PRAY THE PICTURE
Every day, we invite you into the ancient spiritual prayer practices of Lectio and Visio Divina. Each day you will be given a picture to meditate on in prayer, Visio Divina or “eating/digesting the image,” asking the Holy Spirit to prompt things from the image for you to pray into and to fill the image with spiritual meaning. Most of these visuals will connected to the concept of “Saturation” and will be connected to the insights included in each day’s prayer fuel.
We encourage you to start your prayer time each day by sitting in silence with the picture and listening for the Holy Spirit’s direction. It might also be meaningful to return to the image after you have read the additional pieces of the prayer fuel, using it to wrap up your time of intercession and giving the Holy Spirit the opportunity to speak through it on even deeper levels. May you be blessed as you engage your Creator in visually inspired prayer.
PRAY WITH CULTURAL INSIGHT
There’s not really anything more Moroccan than a large communal platter of artfully arranged steamed vegetables strategically placed on a tower of hot, tender couscous. I’m not talking about the instant pack of couscous you microwave for a minute and a half with some water. This is fresh, homemade couscous pasta. It takes hours and a special pot to prepare in the authentic, Moroccan way. If you are a foreigner, you will never fully master the art, but you must try anyway. It’s eaten in almost every house, almost every Friday after the men return from Friday prayers at the mosque. This meal is nearly sacred to every self-respecting Moroccan.
It’s no wonder then that this is the picture of saturation that most deeply connects to local believers. They understand the significance of the boiling waters the pot of couscous is set over to be steamed, as an illustration of the necessary role of persecution in the spread of the Gospel message. They connect with the demonstration of rubbing hands that create the little pasta beads so dear to them, as the inevitable disagreements and refinement that comes from working in community and needing to release authority rather than seeking power and influence or revenge. And they really resonate with the beautiful culmination of the sauce, the marqa, being poured over the still steaming couscous, imparting flavor and moisture making the couscous the delectable bite that it is, only once the sauce has soaked throughout the whole dish. “Ah,” they say with satisfaction, as they sit back against the pillows for reclining at the table. “This is saturation.”
Ask that the Spirit of God, the Word of Truth, and Grace of the Father would saturate this land.
PRAY THE WORD
Each day, as we engage the practice of Lectio Divina, “eating/digesting the Word,” the Scripture we will pray comes from a community of prayer from within Morocco that has been praying Saturation over Morocco.
Adjective: “Saturated”—holding as much water or moisture as can be absorbed; thoroughly soaked
Noun: “Saturation”—the degree or extent to which something is completely absorbed
This group is daring to pray audacious prayers of saturation—asking for God’s Kingdom to come to Morocco to such an extent that it is completely absorbed in His truth, presence, and transformation. Keep this in mind as you pray these Scriptures and join with those who are already praying audacious prayers on behalf of Morocco.
Isaiah 44:4 “They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams.
Pray that as new life springs up across Morocco, that the flowing streams of God’s presence would bring a landscape change to the currently dry ground.
PRAY THE SONG
God, you can light up the darkest places, provide saturation to the driest places, and provide hope to the hopeless. Come do it again, Lord…
“God of Revival” by Bethel Music