I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you: I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26
Welcome to Lent Prayer 2019!
This Lent, join us in praying for God's restorative, regenerative power to sweep through the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The women of the MENA region are often abused and mistreated in the name of "love". The impact of this extends far beyond the women themselves, resulting in emotionally-scarred children, dysfunctional families, unhealthy marriages and broken communities. Taking inspiration from Jesus' example of sacrificial love, SAT-7 programmes are helping to address these deep-rooted, damaging cultural beliefs and nurture flourishing relationships.
Our prayers over the next few weeks will focus on six different groups of people in the MENA: women, men, married couples, parents, young people, and the Church. Each week you'll find out more about each group, with a personal reflection and accompanying Bible verses and prayer points.
Pray that God will change hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, so that the people of the MENA will truly "flourish like the palm tree" (Psalm 92:12). And as you read and pray, may you be blessed with a new heart of hope and love for the people of the region.
Wed 6 March
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). As Lent begins, ask God to prepare your heart to spend time with Him. Pray that He will lead and encourage you as you pray for the people of the Middle East and North Africa over the coming weeks.
Thur 7 March
“Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Sometimes, when we look at the issues facing the world around us, it can become easy to lose heart. Thank God that Jesus has defeated death, and has the power to bring new life to the Middle East.
Middle Eastern men are expected to be strong and in control. But in an unstable region, the pressure can become too much. Pray that men will be given a new heart of strength and security in God. Go to week >
Middle Eastern marriages are often shaped by unhealthy gender roles, leading to abuse and resentment. Pray that married couples will be given a new heart of grace and love for each other. Go to week >
30 March - 5 April
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The story doesn't end here
"Every Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection, a yearly affirmation of the good news: It's not over when you think it is! Desperation, stagnation and death don't have the final word. There is resurrection. Life always wins..." Maggie Morgan, SAT-7 producer
Lent Prayer is part of our 'This is Love' campaign, which explores the issues experienced by women in the region and how they impact families and communities. We have plenty more resources for you, including an action booklet to help you show your love for the region, and PowerPoint slides to help you publicise the campaign with your church or group.