WORLD LEADER - “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic of Croatia (southeastern Europe between Bosnia and Herzegovnia and Slovenia).
"Therefore I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for--believe that you have received them, and you will have them. "
Mark 11:24, HCSB
DIRECTOR'S FIRST OF THE MONTH - Prayer requests from Eddie W. Cox, director of IMB’s Office of Global Prayer Strategy, to “Today’s Prayer” intercessors:Thank you for clicking through to “Today’s Prayer” and praying with me. First of all, I want to express my deep appreciation for your many prayers for IMB’s new president, Dr. David Platt. All of us here at IMB are very excited about his coming to give us leadership as we carry the Light of the Gospel to the nations, both near and far. Please continue to pray for Dr. Platt and his precious family as they transition into a new home and ministry. A second area of concern that I would like for you to lay before our Lord is the crisis in Syria, which has resulted in more than 3 million Syrian refugees. Yes, you read correctly--3 million. Read what Baptist Press journalist Brian Andrews recently reported: “The Syrian crisis reached a new milestone as the UNHCR counted more than 3 million officially registered refugees driven out by the conflict tearing their country apart. As the crisis continues in its fourth year, Christian workers persevere in bringing spiritual and physical aid to the refugees and call on the church to keep praying and keep giving to these efforts. ‘We have a God-given moment in history,’ said Don Alan (pseudonym), a Christian worker in the Middle East. ‘Will we be cowards and shrink back, or will we play the role that God is calling us to? I pray that you [the church] will stand with us as we respond to this window of opportunity that we have been privileged to be a part of.’ The Syrian crisis began in the spring of 2011 with protests against the government that escalated into a civil war. Since then, countries surrounding Syria--Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt--have been flooded with Syrian refugees seeking asylum. In the last four years, the conflict has displaced more than 6.5 million people within Syria and killed more than 150,000. As the numbers continue to rise, workers keep their focus on the individual people around them, sharing the Gospel with refugees as they meet their physical needs. ‘Jesus said that He came to seek the lost, bringing healing to the hurting,’ said Alan. ‘As we continue to reach out to refugees, our desire continues to be to reach out [to] one person at a time and make a difference in their life.’ However, despite efforts to focus on the individual and daily victories, the incredible scope of this conflict is sometimes overwhelming. ‘The length of the fighting and the number of refugees threatens to overwhelm not just aid agencies, but may also be discouraging us [the church] from staying involved,’ Alan said. Workers urge the church to stand alongside them on behalf of the Syrians, remembering that God has not left Syria. ‘From events on the ground, we are reminded daily that God is at work--don’t lose hope,’ said Alan. As refugees continue to flee their homes, solidarity and action from the church is invaluable. The question for each believer, according to Alan, is not whether they should help but how God is calling them to help. ‘God reminds us often in His Word to endure, and not lose faith,’ said Alan. ‘As you continue to consider what part you will play, know that God is at work and that your praying, giving and even being willing to go is part of God’s plan in reaching the Syrians.’” Ask God to give Christian workers perseverance and wisdom in reaching out to the Syrian refugees around them. Ask God to provide workers with the resources to meet Syrian refugees’ physical needs, and so open doors to share the Gospel with them. Pray that many refugees will find their refuge and hope in Jesus. One other area of concern that I would like for you to lift up before the Lord is the Ebola epidemic that is sweeping through parts of West Africa. The situation is extremely dire, and without the intervention of God, literally millions of people could die from this lethal virus. Please ask God for a miracle. Pray for Him to stop this killing virus in its tracks. Please pray also for the sick and those who are at their bedside, attempting to nurse them back to good health. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to pray for these major concerns. Your prayers make a difference!!! Most sincerely, Eddie W. Cox, director IMB’s Office of Global Prayer Strategy P.S. Please consider downloading the free CompassionNet app, which is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Throughout each week I post prayer requests, videos, people group information, etc. Please give it a look! http://pinterest.com/compassionnet http://facebook.com/compassionnet http://twitter.com/imbprayerdir http://linkedin.com/pub/eddie-cox/13/aa4/7a4
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