Tag: Day of Prayer
Imagine being in a room with 100 people – they might be strangers to you, or perhaps they are work colleagues, neighbors, friends or even family.
With varied climates, cultures and landscapes, it would appear that the countries and people of Europe have little in common. But one thing is true for almost all Europeans – they lack a personal relationship with the Son. 98.5% of Europeans have been blinded by the evil one, making them oblivious to this void in their lives. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (HCSB) offers a fitting description of their plight. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” They have placed their faith in traditions, rituals, false religions, governments, and material possessions and as a result have a false sense of security. That security is deteriorating, however, as Europeans face various issues – the economic crisis, high unemployment, and bank failures, as well as conflict over immigration, religion and cultural identity. Anxiety and despair fill their hearts and they are left with no place to find hope and comfort. Our EUROPEAN PEOPLES AFFINITY personnel desire to bring hope to the hopeless, sight to the blind and freedom to those trapped in sin. For this reason we have set aside Oct. 21, 2012 as a Day of Prayer for European Peoples. Will you join us on this day and intercede that the barriers preventing the spread of the gospel will crumble and that multitudes of Europeans will turn to Christ?
Today is “Victory Day” in most of the countries of the former Soviet Union. In light of this, the BLACK SEA ORTHODOX CLUSTER has designated May 9 as a Day of Prayer for victory throughout the 6 countries of our Cluster – Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine. Intercede for the millions throughout these nations, who have never experienced the Son’s victory over the enemy through His death on the cross. Petition the Father to raise up multitudes of believers in each of these nations, proclaiming victory of sin through the cross of Christ.
Europeans need the Lord! Over 97% of the people of Europe do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. They trust in themselves, their governments, their jobs, their families, their education, but they don’t turn to the Lord. Those who are “religious” follow church traditions and rituals instead of the truth found in the Bible. Western Europeans tend to be post-modern in their thinking and Eastern Europeans are still influenced by the ideals of their former communist, atheistic governments. A fresh wind is beginning to blow across these nations, however, and slowly, one by one, people are placing their faith in Christ. Some of their stories are told in the new prayer guide for European Peoples (available on http://imbeurope.org.) Much intercession is still needed, however, to open additional hearts and to allow the gospel to flow freely among Europeans. Please join the EUROPEAN PEOPLES AFFINITY GROUP on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 for a DAY OF PRAYER for European Peoples. Petition that many Europeans will recognize their need for a Savior, place their faith in Christ, and follow Him in obedience.