Lord God, let the church in Libya be characterized by a devotion to prayer and to fellowship with one another, breaking bread together and hearing your Word together. Just like the first believers in Acts 2, we ask that they be “continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (v 42)
Though many shops are beginning to reopen, there still remains many people in Libya who are still not working due to the pandemic. More people these days are dealing with loneliness and boredom.
Father God, we know that relationship with you is the only true remedy for the emptiness and loneliness in our hearts. Only you can satisfy the deepest longings of our souls to be known, loved and secure in who we are. We ask for Libyans to come into life-giving relationship with you through Jesus Christ and help them to recognize that their religious acts don’t give them eternal life.
“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.” (Acts 10:44)
Father, we pray that today as your Word is spoken in Libya that your Holy Spirit would fall down and accompany your Word with signs and wonders. We pray for those who are hearing the message to believe today and be baptized in the name of Jesus! Pour out your Spirit, Lord!
True peace can only be found in you Jesus! Let there be a widespread revelation of the lack of peace in their hearts that their religion cannot fill and help Libyans to discover the peace you offer to them, Jesus.
Though the fighting in the capital has ended, the war has now shifted to Sirte, a strategic port city located about halfway between the capital of Tripoli and the city of Benghazi in the east. The country continues to be a proxy battleground for outside countries who are vying for influence due to Libya’s oil resources.
Father God, we pray today for the leaders of outside countries who are vying for control in Libya and ask for a miraculous work of unity to be reached between them. Let selfish motives be laid down, and we pray for humility and a desire for peace to outweigh a desire for money and resources.
We thank you and praise you Father for being a God who restores and rebuilds your people as they were intended to live according to your purposes. Thank you for the power of your cleansing blood, Jesus, that washes away our iniquities and has the power to make the people of Libya whole again. As the Lord spoke to Jeremiah about the people of Israel in Jeremiah 33:6-8, promising to bring healing, security and rebuilding them as they were at first, let it happen in Libya as well!
Tragically, there were 11 mass graves unearthed in the town of Tarhuna this past week, with evidence of some bodies buried alive including women and children. The news of these horrific crimes committed by Haftar’s forces have shaken people to the core.
Father, our hearts grieve and ache over these heinous acts of violence happening in Libya and we pray for people to recognize that the ugliness and wickedness in the hearts of man can only be healed by one perfect man who is Jesus and God. Let this spur people to action and to change and to acknowledgement that their religion is false.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure dwells in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5)
Lord God, we pray that in Libya there would be multiple generations of believers in families and we ask for grandparents and parents who will pass their faith onto their children through teaching them and modeling their faith.
Over the past 9 years, a growing number of widows are in Libya due to the heavy number of war casualties. Many of these women are younger with several children to care for.
Father, we lift up the widows in Libya today who are so valuable and known to you. We ask that they would come to know you as Father and enter into relationship with you through Jesus. Help the church in Libya to be obedient to your Word and know how to care for these widows who are in need.
This past week, the GNA forces aligned with the UN-backed government took back control of the last major stronghold of the town of Tarhuna from General Haftar’s forces. It’s yet to be seen what exactly this means for the future, but in the time being, the capital is finally in a state of peace after 14 months and many displaced families are beginning to return to their homes.
Father, we ask that in this period of respite from war, people would actually recognize the lack of peace in their own hearts that can only be satisfied by surrendering to Jesus. Reveal to them by your Spirit that true peace and victory is only found in your Son.