Praise God for the gift of His Word. Ask Him to help guide our understanding as we strive to know and follow the Scriptures. Pray for God to strengthen our faith in and affection for Christ. Pray for the spread of the gospel to all peoples everywhere. Ask God to use each of us individually and us as a church to carry out God’s mission in our world.
This week, we are praying for The Lovelady Center, a residential Christian ministry dedicated to empowering women to overcome barriers such as addiction, homelessness, and re-entry from prison; and to walk forward with faith-driven hope for the future. The Lovelady Center serves over 500 women and children daily and is the largest transitional program of its kind in the country. The women and their children stay from six to nine months and then WorkFaith Birmingham prepares them for work as they leave the center. We are also praying for Christ Church United Methodist and Pastor Paul Lawler.
DAY 1: Pray for the women and children at The Lovelady Center to be open and responsive to the gospel, and receptive to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
DAY 2: Pray for wisdom for the Lovelady Center staff and leadership as they discern the unique needs of each Lovelady and child.
DAY 3: Pray for the Lovelady volunteers to follow God’s leading as He uses them to help restore women and their children to His good design for their lives.
DAY 4: Pray for the negotiations and real estate closing of Carraway Hospital, a property currently owned by The Lovelady Center.
DAY 5: Pray for God to continue to bless the ministries partnering with The Lovelady Center as they seek to serve the women and children under their care through additional relief and development.
DAY 6: Pray for the funds given by generous donors and partners to match the current ministry needs. Pray specifically for The Legacy of Love Luncheon, the fundraising event taking place on February 12.
This week we are praying for an unreached people group called the Hui. There are around 15 million Hui in China and only a handful of believers. There is no known Hui church and access to Hui communities can be challenging. The Hui are an ethnically Chinese Muslim people group. To be Hui is to be Muslim – it is the core of who they are. Even if they don’t fully understand it, or even follow it the same as some other countries do, it has been hidden deep inside of them from the time they were very young. Mandarin Chinese is the heart language of the Hui in both spoken and written form. But their spiritual language is a mixture of Arabic and Persian. Close to 99% of the Hui population is Muslim. It is estimated that .006% are Evangelical Christians. Join us as we pray for the Hui. For more information visit pray4hui.com.
DAY 1: Although there are 15 million Hui scattered throughout China, very few (including the Chinese church) are intentionally planting their lives among the Hui to tell them about Christ. The Hui are in desperate need of more laborers to boldly proclaim the gospel. Pray for God to send thousands of workers into the harvest among the Hui.
DAY 2: Most Hui are hostile towards the gospel and reject it at all costs. Pray for God to stir within the hearts of Hui men and women a desire to know more about Christ. Pray for God to open their eyes to see their need for a Savior.
DAY 3: The church has grown exponentially among the majority Han people and they have visions of taking the gospel to other nations. Pray for God to give Han church leaders a vision to reach their Hui neighbors.
DAY 4: Pray for many Hui to hear the gospel, repent, and believe in Christ and for God to use Han believers as agents for accomplishing this mission.
DAY 5: Many Hui believers experience isolation and loneliness. Ask God to help Hui believers find one another so they might grow together and encourage each other. Pray for the Hui believers to boldly share, even though it will cost them greatly.
DAY 6: Thank God for the Brook Hills Church Planting Team we currently have working among the Hui. Pray for the relationships they have with their Hui friends to bear fruit as we long to see the first convert and the beginning of the Hui church.