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!

16 Mar

A young man gives up witchcraft to follow Jesus

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“I felt God would never accept me.” That’s a text we recently received from a listener of Thru the Bible’s Kinyarwanda broadcast in Rwanda.

He continued:

“I am 21 years old and was born in a family that practices witchcraft. My father is a great sorcerer and many of my relatives believe in evil powers. In my teenage years, I did many immoral things. But then I heard your programs on Romans 3:23-24. I was very happy to know that Jesus died for my sins and He can forgive me. I thank God as I am now redeemed by the grace of Jesus. I want to live my life differently; I pray He will help me because I am often weak. Please keep broadcasting. God’s Word gives me strength.”

Today as we pray, let’s ask God to give each one of us the strength to live differently for Him. And while we’re on our knees, let’s intercede for Parfait Mtamvutsu, producer of Thru the Bible’s Kinyarwanda broadcasts. May God bless and expand his ministry throughout Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Our journey through Africa concludes tomorrow … join us here on World Prayer Today.

15 Mar

“I cannot tell others about my new faith . . . they may harm my children.”

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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4

“Your words have met me in my time of grief.” That’s what a listener from Nigeria recently contacted us to say. He continues:

“I need your prayers. I am a driver and used to spend long hours away from home. Recently my wife passed away and I was left with two young children. She had done all the childrearing and I was left without any idea of what to do. I come from a Muslim background, but one night in my sadness I heard your messages in Matthew. I never knew that God was a God of comfort and love. I was intrigued. I now listen regularly and consider myself a Christian. God’s Word not only brings me comfort, it brings me strength to raise my children without my wife. I cannot tell others about my new faith … others in my village might hurt me or worse they may harm my children. Please pray for my family and for me. I wish to raise my children to worship Jesus.”

Praise God that He loves us and reaches out to us in our time of need! Today let’s pray that more people in Nigeria will hear His Word and respond in faith. And let’s also ask Him to protect this family and other Nigerians who worship Him in secret.

Tomorrow our prayer journey through Africa continues as we lift up listeners of our Kinyarwanda language broadcast.

14 Mar

Praying for freedom to worship in Eritrea

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Welcome, World Prayer Team! We’re glad to have you along for the journey. Today we travel to the Horn of Africa and visit with a listener in the country of Eritrea.

“As an evangelist and teacher, I thank the Lord for your faithful messages in my language of Tigrinya. What an education God has given me through your programs. I constantly thank Him for your zeal in sharing His Word. Many in my country are mistreated and imprisoned for their faith, so it can be easy to live in fear and abandon the truth. But you are a source of biblical encouragement to me again and again. Keep it up!”

Thank you, Lord, for this courageous man and others like him who boldly follow Jesus despite the consequences!

Pray with us as we ask God to protect His people in Eritrea and grant them freedom to openly worship.

Tomorrow we’ll hear how God’s Word is bringing comfort to Muslims in Nigeria.

13 Mar

Zimbabwe needs our prayer …

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Welcome, World Prayer Team. Today we touch down in the African country of Zimbabwe. As we pray, here are a few facts to help direct us:

  • Zimbabwe has the highest public debt and consumer price inflation in the world.
    Unemployment hovers around 90%.

    • Zimbabwe has the fifth highest HIV/AIDS-related deaths in the world … about 286 deaths every day.13
  • Around 70% of people claim to be Christian, but the majority of them also maintain indigenous practices such as witchcraft and ancestor worship.

That’s a lot to pray about! Please join us in interceding for Thru the Bible’s broadcasts in the languages of Afrikaans, Chichewa, African English, and Shona. Let’s ask God to use His Word to bring clarity and discernment and raise up leaders to guide the future of His church in Zimbabwe.

Tomorrow we visit another African country, Eritrea. Join us and invite your friends to sign up for the journey here at TTB.org/pray.

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