Monday, August 17, 2009

On Day 17, please join with me in praying for new churches planted in Africa. Here's the prayer focus from Children's Cup and their "Forty Days of Praying WITH the Children":

There are fairly new churches in Swaziland, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe which have unique outreaches because the DNA of Highland Road Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge & Celebration Church Jacksonville is embedded deeply. As the congregations come to know Jesus, they learn how to serve others and are experiencing a new and fresh move of God in their lives.

“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” - Ephesians 5:26-27 (NIV)

Father – You have opened the door for HPC and Celebration Church to plant these new churches. Thank you for their faithfulness and willingness to invest in the lives of your people. I pray today for you to bless these churches and let them see your supplies are unending. In the midst of economic struggles, here in America, you are still the provider. May these churches be blessed with even greater abundance, so that they can continue to bless the world. Send a great harvest to those who sow so freely, may it be a sign of the faithfulness of God to their people and their cities.

For the churches in Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – In the midst of their physical hunger there is also a spiritual hunger, a desire to know you. Thank you for churches planted there to be beacons of hope. Thank you for a place of sanctuary where they can meet to hear your word, be strengthened, encouraged and challenged to live the life. I ask you to send a mighty move of your Spirit to touch and empower these people. May they rise up quickly and become servants to their own land. Help them to understand that in you, they are complete, lacking nothing. Give them leaders who recognize and serve you. I bind the hand of the enemy who has come to rob their self worth, steal their identity and destroy their lives. May godly fathers arise and take their rightful place in the family. Restore and heal their families. With the blood of Jesus we draw a line in the sand and say no more epidemics. May they follow your promises and lay hands on the sick and see them healed. You promised to confirm your Word with signs and wonders, Holy Spirit show up and fulfill that promise in and through them!

I ask that you help all of the Cup Staff to have divine wisdom to reach these people with your love. Open doors for them to minister freely, give them favor with the government, kings, and rulers. I pray for supernatural strength and health for their bodies. May you place a hedge of protection around their families, offices, homes, cars and trucks. Help every mechanical part to function beyond its normal life expectancy. Help the gas supply to be available and inexpensive. Help the food supplies to be abundant. Give Cup new donors, people with great hearts and great funding. May the Cup Staff look back after this time, and see the mighty hand of God at work, supplying every need. Then they will say with joy-filled hearts, “Through it all, we’ve learned to trust in you”.

…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansed her by the washing with water through the word, and to present to himself a radiant church, without stain or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:27) Continue to process us Lord. Remove our stains, heal our blemishes and use us to fulfill your commission of making disciples of every nation. We work until the day you say “Its time”. We long to hear your voice saying, “Well done my servant, welcome home”.


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