Father, you have called each of us to walk “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3)

We pray for the church worldwide today including your children in Libya to eagerly desire to foster and maintain unity in the Spirit.

In 630 BC, Greek colonists founded Apollonia, an important commercial center which served as the harbor of Cyrene (Simon’s hometown). Under Roman rule, its name changed to Susa and has remained so since the Muslim invasion. Lord, we pray for the ancient ruins to be rebuilt, for dry bones to rise. Lord Jesus, bring the dead to life in Susa. May it once again be a place where your Name is known and worshiped.
God, we praise you that more and more believers are boldly sharing with family members and friends, and we thank you for several who received the good news these last few weeks as a result of their relatives’ witness. We celebrate your kingdom advancing! Please protect and guide these young sheep.

Today, Libyans along with the rest of the Muslim world are celebrating the Eid al Adha, which commemorates the time in which God provided a ram in place of Abraham’s son for a sacrifice. Many families are slaughtering a sheep and will give a portion to the poor, a portion to relatives and then keep the rest.

Father God, we thank you for the way in which this story points to Jesus as the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. We ask for the eyes of Libyans’ hearts to be opened today to Jesus as their atoning sacrifice and that he willingly took their place.

Lord Jesus, we pray that there would be “no place left” to preach the gospel in Libya. Send out laborers into every city,town, and village to herald your kingdom. May nothing stand in the way of the good news going forth! We pray for great vision and strength to sustain your precious children in Libya, that they would overcome and bring you honor and glory.