A Journey Through The Alliance Vision Prayer | July 2

July 2, 2022
The Alliance Canada

Journey Through The Alliance Vision Prayer week 7, day 6

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Intercessor Guide

O God, with all our hearts, we long for you. Come, transform us to be Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, Mission-focused people, multiplying disciples everywhere.

July 2

Bible Readings:

Daniel 2:2430; 3:1330; 4:3437

Reflection Questions:

  • How did Daniel and his friends have a transformational impact on the pagan nation of Babylon? How did their faithful witness to Nebuchadnezzar have a multiplicative effect on all the countries in the empire?
  • In an increasingly post-Christendom society, how might we have this kind of transformative impact for Christ and multiply disciples everywhere?

Prayer Prompts:

  • That we would have the courage to follow Christ even when this brings hostility from others boldly, and that we would have the wisdom to do so in ways that humbly and beautifully reflect the character of Jesus.
  • That the power of Christ in us would deliver us from evil and convince many to join us in being his disciples.
  • That the eternal dominion of Jesus would be revealed to each people group we’ve prayed for this week (Southern Thai, Gulf Arabs, Wolof, Amdo Tibetans, Punjabi Arain), and that they would praise and exalt and glorify his name.

Listening Prayer:

  • Jesus, how can I multiply disciples everywhere?
  • What is the unique role you are calling me to play?

Southern Thai:

Although the main religion of Thailand is Buddhism, Islam is the predominant religion in Southern Thailand. Most Southern Thai practice a folk Islam mixed with animism.

Many people in Southern Thailand are Malay by descent, who ended up in Thailand when Britain and France established the country’s borders in the early 1900s. Of the 10 million people who live in the south, less than 0.5% are believers, mainly from Buddhist backgrounds.

Locals believe a particular city in this region has intense spirit activity. Many people travel there from other countries to make merit and appease the spirits.

About 20,000 Thai call Canada home and the vast majority are Buddhist.

Pray with us:

Father, bless Thailand with a tremendous outpouring of your Holy Spirit! Thank you for the workers you have already called there! Bless them with protection, courage, and wisdom as they follow you into the ripe harvest fields. Would you send even more labourers to Thailand? We pray for connections with people of peace who both receive and share the Gospel with their friends and neighbours.

Bless many Thai with hearts that respond to your Good News. May the nation of Thailand yield a harvest of righteousness for the glory of your Name! Amen.

Two IWs presenting on a tablet to a group of Southern Thai.

Gulf Arabs:

Approximately 54 million Gulf Arabs from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Almost all are followers of Islam except for around 300 known believers. The Joshua Project states that 98.1% of the 78,000 Gulf Arabs living in Canada are Muslim. Many are international students who have travelled to Canada to receive higher education. University is a unique season for many Arab students because they can explore and discover opportunities otherwise unavailable to them back home. Would you consider reaching out to international students and inviting them into your home?

Pray with us:

Father, we bless Gulf Arabs with a disciple-making movement! Bless the few Arab believers with continued favour and opportunities to make your Name famous among the nations.

We pray that you would grant your people influence, as you did with Joseph and Daniel. May your people seize divine opportunities to show hospitality to international students. May your love be poured out through your people, into every sphere where they have influence. Bless your disciples with boldness, courage, and the ability to disciple others. “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4). Amen.

Gulf-arabs praying at the Grand Mosque of Mecca.

Wolof:

The Wolof have strong ties to their culture, heritage, and language. Despite colonization, modernization, and globalization pressures, the Wolof still maintain many traditional practices.

There are around 6,000 Wolof who call Canada home, and they have predominately settled into communities in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and Winnipeg. Only 0.02% of the 6 million Wolof are Christian; the rest are followers of Islam. Most Wolof are not overtly antagonistic to the gospel message.

They are usually polite and will “discuss” Christian views but are still resistant to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

Pray with us:

Lord Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace. You are peace to the heart amid fear. We thank you for Wolofs who have found you as their peace. For those who do not know you in this way, we pray that you will bless them with the peace that comes from a relationship with Jesus. Bless them with the assurance of eternal life. We ask that you uphold new Wolof believers and keep them faithful to Jesus and firm in their faith, despite persecution and rejection by their families. Enfold them in your garments and speak the hope of peace to their understanding. Amen.

Wolof woman in Senegal.

Amdo Tibetans:

About 1.2 million Amdo Tibetans make up the six million Tibetans living in China. Most live and work as farmers and herders. About 10,000 Tibetans are living in Canada.

Their religion and culture are deeply integrated, and many believe: ‘I am Tibetan; therefore, I am a Tibetan Buddhist.’ Most Tibetans have a dedicated space in their homes with ritual objects they use daily.

Although few, Tibetan believers are growing in their faith, becoming bold, and caring for fellow believers in the countryside and neighbouring countries. Many Christian resources have been produced for Tibetan Buddhists. However, the long-hoped-for revival lags behind the effort. Enter the intercessors. Will you join us in praying for Tibetans?

Pray with us:

Father, you have formed us in your image so that creation might worship and adore you, our Creator. Would you bless Tibetans with the joy that comes from fellowship with the Eternal in worship? As they worship, will you let the emptiness of idolatry overcome them so that they will seek the God who loves them, with all their heart, soul, and mind?

Connect Tibetan Buddhists with Tibetan Christians who are serving you. Let the exuberant worship of Tibetans become unending praise to their Creator through salvation in Jesus. May their constant and passionate worship be turned toward you, Jesus. Amen.

Artwork from a Tibetan temple.

Punjabi Arain:

There are 0.0% Christians reported among the global population of 9.9 million Arain. The Punjabi-speaking Arain mainly live in the northern Indian state of Punjab. They are almost all Muslim.

Over 500,000 Punjabi people are living in Canada.

Pray with us:

Father, we rejoice in the day when the Punjabi-speaking Arain will discover the face of their Creator. What a glorious day it will be when the hearts of the Arain are reunited with their Maker!

Stir the hearts of your people with a desire to reach the Arain. We ask that Arains would have a deep yearning to know you and be known by you. Pour out your Spirit upon entire families. Holy Spirit, we ask that you continue to soften their hearts, prepare them to recognize you, and be reunited with the One who loves and cares for them.

As the seeds are planted, would you bless the soil of our friends’ hearts to receive their King? We bless the roots to grow deep and for the seeds to receive the nourishment and care they need so that a fruitful harvest may come. Amen.

Arain man standing with a bicycle.

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