As we pray we want to wait on the Lord and listen to him, to pray with passion and expectancy and look to the Lord to do great things.
Please 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!
“Lord, raise up missionaries, pastors, evangelists, lay leaders, witnesses in the workplace”
We have seen a decrease in the number of new workers coming to Japan, but we need to see a significant increase. Pray to the Lord of the harvest. We also want to see Japanese Christians becoming pastors/evangelists as well as Christians seeking to be salt and light where they work.
“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.
“Lord, help your people to fight with spiritual armour and shine as lights in the darkness”
The spiritual battle here is very real. 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.
“Lord, show us clearly what we should be and do as we are here ‘for such a time as this”
We implemented a new structure in 2015 and decided a new vision and mission in 2016. We are waiting on the Lord to show us the next steps we should take to begin to see that vision fulfilled. Pray that we would be sensitive to and patient with one another.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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!
“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.
“200 by 2020”
May the Lord give us the 150 full-time workers and 50 Friends and 6 month+ short-termers we seek, and the strength and resources to support and equip them.
“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.
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.
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