2022 Summer Prayer Movement (7/20-7/26)

Wednesday, July 20

“‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.’ Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’” (Zechariah 8:20–23 ESV)

Lord, you have placed us in Taichung. We believe you want us to seek the welfare of this city, and so today we pray for our city government. Our lives are affected not only by the decisions of national leaders, but also by those closer to home. We pray first for our mayor, 盧秀燕. We ask that you guard her health and her heart. We pray she may hear and receive the gospel. We ask you to give her great wisdom. We pray also for the leaders of all the bureaus and offices. We ask that they may work well with the mayor and with one another, and that their policies may bring benefit to the city. We pray especially for our own church member, 彭懷真now serving as the leader of the Social Affairs Bureau. Let him and other Christians in the city government bear a strong witness to Christ. We ask also that you pour out your Spirit on the churches of our city, so that the gospel may have ever stronger influence here. Show us also how we can be good citizens of Taichung and good witnesses to our neighbors.

We continue lifting up our own prayers, particularly for our city:

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thursday, July 21

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:1–3 ESV) 

Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus told us that in this world we will have tribulation. In 2 Tim. 3:12, Paul also told us that all who seek to live a godly life will be persecuted. For Christians living in Taiwan, this means that we may be ridiculed for our faith or even rejected by our families. But for Christians living in Muslim lands, persecution often means the loss of liberty, property, or even life. We know that Muslims themselves are persecuted in some countries. But today we want to pray specifically for our Christian brothers and sisters who live in Muslim-majority countries. Give them courage and wisdom to bear witness to the people around them. Give them the ability to love those who persecute them. Give them strength to stand firm in their faith when they are threatened. And please continue calling Muslims to faith in Jesus. Free them from false beliefs. Let them know the Savior.

We continue lifting up our prayers, especially for Muslims and for Christians in Muslim countries:

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Friday, July 22

“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 ESV)

Heavenly Father, college is a time for young people to grow and explore. It is a time to expand one’s mind and one’s friendships. A time to grow in understanding of the world and of oneself. It should also be a time when young people establish a firm relationship with you. Those who grow strong in Christ during their college years will have decades in which to serve you and contribute to your kingdom. We pray today for the student-fellowship ministry at Tunghai. We ask you to bless Brother 曾祖漢, who leads this ministry. Watch over his family. Give him wisdom. We pray for the small and large student fellowships. We ask that student leaders will grow in their ability to lead. We pray that all students will grow in their knowledge of Christ. We pray that many more students may be attracted to these fellowships.

We continue lifting up our own prayers, especially for the student fellowships:

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday, July 23

“‘And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” (Revelation 3:1–6 ESV)

God of mercy, we thank you today for all you have done through the churches of Western Europe and North America. It was through the efforts of these churches that the gospel traveled to China and to Taiwan. It was the vision of American missionaries that led to the founding of Tunghai University. European and American Christians have been used mightily in spreading the Word of God throughout the world. But Lord, we also see that these churches have declined in their influence and power. There are more Christians in Nepal than in Spain, more Anglicans in Nigeria alone than in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, and New Zealand combined. This Sunday, there will be more people in church in China than in all of Western Europe. The country with the fastest current rate of Christian conversion is Iran. As the gospel has flourished elsewhere in the world, the influence of Christianity in Europe and America has decreased. Western culture has become post-Christian, and millions of people reject the gospel. We pray that you will send revival to the countries of Western Europe and North America. Move people to repent of their sins and seek you. Let the influence of the West be used for good in the world, and not evil. 

We continue to lift up our own prayers, especially for revival in western countries:

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Sunday, July 24

“And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”” (Luke 22:39–46 ESV)

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we praise you for sending him to be our Savior. We thank you for his humility, self-denial, and love. We thank you for his life, his death, and his resurrection. Especially, today, we thank you for his prayer in the garden: “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Even as he faced the prospect of arrest and condemnation, he refused to seek his own comfort or convenience. He preferred, instead, to do your will. Had he done otherwise, we could not have been saved. Help us to imitate him, Lord. We so often desire things that are contrary to your will. We find it so difficult to concentrate on the things you consider most important. We often live our lives like lost sheep wandering the hillside. Help us to recommit ourselves to you each day. Teach us to desire that which you desire and hate that which you hate. Give us power to choose your will above our own.

We continue lifting up our prayers, especially for the areas of our own lives which we need to submit to you:

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, July 18

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:22–33 ESV) 

God of love, we thank you for your faithful love toward your people. You have loved us with an everlasting love, a love that preceded our creation. Throughout the days of our lives, you faithfully protect and guide us. You never leave us alone. You will never forsake us. Even to death and beyond death, you are faithful. Lord, we pray today for the marriages of our church. We ask that you help husbands and wives to love each other with the same faithfulness you have shown to us. Help wives to respect their husbands. Help husbands to love their wives as their own bodies. Have mercy especially on those marriages that are experiencing difficulty. Give spouses willingness to seek counsel from others when needed. Give all of us the willingness to intercede for the marriages of our friends. And let all persons who are moving toward marriage prepare themselves well. Let our church be a church that produces and supports strong marriages!

We continue to lift up our own prayers, especially for specific couples:

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tuesday, July 26

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’
Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! ‘May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!’
For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, ‘Peace be within you!’
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.” (Psalm 122:1–9 ESV)

O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we thank you today for revealing yourself to the patriarchs, kings, and prophets of Israel. We praise you for the Old Testament. We thank you for the manifold ways your revelation to Israel paved the way for the coming of the Lord Jesus and the creation of the Church.

Lord, as we look at the modern nation of Israel, our hearts are saddened. The vast majority of Jews in Israel have not heard or believed the gospel. They have not received Jesus as the Messiah, but instead live in spiritual darkness. At the same time, they are in perpetual conflict with the Palestinians and with the nations around them. We pray for your mercy on the entire Middle East, Lord. Let Jew and Muslim both hear the word of Christ and receive it! Give them peace: political, military, and spiritual.

We continue to lift up our own prayers, especially for the conversion of the Jewish people to Christ: 

In Jesus’ name, amen.