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SEE YOU AT THE POLE – SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

    See You At The Pole (SYATP) is a global movement of prayer which is student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led.  It revolves around students praying together on the fourth Wednesday in September, usually before school and usually at the school’s flagpole.  It involves students in elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, high schools, and colleges/universities across the globe.  More than two million students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries participate in SYATP.  Adults often pray in support of the students on campus by gathering nearby, at their places of work or worship, or at city halls.

    This year See You At The Pole will be September 22nd.  Students also have the opportunity to unite in prayer with their friends during The Global Week of Prayer, September 19-25.  During this week, public, private and home school students pray in unique ways, places and times.  Some will launch Bible clubs.

    – syatp.com

    Please pray for the Lord to stir many hearts through these prayer gatherings and to answer those who cry out to Him in humble dependence.

 

PRAYER FOR AMERICA

    Christians from all 50 U.S. States gathered in the heart of the nation in July to pray for restoration and revival in America.  It was all part of an event called “Prayer at the Heart of America.”  Nearly 3,000 people met in Lebanon, Kansas, to cry out to God to heal our land.

    – CBN News

    Pray that the Lord will work through the prayers of these intercessors, and many other believers, to bring a great spiritual awakening throughout the land.

    “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chr. 7:14).

 

PROMISE KEEPERS – ENCOURAGING MEN TO BE CHRIST-LIKE LEADERS

    Nearly 30,000 men attended the 2021 Promise Keepers Men’s Conference in July at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, with hundreds of churches hosting even more men online.  The two-day event aimed to bring a positive message that would inspire transformation and empower men so they could return home equipped to lead their families, communities, and country.

    David Closson, director of the Center for Biblical Worldview with Family Research Council, said it was a powerful sight to see men committing their lives to Christ in such an extraordinary place.  “Here is a stadium known for football, but instead of beer and profanity, it was filled with men confessing their sins, praying and praising God,” he explained.  “It was encouraging to see men kneeling at the 50-yard line on the Dallas Cowboy star, surrounded by thousands of men on their knees, crying out to God.  That stadium became a sanctuary.”

    Promise Keepers, founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, is a movement that encourages men to be Christ-like leaders for their church and community.  The massive men’s events from the ’90s had waned until the movement began making an online comeback in 2020 during the pandemic.

    – CBN News

    Praise the Lord for all of the men whose lives were impacted by this conference.  Pray that the impact will continue in their own lives and into their families, churches and communities.

 

CARING FOR WIDOWS IN THEIR DISTRESS

    To millions of women, the death of one’s husband brings not only great heartache but also a lifelong sentence of disgrace and struggle.  In many countries, society regards widows as signs of bad luck.  “Even our own family considers us burdens,” shared a widow in India.  Labeled and abandoned, these women face a lonely life of suffering.

    India alone is home to more than 40 million widows.  Because of arranged marriages, teenage girls are sometimes married to men twice their age or older.  This leaves large numbers of women widowed at a young age.

    Relatives often cast out a widow when her husband dies to avoid disgrace and bad luck.  Family and friends frequently accuse her for her husband’s death and confiscate her home and possessions.  She is no longer referred to as a woman but as a thing.

    Destitute and abandoned by their own families, many widows resort to begging to survive.  Some leave their communities to live with other rejected widows.

    Behind the facts and numbers are individual widows with stories of heartache.  One widow in India shares, “I lost my husband long ago.  I live alone and no one cares for me or helps with my daily needs.  I used to go for some work but now due to the pandemic, I am unable to get any work.”

    Another Indian widow says, “I have two sons but they do not even think of me.”

    These challenges are not unique to India.  Many elderly widows in Eastern Europe live alone, forsaken by their children who travel to find jobs abroad.  Widows in some Kenyan tribes are forced to marry one of their deceased husband’s brothers, although he may already have at least one wife.  In Liberia, a civil war and an Ebola outbreak left hundreds of widows in deplorable situations.

    Perhaps the most important and valued gift we need to provide is Christ’s compassion, which is denied to so many of these women.  After believers in India reached out to widows in one community, a bystander remarked, “As a neighbor, I have never seen anybody from this area taking time to visit these widows, but you never fail to show God’s love to them.”

    – christianaidministries.org, Adapted.

    Pray for the Lord’s mercy to be poured out on widows who are in distress, and that believers, churches and ministries around the world will become more involved in caring for widows.

    “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (Jas. 1:27).

 

INCREASING PERSECUTION IN NIGERIA

    The International Society of Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, a nonprofit based out of Nigeria, released a report in July in which they say that roughly 3,462 Christians have been killed already in 2021 by Fulani militants and Boko Haram throughout Nigeria.  In addition, 3,000 Christians have been abducted, while 300 churches and ten priests have been attacked.

    The report also states that those responsible for these atrocities have “continued to evade justice and remained unchecked, untracked, uninvestigated and untried; leading to impunity and repeat-atrocities.”  In addition, the surviving victims are often not assisted or protected by the government.

    Please pray for the grieving friends and family of those who have been killed in Nigeria, and for the government to gain wisdom and motivation to protect its Christian citizens.  Please also pray for the world to recognize the scale of the suffering that believers endure in the country.  Pray as well for the souls of those who persecute the church, that all will repent and find salvation in Christ.

    persecution.org

 

CRACKDOWN IN IRAN

    A judge in Iran recently gave five-year prison terms to three believers from a Muslim background.  It is the maximum sentence allowed under new controversial amendments to existing law. 

    “The judge denied them access to their attorney.  This means Iran wants to make examples of these converts,” says Mike Ansari, the president of Heart4Iran.  “These are the first Christians sentenced to prison under the new law in Iran, specifically during the presidency of Ibrahim Raisi, who is known for his intolerance towards anyone who deviates from revolutionary Islamic values.”

    Passed in February, the new law allows police to target religious minorities in-person and online.  Plus, it makes the punishment for so-called “crimes” even more severe.

    “What used to be a six-month jail sentence for converts from Islam to Christianity can now be a maximum jail term of five years, coupled with mandatory Islamic reeducation,” Ansari says.  “The other thing to consider is that the Iranian intelligence is actively offering bribes to detained converts to become an informant.  The church will be going through a challenging time.”

    Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage persecuted believers.  Pray God will turn what man intends for evil into blessing and favor.  Pray also that the Holy Spirit will continue drawing disillusioned Muslims to Jesus Christ.

    – mnnonline.org.  Information by permission of Mission Network News.

 

PRAY FOR ISRAEL

    Praise the Lord that His infallible Word is always trustworthy.  Every promise that He has made will be fulfilled in His perfect timing.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:35).

    Intercede for the new Knesset under Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.  Please pray that he will follow righteous principles and walk in God’s wisdom as he guides the nation.  May he leave a legacy of godly leadership during his 2-year term.  “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (Jas. 1:5).

    Ask God to give Israelis an insatiable desire to discover more about the God of their fathers.  May this hunger to know Him cause them to dig into the Scriptures, uncover eternal truths, and discover Messiah, The Pearl of Great Price.  “…The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matt. 13:45-46).

    – Christian Friends of Israel, Adapted.

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