Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Prayer Request 9/17 - 9/23

Tuesday
Because they feared they would lose control of China's youth, the Communist Party, demanded sweeping political education across China's more than 283,000 primary and secondary schools but these changes have run into opposition and even mockery from some parents and educators. We pray that believer parents in China will know what the Bible requires of them, to raise godly children for the Lord and to pray for them so they will walk in His path. (Mal 2:15)
Wednesday
Some better-educated parents in China protested an official decision to make traditional Chinese medicine a required course for fifth-grade students. Parents worried that such changes would come at the expense of instruction in subjects like biology and chemistry. Nearly all the children in China today are of the only-child generation who bear all the hope and expectation of their parents, Christians are no exception. Unfortunately, spiritual nurturing is often an afterthought or even ignored. We pray that the Lord will move parents to know that their most precious achievement is that their children will know God.
Thursday
Mr. Xi’s educational campaign has also extended to universities, where officials have banned textbooks that promote “Western values” and punished professors for straying from the Communist line. Some scholars describe restrictions on free speech in the classroom to be very severe. Many believers demand that their children learn everything and expect the best from them, thus giving themselves and their children a lot of pressure, and straining the parent-child relationship. We pray that God will remind the parents to provide spiritual teaching and model their faith.
Friday
As Mr. Xi raised the volume in patriotic education, critics fear that the Party’s message is getting drowned out in younger generations immersed in social media and the internet. A recent study found that students in China appear to be tuning out excessive propaganda. In China, children are the focus, if not the center of a family, and more important than God even for the Christian families. We pray for believing parents so they will teach their children to fear God and seek His wisdom in how to discipline them so they will walk in His path.
Saturday
In 2010, an official national survey found that the “incessant ideological indoctrination by the Chinese government turns out to be counterproductive,” with trust in the government falling among those who received higher levels of education. When children in China received atheistic and patriotic education, plus indoctrination of the Communist Party from their teachers, they are naturally hostile to their parents' Christian faith. Let us pray for a healthy parent-child relationship for every Christian family, and that the Lord will help all parents live out His love and grace.
Sunday
Chinese schools prohibit students from having any religious beliefs and practice any religion on campus. Schools make use of the daily flag-raising ceremony, assemblies and other activities to strengthen students' ideological education and to inspire loyalty to the Party. Christian families face tremendous pressures in China. Many Christian parents will allow their children not to admit their faith and avoid troubles. We pray for comfort for all Christian parents and that God will help them live out their faith for their children, and stand in the gap for their children.
Monday
As part of Mr. Xi’s effort to glorify the early days of the Party and its role in defending China from foreign invaders, the new Chinese educational curriculum features prominently anti-Japanese sentiment. We pray for wisdom and good parent-child relationship, so Christian parents can teach and communicate God’s word to their children, be able to teach the children His love and forgiveness, and be an example of God’s unconditional love.

星期二
對於國家在廿八萬多所中國中、小學加強政治教育,以圖掌控年輕人思想的做法,一些家長和教育工作者極力反對,甚至嘲笑這樣的改變。求主幫助信徒家長知道,聖經對養育子女首要的要求,就是為神培育出敬虔的後裔(瑪2:15),一生蒙主保守、赐恩福。求主常常提醒父母要儆醒為子女祈求,不偏離祂的道路。
星期三
有些擁有較高學歷的家長針對中國教育部門將中醫課程定為小學五年級學生的必修課表示異議,擔心這種變化會減少生物和化學等主科的授課時間。今天中國的孩子們,大多數都還是獨生子女,父母將一切都寄託在孩子身上。信徒家長也不例外,以致屬靈的教育常淪為次要,甚至被忽略。求主引領信徒家長的眼光,能夠更著眼永恒的價值,知道我們養育兒女最重大的成果,就是孩子能認識神、一生緊緊跟隨神。
星期四
國家主席 - 習的思想教育運動也擴展到大學。禁止宣揚「西方價值觀」的教科書,並懲罰那些偏離黨方針路線的教授。一些學者表示課堂上的言論自由已遭嚴重限制。許多信徒家長也要求孩子什麼都學,且成績要優秀,帶給自己和孩子沉重壓力,親子關係不堪。求主幫助親子間能有良好關係,尤其提醒父母著重子女靈性培育和以身教見證信仰,成就他們人生的祝福。
星期五
當前習等中國領導人正大力提倡愛國思想教育,他們擔心對沉浸在社交媒體和互聯網的年輕一代人來說,共產黨的信息正在被淹沒。有研究發現,學生們似乎不再理睬刺耳的宣傳。孩子是中國人家裏的重心和未來,即使在信徒家庭,常常遠比神重要。我們要為信徒家長祈求,尋求神的智慧來管教孩子,教導孩子敬畏神,並在社會上給民眾的紛擾信息中,有清潔純全的心,持定信仰,不被搖動。
星期六
根據2010年的一次全國性民意調查,發現「中國政府持續不斷的意識型態灌輸產生了適得其反的效果」,實際上那些受過高等教育的民眾對政府的信任程度正持續下降。當孩子接受無神論和愛國忠黨教育的灌輸後,自然認知父母所篤信的與老師傳授的是敵對的。求主給家長智慧和謹慎,能引導孩子從屬天的角度去思想屬地的事,在這越發張狂和彎曲的世代裡能分辨是非,不中惡者的詭計。求主賜給家長們多有主的愛和來自上頭的恩典。
星期日
學校禁止學生有任何宗教信仰,堅決抵制宗教進入中國校園。上級特別要求教育機構要充分利用升旗儀式,召開主題班會等活動,加強學生的思想教育,讓學生向共產黨靠攏。來自基督徒家庭的孩子自然地面臨許多壓力。很多信徒家長允許孩子隱藏自己是基督徒的身份,避免麻煩。我們求神幫助、安慰祂的兒女,無論在何景況下都能靠主喜樂,在兒女面前活出信仰,並站在破口上為他們守望。
星期一
反日情緒也是新版中國教科書其中一個重要特徵,這高層為美化中國共產黨作出的努力,包括共產黨早期歷史,以及在保衛祖國、抵禦外寇上所起的作用。求主賜信徒家長有智慧和有美好的親子關係來跟孩子溝通和教導,也有從神而來的愛和包容,自己成為不計算人惡,以寬恕為懷來展現神無條件之愛的好榜樣。