Pray for freedom from the spiritual bondage that the Zaramo are under. In recent weeks, I have had more and more conversations with people regarding witchcraft and evil spirits. Pray that God would open their eyes to see that only through Jesus Christ will they have complete freedom from such bondage. Continue to pray, too, for the teachers. They have started to focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus to the outlying villages outside of Mzenga. Pray that God will continue to protect and preserve them and give them strength and courage to spread His love and grace to all. Pray, too, for the two new deacons recently installed at church. Pray for Peter and Merina, that they would serve God to the best of their abilities as deacons in the little church.
Ramadan Day 30 Eid
As Ramadan ends and people celebrate, pray for the Zaramo children and youth. Many of these children are hearing the Truth from their Christian teachers – pray that God would grow these seeds of truth in their hearts and that there would be an overwhelming number of Zaramo coming to Christ in this next generation.
Ramadan Day 15
Although they all call themselves Mu$lims, the Zaramo are deeply entrenched in witchcraft and spirit worship. Pray that during this month, God would break the bonds that Satan has so tightly woven around this society. Pray for the believers who are present here as they interact with people regarding witchcraft – that the Holy Spirit would give them the right words to say and that they would stand firm and remember that the “Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are saved.” (Prov. 18:10)
1. Continue to pray for the teachers who are so diligently working at spreading Jesus’ love among the Zaramo in this area. Praise the Lord that two of them have been given positions of leadership in the school and are working quite closely with the very muslim Principal – one is the Assistant Principal and the other is in charge of Academic Affairs. Pray that God shines through in their interactions with the Principal and that he will come to know the One True God.
2. Pray for the Zaramo kids of this town. Between the preschool, the Christian teachers they have at school, and kids’ club each Saturday, the kids here are hearing God’s Story. Pray that as they hear, God would plant His Word and His Truth into their lives and that they would become a generation who blesses His name.
Rainy season has begun – and with it, I’m reminded of the verses in Isaiah 55:10-11: For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, … so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
1. Pray for the Christian school teachers who have a heart for church-planting who are
working in Zaramo areas. Pray that they would stand firm in their faith,
that they would “guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,” and that
they wouldn’t “grow weary of doing good” but be encouraged that “at the
proper time they will reap a harvest if they do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).
2. Pray that God would remove the blindness from the Zaramo, that they would
“taste and see that the Lord is good”. Pray that God would also remove the
incredible fear which binds them so tightly to the lies that Satan has fed
them for years.
A verse: Isaiah 9:2 –
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in
the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” – pray that verse would
come true among the Zaramo!
Pray for the Zaramo children – many are seeing and hearing the truth for the first time and are
realizing they’ve been told something very different all their lives by their parents, yet are hesitant to make a stand. Pray for a new generation of Zaramo who will be courageous and stand up for the truth. Pray for boldness for these kids to tell their parents what they’ve learned and what they know.
Ramadan Day 21: Pray that Muslims would ask God, “What shall we do to do the works of God?” and that they would hear and believe His reply, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)
Ramadan Day 10: The fourth pillar of Islam is Ramadan. Muslims are trying desperately to find favour with God by keeping the fast. Pray God would show them the truth of: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
Pray that God would remove the fear that paralyzes anyone even remotely interested in hearing about Jesus. The fear of being shunned and losing one’s community is so big, people are afraid even to listen – and how can they know God if they don’t hear about Him first?