30 Mar

A son prays for his dying father

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“For years my wife and I shared the gospel with my father. But he resisted.”

That’s what Valentin, a listener of our Russian broadcasts, tells us today as we travel through his hometown of Slavyansk. But his story gets better …

“My father was always polite, but at one point he asked, ‘How can I believe in your God, how can I pretend that life is simple, that the Bible is true? I have two university degrees, and I lived all my life without faith … have I been a fool?’

“After that my wife and I still talked to Him about God, but we prayed more. We didn’t want to be aggressive about our witness, but loved him every chance we got. About a year later, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. To help him pass the days in bed, we gave my dad a radio and told him about a local Christian radio station.

“Three weeks before he died, my dad told me that Thru the Bible was his favorite program. With tears in his eyes he shared that he repented of his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Thank you for your broadcast that changes lives … including my father’s.”

Yes! Praise God that His Word is changing lives in Russia and around the world. As we go to the Lord on our knees today, let’s remember all those who are praying for the salvation of their family and friends. May God’s redeeming love become real in the hearts of each one.

Our world prayer journey continues tomorrow … join us as we pray for Thru the Bible’s Armenian broadcasts.

29 Mar

Praying for people in the poorest nation in Central Asia

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Welcome prayer warriors. Today we land in Tajikistan to pray for people who desperately need our intercession.

Here are a few of the harsh realities facing Tajiks today:

  • Tajikistan ranks as the poorest nation in Central Asia; more than 84% of people live in poverty.
  • More than 1 million men currently work outside the country, leaving most villages mainly inhabited by women, children, and the elderly.
  • Crime, corruption, and domestic violence are increasing.
  • 93% of Tajiks follow Islam; few have had the opportunity to hear the gospel.
  • Radical Islam has led to many religious restrictions.

But despite these difficulties, God’s church is growing. As one local source tells us: “Economic hardship is bringing many people to look for answers … they are hearing the hope God provides in His Word and responding.”

So today let’s pray for these believers who number around 1,000. Ask the Lord to meet their physical needs and encourage them as they live each day for Him.

And while we’re at it, let’s pray for Thru the Bible broadcasts in the languages of Uzbek and Central-Asian Russian. May God’s Word change the hearts of Tajiks who have yet to hear of Jesus.

Tomorrow we hear from a son in Russia who prayed for his father … find out what happened on World Prayer Today.

28 Mar

“There are no churches near my home.”

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“I accepted Jesus as my Savior, but I didn’t know how to follow Him. There are no churches near my home and I soon turned back to the religion of my family.”

That’s what we heard recently from a listener of our Russian broadcasts in Kazakhstan. But God didn’t give up on her … listen to the rest of the story.

“Not long after I was visiting a relative in another city, I happened to meet the wife of a pastor and she installed your app on my smart phone. Now I listen to your teachings every day. I also tell others about your app and offer to install it on their phones. I thank God for His persistence and you for teaching me to follow Him each day.”

Praise God that He doesn’t give up on reaching us! Through people, through technology, through His Word … He is faithful!

Today let’s ask God to multiply the number of Kazaks who hear Thru the Bible broadcasts in the languages of Central-Asian Russian and Uzbek. And let’s ask Him to draw them into a loving and eternal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Come back tomorrow to pray for the people of the poorest country in Central Asia.

27 Mar

Praying Isaiah 52:7 in Azerbaijan

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Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

And that’s exactly what we’re praying for today as our World Prayer journey brings us to the Muslim-dominant nation of Azerbaijan!

In a country where more than 40% of the people live in poverty and less than 60% have heard the name of Jesus, join us as we pray for more people to share God’s Word and shepherd His people.

Although the Azeri constitution grants everyone freedom of religion, Christians in Azerbaijan are often harassed, threatened, and forced to avoid congregating because of the inability to adhere to strict regulations. But praise God His people are multiplying! So let’s pray right now and boldly ask for God’s intervention.

Father, strengthen those who stand for You in places where it’s dangerous to praise Your name. We thank You for getting Your Word to those who have ears to hear and hearts to follow You. We ask you to reach many more in Azerbaijan. We pray that among them You will begin to mature believers and call them to lead Your growing church. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tomorrow our prayer journey takes us to Kazakhstan. Join us here.

24 Mar

“I was raised as a Muslim, but today I heard about Jesus.”

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“I was raised as a Muslim, but today I heard about Jesus Christ and want to know more.”

That’s what we hear from a listener of Thru the Bible’s Farsi broadcasts in Sweden on World Prayer Today. And we know he’s not alone.

Known as folkhemmet, or the “people’s home,” it’s not surprising that Sweden has welcomed more than 650,000 refugees in the last 15 years … more than any other country in the world. That’s why in addition to Swedish, Thru the Bible also broadcasts in Albanian, Turkish, Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, Persian, and Somali.

Will you join us in praying for God’s Word to take root in the hearts of these refugees? As they begin life in a new nation, let’s pray they will also find new life in Jesus Christ.

There’s more to pray about … join us next week as we travel on our knees to the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russia.

23 Mar

From beggar to Bible Bus rider …

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Prayer Team, God is answering our prayers! Rejoice as we share this letter from a fellow member in Scotland.

“I’m an alcoholic that’s been sober nearly four years through the grace of our Lord. While attending Alcoholic Anonymous I was directed to a church where I found Jesus. Then I became hungry for truth and found your programs. I hopped aboard the Bible Bus two years ago, and have joined the World Pray Team.

“I’m now writing books to introduce my fellow AA friends to Jesus, and I’m starting a community project that will point fellow brothers and sisters to your programs as well. All this from a man who used to sit out in front of the local supermarket begging for money to drink!

“There has been so much destruction in my life that I thought it was over, but that’s when life really began. I love you all so much and hope I can bring more people to the bus. As Steve Shwetz always says, ‘there is always plenty of room onboard.’

“Much love from a brother that owes it all to Jesus.”

Isn’t his joy contagious? Regardless of our circumstances, each one of us “owes it all to Jesus” too.

As we bow our heads today, let’s thank God that His Word is changing hearts in Scotland and around the world. And let’s pray about who we can invite to sit next to us on the Bible Bus this week.

It’s a privilege to pray with you. Join us tomorrow as we head to Sweden.

22 Mar

Rich but poor…

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Less than one square mile in size, the Mediterranean city-state of Monaco is bordered by France on three sides. It’s the world’s second smallest nation … only the Vatican boasts more compact boundaries.

But what Monaco lacks in size, many say is made up in attitude. Big bank accounts, super-sized yachts, and looming skyscrapers are just a few of the many modern indulgences that indicate Monaco is home to more millionaires per capita than any other nation.

It’s here among this affluence that we stop and pray for the spiritual poverty that has snuck into the lives of Monacans.

With less than 1% of the population who claim a personal relationship with God, there is a great need for people to realize the treasure found in a relationship with Jesus is worth far more than any temporary pleasures this earth can offer.

As we pray today, let’s ask God to soften hearts and draw Monacans closer to Him.

Our prayer through Western Europe continues tomorrow as we pray across the country of Scotland.

21 Mar

“My marriage is disintegrating before my eyes.”

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“My marriage is disintegrating before my eyes.”

That’s the desperate text we received from a listener in France. Here’s the rest of her message:

“The situation with my husband is difficult. I have heard your programs and believe God’s ways are better than ours …. I just don’t know what to do. We argue so often and my children hear every word. I want a better life for us. I am trying to live my life according to the Bible and my husband resents it. I won’t lie, I want to leave … but more than anything I want my husband to seek God. Please pray for my family, especially my children.”

We’ve said it before, but it’s true: There really is no pain like family pain. Today, let’s pray for this family and countless others who are hurting … perhaps even yours. May God’s grace in our lives bring healing and strength to our most important relationships. And through His Word may He give us wisdom that brings love and reconciliation into our homes and hearts.

Pack your bags for a glamorous vacation … tomorrow we’re traveling on our knees through the affluent country of Monaco.

20 Mar

Praying for Belgium: A nation torn apart by hate

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A nation torn apart by hate—that’s how many describe the country of Belgium.

Welcome to World Prayer Today. As we make our way through Bastogne, Antwerp, and so many other beautiful Belgian cities, we are reminded of the ugly divide between the Dutch-speaking Flemings in the North and the French-speaking Walloons in the South.

Today as we pray, let’s remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:26—“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” And let’s pray that Thru the Bible’s broadcasts in both Flemish and French bring reconciliation between God and each person in Belgium … and ultimately between countrymen as well.

Join us tomorrow in France as we visit a listener who requests prayer for her marriage.

17 Mar

“If God will forgive me … He will surely forgive anyone.”

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Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Welcome to World Prayer Today. Today we stop in South Africa where we hear the amazing testimony of a drug dealer who found new life in Jesus.

“I had no hope and I was waiting to die because I thought I was cursed. I was a drug dealer and no longer acting like a human being. My sins were many and they were horrendous. One day as I was waiting for my friend so we could carry on with our evil deeds, my aunt was listening to a radio. The only words I remember the pastor repeating were, ‘God is the God of second chances. If you ask Him, He will give you new life in Jesus.’

“Those words changed my life completely. I looked at my life and realized I wanted a second chance. Thank you for your powerful and touching sermons that are broadcasted in my language of Zulu. I have given my life to the Lord and am trying to change my ways. I try to tell people around me, if God will forgive me … He will surely forgive anyone.”

What a great story! Do you know someone who needs a second chance today? As you pray for them, will you also pray for those listening to Thru the Bible who are stuck in a life of misery and sin? Let’s ask God to open their hearts to the message of His love and forgiveness, so they too can find new life in Jesus.

Be sure to join us next week as we pray our way through Western Europe. Until then, may God richly bless you!

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