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14May2014

ONE MINUTE – EVERY DAY – PRAY

“This year, this minute – pray for lost kids”

The “Six Questions” Method of Pre-Evangelism Prayer is designed to help you intercede for the lost through a series of ques¬tions. These questions deal with the most basic issues of life. By praying for these things, the lost person can be prepared to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why:
Ask God to cause this person to wonder why he or she rejects Jesus Christ and His salvation. Call on Him to show this person the foolishness of rejecting Christ and of living life without Him.

What:
Ask God to cause the person to start asking the question, “What is the purpose of my life?” Plead with God to plant in his or her heart an urgency concerning this question.

an exercise in hope

Hiroo Onoda, Soldier Who Hid in Jungle for Decades, Dies at 91
Reported by nytimes.com, January 14, 2014

As an officer in the Imperial Japanese Army, Hiroo Onoda had been stationed on the island of Lubang in the Philippines in 1944 and given strict orders to stay there and carry out reconnaissance and guerrilla warfare. Lieutenant Onoda was directed not to leave the island or to surrender. His commanding officer, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, ordered: “You are absolutely forbidden to die by your own hand. It may take three years, it may take five, but whatever happens, we’ll come back for you. Until then, so long as you have one soldier, you are to continue to lead him. You may have to live on coconuts. If that’s the case, live on coconuts! Under no circumstances are you to give up your life voluntarily.” He was told to carry out his duties until his commanding officer returned.

In the confusion that followed defeat, the Japanese army lost track of Onoda. For 30 years, this dedicated soldier evaded capture and continued to fight a war he didn’t know had ended. He didn’t compromise. He followed his orders without interruption until he was found in the jungle and his commanding officer, long since retired, returned in person to the island to relieve him of his orders.

After arriving in Tokyo, Hiroo was asked what had been on his mind all that time in the jungle, he said, “Nothing but accomplishing my duty.”  (NYTimes.com/Billy Graham Evangelical Association post)

The last order our Lord gave us before returning to Heaven was to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth —“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18–20).

To which we say, we shall earnestly accomplish our duty!

PRAY! for Orphans

Warmblanket’s Vallala Orphan Group Home
Vallala is located in a small village in India, not far from Hyderabad.

Life in India can appear very exotic and exciting for the average tourist and certainly is that way for the wealthiest of the country.  However, the other side of the spectrum is far different. Overwhelming poverty dictates inhumane rules to all affected.  Tumultuous relations with neighboring Pakistan and China, rising HIV rates, and deeply ingrained cultural discrimination make this beautiful nation a challenging place, especially for its most vulnerable population—the children.

For the orphans of India, life is desperate and hopeless. Estimates suggesting that the country has several thousands of them are alarming. These kids are left to care for themselves, struggling to survive. They have no chance for education and are frequently exposed to substance abuse, trafficking and slave labor.

PRAY! for Shashi and Vamshi.
1.  Father, I pray that ______’s relationship with you grows daily.  Give him/her a burden to be reading your Word and a yearning for worship and prayer.  Draw him/her close to you that their prayer life will be abundant.
2.  Lord Jesus, please provide _______ with spiritual mentors so that somehow throughout his/her life, mature, loving people from the body of Christ will be willing to come alongside them and pray for, disciple, and love them.
3.  Lord, teach __________ to submit to you and resist the devil in your authority.  Strengthen him/her by your spirit to resist temptation in the areas of impurity, peer pressure, drugs, cheating, lying, etc.
4.  Lord, help _______ to choose healthy friends, and select positive role models.   Bless him/her with meaningful and lasting friendships.
5. Lord, I lift up to you  _______ ‘s future.  Please provide the opportunities, experiences and relationships that would mold him/her into the person you desire him/her to be and that he/she would follow your plans for his/her life in the areas of education, career, marriage, and ministry in a society where conflict is so often resolved by violence and children often struggle with the concepts of forgiveness or righteousness.

PRAY! Hard Training

Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:19 (The Message)

1. PRAY! Hard for you, your brothers and sisters in Christ 
Deliberate (marked by careful consideration)
“Prayer does not equip us for greater works prayer is the greater work. Prayer is the battle, and it makes no difference where you are. However God may engineer your circumstances, your duty is to pray. Never allow yourself this thought, “I am of no use where I am.” Wherever God has placed you and whatever circumstances, you should pray.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Meditate (to reflect on)
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
Psalm 96: 2b-3 NASB
Supplicate (To make a humble entreaty to; beseech God)
In agreement with God’s word, pray that we:
• would continue to work with partners who proclaim His salvation all around the world. 
• would continue to build new partnerships with those who tell of His glory among the nations of the world.
• would continue to reach out to unreached young people around the globe.

2.  PRAY! for Christian Leaders
Using the same format DELIBERATE – MEDITATE – SUPPLICATE pray specifically for those who lead in churches, ministries, businesses, government and the YFC Ministry:

Deliberate (marked by careful consideration)
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where
excellence is expected.” Stephen Jobs
Meditate (to reflect on)
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58 AMP
Supplicate (To make a humble entreaty to; beseech God)
In agreement with God’s word, pray for __________ (add leader’s names here):

I declare -
• That our leaders serve Christ in a manner becoming Him;
• That our leaders will be diligent and persevering, ready and apt for every good work;
• That our leaders are zealous in the Lord’s work because of the assurance of such abundant recompenses in a future life;
• That our leaders know their labor is not and shall not be in vain or unprofitable.

I ask -
Lord, give us leaders that would be known by their fortitude towards service to their Master for those who “serve God have good wages; they cannot do too much nor suffer too much for so good a Master” such that it would be to Your glory.

Every blessing,

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