"Keep the altar of private prayer burning. It is the very life of all piety." - Charles Spurgeon
FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
Another week, another series of shootings, terror and tragedy. Globally and locally it seems the world is deteriorating. Praying this week for clarity, strength, patience and humility.
For the Win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: 2 Corinthians 4: 8-10
We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies...
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Pakistan
The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking steps to put relations back on track. Nawaz SHARIF took office as Prime Minister in 2013, marking the first time in Pakistani history that a democratically elected government completed a full term and transitioned to a successive democratically elected government. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for the spiritually oppressed in remote areas to encounter the Gospel.
- Pray for the Church to multiply in the power of the Spirit as persecution intensifies.
- Pray for the strongholds of Islamist extremism and terrorism to be demolished and rendered powerless.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers in the field.
- Pray for the US office.