Prayer Burdens, week of January 17, 2022

Prayer for the Saints in Affliction
Please pray for the saints who are currently going through afflictions and sufferings due to illness and/or loss of loved ones. May the Lord heal and comfort the saints and their families during these difficult times.

Please pray for the Lord’s blessing and protection of the full-time training in Anaheim (FTTA) and in Boston (FTTA-XB). Pray that the Lord will continue to use the full-time training to raise up a group of young overcomers who will be obedient to the heavenly vision and will be one with Him for His final move to build up His Body and prepare His bride for His return.

Strengthening of the Prayer Ministry of the Church
May all the saints be watchful and prayerful concerning the age that we are living in and be willing to give themselves by redeeming the times (specifically the prayer meetings of the church) and cooperating with the Lord in His heavenly ministry to carry out His eternal economy to consummate this age.

The Burden for the Gospel
No shepherding can be prevailing if we do not have a love for people, an interest in them, a burden for them, and adequate prayer. Love, interest, burden, and prayer are the essential, basic elements of proper shepherding. Most of us were born with no interest in people. We do not like people, and we do not wish to be bothered by them, invited by them, or visited by them. We would rather live on top of a mountain. This is our natural tendency. However, if we keep this kind of disposition, we will be finished with the building. We need to love the new ones as the Lord loves them, be interested in them, and take care of them. Then we must have a burden for them and adequate prayer. (CWWL, 1973-1974, vol. 2, “The Normal Way of Fruit-bearing and Shepherding for the Building Up of the Church,” pp. 626-627)
Please pray that we would have a love for people, an interest in them, a burden for them, and adequate prayer for them. May we even practice writing down their names, praying for their spiritual welfare constantly, call them regularly, and establishing them in the church life.

Prayer for wisdom to reach more seekers through social media
At Bibles for America (BfA), we’re always considering how we can reach more people with the Word of God.
Recently, Instagram unlocked some new features that allow us to more easily share our content, including BfA blog posts and the free offer for a New Testament Recovery Version. We are burdened that God’s Word would be spread on this channel so that light would shine on all those sitting in darkness.
Please pray for the Lord to be wisdom to us as we continue to explore using social media, and Instagram in particular. Pray that He would lead and guide us to reach many more of His hungry seekers.

Prayer for Bibles to Go Out Unhindered
People across the United States continue to order free copies of the New Testament Recovery Version from Bibles for America. Most orders are successfully placed; however, we have recently become aware of a technical problem in our system that has prevented some orders from being processed. Please pray that this issue would be promptly resolved so that everyone who wants a Bible would receive their copy in a timely way.
We regularly receive encouraging messages from recipients who are thoroughly enjoying their New Testament Recovery Version.
One woman recently wrote: “I’ve really enjoyed my New Testament. I had been taught and I had read, then I got this mini-jewel in my hands, and it was like piecing the puzzle together. Praise the Lord. Awesome awakening!”
Please also pray that all those who have already received a New Testament would be nourished and enlightened by the interpreted Word of God.