January 16, 2005 - Pray for the Nations
It’s exciting to look at what God is doing in the world and at the same time we can’t give up after the good things happen; there are many things that are not so good that still need prayer!! We need to increase our prayer for the upcoming elections in Iraq. Pray for the protection for those who are assisting in setting up the election facilities and pray for increased courage in the hearts of the Iraqi’s to press through the battle to vote.
Thank you for your continued prayer and intercession for events around the world,
Dana on behalf of the Martha Lucia and the Watchman Network
Government Officials and Elections worldwide
I have read many emails stating the need to raise our prayer coverage for President Bush. Please continue to pray for his protection and for the wisdom he needs as a national and world leader. Pray that the right people will be selected in the staff positions that need to be filled. Pray for his family. Just because the election is over, we can’t let down.
As Paul wrote to Timothy – pray for those who are in authority. Pray for those nations where there will be elections this year, praying especially the upcoming election in Iraq. We received an email from a soldier in Iraq requesting prayer coverage for their protection as they deliver the voting boxes throughout the country.
Chuck Pierce provided the following about the Iraqi elections:
coming against the soldiers in Iraq and affecting their ability to
war. Isaiah 47:9 talks
about the power of sorceries of Babylon being broken. This is
affecting how the war is being fought, how the elections of
government are being established, and how the harvest of the earth
and its riches will occur.
“Iraq has been constantly in my spiritual radar. I have been in
intense prayer regarding Iraq. I keep crying out for the Lord's
intervention. I sense a real urgency from God for His army to close
some ancient gates and advance on the kingdom of darkness.
We must cry for the Ancient of Days to release ancient wisdom for this present day victory. A Scripture that has revolutionized my prayer life has been 1 Corinthians 2:6-10. “We speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of the age, nor the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. Eye has not seen or ear heard…the things prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through the Spirit.”
A nation wide prayer vigil was held January 8 and 9th – a rallying of the troops – to pray for those involved in the BBC and the support of showing “Jerry Springer – the Opera.” The film accuses Jesus of being a sexual pervert. We have been told:
“People are inundating the BBC with complaints and also the Queen who (from 1521) holds the office of Defender of the Christian faith. The BBC was founded in 1923 "to sew seeds of decency" and this is on its foundation stone. Its first boss (Director General) was a Biblical Christian who set the highest moral standards and earned its reputation. In fact anti-telly preachers in the 1950s and 60s helped cause Christians to leave jobs in TV and the vacuum was filled by others. Sincerely, the BBC is now almost totalitarian in its being....anti-Israel, pro-evolution, anti-Bible, anti- Jesus, anti-USA, anti-President Bush, pro-abortion, pro-profanity, pro-gay marriage, anti-heterosexual marriage, etc. However, in January last year the Director General and Chairman of Governors lost their jobs within 24 hours. Prime Minister Blair is open to ending its funding (it has never shown adverts but been financed by the government through an annual tax on owning a TV).”
INFORMATION FROM OUR FRIENDS IN UKRAINE
DISTRIBUTED BY GLOBAL HARVEST MINISTRIES
We have received some incredible reports from Ukraine since the election. With the win of Victor Yuschenko the body of believers there is expecting good changes and that this win will send a positive signal to many other Soviet republics.
Believers are reporting that "Maidan" which was the central square in Rostov where the protesters were gathered was forever changed. In fact, Maidan became the name of the revolution with newspapers writing about the "spirit" of Maidan, which the believers are sharing was indeed the spirit of God. Reports are that even unbelievers, when visiting the site of the demonstrations asked each other about the unusual feelings they were experiencing.
Many believers were there day and night praying for Ukraine and because of the strong presence of God, many unbelievers heard about Jesus and the truth of the gospel. One pastor was allowed by Yuschendo to lead the entire square in prayer for Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands stood in this central square and prayed to God! What a cause for praise and celebration.
Many who visited the site of the protest in Maidan say they will never be the same. They experienced a spirit of unity, freedom, love and generosity that was an outpouring of the spirit of God. Expensive restaurants brought prepared meals to feed the people in the square and offices in the center of Kiev furnished hot tea and coffee.
President Kuchma did not resort to the use of military forces even though Yanookovich insisted on it. During the two weeks of revolution the crime in Kiev is reported to have been reduced by some 20% and although Kiev did not work for those two weeks the industrial output in November was reported by officials to be at a record high!
Please continue to offer praise to the Lord for what HE has done in this nation. Continue to intercede for this nation to become a powerful, shining example of the light of Christ among the former Soviet Bloc nations. Pray that all remaining corruption will be exposed and that many will find the truth, freedom and love of Jesus Christ.
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR UKRAINE AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THEM!!
Tsunami – a response from a Moslem
Update From Ibu Hana Indonesia -January 4, 2005
Today, I received an email; forwarded to me from a Moslem who wrote it to counter what the radical Moslems do (we are facing a real spiritual warfare between the light and the darkness). Her email is so interesting that I will quote it here. (I can forward the email in Indonesian)
This is very bold
of her to write such statement in the email, and website.
The following highlight the magnitude of the gay and lesbian issues. We must keep praying as this is a major issue in the US and in other nations.
From American Family Association (January 5, 2005): Click here to get your copy of the Philadelphia 4 Story
On October 10,
2004, the four Christians were arrested in Philadelphia. They are
part of Repent America.
Along with founder Michael Marcavage, members of
police approval--were preaching near
Outfest, a homosexual
event, handing out Gospel literature and carrying banners with
Excerpts from the New York Times (January 11, 2005):
Florida's is the only such statute in the country, and the prohibition is the only categorical adoption ban on the state's books. Florida evaluates adoption applications from all other would-be adoptive parents, including those who have failed at previous adoptions and those with a history of drug abuse or domestic violence, on a case-by-case basis.