The Streams of Prayer for November 9, 2020 is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. This is available through Wycliffe Caribbean.
Mission belongs to God and the agent of mission is the Church. Please join with us as we pray for Alliance organisations engaged in the Church Participation Stream and for the Church as it participates in the Bible translation movement.
Shalom and Generosity
We know about and constantly experience living in a world that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA). 2020 has been a year of great upheaval in every country of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wars, suffering, death, famines and poverty. Yet God is the God of peace. When the Bible talks of God’s shalom it refers to the reconciliation of relationships between people and God, with oneself, between each other and with God’s creation. Shalom is one of the themes for this week’s Streams of Prayer. It is also the theme for the Wycliffe World Day of Prayer to be held on 11 November.
The second part of the theme is Generosity. As God loves and cares for us in this VUCA world we respond generously to others, as acts of thanksgiving and worship to him. In this way, the Alliance expresses God’s love to other Alliance organisations, language communities, partner organisations and others. We all carry God’s shalom and express it in many different ways, including sharing finances, expertise, prayer and support. For example, Alliance organisations can show generosity by committing to pray for other Alliance organisations. One way to do that is to participate in the Partnering in Prayer initiative prior to the World Day of Prayer in November.
Wycliffe World Day of Prayer: Global
The theme for the Wycliffe World Day of Prayer this year is shalom. Most of this year’s World Day of prayer events will be held this week and especially on 11 November. Ask God to fill those who will be leading and speaking at World Day of Prayer events with God’s peace and strength and that they would sense his Spirit at work in their own lives. Pray for worship leaders and all who will serve to know God’s enabling. Pray especially for those organising online and other virtual gatherings.
Shalom in a VUCA world: Global
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced even more uncertainty, change, disappointment and frustrations than normal. Pray that each one attending a Wycliffe World Day of Prayer event this year will encounter and be changed by God’s shalom and rest. Pray that those attending virtual events will feel connected with one another and that God will increase unity amongst those who are geographically far apart. For inspiration watch Alliance Executive Director Stephen Coertze’s video Shalom in a VUCA World.
Shalom transforms communities and nations: Global
Ask God to bring his peace, wholeness and transformation to language communities served by Alliance Organisations. Pray that governments and nations will experience shalom in this tumultuous time as staff of the Wycliffe Global Alliance and Alliance organisations and gather together to pray with partners at Wycliffe World Day of Prayer events.
Partnering in Prayer: Global
The Wycliffe World Day of Prayer is also a time to pray for all those involved in the Bible translation movement and especially for other Alliance organisations. This is one way we can show generosity to the rest of the Wycliffe Global Alliance. Partnering in Prayer is an initiative whereby two Alliance organisations or an Alliance organisation and an SIL operational unit share prayer needs and dedicate time to pray for each other during their World Day of Prayer events. Pray for all Alliance organisations involved in Partnering in Prayer this year. Ask God to build community and foster unity as a result of their prayers for one another.
Pray a blessing: Global
The Wycliffe World Day of Prayer is a great opportunity to thank God for all he is doing in and through the Wycliffe Global Alliance. Use this video to pray a blessing over the Alliance and each organisation which is part of it.
Physical and spiritual peace: Central African Republic
Praise God for peace and security in the Ngbugu Community Region. Life is returning to normal after almost three years of violence and conflict due to competing armed factions. Pray for the committee established to plan the launch of the New Testament in Ngbugu. They need wisdom, intelligence and provision as they promote the use of the Scriptures in 35 locations. Pray that many lives would be transformed and that many would experience shalom as they interact with God’s Word.
Peace in the midst of pain: Peru
In the Apurímac region of Peru, AIDIA is working to see communities transformed through the Word of God. As part of their strategy, they provide Scripture broadcasts on the radio. One woman shared the following: “I was in bad health and bedridden. I turned on my radio and heard the Word of God in Quechua. It reached my heart. I understood the Almighty God loved me and sent His Son to die for me. I began to listen to the radio program every night. No one preached to me. I found the Lord just by listening to His Word. Now I believe in Jesus and know He is my Savior. I know I will be with Him when I die because that is what He promises in His Word.” Praise God for the power of translated Scripture.
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