Thursday, February 9, 2012

Prayers for Thursday, February 9, 2012

Matins: Our Father, You are Yahweh who reigns. The peoples tremble before You. You are enthroned above the cherubim, and the earth shakes at Your presence. You, O Yahweh, are great in Zion. You are exalted above the peoples. Let all the peoples praise Your great and awesome name, for You are holy. When Moses and Aaron were Your priests, when Samuel called on Your name, You answered them. You spoke to them in the pillar of cloud. Yes, You answered them, You forgave them. Therefore, we exalt You, O Yahweh our God. We worship with Your people on Your holy hill, for holy are You, Yahweh our God (Psalm 99:1-9). We, Your people, ask for grace and help on behalf of our presbytery and its leaders. Give them knowledge and insight as they shepherd Your people. (Pray for the needs of your presbytery or your local network of churches.)

Midday: Our trustworthy Father, our eyes are upon the faithful ones in the land. They are the ones who are permitted to dwell among us, even he who walks in the way of integrity. But the one who practices deceit shall not dwell long within our house. We will not entertain the folly of the one who speaks falsehood (Ps. 101:6-7). Make us good companions to those who walk in integrity of heart, those who set not worthless things before their eyes, and those who hate the work of apostates (Ps. 101:2-3). Give us carefulness and wisdom as we perform our daily work among others. May the rivers of living water flow out of our hearts (John 7:38) and provide grace to all around us. (Pray for the needs of co-workers, both superiors and inferiors.)

Vespers: Our Father, we bless You. Our souls bless You. All that is in us bless Your holy name. We remember all Your benefits: pardoning our iniquity, healing our diseases, redeeming our lives from the pit, crowning us with steadfast love and compassion, and satisfying our desires with good things. You renew our youthful energy like the eagles (Ps. 103:1-5). We thank You, O Father, that you have established the throne of Your Son, the Anointed Jesus, in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all (Ps. 103:19). May all the works of Your hand, all creation and all men in all places of Your dominion, bless You, O Yahweh (Ps. 103:22). Let those who sit on the highest thrones of the earth bow their knee at the name of Jesus. You, O Father, have exalted Him and have given Him a name which is above every name. Let the tongues of the highest rulers of this land confess that the Anointed Jesus is the highest Master to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:9-11). (Pray for specific needs of the federal government.)

Father, this land is under Your judgment because justice is perverted toward the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow (Deut. 27:19). Your church has failed You our king by neglecting to give food to the hungry, to give a drink to the thirsty, to take in the stranger, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick and prisoners (Matt. 25:32-46). We have not taken upon ourselves the burdens of this world, for which we are responsible as Your priestly nation (1 Pet. 2:9). Forgive our presumptuous excuses. And teach us, Your Church, to amend our ways and to care for the world around us. (Pray specifically for the needy in your immediate location.)

Compline: Hear our prayer, O Yahweh! And let our cry for help come to You (Ps. 102:1). We thank you that you have created a new people to praise You, even Your church (Ps. 102:18; Eph. 2:15). You looked down from Your holy height; from heaven You gazed on the earth. And You heard the groaning of the prisoner and set free those who were doomed to death. All nations may tell of Your name, O Yahweh, in Zion and of Your praise in the New Jerusalem. We, the peoples, have assembled together; we, the kingdoms, have been delivered to serve You, O Yahweh (Ps. 102:19-22).

This night, we pray for Afghanistan, “one of the least reached countries of the world.” Though that land has 48,000 mosques, there is “not a single church building.” Of the “70 unreached peoples of this land,” we pray especially for the Pashtuns with its approximately 46 million people and over 30 major sub-tribes. We pray that “multitudes might be released from fear, prejudice, the strongholds of Islam, and pride in pashtunwali (their tribal code of honour).” We thank you that “there is evidence of an intense spiritual battle for breakthrough among this people” and pray that the gates of hell would not withstand the onslaught of the gospel.

We pray also for other tribal groups, namely, the Tajiks, the Hazaras, the Uzbeks, the Turkmen, the six Aimaq tribes, the nine Nuristani tribal groups, the five Ismaili Muslim Pamir people groups, the Kyrgyz, the numerous Dardic people groups, and the nomadic Gujjar and Jugi/Kuchi/Ghorbat people groups. Gather all these nations and tongues that they would come into Your Church and see Your glory (Is. 66:18). May these ends of the earth turn to You and be delivered from their darkness. May they bow their knees and swear allegiance to You. May they say, “Only in Yahweh are righteousness and strength,” and may all who are angry at You be put to shame (Is. 45:22-24). (Quotations from Operation World)

News and information about three of the above mentioned tribes:
Pashtuns: Do the Taliban represent Pashtuns?
Hazaras: Helping the Hazara of Afghanistan and Pakistan
Nuristan: First, Take Nuristan: The Taliban's New Afghan Plan

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