Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prayer Request 4/22 - 4/28

TuesdayChinese peasants have always seen college education as the main way to get out of their poverty but a college diploma is no longer a guarantee to a job. Hence, parents must re-think their strategy. We ask for wisdom for young people in the church who face the choice between choosing a career and doing advanced study. May the Lord enable them to see the direction and the steps toward His goal for them and may their parents be willing to let the Lord use their children for His work.
Wednesday
We need to pay more attention to the needs of the wives of pastors in the churches of China that their personal growth. Their well-being mean a lot for their own families and the healthy development of their church as well. We pray for strength, revival of spiritual life, the joy of the Lord and a sense of God's presence for each and every one of them and that churches will be appreciative of them and recognize the great sacrifice they make--care about them holistically.
Thursday
A good wife is the best helper for a pastor when she exemplifies a positive, responsive, victorious life that is full of hope. She can be a channel of blessing for the whole church. We pray for more people who care about the family of their pastors, especially his wife, We ask the Lord for more sisters who can be close friends to the pastor's wife and through their loving care and involvement bring revival to their church.
Friday
The major challenge to people who lead college ministries in China comes in issues of co-habitation, dating, and countering the secular view of marriage. Once the students begin to live together, they fall prey to lust and find it very difficult to extract themselves from that lifestyle. We pray for wisdom for those who minister among college students so they will be able with great tact, compassion, and friendship to help their young people discern God's will for their lives.
Saturday
When it comes to dating, young seekers in the college fellowships usually approach it base on “feeling” or “gut instinct”. Among the believers, even though they know dating is for seeking marriage partner, but they are deeply influenced by secular views and attitudes. We know a bit of the difficulties of ministering to the college students, especially in dating, they often make their leaders sad. So, we pray that they would not discouraged, but rather able to serve their students with acceptance and love, helping them to mature spiritually and know His will.
Sunday
Chinese girls these days look for tall, rich, and handsome men and men look for fair-skinned, rich, and beautiful girls. Many young Christians hold this exact same view and do not consider the quality of spiritual life at all. Many young Christian workers fail miserably in this aspect and even give up serving in the church. We pray for them that the Lord will revive them spiritually and lead them back to church knowing full well that God would never forsake or condemn them.
Monday
Many of the ladies In the churches in China are forced to marry non-believers because there are always fewer men in the church to begin with and the brothers are not good matches. Hence, they are forced to many non-Christians. We pray for those sisters who are advanced in age and are afraid of "being left out of marriage". We pray for peace and joy for them knowing the God has a great plan ahead for them so they will not lower their standard but rather seek to know and do God's will in their lives.

星期二
農民一向視上大學為脫貧的重要台階。可是現今日的中國社會,大學畢業證書已不再是生活無憂的保障。大學畢業生就業困難的現象,開始令不少父母再思讓兒女讀大學的必要性。求主幫助教會中的青年人有主賜的智慧選擇前路,也讓基督徒父母在衡量子女升學問題時,能以主的價值觀來看兒女的未來,也願意讓主在子女生命中作工。
星期三
教會應該更關注師母群體的靈命成長及關懷等事工,這不僅是關乎牧者家庭的幸福和諧,更是整個中國教會事工健康開展的重要因素。我們來為師母們禱告,願神加添她們的力量,復興她們的靈命,常存喜樂,經歷神的同在。也求主賜給教會有感恩的心,肯定師母們的犧牲擺上,更實際地關心她們在身心靈上的需要 。
星期四
稱職的好師母會活出像主般的生命:積極、負責、充滿盼望的得勝生活;她會是牧者最大的助力,也是整個教會蒙受祝福的泉源。求主興起更多信徒去關心傳道人的家庭,尤其是師母,能有更多姐妹成為師母的屬靈同伴,藉著姐妹們的熱心參與,帶來教會的復興。
星期五
牧養當今大學生團契的最大挑戰是抗衡社會流行的同居、擇偶和婚戀觀。在社會風氣的影響下,同學容易耳濡目染、隨波逐流。當同居後,就很難脫離,軟弱地陷在情慾的轄制中,需要加倍努力才能掙脫開。 我們為服事大學生的同工們有聖靈的引導禱告,能有智慧幫助年輕信徒明白神在他們一生的旨意,也有技巧地帶著愛與憐憫來教導同居的同學們認識神的心意。
星期六
大學生團契裡慕道者的婚戀觀,基本上持著一般非信徒的態度,多以「經歷」、「感覺」來尋找伴侶;在信徒當中,雖大部分在理性上知道以「結婚」為目的,但仍會受世俗觀念影響,態度搖擺不定。我們知道牧養大學生的種種困難,尤其在輔導交友、婚姻上,常使同工們倍受挑戰。求主賜他們信心堅持主的託負,更有愛心來扶持學員,幫助他們在人際與靈命上更成熟,揀選謹守神的旨意。
星期日
女孩子愛找「高富帥」(高大、富有、帥氣的男性),男生則要找「白富美」(皮膚白皙、家庭富裕並相貌出眾的女性),信徒也受到世俗影響,寧願找漂亮、帥氣的,而不選有美好屬靈生命的對象。許多很好的年輕同工,往往在交友上失敗,或愛上不信的異性,導致服侍減少,甚至遠離神。我們為這類信徒禱告,求主復興他們,親自用慈繩愛索挽回他們。
星期一
由於教會裡男女信徒的比例失衡,姊妹們很難找到契合的另一半;有些教會裏的弟兄還不如社會上的男生品格好、有能力,姊妹們也對教會弟兄感到失望。我們紀念教會中年紀比較大的姐妹,她們常有成為「剩女」的恐懼。求神幫助她們靠主滿有平安、喜樂,知道神在她們的一生有美好的計劃,也不降低標準,在婚姻的選擇上,專心尋求神的帶領。