May this be a year in which we, wait on the Lord and listen to him, pray with passion and expectancy and look to the Lord to do great things.
May we take time and space to focus on the land of Japan and its people, praying alone and with others, as we long for spiritual breakthrough!
1) Workers for the harvest field
“Lord, raise up missionaries, pastors, evangelists, lay leaders, witnesses in the workplace”
OMF has many new workers coming this year. But we also want to see Japanese Christians becoming pastors/evangelists as well as Christians seeking to be salt and light where they work.
2) Unity and Cooperation
“Lord, may churches work together, seek to overcome differences, love one another”
It is sad when churches or denominations are divided. Many churches are small – could they work better together? We can pray for reconciliation where there are broken relationships.
3) Equipped for Battle
“Lord, help your people to fight with spiritual armour and shine as lights in the darkness”
It really is a spiritual battle here. We need to understand that, recognise it and pray accordingly. Pray for protection for Japanese Christians and for them really to know and experience that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.
4) OMF Japan
“Lord, show us clearly what we should be and do as we are here ‘for such a time as this”
What are we about as OMF Japan? Where to work, who to work with, how to do what we do? Big questions that need the Lord’s leading. Our new structure needs to be decided and begin to be implemented. Pray that we would be sensitive to and patient with one another.
5) Spiritual Vitality
“Lord, may your people worship you joyfully, serve you wholeheartedly, witness boldly”
Where church is a chore, may there be joy. Where Christian living is legalistic, may there be a fresh infilling of the Spirit. Where there is a fear or reluctance to witness to Jesus, may there be boldness and power.
6) Pastors and Churches
“Lord, encourage and envision pastors; may churches overflow with love, joy and hope”
Many pastors struggle in small churches with little growth and financial stresses. They need encouragement. Remember pastors’ wives and children. Pray for churches you know and those you don’t (the JECA Prayer Handbook is a good resource).
“Lord, may whole families believe in Jesus, from small children to elderly grandparents”
Sometimes only the wife believes – pray for non-believing husbands. Pray for children in secondary education where the pressures are great and it is easy to drift away from church.
8) The Political Scene
“Lord, grant restraint to leaders and strengthen believers to stand firm when it gets tough”
Remember the leaders, especially Prime Minister Abe. There are international tensions and also things happening within Japan which are concerning Christians. Watch the news and pray!
10) Evangelism and Discipleship
“Lord, may your people be built up in their faith and have a passion to proclaim the gospel”
We long to see believers sharing the gospel – may many more be encouraged to do so. Pray for a holistic witness in a society which has increasing social problems. Christian faith can remain shallow. Pray for believers to grow and mature as Christians.
“Lord, purify your church, help your people to live holy lives and deal with secret sins”
Pray for leaders and pastors to live out and model holiness. Temptations are great and pastors/missionaries are not immune to moral failure. Pray for Christians (and not-yet-Christians) in this land who struggle with pornography and other addictions – may they be set free.
11) Tohoku Vision 2015
“Lord, have mercy on Tohoku, provide the needed workers and bring many to know Jesus”
This is the vision – to see 30 workers in Tohoku (Aomori, Iwate, Sendai) by the end of 2015.
12) Repentance, Renewal, Revival!
“Lord, bring many to repentance, renew your people and revive your church”
What more need be said? We long for revival in Japan, for spiritual breakthrough. A renewed and revitalised church can have a powerful impact on this society. We long for God to reveal himself to people and cause such an awareness of their sin/shame/broken relationship with the Creator God that they are brought to repentance and faith in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
31 Days of Prayer
Over 31 days, read about the many opportunities and challenges faced by both OMF workers and Christians in Japan. Each day’s reading has a story from one of our workers, as well as several prayer points to guide you in praying for Japan.
If you would like to order a copy of ’31 Days of Prayer for Japan’ please contact OMF Japan, or your local OMF office.
Every month, OMF Japan sends out a newsletter with a up to date prayer information from our various workers and ministries. If you would like to join this mailing list, please contact OMF Japan, or your local OMF office.
Click the links below for a preview of each month:
- Dec – Christmas concerts and events
- Nov – Special events, leadership, personnel
- Oct – Honshu, Tohoku, Hokkaido update
- Sep – building bridges into the community
- Aug – summer work, student camps, obon
- Jul – various prayer needs
- Jun – workers in transition, new arrivals & home assignments
- May – youth and student outreach
- Apr – Bible colleges in Japan, outreach to Japanese globally