You will be glad to know that approximately
5000 believers came from more
than 20 nations to pray for several days together in a huge tent in the
desert at the same place where the Desert Fathers lived and prayed in the
4th-5th centuries. They were joined by at least 45000 others (via live
Internet streaming) from elsewhere in the Middle East. After speaking on
prophetic/authoritative prayer, it was my great joy and privilege to lead
them as we asked the Lord to bring His healing and reconciliation to
conflicts in the region, not only Iraq and the Arab-Israeli conflict, but
also for Darfur in western Sudan and the Northern Uganda struggle with the
LRA rebels. I also told them that you were praying with them from afar and
they clapped with joy.
It was a vibrant, marvelous time, full of passionate prayer, singing and
lots of enthusiastic worship in spite of the heat and flies (some of which
were perhaps hardy descendants from Mosesí plagues!) At one point, a couple
of hundred children came running in to sing, dance and pray along with the
adults. It was great fun as we all shook off our sophisticated restraint and
worshipped like little kids!
I was particularly thrilled to see such a strong prayer movement developing
in the region that brings together all 17 denominations, including
Catholics and Orthodox, in the host country, and now is spreading
throughout the region. It was encouraging to hear that the Global Day of
Prayer has helped to catalyze and extend this process. Leaders from this
movement along with one of my colleagues from the International Prayer
Council will meet as a smaller group here later this week and need your
prayers for the unity, guidance and anointing of the Lord so that they can
wisely continue to develop this magnificent movement of united prayer. May
God use it to transform the whole region!
Today I met with Somali Christian leaders here in Kenya. They described how
God is answering our prayers for Somalia. A new parliament has been formed.
A few of the leaders have been able to meet with the prime minister,
president and speaker of the parliament. They ask that we pray for the new
government to effectively bring the nation together and that government
institutions and infrastructure can be created with the $70 million that is
being given by the European Union. Pray too for the resolution of the
current violent conflict between radical Islamists and warlords that has
developed recently in Mogadishu; for the unity of Christís people among the
Somalis to be safeguarded; and for many more to come to Christ both inside
and outside of Somalia.
March 29, the Malawi national prayer initiative begins. May I
also ask you to pray for traveling mercies for all the participants and for
our team so that we can get to the conference venue and begin on time; for
the unity and anointing of the Holy Spirit for all who participate;
for sensitivity, love, power and wisdom for our team to know how best to
facilitate; for a mighty prayer movement to arise and to bring Christís
transformation and healing to the nation that struggles with very high
poverty and HIV/AIDS infection rates and needs the Lord to touch every
sector of the society- political, economic, social, and revive His church.
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