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16 June 2017 – Day 21: Reaching the devastated

“O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colourful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. (Isaiah 54:11). Since the outbreak of war in the Middle East after 2010, families have scattered to different countries and now rely on the help of various Christian ministries and organizations. Local churches and ministries are reaching out in several countries, visiting believers, mentoring and encouraging them, and developing new local leaders. Please pray for men to allow women to go to Christian meetings also, so they too can share their pain and difficulties. Ask for Kurdish men to be converted and for some to become strong church leaders. Pray for open doors to mission organizations so that they may help people in need and share the One who can truly make a difference in their lives.
17 June 2017 – Day 22: Syria – Food as a weapon of war
But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God. (Nehemiah 5:15). The humanitarian catastrophe continues to worsen in war-torn Syria, as food is increasingly used as a weapon of war on all sides of the conflict. Despite international law prohibiting the use of starvation against civilians, forces on all sides of the conflict prevent aid from reaching blockaded towns in Syria. The United Nations estimates that more than 400,000 people are besieged in 15 communities across Syria, roughly half of them in areas controlled by the Islamic State. Please pray for ways to move civilians out of blockaded regions, where they have no access to food and other necessities. Ask for more funding from international sources to help with food aid. Pray for peace negotiations to succeed. The media in the West also negatively complicates the situation in Syria and the surrounding nations, so please intercede for this destructive influence to end. Ask for the provision of basics like food and water for those in need.
18 June 2017 – Day 23: Boko Haram – Nigeria
Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. (Psalm 37:1-2). Boko Haram, led by Abubakar Shekau, aims to impose hard line Islamic law in Nigeria. ‘Boko Haram’ means ‘Western education is sinful’. Thus, the group forbids Muslims from engaging in any activity related to Western society, including voting in elections, wearing shirts or trousers, and receiving a secular education. In 2015/2016, this group topped the list of terrorist groups that have killed people in terrorist attacks and suicide bombings. Pray for the salvation of militants and their captives. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict them of the love of Christ. Pray for all earthly and human wisdom to be exposed and eliminated, its power to be dispersed, and its darkness to be cast away. Boko Haram has burnt entire villages to the ground, killing villagers execution-style or burning them alive. Cry out to the Lord to have mercy on militants!
19 June 2017 – Day 24: Folk Islam: Witchcraft and ancestor worship
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8). About 70% of Muslims are involved in folk Islam – a mixture of Islam, witchcraft, Spiritism and ancestral worship. Orthodox Islam forbids magic of any kind, but even when ‘pure’ Islam is practiced, a lot of witchcraft is involved. Those who practise magic do so in the hope of various results, such as falling pregnant, harming someone of whom the person is jealous, seeking favour for children, etc. Magic is employed to harm others or to prosper or protect one’s self. Witchcraft is also used to harm Christians. Please pray especially that no harm would come to Muslim-background believers, and that they would be a strong witness for Jesus Christ. Pray that the Son of God would destroy the works of the devil, and that people involved in witchcraft would be set free by Him.

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