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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Population: 6,600

Language: Laha

Religion: Ethnic Religions

Evangelical: 0.08%

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God has been working in my heart to cultivate a deeper and more intimate prayer life to know and love Him more.   Please pray for me.

In seeking to grow in communicating with my Heavenly Father in prayer, one book I am going through with my wife is Paul Miller’s book, “A Praying Life.”  While we are only a few chapters into it, the book so far has been very helpful!

In my weekly times of special reflection, I want to review some of the chapters (or sections in each chapter) I have read and write down some quotes I found helpful, including some of my own thoughts.  In doing this, I pray that it would continue to help me grow a praying life, and also help you as well.

Chapter 2 is entitled “Where We Are Headed” (yes, still in chapter for a few more weeks!)

  • This chapter was very helpful in giving a big picture vision and direction for growing a praying life
  • Prayer is all about RELATIONSHIP
  • Prayer is about becoming aware of the STORY of God for this world and our relationship with Him
  • Prayer also gives birth to HOPE
  • “Because God is composing a story with our lives, then are lives are no longer static.  We aren’t paralyzed by life; we can HOPE!”
  • “Because my Father controls everything, I can ASK, and He will LISTEN and ACT.”
  • “Since I am His child, change is possible!”
  • And, as we grow in hope-filled prayer, it will become INTEGRATED with ALL of life
  • A praying life is not a less busy life – Jesus was very busy (though never rushed)
  • “If we love people and have the power to help, then we are going to be busy.”
  • “Learning to pray doesn’t offer us a less busy life; it offers us a less busy HEART”

Praying for a life filled with HOPE and a much less busy HEART.

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

August 28 – 2 Chronicles 26-28

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on 2 Chronicles 26-28
  • Uzziah was a great king with a long reign
  • He did what was right in the sight of the Lord
  • He expanded the territory of Israel and God made him prosper
  • But, he didn’t end well
  • When he was strong, he grew proud to his destruction, and he was unfaithful to the Lord
  • Jotham, his son was also a good king, doing right in the eyes of the Lord
  • But, Ahaz, Jotham’s son was not
  • He did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord
  • He made idols
  • He turned away from the Lord and turned to foreign false gods
  • This led to great defeat for Judah
  • Yet, after him, his son Hezekiah was another good king
  • (The cycle of human kings reminds us of our day)
  • (Sometimes, we have really good rulers – which we should praise God for)
  • (But, we should not put our hope in them – after them, a bad ruler can come and undo all the good that was done)
  • (On the other hand, when we have really bad rulers, we should not lost hope and despair)

How Points to Christ

  • The cycle of kings, good and bad, all of them dying, with another taking their place is to give us a longing for a better Kingdom with a better King who reigns forever
  • That ultimate King is the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Jesus is the perfect king, and His reign will never end
  • COME LORD JESUS COME!

Apply

  • Please pray that regardless of who is ruling in a human sense, that I would trust God and keep praying for the rulers
  • Please pray that God would grant the grace of good rulers
  • Please pray that God would lead leaders of nations to salvation and to follow Him in humility, not to lead in pride
  • Please pray that Jesus would come soon to consummate His forever Kingdom

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
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Population: 5,700

Language: Brokpake

Religion: Buddhism

Evangelical: 0.02%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

August 27 – 1 Kings 15-18

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on 1 Kings 18
  • God is the only Lord over all
  • Elijah’s confrontation with the priests of Baal is one of my favorites in practically showing the distinction between all the idols of this world and the One True God
  • For the priests of Baal, they try to repetition and loud yelling to get the attention of their false god
  • They try ritual dancing, like limping around the altar, to get the attention of their false god
  • They cried even louder and even hurt themselves, cutting themselves to try to get the attention of their false god
  • BUT, several times the text says, “But there was NO voice, and NO ONE answered.  NO ONE paid attention.” (because false gods don’t exist)
  • In contrast, Elijah by faith rebuilt the altar of God
  • Elijah prayed to the One True God
  • And God answered, displaying to all that He is God, the Lord, He is God

How Points to Christ

  • The One True God is a Triune God who sent His ultimate prophet to this world to show His uniqueness
  • God came to earth as a man in order to reconcile man back to God
  • The One True God is a personal God who hears and saves in Jesus Chirst

Apply

  • Please pray that my faith and joy in the One True God would increase
  • Many times, I see fear of man in my life, sometimes speaking of God in an apologetic, shy manner, worried that people wouldn’t accept God or like God
  • BUT, I should be BOASTING about the One True God
  • Only God can do all the things people in this world desire and more importantly NEED (salvation and a reconciled relationship with God
  • Please pray that I would joyfully and boldly and excitedly tell others of the glory of the One True God who is there, who has a voice, who listens, and who pays attention because of His undeserved love and mercy in Jesus Christ

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Population: 500

Language: Jola-Fonyi

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 26,000

Language: Malay, Central

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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