7 Days of Prayer: Sunday, 9 June 2024

By Justin Long

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6/9. Pray for the church in India in the aftermath of the election, which shocked everyone. The BJP, which had emphasized a nationalistic Hindu approach, had been expected to win big. Instead, they lost dozens of seats and their majority in Parliament. Along with their coalition of partners they have enough seats to maintain leadership, but they don’t control outright and didn’t win the 400 seats required to adjust the Constitution. This is a huge loss that might (a) lead to a moderation in their approach or (b) a “doubling down” and some vengeance-taking. While many Christians in India are breathing a sigh of relief, there is still concern about the immediate future. Pray for peace and moderation in the government to settle in, and for the church to have a renewed freedom to exist and to be a blessing.

6/10. Pray for the church in the many places where the BJP won majorities. In many of these provinces, Christians are a significant minority and experience severe persecution. Maharashtra and Odisha (prev. Orissa) are two examples of places where this is the case. Pray for the believers to stand strong and continue to spread the Good News.

6/11. Pray for believers laboring in Sudan. A leader in the region recently made the following requests: (1) for life and health circumstances; the outbreak of sickness is terrifying. (2) for the safety and release of believers who have been kidnapped, and whose locations are unknown. (3) for God’s protection over workers and their families who are still in combat zones. (4) for the schools that are open – they are overcrowded with displaced persons from combat zones. Pray for more room to be made, and for workers for the schools. (5) Pray for wisdom, discernment, and insight in these days, and for new generations of believers—especially among women. (6) Pray for fruitful outcome from church planter trainings. (7) Pray especially for work in and around the Darfur region, where so much violence is being suffered.

6/12. Pray for expanding openness in Saudi Arabia. A journalist recently spent three weeks exploring Saudi Arabia’s offerings to tourists. This article and its accompanying photos can be used as a prayer journey (as we did in North Korea). Pray for the spiritually hungry pilgrims to be supernaturally touched by the Truth. In deserts, pray for new spiritual roads and waterways to spring up. In the markets, pray for the Gospel to spread through the relationships of people. In the photos of water, let’s pray for God’s glory to cover Saudi Arabia as the waters cover the seas.

6/13. Pray for innovative ways to bring the Gospel to Japan. With the falling birth rate, Japan is promoting marriage—but also wanting foreign workers. Over 2 million foreigners are changing the face of Japan—but younger and older Japanese are divided over the rise in foreigners. Let’s pray for workers (esp. foreigners) to find ways to be a blessing and be a good witness for the Gospel in a climate of uncertainty.

6/14. Pray for the children in Mozambique and Burkina Faso. They are being targeted and traumatized by war. Pray for workers who will be a blessing to them (especially in the areas of trauma healing and counseling), and for organizations that will seek to rescue and protect them.

6/15. Pray for those suffering in the Myanmar war. Most analysts agree that the generals cannot win the war, but the opposition forces will not get to a quick victory either. More months of fighting, violence, and bombardment are likely. Pray for the church to be a blessing in the midst of this continued conflict.
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Where do these prayer requests come from? This is a weekly guide to beseeching (δέομαι/deomai, Matthew 9) the Lord of the Harvest for the unreached peoples and places of the world. It is based on the events listed in my Weekly Roundup, as well as on information received from disciple-making movements and other sources around the world. If you’re interested in my Weekly Roundup (out each Friday), you can see a sample and sign up for it here.

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