Today we pray for…
Attendees: Ember, Laura, Rebecca V., and Virginia
We pray and ask God to fill each lady with the knowledge of his WILL through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray this in order that each of them may live a life WORTHY of the Lord and may PLEASE him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that they may have great ENDURANCE and PATIENCE, and JOYFULLY give THANKS to the Father. Colossians 1:9-12 (paraphrased)
May the retreat be a time of “spiritual adjustment – like from the chiropractor – a re-alignment” of the ladies’ hearts, minds, and bodies to have a sharpened focus of Jesus, and who they are to Him. Reaffirm their calling, and in whatever stage of ministry they find themselves, may they return with the assurance of your pleasure in them and presence in their next steps.
As attendees arrive, (please bring each of them on time and without complications!) let a sweet spirit of prayer, acceptance, and excitement be evident in each greeting. Envelope each woman with Your presence as they are welcomed. We ask that this be a sanctuary, a safe haven, and a place of peace. Holy Spirit, saturate every detail. May they feel comfortable and “at home.” Bless every encounter with grace, love, and joy. Help them navigate all the various options for their free time.
Father, bless the interactions of each small group; lead them in authentic sharing and listening. Pour out Your presence during the 20-minute sanctuary of prayer time this evening, may they experience a touch of intimacy with You.
Lord, we praise You for the move of the Holy Spirit in many denominations in Tanzania resulting in vigorous outreach, bold faith, and vision for kingdom advancement. Thank You for the many Muslims that are coming to Christ. We pray for good leadership training, training facilities, and for the necessary funding. Thank You that the ministry among young people has been particularly encouraging, but we ask You to help them as they face the challenges of low employment prospects and the increasing exposure of Western influences. We lift up Zanzibar which has been used for centuries as the Arab base for African slave trade. We pray for the few believers there, may they be preserved and be effective as witnesses for You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.