“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
Lord Jesus, we exalt you as our King today and we ask for your kingdom to come among all peoples in Libya. Let your kingdom be what our hearts seek after first and let this be true among your followers in Libya as well.
Forgiveness is very counter-cultural in Libya. If someone wrongs you, it is a normal response to cut that person off and not speak again. Father, we pray for believers in Libya to love one another and to forgive one another when they hurt each other. We pray for the church in Libya to be a unified body who model the love of Christ to each other and choose forgiveness and love rather than bitterness and hatred.
Father, we pray for the new Prime Minister-elect Dbeibah and for a peaceful transition of governing authorities in the nation of Libya as the new Government of National Unity is formed. Let those parties who are seeking to divide and prevent this new government from forming fail in their efforts. We ask for wise and compassionate leaders to be raised up to help the people of Libya.
In a culture where “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is pretty normative, the words of Jesus to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” are pretty radical.
Lord Jesus, we ask for your disciples in Libya to walk in such radical love that those around them would marvel and wonder at the difference they see in their lives. We pray for your Spirit to empower them to love those who hate them and forgive those who treat them wrongly.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9)
Father, we pray a blessing of perseverance and strength for all those laboring in the country of Libya today. Let them be reminded of your promise that in due season they will reap that which they have sown and help them to trust you with every seed which they sow.
There is a friend group of 3 young men who met together this past week and discussed their religious beliefs. All of them feel somewhat skeptical of religion and deceived by Islam.
Father, we ask for this group of men and for revelation from the Spirit to be poured out upon them! Let their discussions of religion and philosophy feel empty and meaningless. Awaken in their hearts a desire to know you, Jesus. Let their questions lead them to study the words of Jesus and what you spoke through your Holy Word.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
Help us Lord as your people, the church, to be continually rejoicing and praying as we set our gazes upon you and the eternal hope we have received in you. When we face trials, help us and the Libyan believers to not become anxious but bring all of our needs to you in prayer with thanksgiving.
We praise you Father for Amy who received a copy of the New Testament with joy and is eager to discover more about you as she reads. Thank you for the softness of her heart, and we ask that as she reads, revelation from your Spirit would be poured out upon her!
“But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:20)
Amen! Let it be so in Libya that among every people group and tribe your Word would fall on hearts of good soil leading to reproducing, multiplying movements of people coming to Christ. We pray that among the new believers their hearts would be good soil and that each one would reproduce as well.
Today (February 17) is a public holiday that commemorates the revolution that occurred in 2011, 10 years ago, which led to the ousting of the long-standing dictator, Gaddafi. There are big celebrations among some groups, but there are also many Libyans who refuse to celebrate as they feel as though the country is no better off than before.
Father, we pray for Libyans who are reflecting today on the last decade to be drawn to your Word. Give them ears to hear your voice and let them not harden their hearts. Bring about revival and true repentance among every people group in Libya!