Weekly Prayer for the Nations

July 1, 2018

This week we pray for the nation of Brazil—the fifth largest    nation in the world by both population and geography. Brazil covers half the continent of South America and is an emerging economic power.

The population is 205 million. Brazil is a melting pot of many nations, with over 80% of the population sharing a mixed ethnic heritage. Christianity is booming in Brazil, with evangelicals  comprising over 25% of the population, and many Catholics  discovering the gifts of the Spirit.

Prayer Concerns:

  • An elected government committed to anti-corruption has greatly helped the poor & poverty-stricken over the last 20 years. However, millions remain in the favelas (slums) of Brazil’s great cities. Pray for economic justice, for education and for an end to exploitation of the poor.
  • The Church of Brazil is growing rapidly, especially in the favelas and amongst the young (25% of Brazilians are under 15 yrs). Pray for leadership, unity and favour with the government as the Church confronts the issues facing their nation.
  • Pray for the vibrancy of the Brazilian Church to influence the rest of South America, and beyond. Brazil is now a          missionary sending nation, especially within the Latin      nations of the world.

 

June 24, 2018

This week we pray for the nation of Australia – like Canada, a first world Commonwealth member, rich in the eyes of the world, but facing deep spiritual challenges.

Population: 24 million, who are predominantly white immigrant peoples from Britain and Europe, living among a small
indigenous population who have experienced similar issues to our First nations people.

Prayer Concerns:

  • Australia is rich and free, with a highly educated workforce, higher standard of living than either the USA or Canada, and a low national debt. It is a nation blessed with abundance, but like Canada, has turned away from God and is beginning to turn against Him.  Pray that Australians will put their hope in Jesus, not prosperity, and will find meaning and peace that riches cannot offer.
  • Pray for the necessary reconciliation between Australia’s indigenous peoples, and their white, European settlers. Pray for forgiveness and a new way forward free of guilt, shame and blame … a new way found together in Jesus.
  • Pray for the growing charismatic move of Christ in Australia, and for large churches such as Hillsong. Pray that they will seed their fellow churches with vibrancy and an ability to share the gospel with passion and grace.
 

June 17, 2018

Pray this week for Zimbabwe, a landlocked nation of 390,759 square km in Southern Africa, with a population of 16.5 million people with over 40% under the age of 15. 
 

Prayer Concerns:

  • Their lives are a struggle against violence, poverty and disease with an average life expectancy of 43.4 years. It’s estimated over the years 25-50% of the population has fled to other neighbouring African states until things improve. The gross estimated income is $268 per person a year.
  • During years of strife people turned to Christ and 97% of the population are Christians.  But over the last years freedom of religion has been seriously compromised by political interference in church affairs by political appointments in ecclesiastical positions and state disruptions of numerous Christian events.  We praise the Lord the church has grown in numbers amidst great trials and as the country disintegrates around the people.
  • Please pray for unity amongst the political parties as misruling and finger pointing has prevented the leaders finding solutions.  Pray that God’s calming influence and peace would descend over Zimbabwe’s political parties. 
  • Pray for the safety and protection of the people of Zimbabwe.