Prayer Burdens, week of May 20, 2024

Prayer for the church in Hualien
A major earthquake occurred in Hualien, Taiwan, on April 3. The meeting hall and some of the saints’ homes were damaged. Please pray for the comfort, care, and safety of the saints in Hualien.

Prayer for the gospel labor at ODU campus
Now that the “Christians on Campus at ODU” club status has been granted, let us continue praying for that the Lord will:
1) Bless the spreading of the gospel.
2) Strengthen and supply the laboring saints.
3) Gain the students from campus who are open to the Lord and hungry for His truth—especially key students through whom the Lord can gain clusters of students
4) Cover and protect His interest at ODU.

Bible distribution at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris
Please pray:
. For the gospel of the kingdom to be preached all over France in 2024.
. For Satan to be bound and for his kingdom to suffer loss.
. That the gates of the New Jerusalem will be open in every direction in France (Rev. 21:13; 22:14).
. For the French people to repent and to receive forgiveness of sins (Luke 24:47; Acts 26:18).
. That during the Torch Relay Christ’s triumphal procession will move from city to city all over France (2 Cor. 2:14-15).
. That we will be able to distribute Bibles freely in every city that we go to and that the distribution will be carried out righteously before God and before men.
. For the church to be raised up in at least ten key cities.

For the Lord’s move in Israel
Please continue to cover all the saints with prayer that they would be preserved for the Lord’s interests. Please pray for the families of the saints at this time. Please pray for the emotional, psychological and physical well-being of the saints. And please pray that the saints would be preserved body, soul and spirit.
Ministry excerpt from the outline of the Crystallization-study of 1 Chronicles (message 1):
III. The all-inclusive Christ is the history of God’s move in man’s history in order to gain the building of God for the manifestation of God–Zech. 4:9; 6:12-15; Matt. 16:18; John 1:1, 14; 1 Cor. 15:45b; Rev. 4:5; 5:6; 21:
A. While Christ is skillfully working to sovereignly control the world situation in human history, He is skillfully working Himself into us in the divine history to make us the masterpiece of His work, the poem of God, a new invention of God, expressing His infinite wisdom and divine design–Acts 5:31; Eph. 2:10.

The conflict in Ukraine
Please continue to pray that:
.The Lord will keep all the saints in the involved countries open to Him for their experience of the divine dispensing in all the situations of their daily living
.The Lord will meet all the practical needs of the saints and preserve their tripartite being for HIs interests
.The Lord will comfort and sustain those who have lost loved ones in the war
.The enemy will be bound in his attack on the Lord’s interests in Russia, Ukraine, and Europe

A reminder from the footnote on 1 Kings 8:48: “During the Babylonian captivity Daniel prayed toward the Holy Land, the holy city, and the holy temple three times a day by opening his window toward Jerusalem (Dan. 6:10). This indicates that God will listen to our prayer when our prayer to God is toward Christ, the kingdom of God, and the house of God as the goal in God’s eternal economy. This means that no matter for whom we are praying, our prayers should be aimed at the interests of God, i.e., at Christ and the church as God’s interests on earth, for the fulfilling of God’s economy.”

Portions of the ministry that are helpful in directing our prayer are chapter 139, “World Wars and the Church,” in The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, Set 2, vol. 45; chapter 17 in Lessons on Prayer; and chapter 12 in Life-study of Daniel. Please pray for the ruling of the heavens over the entire situation so that the saints will be preserved, Satan will suffer loss, and God’s economy will advance in the spreading of the gospel and the building up of the Body.

Brother Nee’s prayer at the Keswick Convention in 1938 is also instructive. When he was asked to offer a prayer concerning the war that was raging between China and Japan, he prayed “The Lord reigneth. He is reigning, and He is Lord of all. Nothing can touch His authority. It is the spiritual forces that are out to destroy the interests of the Lord in China and in Japan. We do not pray for Japan. We do not pray for China. But we pray for the interests of Thy Son in China and in Japan. We do not blame any men. They are only tools in the hand of the enemy of the Lord. Lord, we stand in Thy will. Lord, shatter the Kingdom of Darkness. Lord, the persecution of Thy Church is persecuting Thee.” – The Keswick Convention: 1938 (London: Pickering & Inglis, 1938), 246

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