06 Jan

“I’m just curious … could He be God?”

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“I’m writing you today because I am just curious. I heard your program on the radio and the teacher sounded very confident that Jesus was God. Is this true? How can we know?”

Praise God for curious college students, like Shumel in Sweden. For an entire generation of secular, humanistic, Swedish youth, questions are flying. Much of Swedish culture communicates that spiritual issues are not relevant to real life and instead the pursuit of pleasure and material things—or at least whatever is important to you as a person—should be priority in life. Naturally this has led to a superficial perspective and empty lives.

Pray for the people of Sweden to wake up to the truth and seek God with their whole hearts. Intercede for Christian leaders and educators to be strong apologists for a biblical worldview and for more curious seekers to listen to God’s Word taught on Thru the Bible. And if you want to be even more specific in your intercession, pray for the people who live in Stockholm, the capital city and hub of culture. Include in your prayers those who have come to Stockholm as refugees (one of the largest populations worldwide).

Pray with confidence that those who seek God will find Him as they search for Him with their whole hearts.

Ask God to bring the needs of Europe to your heart over the weekend. See you next week!

05 Jan

How did you welcome the year?

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“Thank you all for your presence on the radio on Christmas and New Year´s Eve. I was very pleased to turn on the radio and listen to Som do Livro [Portuguese Thru the Bible].

That’s what Paulo wrote us about how he celebrated the new year. He continues,

“My family is in heaven and I am new to this city and so have little fellowship. I thank God for His Word and His people globally who bring good news of comfort and joy.”

Look around you today to find someone who might be going through life alone. Like Paulo, they likely would love the gift of good news and comfort your kind words can bring.

And pray for the people of Portugal who hunger after the Word of God and a living and growing relationship with the Lord.

Tomorrow we continue this week’s prayer journey across Europe with a visit to Sweden.

04 Jan

Five voices from Italy

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As often is our practice, we pray for people in our “country of the day” by reading their letters to Thru the Bible. Today as we visit with the people of Italy, we will eavesdrop on their calls to our partner office there.

As you meet these five people, pray for them and others like them around Italy and the world whose spiritual need cries out and is answered by a loving Savior. Pray for those like:

Angelo (40 years old): “I have been listening to your program while in hospital. I realize that God held His hand above me in the car accident that brought me here. I’ve never professed my faith, but I do realize I am a sinner. As I lay in my hospital bed, I hear on your program that salvation is found in Jesus Christ. Please, will you tell me more?”

Dominic: “I listen to your program every day, but cannot believe in God any more as the trials are too much for me. I have many scars.”

Paola: “I am a faithful listener to God’s instruction in His Word. Thank you for the chance you give me to hear from Him through the radio. Tonight I am very sad, but the Lord is our Comforter. I pray for others who are sad, too, within the reach of your program.”

Piemonte: “I’m a policeman. I would like to know something more about God. I know some evangelical people and I’ve noticed there is a peace in their eyes that I can’t explain. I would like to have the same peace that is beyond explanation.”

Puglia: “I’m a faithful listener. I have big problems with my husband. You are the only way I can spiritually grow. I listen to your program and study the Bible while he sleeps.”

The one seeking God … the one who needs comfort … the one who needs hope … the one who needs rescue … pray for these today in Italy and also in your own hometown. We all need Jesus; pray that as His Word goes out, many find Him today.

Join the prayer team in Portugal tomorrow.

03 Jan

Light in the darkness of Finland

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This year Finland celebrates its 100th year as an independent nation, having gained freedom from Russian rule in 1917.

Wedged between Russia and Sweden, this gorgeous land only sees a few hours of light today as the sun barely hovers over the horizon. Let’s join together and pray that in these long weeks of darkness that the light of Christ will shine and Finnish people will turn to Jesus as their Savior.

Historically, Finland has been known as a missions “sending nation”—with many laborers going out, especially to Russia. But now, a very small number (less than 3%) attend church weekly, and Islam is finding success planting roots among the people.

Would you pray today that in their darkness the spiritually-seeking Finnish people will discover Thru the Bible online or on the radio? Ask the Lord in His mercy (that’s new every morning) to bring a new day to the people of Finland.

We’re traveling to beautiful Italy tomorrow. Come pray with us.

02 Jan

Our first stop praying around the world: Austria

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If you’re a fan of the movie, The Sound of Music, you’ve experienced some of the beautiful sights and sounds of Austria and know a bit of its history.

Thankfully, the sound of the gospel is also alive on Austria’s airwaves in German, reaching people like this friend from Salzburg (the same location as in movie):

“Your program is really important to me; like a loved and faithful companion as I study the Bible. Thank you for coming to Austria.”

Today, pray that the life-giving message of Jesus Christ reaches the hearts of Austrian people. Very few people know Him as Savior, and a great spiritual emptiness covers this exquisite land. Ask the Lord to raise up Bible-believing pastors to be trained and serve in the spiritually barren places and for more people to hear and respond in faith to the God who loves them and longs for them to know Him.

Tomorrow we travel on our knees north to Finland. Bundle up!

30 Dec

Have you written yet?

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As we mentioned earlier this week, this year we traveled on our knees around the world, country to country. Thank you for your fellowship and faithfulness on the journey!

Have you been thinking how God has used this effort in your life? Reflect on the following questions:

  • What country/story do you remember praying for this year? Any stand out?
  • How did God use this prayer journey in your life? Do you see the world any differently?
  • Why would you like to continue and encourage others to join you?

We’d love to hear your responses and share your encouragement with your fellow World Prayer Team. Just send your comments to BIBLEBUS@TTB.org and we’ll get the word out.

Ready to start again next week? Our 2017 prayer journey around the world begins again right here on World Prayer Today.

29 Dec

Mercy for the broken-hearted

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Thanks for joining us as we pray our way through cities, countries, and continents around the world. No matter where we go, we find people whose hearts are breaking.

Today we visit with Jennifer, a grief-stricken mother in New York, who writes:

“Thank you for blessing my life. My son committed suicide almost a year ago, and I often could not sleep because of the trauma and pain. My suffering was unbearable. God used Dr. McGee to comfort me when I would not be able to sleep, and let me know that God was with me.”

Sadly, we know that Jennifer is not alone—each year more than one million people take their lives. Lift up broken-hearted families. Ask that they sense God’s presence in their lives (Psalm 34:18). Praise the Lord that He promises to be near to the broken-hearted.

Tomorrow we’ll conclude our year-long prayer journey around the world. What will you remember?

28 Dec

“I thank God that I’m far from where I was …”

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Today on World Prayer Today, we celebrate the miraculous way God draws people to Himself. Like this brother in California:

“Dr. McGee brings a deep understanding of the Word of God that I have never experienced before. For many years, I watched the “Bible Bus” from afar but was always hesitant to climb on-board. Until a year ago when I found the Lord—or rather, when He found me. A co-worker met me at a local coffee shop and prayed with me. In that very parking lot, I acknowledged and confessed my sin and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. But I didn’t feel any different. A week went by, no difference. A month, two, three months went by … no different. I did however continue to listen to Thru the Bible on my phone and read my Bible. Day by day, as Dr. McGee unwrapped the Word, I began to not only look forward to the next day’s message, but found myself needing the next day’s message! Over time, I changed. The change was not an instantaneous ‘flash’ but more of a methodical slow burn. Though I’m far from where I need to be … I thank God that I’m far from where I was! God called me and I answered. It’s that simple.”

Let’s thank the Lord for courageous people who share the name of Jesus with their friends, neighbors, and coworkers and one by one see them turn to God.

Join us tomorrow as the celebration continues right here on World Prayer Today.

27 Dec

Whew!

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Whew! In 2016, we traveled on our knees around the world, country to country. Thank you for your fellowship and faithfulness on the journey!

As we reflect on our worldwide prayer journey, consider the following questions:

    • What country/story do you remember praying for this year? Any stand out?
    • How did God use this prayer journey in your life? Do you see the world any differently?
    • Why would you like to continue and encourage others to join you?

Think about how God has used this effort in your life and share your responses with your fellow World Prayer Team. Send your comments and encouragement to BIBLEBUS@TTB.org and we’ll get the word out.

Tomorrow we pray alongside a fellow Prayer Team member who answered God’s call in his life.

26 Dec

Good news of great joy—to all people

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As we celebrate this season of “good news of great joy which shall be to all people”—as the angels declared when they announced Jesus’ birth in that Bethlehem field—remember that they modeled how God’s grace would be shared with people from every country on earth.

Today we’re thanking God for how He is at work around the world. One of our fellow prayer warriors writes,

“Tears flow when I hear of the hardships of people, my fellow Bible Bus riders in other areas of the world; but they turn to joy when I read about and pray for those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior when they hear the Word of God on the radio. I am so very privileged to be able to pray for all. It is a commitment I have made and will continue to do as long as I am on earth.”

Aren’t you glad for this privilege to intercede for people we’ll meet someday in heaven? Keep praying, Team.

Join us again tomorrow for another opportunity to pray.

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