“I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)
PRAY WITH CULTURAL INSIGHT
Tonight is the night!
Laylat Al-Qadr (Night of Power) is upon us!
Some of you are asking, “What is that?”
~ It is the night that commemorates the first revelation from Allah to Mohammed for the Quran.
~ It is said to be a night of special power and forgiveness and that those who stay up all night praying and reading the Quran may have a visit from an angel and receive complete forgiveness from all past sins.
~ The exact date is not recorded in the Quran but many believe it to be on one of the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan (night 21,23,25,27 or 29). This illusive date keeps many Muslims praying more intensely during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
~ Many Moroccans observe it on night 27 although if you ask them, they will say it is a test of faith to not know for sure so that you cannot cheat and receive an easy reward from Allah.
So, let’s pray for these dear ones seeking an encounter with God and His forgiveness tonight! Because we pray, may many encounter the God who loves and forgives them freely through the gift of Jesus and the knowledge that because of the cross, the work is finished!
PRAY THE BOOK OF ACTS
“But he, full of the Holy Spirit gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God…” (Acts 7:56)
Father, we pray for many Stephen-like encounters with You, Jesus, the Man of Truth, as Moroccans pray through the night trying to earn Your forgiveness, when You have already paid the price in full and offer it to them freely. May those who seek You earnestly tonight, find You and the forgiveness You offer.
PRAY FOR SATURATION
A training video that is used to explain multiplication principles to local leaders shows a room full of candles all lined up, row upon row, as far as the eye can see, all unlit. One cartoon candle is suddenly lit at the front of the room, and he begins to rapidly run from one neighboring candle to the next, trying to ignite as many of his compatriot candles as he can. But he quickly becomes tired and overwhelmed by the number of candles he must pass fire to. By the time he burns out, only a small fraction of the other candles have been lit. The video restarts with the same scene and the same first actions of our heroic little candle, but this time when he lights a neighboring candle, he pauses to show it how to light others, then there are two of them lighting as many candles as they can! At each point every newly lit candle is being recruited to the work of spreading light throughout the dark room. In no time at all, the room is no longer dark.
As we pray tonight for saturation, on this night of significance and darkness, ask that this vision of multiplication leading to saturation, would plant itself deeply into the hearts of believers throughout Morocco. Ask that as lights are spread from one dark place to another that the only God with the Power to drive out darkness would receive glory, honor, and praise. Ask that each believer would shine bravely and teach as many others to do the same as they can.
God, we worship You because You’ve never lost a battle! Even the battle against evil, violence, and death…
“Never Lost” by Elevation Worship