Saturday, December 1, 2012

Advent Prayers


This year I wanted to do something different for Advent.

I was going to skip the traditional calendar with opening flaps and surprise inside and do something different and hopefully more meaningful. 


I usually have a hard time coming up with family oriented activities on my own, but thankfully this one came to mind. 


Later, a friend posted the same sort of thing on her status so I knew it was meant to be.


It burdens me that there are countries that are restricted and even hostile to those who are Christians and don't really know who Jesus is and why we celebrate his birth.


For each day before Christmas, we as a family will pray for one country and write the name of the country on strips of green and blue paper--the colors of our lovely planet earth.





Stapling the strips together, we will create a paper chain to wrap around our Christmas tree and remind us to pray for the people of those countries. 






"Colombia really needs prayer," one friend wrote on my facebook page. She knew friends who were missionaries in Colombia that were killed for sharing the gospel.


If you would like to join our family in prayer for the nations this advent you can follow my blog and copy the following pages:




Advent Prayers for Restricted Nations



“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3) “Carry Each Other’s Burdens” (Galatians 6:2)



{{Week 1: The Americas and East Asia}}


December 1:
Pray for Colombia today

·         For President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon that he will become a Christian,
·         For the 93 people groups in Colombia, 4 unreached by the gospel,
·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression from FARC guerillas,
·         For healing and grace for the families of those attacked and murdered by FARC guerillas,
·         For FARC guerillas to hear the gospel, turn, and believe in Christ,
·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.

December 2:


Pray for Cuba today,



·         For the 14 people groups in Cuba, two unreached by the gospel,


·         For President General Raul Castro Ruz that he will become a Christian,


·         For Cubans who are atheist or in the occult that they will become Christians,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For access to Cuba for missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.

December 3: 



Pray for Mexico (Chiapas) today,


·         For Governor Juan José Sabines Guerrero that He will become a Christian,


·         For protection of Christians from interference, harassment, oppression, and violence by those who follow Catholicism blended with pagan rituals,


·         For the Catholics who mix with pagan rituals that they will become Christians,


·         For Christians to be able to worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.


·         For access to Chiapas for missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.



December 4:



Pray for North Korea today,


·         For Kim Jong Un to become a Christian,


·         For North Koreans that worship their leader as a god that they will become Christians,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For access to North Korea for missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.

December 5:


Pray for China today,



·         For 516 people groups in China, 428 unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Hu Jintao that he will become a Christian,


·         For atheist, Buddhist, or Confucius Chinese that they will become Christians,


·         For house churches, that they will be able to worship freely, distribute Bibles and Christian literature, and have the courage to share the gospel,


·         For perseverance for Christians who are in prison in China (more than in any other country),


·         For North Koreans Christians to find refuge in China,


·         For Christians to be able to worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.

December 6:


Pray for Mindanao, in the Philippines (the second largest island in the country) today,



·         For Muslim Mindanaons that they will trust in Christ and be saved,


·         For the Christians to be protected and persevere from persecution by the Muslims trying to control the six provinces on the island called the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and several Muslim terrorist organizations active in the area.


·         For Christians murdered by the terrorists that their families will experience healing and grace through Christ,


·         For terrorists that they will become Christians,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression and violence,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.


December 7:


Pray for Indonesia today,



·         For the 203 out of 784 people groups unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Islamic Extremists,


·         That Islamic Extremists will become Christians,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution

{{Week 2: South Asia}}


December 8:


Pray for Vietnam today,



·         For the 63 out of 116 people groups in Vietnam are unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Trong Tan Sang that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection of Christians from deportation, interference, harassment , oppression, and violence,


·         For Communist and Buddhists that they will become Christians,


·         For Christians to be able to worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.

December 9:


Pray for Laos today,



·         For the 133 out of 147 people groups are unreached by the gospel,


·         For the Theravada Buddhists, the animistic spirit worship of the mountain tribes, and Communists that they will become Christians,


·         For President Lt. Gen. Choummali Saignason wilol become a Christian,


·         For protection of Christians from deportation, interference, harassment , oppression, and violence,


·         For Christians to be able to worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.

December 10:


Pray for Burma (Myanmar) today,



·         For the authorities who have used forced labor, genocides, rapes, tortures and detentions, against Christians that they will hear the gospel, turn, and believe in Christ,


·         For the 142 people groups, 51 unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Thein Sein that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection of Christians from deportation, interference, harassment , oppression, and violence,


·         For Christians to be able to worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.

December 11:


Pray for Nepal today,



·         For the 353 out of 380 people groups in Nepal unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav that he will become a Christian,


·         For militant Hindus and local Buddhist leaders who persecute believers that they will hear the gospel, turn and put their trust in Christ,


·         For protection of Christians from deportation, interference, harassment , oppression, and violence,


·         For Christians to be able to worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.

December 12:


Pray for India today,



·         For the 2,533 people groups, 2,229 unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Pratibha Devisingh Patil


·         For the 30 Hindu nationalist organizations that subscribe to an extremist ideology called Hindutva, which advocates the expulsion of non-Hindus from India.


·         For protection and perseverance for believers when persecution comes in the form of beatings, murders, imprisonments, church demolitions, destruction of property and Bible burnings.

December 13:


Pray for Sri Lanka today,



·         For the 76 people groups in Sri Lanka, 63 unreached by the gospel.


·         For militant Buddhist nationalist groups who persecute Christians through violence that they will hear the gospel, turn, and put their trust in Christ,


·         For President Mahinda Percy Rajapaksa that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection of Christians from deportation, interference, harassment , oppression, and violence,


·         For Christians to be able to worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.

December 14:


Pray for Maldives (a string of 1,191 islands in the Indian Ocean) today,



·         For the 10 people groups, five unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Mohamed “Anni” Nasheed that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For access to Maldives for missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.



{{Week 3: Africa}}


December 15:


Pray for Somalia today,


·         For the 22 people groups in Somalia, 16 unreached by the gospel,


·         For Transitional Federal President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression from Islamic extremists,


·         For healing and grace for the families of those attacked and murdered by Islamic extremists,


·         For the Somalis who persecute Christian including family members, clan members, Islamic extremists and local administrators to hear the gospel, turn, and believe in Christ,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution.


·         For distribution of the Somali Bible which at this time is possible only in refugee camps and outside the country.


December 16:


Pray for Ethiopia today,


·         For the 19 of 116 people groups in Ethiopia that are unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Girma Woldegiorgis that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.


December 17:


Pray for Eritrea today,


·         For the 19 people groups, nine unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Isaias Afworki that he will become a Christian


·         For the 2,000 Christians in prison in Eritrea, and nearly every evangelical has been arrested at least once. Prisoners experience torture and extremely poor living conditions; several have died in custody.


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.




December 18:


Pray for Egypt today,


·         For the 23 of the 59 people groups are unreached by the gospel,


·         For Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression from Islamic extremists,


·         For healing and grace for the families of those attacked and murdered by Islamic extremists,


·         For Islamic extremists that they will become Christians,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


December 19:


Pray for Mali today,


·         For the 37 out of 62 people groups in Mali are unreached by the gospel,


·         For Interim President Dioncounda Traore that he will become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from family members, clan members, Islamic extremists and local administrators,


·         For Muslims and animists in Mali that they will become Christians,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.


December 20:


Pray for Nigeria today,


·         For the 67 of the 523 people groups unreached by the gospel,


·         For President Goodluck Jonathan


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.


December 21:


Pray for Libya today,


·         For the 40 people groups, 28 unreached by the gospel,


·         For the Transitional National Council that they will be tolerant of Christians and the next leader of Libya will become a Christian,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to have access to Libya to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.


Week 4: Middle East


December 22:


Pray for Yemen today,


·         For the Yemeni converts from Islam who face the death penalty if discovered,


·         For President Ali Abdallah Salih that he will become a Christian,


·         For national Christians whose pictures were posted online earlier this year; soon afterward the people in the pictures were arrested,


·         For Yemenis to be open to the gospel message.


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to have access to Yemen to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.


December 23:


Pray for Saudi Arabia today,


·         For 26 of the 52 people groups in Saudi Arabia unreached by the gospel,


·         For King/Prime Minister Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud that he would become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.


December 24:


Pray for Gaza and the West Bank today,


·         For 8 of the 20 people groups in Gaza and the West Bank are unreached by the gospel,


·         For President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas that he would become a Christian,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.



December 25:


Pray for Iran today,


·         For President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei that they will become Christians,


·         For the Iranian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, who is facing the death penalty,


·         For the 103 people groups In Iran, 92 groups unreached by the gospel,


·         For protection and perseverance when Christians experience interference, harassment and oppression, and violence from Muslim extremists,


·         For Christians to be able worship freely and have courage to share the gospel without fear of persecution,


·         For missionaries to bring the gospel, Bibles, and Christian literature.

Have a very blessed Christmas dear friends!