consider it joy?

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds [James 1:2]

Pray to Strengthen Persecuted Christians. Christians worldwide are being persecuted for their faith. That’s a fact. They need your help, but perhaps not the kind you would expect. They are suffering, yet they continually ask for prayer to strengthen their resolve – NOT for relief from persecution. Think about that for a minute. Suffering for righteousness’ sake.

Prayers of Adoration – taking time to praise for who God is.

Our God is a mighty God!
He has created the world and all who live in it – praise the Lord!
God holds every nation, government and citizen in the palm of His hand – praise God!
God sent His one and only Son to pay for our sins – Hallelujah!

Prayers of Confession – repentance; asking God to empower you to live a life that honours Him.

  • Our God is a merciful God!
  • We have fallen short.
  • Ask forgiveness for not proclaiming His Word boldly.
  • Giving control of our lives to God is difficult.
  • Have we expressed joy in all circumstances?
  • Pray for a forgiving heart.
  • Pray for “enemies”: those who have wronged or hurt you. Pray for their release, and yours.
  • Pray for a thankful heart.

Prayers of Thanksgiving – thanking God for all He has given you.

  • Our God is a gracious God!
  • Thank God for the spread of the gospel in the face of persecution.
  • Thank God for His Son Jesus Christ and the great gift of the peace that passes all understanding.
  • Thank God for His promises and the joy we can know in the assurance of our salvation!
  • Thank God for the working of the Holy Spirit in your life.
  • Thank God for your circumstances, whatever they are.
  • Thank God for the victory and triumph we can claim because of Jesus Christ!
  • Thank God for your church building, your Bible, your freedom.

Prayers of Supplication – praying for needs

  • Our God is a generous God!
  • Pray for strength for those who face persecution.
  • Pray for strength to face your trials.
  • Pray for contentment, whatever your circumstances.
  • Pray for those who do not know Jesus, for whom contentment will always be just out of reach.
  • Pray for joy first, and your circumstances second.
  • Pray that you will keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and not be distracted by all the world offers.
  • Pray for persecutors, that God will open their eyes and let them see Jesus.
  • Pray for the courage to boast about what the Lord has done!
  • Pray for those who go out to preach the gospel message with boldness, despite opposition.
  • Pray that you have the courage to be bold in your community.
  • Pray for hearts that are hardened by their circumstances, pray that God will soften their hearts.
  • Pray that God will use your circumstances for His purposes.

Give God all the Glory – AMEN!

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