A nation plunged into crisis – how you can pray for Afghanistan
The heartbreaking news coming out of Afghanistan this week has been hard to hear–even comprehend. The takeover by Taliban forces after the US military withdrawal has plunged the country into a crisis. And the ripple effects of that crisis are being felt worldwide. While we are often left feeling overwhelmed with situations that are so far out of our control, we know that we can pray to the One who is always in control. Prayer and intercession is needed now more than ever.
Here are some resources on praying for Afganistan:
Josh Manley, a Pastor in the United Arab Emirates, wrote an article about prayer requests coming directly from pastors inside Afghanistan. Here are excerpts of the requests:
1. Physical Protection and Provision
- Pray that our sovereign God would physically protect our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan. Boldly go to the throne of the universe and plead with our God to restrain evil and confuse the plans of evildoers.
- Pray also for physical provision. One brother asked that we would pray “for financial issues because no one can take out money from the bank and ATM’s are empty.”
- A number have specifically asked that we would pray for visas to get out of the country.
2. Spiritual Provision
- Every church leader has asked that we would pray for the Lord to strengthen them in their faith—that they would “stay strong in the Lord, who is the Sovereign King,” as one put it.
- Ask God to protect and even increase the faith of our brothers and sisters in the Afghan church. They don’t know what today—much less tomorrow—will bring. But they can be certain that our God will supply every need of theirs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).
3. Gospel Advance
- One brother asked that we pray for “revival.” What faith! Here is a man whose life is in danger asking us, who enjoy so many privileges and freedoms, to pray that God would open the eyes of the spiritually blind and give life to dead hearts.
- While our Afghan brothers and sisters face terrible uncertainty, we should be like the believers in Acts 12 who themselves faced serious threats and persecution but, without ceasing, offered up earnest prayers to God.
“Our Hope Is Not in Politics, but in Jesus”
While these days are dark and tragic, remember that God sits on his throne in the heavens. He holds the rulers of this world in derision. He promises to make the nations his Son’s heritage, the ends of the earth his possession (Psalm 2:4, 8).
You can read the whole article at 9marks.org
An article at Discern With Us, provides some Prayer Points–suggestions of ways to pray in different areas. You are encouraged to let the Holy Spirit guide you as you pray. If the Spirit leads you to pray for something else, follow His lead. Here is an excerpt on Prayers for Compassion:
The Lord is a God of compassion. He loves the world, and he loves the Afghan people.
- Pray for the nation of Afghanistan and for the Lord’s will to be done within that country.
- Pray for courage for the Afghan believers who remain in the country. Pray that the Lord would increase their faith in the face of persecution and give them wisdom about how to live.
- Pray for wisdom for believers looking to leave the country. Pray for the wisdom to know how and when to do that.
- Pray for the officials who are working to get people out of the country. With the deadline approaching, pray that hostilities will hold off so that as many people can be evacuated from the country as possible.
- Pray for God’s blessing upon the Afghani people who have been able to leave the country but who have left family behind and are now fearful for their survival. Pray for God’s protection for those family members and for God’s grace and peace for those who have left the country.
- Pray for the refugees who are now looking to rebuild their lives in a new country. Pray that the church would be ready to help provide support for these Afghan refugees.
- Pray for compassion for government officials who are involved in the resettlement programs.
At the Presbyterian Outlook, there is the Prayer for a Hurting World. You can read and pray along. Here’s the portion of the prayer about Afghanistan:
Video Devotional: To Be the Same When I Am Alone as When My Every Deed Is Known
Reverend Jeff Quinto, Director of The Bethel Series and FPC member, shares a devotion based on a line from a poem written by Edwin Guest, “To be the same when I am alone as when my every deed is known.” Jeff shares that this line has served as a personal mantra for nearly 50 years. And while he has not always adhered to the idea, God has been faithful at important moments, providing protection and guidance when he wavered.
WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS | August 29, 2021
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If you are interested in either of these opportunities, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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Extensively trained and supervised Stephen Minister Caregivers provide high-quality, one-on-one confidential Christian care to anyone in need. They provide weekly visits and ongoing support as long as the care receiver needs. Should the care receiver have needs that are beyond the scope of a Stephen Minister Caregiver, they are referred to professional caregivers.
What kind of care is offered from a Stephen Minister?
- CRISIS CARE – For people experiencing change(s) that significantly challenge their ability to cope.
- FOLLOW-UP CARE – After the crisis event.
- CHRONIC CARE – For a person whose situation is unlikely to change.
- PREVENTIVE CARE – Providing care before a crisis occurs.
- SUPPORTIVE CARE – Care for the caregiver.
How can I find out more about this ministry?
Call the church office at 608-949-9445, or reach out to a pastor or deacon. Stephen Minister Caregivers don’t replace the care of pastors and deacons. They carry it a step further.
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