“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16a)

Father, we pray as believers meet together that they would be prompted by the Spirit to humble themselves and confess their sins to one another. As they pray for each other, let your healing power bring restoration and healing to the brokenness in their lives.

Today, February 17, 2020, marks 9 years since the beginning of the civil war that led to the overthrow of Libya’s long-time dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. It is a public holiday in the country, and flags can be seen flying everywhere. Many are celebrating despite the fact the country is still in the midst of political chaos and fighting.

Father, today we ask for a spiritual revolution in the country of Libya. Let a spirit of repentance wash over this blood-stained land and hearts be cleansed from evil and sin through the blood of Christ.

As Psalm 34:4-5 declares, ” I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” 

Thank you for this truth Lord that for those who look to you in times of trouble, they will not be ashamed but rather their faces will be radiant. We pray for Libyan believers to look to you and seek you in the midst of their challenges. May their faces be radiant with the glory of the LORD.

In Matthew 20:29-34, we read the story of two blind men who cried out to Jesus when they heard he was passing by, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” Even when others told them to be quiet, they cried out even more!

Lord Jesus, we ask for Libyans today who are blind spiritually or physically to cry out to you asking for mercy. Thank you that you are merciful and you respond to those who cry out to you!

Lord God, we ask today for Libyan believers to find spouses who are believers and for Christ-centered marriages to be formed within your church. We ask for men who will be faithful husbands loving their wives just as Christ loves the church. We also ask for women who will joyfully submit to their husbands as a picture of the way the church submits to the lordship of Christ.

Jesus told a parable in Luke 18 about a persistent widow who kept coming to a judge asking for justice against her adversary and the judge gave her justice only because of her continual coming. Jesus admonishes us to keep praying and not lose heart asking them, “will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” (Luke 18:7)

We will keep coming to you Lord asking for your justice and your mercy to be shown to the people of Libya!

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.