Strategic Targeted Prayer for March, 2010

Brenda Myree • Spiritual Warfare
There has been so much going on in the World lately and, if anyone takes a good look, it would appear as if time is closing in on itself or, imploding. We get so caught up in our own lives and what is happening to us that we very seldom take time to see what is happening to others around the world until disaster strikes. Then, we want to rush to their rescue. Then once things seem to calm down, we go back to our own lives and back to our business. Well, there is much happening that we cannot ignore. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are being harassed, tortured, imprisoned, and murdered and we, being caught up in our own little world, fail to take any action. I know, what can I do? I'm only one person. Well, one can chase away 1,000 and two can put 10,000 to flight! We can pray! Join with others around the world and pray for those who are being harassed, tortured, imprisoned and murdered for the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Below is a small example.
Ephesians 6:12:  "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Job 22:27-28:  27  "Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thou vows.  28  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee:  and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
This is a prayer request from Voice of the Martyr's Be-A-Voice Network.  This is only one of many instances happening around the world.
Turkmenistan continues to raid Protestant worship services in different parts of the country, according to Forum 18 News Service. One raid was led by Rovshen Allaberdiev, the imam of the Dashoguz Region. Allaberdiev also is the senior official of the regional Gengeshi (Council) for Religious Affairs. He and other officials confiscated Christian books, including Bibles, during the raid. The men took all 22 worshipers to a local government building and pressured them to sign statements that they would not attend the church in the future. "Some people signed and are now afraid to come to services, especially new people," one church member told Forum 18. "We were told it is illegal to meet without state registration. But we told them we have already applied for registration and are waiting for a response."

In a separate raid in another region, police accused a pastor of violating the religion law by praying at a birthday party.

Please Pray!

Please pray that God will protect and encourage the Christians in Turkmenistan. The government believes it can suppress Christianity by intimidating believers and taking their Bibles. Praise God that the gospel cannot be bound! Pray that these believers will stand firm in their faith in the Lord Jesus and lead their persecutors and others into a saving relationship with him.
We also want to remember the Christians (men, women and children) who were murdered by Islamic extremists in Nigeria.  Pray for their remaining family members for protection and the peace of God.
Matthew 5:11-12:  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 5:44:  But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you . . .
Living in the United States, I cannot imagine what it would be like to be imprisoned, tortured, or even have a family member, child or myself killed for Christ's sake.  But, there are people around the world who face this reality every day.  Pray for Christians everywhere that God's hand of protection will be upon them and that the persecutors will find Jesus and claim Him as their Lord and Savior for it may not be long before the same thing begins to happen in the United States and other western countries! 
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