pray. Please pray for the following!
The UNREACHED in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, and South Sudan
Pray for the most important leaders of these countries – that the Holy Spirit will take away their spiritual blindness (2 Cor. 4:4). Pray for supernatural/extraordinary manifestations of God through dreams, healing, revelations and visions, etc. among the unreached of these countries (Acts 2:19; 4:30; Heb. 2:4). Pray that the Spirit of God will raise people from these countries to build a strong church among their own people. Pray that God’s Name be glorified and honored wherever the Truth is suppressed or denied. Pray that God’s Kingdom come and rule and His will become effective where it is defied and where it is opposed by His enemies! (Matthew 6:9-10)
The CHURCH of the UNREACHED and all over the World
It is the task of the church of Jesus Christ to take the Gospel of Salvation to the nations of the World. Pray that the Church of Christ will take the Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 literally. Pray for the church to gain a new vision for mission work. Pray for the Church to persevere despite persecution. Pray for unity among the small groups and against false doctrines that often come and destroy the young congregations. Pray for outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them (Acts 4:31).
For the SALVATION of the people from the UNREACHED
Pray that whole families will become converted – it makes it easier for the converts to remain standing. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts in a divine way and urge them to search for the True God in Jesus Christ. Pray especially for the redemption of individuals who are leaders or who are in positions of authority in all countries. Pray that these people will openly confess their sins and their faith in Christ and that they will also follow Him openly.
If my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – II Chronicles 7:14
Breaking News & Latest Headlines For The Week
Christian Pastor Beaten and Arrested While Following Proper Conversion Procedure in India
Published June 20, 2018 — A Christian pastor and his lawyer were beaten after being accused of forcefully converting 11 Hindus to Christianity. According to reports, the pastor was visiting the courthouse in Sardhana town in Uttar Pradesh to file 11 affidavits for the 11 individuals who wished to convert to Christianity. Despite following proper procedure, enraged Hindu extremists beat the pastor and handed him over to police for investigation. For more: https://www.persecution.org/2018/06/20/christian-pastor-beaten-arrested-following-proper-conversion-procedure-india/
Pastor in Eritrea Released After Decade in Prison
June 18, 2018 — (ICC) has learned that Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot has been released after more than a decade of imprisonment. According to VOM Australia, Pastor Oqbamichel was the first senior pastor in Eritrea to be arrested and held after the controversial and wrongful crackdown on religion in 2002. Though he was only in jail for a short period after his initial arrest in 2003, he was constantly harassed and rearrested over the next four years. In 2007, he was finally arrested and jailed for more than 10 years even though no charges were ever filed against him…Click here for more information: https://www.persecution.org/2018/06/18/pastor-eritrea-released-decade-prison/
Copts’ homes attacked after they protest Muslim men swimming naked in front of them
Published June 15, 2018 — Coptic houses were attacked in a village in Upper Egypt last week, after Copts objected to a group of young Muslim men swimming naked in a canal in front of their homes, as Coptic women sat outside…Click here: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/06/copts-homes-attacked-after-they-protest-muslim-men-swimming-naked-in-front-of-them/
North Koreans ‘betrayed’ by human rights omission in Trump-Kim agreement
Published June 13, 2018 – According to the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2017, there were more than 1,300 religious-freedom violations in North Korea last year, while it is estimated that its camps hold more than 120,000 political prisoners… Click here: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/06/north-koreans-betrayed-by-human-rights-omission-in-trump-kim-agreement/
Coptic Christians harassed for drinking water during Ramadan fasting hours
Published June 13, 2018 — In one of three incidents reported to World Watch Monitor, an Egyptian photographer was detained by police for carrying a bottle of water during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan,.…Click here for more: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/06/coptic-christians-harassed-for-drinking-water-during-ramadan-fasting-hours/
Special Prayer Request!!
• Pray for the believers who are persecuted, imprisoned & even killed for their faith.
• Pray for the underground church and pastors we support in East Africa.
• Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters who are under attack. That they would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:18) and that the Holy Spirit will strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16).
Weekly prayer insights from the heart of Pastor Getaneh. It is time to pray, let us pray that your will be done. Have your way!