Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Prayer Request 1/27 - 2/2

Tuesday
In 2014 China manufactured three hundred million electronic cigarettes, about ninety percent of the global market. Many of the smaller manufacturers are unregulated and their cigarettes are laced with heavy metals, carcinogens and are more dangerous than real cigarettes. When their parents smoke, young people tend to learn to smoke early. We pray for Christian parents whose children smoke or have addiction problems. May the Lord answer their prayers and turn their children to the Lord.
Wednesday
Gambling has been a cash cow for Macau, a city of half a million people, accounting for over 80 percent of Macau’s economy. But, the recent anti-corruption campaign in China has drastically reduced the number of gamblers from China, especially the highrollers. Gambling is particularly a Chinese illness. We pray for Christians whose spouses gamble and philander. May the Lord deliver them and give them people who can and will support and comfort them in church.
Thursday
Macau gambling’s bearish outlook is caused by China's anti-corruption measures, a slowing economy and a lack of confidence in junket operations — the middlemen act on behalf of the casinos to attract big spenders by arranging their travel and handling their gambling credit. Gambling has ruined so many families. We pray for those who are devastated but refuse to give up to save their marriage. We ask the Lord for matured Christians to help them and that they will experience God’s presence even in the darkest time.
Friday
There is a saying that when a man gets rich he goes bad but when a woman goes bad, she gets rich. This shows that wealth is corrupting men--the figure of the newly-rich man as a womanizer was prevalent in the late 1990's and early 2000's--and women as well. We pray that Christians who become well-off financially will not become conceited and greedy, lest they fall and shame the name of God.
Saturday
The vast majority (90%) of businesswomen in China are either divorced or single. They feel pressure to get married but are often reluctant to do so because the men whom they consider their social equals demand them to quit working as a condition of marriage. We pray for sisters in the church who are either divorced or single. May the Lord bless them with vibrant spiritual life and much growth in the truth of God. May He be their strength and comfort, giving them the desire of their hearts.
Sunday
In China there is less of the sense that romantic relationships are tainted by money than one finds in the West. There is a sense that if one loves and cares for another person, he or she demonstrates that love through concrete actions. Many Christian couples in China divorce using the excuse of failure to provide adequate financial support. We pray for the marriages of all believers, that the church will provide Biblical teaching and practical counseling for their members
Monday
In a Chinese marital relationship love is demonstrated through fulfilling one's duties such as earning money for the needs of the family, doing domestic chores, and caring for those who are sick. Most of the young Christians have gotten married without pre-marital counseling so they do not know how to deal with conflict in a Biblical way. We pray that newly-wed Christian couples will have Jesus Christ as the Lord of their homes.
 
星期二
中國2014年製造了3億支電子煙,,佔全球市場的90%以上。眾多小型業者都不受工業法規管制,成品所含的重金屬和致癌物質之嚴重,甚至比真煙還更危險。現今有許多年輕人學家長抽煙。有些信徒的孩子也開始有不良嗜好和吸煙,求神的靈在這些年輕人心裡動工,引領他們杜絕不良癖好,歸回到主跟前,以神的同在為樂。
星期三
博彩業是澳門的搖錢樹。在這座50萬人口的城市經濟中,去年博彩業所佔比例為80%。但由於最近的反腐行動,中國賭客大大減少,尤其是那些豪賭者更是銳減。賭博是中國人的主要惡習,也破壞了無數家庭的完整和幸福。我們用禱告來記念信徒中有沉迷於嫖賭的配偶,求主拯救這些陷在罪中之樂的人,又給信徒在教會中有安慰和支持的同伴。
星期四
由於反腐行動、放緩的經濟,以及對中間人運作的缺乏信任,造成澳門賭客劇減。所謂中間人運作,就是中介代表賭場,安排豪客的行程和賭賬額度。許多賭徒深陷賭博的陋習難改,往往導致家庭破碎,婚姻無法挽回。我們特別為面對這種情況的信徒家庭禱告,求主興起成熟信徒能給予切時的幫助和輔導,讓神兒女在黑暗艱難的日子中,仍能經歷神的信實與同在。
星期五
俗語有云:「男人有錢就變壞,女人變壞就有錢。」反映了在中國,財富讓男人墮落的普遍現象。上世紀90年代末和本世紀初,新富階層中好色男人的形象真的很普遍,然而一些新貴女富豪們的放蕩形徑亦與男性無異。社會上敗壞的風氣也同樣嚴重侵入教會。願主保守每個信徒,不因著物質富裕而落入自欺、自負與貪婪裡,求主救我們逃離試探、誘惑,以免羞辱主的聖名。
星期六
大多數中國女商人中,九成是單身或已離異。那些單身女性有婚配壓力,但又不願意結婚,因為她們眼中有條件的男仕,大多會要求她們退出商場才能結婚。我們來為失婚及單身的姊妹禱告,求主賜給她們活潑的靈命,在神的真道上不斷長進;又求主自己成為她們的幫助與安慰,成全她們心中所願。
星期日
一些中國人不像西方人那樣浪漫,覺得金錢會玷污纯潔的愛情。中式的觀念是,如果你愛我,並且在乎我,請用行動來示愛。許多信徒離婚的理由,也是對方在供應家庭經濟上沒有盡到責任。我們為弟兄姊妹的婚姻祈求,求主幫助教會能按著聖經原則來教導婚姻家庭的課題,並給與信徒實際的幫助與諮商輔導。
星期一
在中國夫妻關係中,要通過履行家庭責任來表達愛,比如給家裡掙錢,幹瑣碎的家務活兒,在另一半生病時悉心呵護等等。許多年輕信徒夫妻根本沒有經歷婚前輔導就踏進婚姻,也沒有學習聖經的原則來建立基督化的家庭,他們是以世界的觀念來處理夫妻關係和衝突,常常完全沒有屬靈的智慧和裝備面對挑戰。我們為信徒的家庭都能尊基督為一家之主祈求。