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2012

MALAYSIA

24-­‐7 Year of Prayer for

Let Justice Prevail

Micah 6:8

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what

does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to

love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”


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foreword by Rt. Rev. Datuk Ng Moon Hing

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia

All Christians will agree that prayer is a very important part of Christian life and witness.

However, there is insufficient prayer offered by Christians worldwide at all times. There is

actual no excuse for Christians not to pray but in reality it is an irony. I am glad that the

24-­‐7-­‐365 Prayer Movement is timely for Malaysians. Apart from personal and current

issues in the country, we should be in season and out of season ever-­‐ready to pray alone

or in a group anytime, anywhere indoor or outdoor.

I have encountered Christians who have unresolved queries on the motives, purposes,

contents and usefulness of prayer. However, I do wish to encourage all Christians to

continue to pray and pray daily. I do wish to share a few thoughts on prayer.

• We pray because we want to agree with God and not to change His Will. We certainly

can’t. God has definitely pre-­‐determined His Will from the beginning of time and no

one can change that but you and I do not know when and how His Will is executed.

• We pray in order to flow with His Will in His time.

• We pray because we cannot get many things done well by our own intelligence,

strength and effort. We need His intervention.

• We pray because we are His creation and want to be close to Him and to worship Him.

• We pray because we want to thank Him for who He is and what He has done.

• We pray because we care and love His creation and desire all His appointed order will

be in good management.

We are living in the most exciting period of all times. According to the Scripture, we are

already in the last days. We inevitably need His Spirit’s guidance and wisdom to face the

challenges of this untamed and unruly world. Prayer is one of the crucial, powerful and

necessary weapons in the pursuit of God’s pathway of holiness and in spiritual warfare.

Let us take after Apostle Paul’s exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-­‐17 – “Rejoice always,

pray unceasingly”. Our world, country, city, community, friends, neighbours, family and

ourselves need our prayers desperately. Don’t let yourselves fall into a state of regret for

not praying.

Arise and pray!

Bishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing


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What is a 24-7 Year of Prayer?

“IMAGINE. Non-­‐stop, night-­‐and-­‐day, 24-­‐7-­‐365… a whole year of

people praying with one voice… to one God. Awesome.”

– 24-­‐7 Prayer International

Habakkuk 1: 5

“Look at the nations

and watch -­‐ and be

utterly amazed. For I

am going to do

something in your

days that you would

not believe, even if

you were told.”

IMAGINE!

• 52 24-­‐7 Prayer Rooms, running one after the other in an

unbroken chain for 366 days from 1 st January until 31 st

December, 2012;

• 52 churches /prayer networks/groups taking on a week of 24-­‐7

Prayer each;

• Each youth/church group organising their very own creative,

user-­‐friendly 24-­‐7 prayer “Boiler Room” across the nation;

• Mobilising young people filling each of the 168 hours in the

allotted week with prayer, poetry, music and art;

• The excitement as each group hands over the “prophetic

prayer baton” to the next group and sharing what God has

spoken;

• Groups really stretching themselves towards filling a whole

week with uninterrupted prayer through discipline and the

sacrifice!

Would you risk it all for Jesus? Would you take

the challenge?


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What’s the Vision?

Why do a Year of Prayer? Imagine -­‐ A year of unbroken prayer to

bringing unity, reconciliation, connecting churches and prayer

networks, making commitments, seeking breakthroughs, and

waiting on God to answer our prayers and reset our priorities!

Luke 18:7 (ISV)

“Won't God grant

his chosen people

justice when they

cry out to him day

and night? Is he

slow to help

them?”

• Unity. Unity in prayer, for the sake of advocacy, justice and mission

is powerful and transformational. Bringing very different people,

churches, denominations and prayer networks together,

experiencing ‘togetherness’ in prayer together with our worldwide

family who have risked running 24-­‐7 Prayer Rooms. IMAGINE, a year

of 24-­‐7 Prayer Rooms, across the nation, connecting individual

churches/groups together, fusing the ‘local’ 24-­‐7 Prayer Room

activity with a greater initiative and identity;

• Commitment. God honours serious commitment to prayer. A long

period of prayer – especially so if this is for one year is not just an

activity or a program, but a serious commitment and will be costly;

• Peacebuilding. We believe that putting in a sustained period of

prayer for this nation will bring about the turning point to the nation

for peace and reconciliation as we grapple with injustice, asset

grabbing and a disunited church and nation;

• Waiting on Him. God wants us to take time off and to wait on Him.

Let us set aside everything and take time off from our busy-­‐ness and

put energy into the things that matter to Him; to be still, seek His

will to be done, and His kingdom to come;

• New priorities. Just a glance at the church across the world will

reveal this new priority for prayer and action. Let God reset and

reshape our priorities to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ and lift His

name up high over the nation.


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Why 2012?

Esther 4:14

“For if you remain

silent at this time,

relief and

deliverance …will

arise from

another place….

And who knows

but that you have

come to your

royal position for

such a time as

this?”

WDOP

2012 to

focus on

Malaysia!

Malaysia

ushers in

the Year

of Jubilee!

13 th

General

Elections

On 2 nd March 2012, all nations and members of the

World Council of Churches will unite in solidarity in a

World Day of Prayer to pray for Malaysia, using a

common liturgy, with the theme “Let Justice Prevail”!

Malaysian churches will be praying in solidarity on 3 rd

March 2012.

Malaysia came into being on September 16, 1963 when

Sabah and Sarawak came together with Malaya to

form the new nation. On September 16, 2012 Malaysia

ushers in the beginning of its 50 th year!

Malaysia’s General Elections are just around the

corner! We need to soak the country in prayer to raise

righteous leaders and bring justice back to the nation.

Call to

Justice

The clarion call for justice is screaming loud from all

Malaysians, not just the Christian community.

Malaysia needs prayer like never before!


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‘Shall not the Judge of all the earth

do right?’ -­‐ Genesis 18:25

Why Justice? Because …..

" Of who God is!

" All His ways are justice; Jesus will

come back again as the great

Judge!

" He is a God of righteousness and

faithfulness;

" God commands us to do what is

right;

" God’s people must reflect who He is,

and do what is right. This is what

we ought to be;

" God’s people must repent, as we

have not upheld His righteousness;

" We want to claim every area of our

public and private lives, and every

area of influence, to come under His

Lordship and reign.

Politics &

Government

Social &

Education

Environment &

Creation Care

Economic

& Finance

Faith, Family &

Fullness of Life

The Hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia


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How to Use this Prayer Guide

1. First get your network/group/church to commit to seven (7)

24-­‐hour periods of prayer or 168 hours for one whole week.

[It will cost you. These sacrifices of time at awkward moments in a busy

week will cost some more than others, but these sacrifices of prayer and

praise are worth something immeasurable.];

2. Each month carries a prayer theme. Each theme has 7 points

to carry you through 7 days. Each point carries the main

prayer item to enable members of your team to devote time

to meditate and pray over that theme daily throughout your

group’s week of commitment;

3. Each prayer theme is also accompanied by suggestions for

creative ways to pray, verses for meditation. The pink section

at the bottom of the page helps us to remember the nations

as it includes international days to assist in praying alongside

our worldwide family and to plan combined prayer dates;

4. God's plan and purpose for our lives is unveiled through a

relationship with God that is filled with confession that comes

from authentic worship. The Worship section hopes to be a

guide for you to build up a discipline of meditation as to who

God is, so that you may draw strength and new priorities as

you spend time with Him throughout the year;

5. Get a journal and use a single page to write your prayer and

reflections. Set aside time each day when you are able to

begin this practice. Share online to encourage teams before

and after;

6. To register and set up your prayer room, please go to

instructions on page 38;

7. As each group finishes the 24-­‐7 Prayer week, you will hand

over to the next church/group by passing the “Prayer Baton”

either by phone, or by people from the finishing church/group

visiting the next starting church/group.


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Prayer Theme of the Month

January

• Government

February

Justice System

March

• Church

April

• Women

May

• Media &

Politics

June

• Creation Care

July

• Migrants &

Refugees

August

• Indigenous

September

• Poor

October

• Ageing &

Disabled

November

• Youth and

Children

December

• Peace &

Reconciliation


THE GOD OF JUSTICE

Worship

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A Creative Way to Worship

Consider creating a journey in your prayer room by setting up interactive and

contemplative prayer stations. Plan your prayer room with areas using

words, images or symbols that will help meditation and experience through

this journey of faith and prayer. Create focal points around the room, using

murals, walls or zones for expression of that journey. Prepare for a time of

worship by asking each one to take off their shoes “for this is holy ground.”

Place worship CDs, poems, liturgy and candles as they enter. The lighting of

each candle symbolises each one being a light bringing transformation to a

dark world. Put a bowl of water as a reminder of purity and being holy as

each one draws close to God in prayer. On one of the walls, you can have,

say, “Worship Photography,” or provide art materials or a sketchbook for

youth to express their love for the Lord, and their awe of Him through visuals

and colour.

Isaiah 51:4-­‐5

“Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out

from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My

righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and

my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me

and wait in hope for my arm.”

Acts 17:30-­‐31

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands

all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will

judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has

given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”


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God-sized Prayer For God-sized Solutions

Nehemiah 1: 5-­‐11

“LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps

his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his

commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear

the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your

servants, the people of Israel.

I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s

family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly

toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws

you gave your servant Moses. Remember the instruction you gave

your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you

among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands,

then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather

them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a

dwelling for my Name.’ They are your servants and your people, whom

you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.

Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to

the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give

your servant success today by granting him favour in the presence of

this man.”


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2 Chronicles 7:14


If my people, who

are called by my

name, will humble

themselves and

pray and seek my

face and turn from

their wicked ways,

then I will hear

from heaven, and I

will forgive their

sin and will heal

their land.”

• The Story: Nehemiah hears the terrible conditions of Jerusalem and

weeps. He spends four months in fasting and prayer.

• Adoration. (Nehemiah 1:5). Let us stop everything and just meditate

on the character of this great God and His work on the cross

through our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us meditate on all the ways to

worship God in our lives that will glorify Him and lift His name on

high by our words and our action.

• Confession. (Nehemiah 1:6-­‐7). Nehemiah confessed before God that

their nation had forgotten the words that God had spoken. Just like

Nehemiah, our worship of who He is should lead us to realise the

bankruptcy of our ways and the knowledge of who we really are.

God’s holiness leads us to repentance, not only of ourselves, but

that we as a people of God in this nation have failed Him.

Let us humble ourselves and openly acknowledge that in our hearts,

that our love for Him has grown dim, and to seek His mercy and

restoration, His healing of our lives and our land. (2 Chron. 7:14)

• Intercession -­‐ God-­‐sized prayer for God-­‐sized solution. Nehemiah

petitions God on the basis of God's promise for the redeemed and

makes his request (Nehemiah 1:10-­‐11). God showed Nehemiah his

plan, one that would provide him with favour from the king. Let us

do likewise. Our nation needs a God-­‐sized solution. Let’s honour

Him by our God-­‐sized prayers.

Habakkuk 2:3

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end

and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly

come and will not delay.”

Habakkuk 3:17-­‐18

“...though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the

vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls. Yet

I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.”


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REMEMBERING OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM

“Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku,

Rakyat hidup, bersatu dan maju,

Rahmat Bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan,

Raja kita, selamat bertakhta.

Rahmat Bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan,

Raja kita, selamat bertakhta.”

English Translation

My country, the land where My blood flows,

Its people live, united and progressive,

May God in His mercy bless us with joy,

That our King may reign sovereign

May God in His mercy bless us with joy,

That our King may reign sovereign

Revelation 5:9

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open

its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased for

God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have

made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on

the earth.”


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JANUARY 2012

GOVERNMENT

1. 1 Timothy 2:1-­‐2 instructs that we should pray “for kings and all those in authority.” If

the powers of darkness are allowed to work undisturbed and influence people, they

will get control over governments and people in positions of authority. Pray that evil

strongholds that control and manipulate people in the political field and positions of

authority be pulled down in the name of Jesus;

2. Pray that Christians will have a deep conviction of justice in their hearts and boldly

proclaim justice to the nations, and will rise up to pray for the nation’s leaders;

3. Ask the Lord to protect Christians who walk in the corridors of power – that they

remain steadfast and honour our God in the discharge of their duties. Pray for

Christian politicians and public servants to be wise and bold, and not act in a manner

that will compromise the rights of Christians to practice their faith freely; that they

may be able to use their positions to transform society in a manner that will glorify

His name; that God would endow them with wisdom, shrewdness, understanding and

competence beyond their natural abilities; that God would grant them boldness and

courage in their witness, preserve them unspotted and keep their eye true in the

murky processes of political wrangling;

4. Pray for the raising of righteous and moral leadership. Pray for accountability of

elected leaders to support legislation that reflects truth, justice and mercy;

5. Pray for transformation of all government administrations, at national and state

levels, and that all public servants be righteous and have a deep sense of

accountability;

6. Those in career politics and public service who conceive mischief, plot or threaten to

pervert or distort justice, or seek to asset grab, be condemned and removed. Pray for

oppressors and godless leaders that they will lose their positions of power;

7. Pray for the salvation of our nation’s leaders, for conviction of sin, that they be

reconciled to God.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Consider prayer-­‐walking or prayer-­‐driving! Onsite praying is simply praying

in the very places where you seek God’s transforming power. Ask God to

“open your eyes spiritually” as you connect and discern the structures

and observe around you. Ask God to let you see His plans through His

eyes. Prayer-­‐driving will allow you to prayerfully cover a larger area.

Walking or driving, your call to pray for the government as you drive or

walk around key centres of authority and policy-­‐making will likely result in

a new awareness and spiritual sensitivity to the needs around you and

what God plans to do. Place pictures of cabinet ministers, mayors, state

assemblymen in your area, leading public servants as well as cuttings of

critical public policies for prayer. Put up a listing of all the parliamentary

and state seats so that you can pray effectively for upcoming general

elections.

Matthew 12:18

Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I

delight; I will put my spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the

nations.

Deuteronomy 16:20

Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the

land the LORD your God is giving you.

Zechariah 7:9

This is what the LORD almighty says: ‘administer true justice; show

mercy and compassion to one another.’

Remembering the Nations

Jan 27 International Day in memory of Holocaust victims


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FEBRUARY 2012

JUSTICE SYSTEM

Pray

1. For justice and righteousness, that the government be founded on truth and justice; for

lawmaking to be reformed and based on love for justice;

2. For god-­‐fearing judges who boldly uphold justice, especially in cases involving powerful

organisations, individuals or government; Pray for our police and court systems, that

none be deprived of justice, that the weak and vulnerable be protected from fraud and

corruption, and to pray against any form of discrimination;

3. For our nation to pro-­‐actively ratify international laws that uphold human rights –

particularly for refugees, children, women;

4. For more Christians to speak up for the poor and oppressed, and be involved in advocacy

for reform of the justice system, and to actively serve those directly affected by the

criminal justice system -­‐ caring for victims of crime, ex-­‐offenders seeking to re-­‐enter

society, and supporting families affected by crime. Pray for the salvation of prisoners and

their families so that they can be restored and reconciled;

5. For a criminal justice system to be reformed based on restorative and correctional

principles instead of the existing retributive system;

6. For the abolishing of laws that are detrimental to freedom of constitutional rights,

especially the right to the freedom to belief, and the freedom to speak and assemble.

Pray for the abolishing of the death penalty;

7. Against evil plans to bring about cosmetic changes to repressive laws such as the Internal

Security Act (ISA) with even more severe and abusive laws that are expected place issues

of religion and race under detention without trial.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Create a justice zone to post up cuttings of newspaper articles or

download from the internet issues of injustice and unrighteousness.

Uphold our family in Christ, especially those persecuted for their

unwavering faith in the Lord. Put up pictures of key leaders of the justice

system and figures of authority, or place them on decks of cards. Bring

these cards and cuttings with you to a quiet place where you can pray, or

lay your hands over each one as you pray and think how human dignity is

affected by the issue or situation.

Pray for God’s healing and transformation for all people impacted,

lawmakers and yourself. How he is asking you to respond to these

issues? Ask Him to give you action plans to put out and share with

others.

Leviticus 19:15

‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or

favouritism to the great, but judge your neighbour fairly.’

Deuteronomy 27:19

“Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the

fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

Amos 5:24

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-­‐failing

stream!”

Remembering the Nations

Feb 1 Federal Territory Day

Feb 20 World Day of Social Justice

Feb 22 Ash Wednesday (Start of Lent)


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MARCH 2012

CHURCH

Pray

1. That the church be not silent but be bold, compassionate, and to promptly act on all

issues of justice, and be a transforming influence both within and without;

2. That the church be a living witness to truth and freedom, to justice and peace, and to

faithfully participate fully in the life of the community and to advocate boldly for all

who are oppressed, vulnerable and poor as their acts of faith for the sake of God’s

glory and show of love for Him;

3. That church leaders will live holy lives, remain faithful and not be tempted to

compromise the preaching of the gospel in the face of attacks and intimidation on the

church; pray that the church will repent of its corruption, disunity and apathy;

4. That the church will show leadership and be a voice for those who have no voice, and

act responsibly towards the welfare of all regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity,

religion, culture, social position or economic status, and to stand with those who face

disadvantage, injustice and oppression;

5. For the church to be united in solidarity so that God may be glorified and honoured.

Pray for healing among leaders and denominations, for forgiveness and genuine love

for one another;

6. For the church to have a relevant political voice so that it can be a positive influence

and impact the nation for good, and bring about conviction to society for change from

the inside out; for the church to be bold and be willing to stand up against immoral and

unconscionable cuts to vulnerable individuals;

7. For courage to stand up for the rights of the indigenous church to practice their faith

freely, for freedom to print and use the Alkitab, and to use words such as “Allah”.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Create a separate area in the prayer room and put up pictures of key

church figures, denominations, indigenous church, Bibles and verses in

various languages (especially an Alkitab) and jars of various types of

beans. Have one bowl where all these beans are put together.

Encourage each one that as they pray for church unity, to scoop these

beans in the palms of their hands – to feel, touch and hold – as a

reminder that while each bean may look and feel different, they are all

the same. Though we may have denominations and differences we all

are together in one body and are one in Christ.

Get a picture of a tree with roots – show the roots firmly planted in the

Lord, while the branches with fruits are overflowing outside the wall.

Each fruit can be a ministry or a denomination, and the branches and

fruits reach out to the community.

Matthew 23:23

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You

give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have

neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and

faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting

the former.”

Luke 11:42

“Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue

and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the

love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the

former undone.”

Remembering the Nations

Mar 3 World Day of Prayer -­‐ Malaysia

Mar 22 World Water Day

Mar 28 National Lenten Prayer Rally


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APRIL 2012

WOMEN

Pray:

1. For more women to be leaders in the education and public sphere, e.g. Irene

Fernandez, Irene Xavier, Teresa Kok, Moey Yoke Lai and Hannah Yeoh;

2. Ask the Lord for more spiritually gifted young women to rise up who are able to

exercise critical leadership from within and without the church at such a time as this,

who are blessed with -­‐ the boldness and decisiveness of the Prophet Deborah, the

grace and quiet strength of Queen Esther, the wisdom of Abigail, the wits and

courage of Jael, the unwavering obedience of the Virgin Mary and the love and

faith of Mary, Martha’s sister -­‐ capable of impacting the spiritual transformation of

the nation and being clear voices for truth and justice;

3. For even more women prayer warriors, for when women pray, God does awesome

things in the lives of those they love, in their community, and in the nation;

4. For better opportunities and conditions for women and girls especially from the

indigenous, poor and rural areas, so that their families and children may have better

quality of lives and good prospects;

5. For narrowing gender gaps through better healthcare for women, better childbirth

facilities and protection from diseases, equal access to jobs, promotions, education

and credit so that they can realise their full potential and help build strong families

and good homes for their children;

6. That the government will eliminate barriers, all forms of discrimination and laws that

prevent women from exercising their fullness of rights;

7. For young migrant women to be protected from the evil clutches of human

traffickers, and that justice will prevail for ones such as these.


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A Creative Way to Pray

In this zone, put balloons and marker pens. Write on the balloon the

problems and issues affecting ourselves-­‐ what’s stressing us out? Blow

into it as much as you like, then release the balloon as you say a prayer,

which is also a way of releasing all cares and worries to Him. Have love-­shaped

sticky notes and a world map specifically to pray for women

across the world. Each one can choose a specific nation, and use the

heart shaped paper to write their prayers for a specific country and

place it on the map.

Have a prayer handbag and put several small items to represent the

different issues impacting women within the country e.g. an empty

wallet to represent finances, a baby doll to represent health and family,

a Bible to represent a woman’s personal spiritual walk with God and so

on.

Psalm 89:14

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of God's throne, and

lovingkindness and truth go before Him.

Isaiah 61:8

For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my

faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with

them.

Job 37:23

The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice

and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Remembering the Nations

Apr 6 Good Friday

Apr 8 Easter

Apr 14 Four-­‐Fourteen Prayer Day

Apr 22 Earth Day


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MAY 2012

MEDIA & POLITICS

1. Pray against wickedness in high places; for righteous politicians to be elected to

office, and for men of God to be raised who are capable of walking and serving in

the corridors of power;

2. Pray against the appointment of politicians who impose policies, programs and

budget cuts that will be detrimental to the poor, on the back of rising commodity

prices, and a looming global financial crisis; Pray against wasteful spending;

3. Pray for Christians who work within the mainstream media -­‐ television, radio, print,

film, advertising, marketing and electronic media (such as website development)

that they may have a positive influence in their workplace environment and the

integrity and truthfulness of work produced;

4. Pray for those with profile and those behind the scenes; Christians producing

programming specifically for mainstream media; People of influence within the

mass media community -­‐ presenters, writers and editors, directors, producers and

media managers.

5. Media gatekeepers -­‐ those who make decisions which give voice to a Christian

perspective or prevent an authentic Christian voice from being heard. Christian

media -­‐ those who work within Christian television, radio, film, electronic media

and print;

6. Pray for a “circle of protection” around journalists and reporters who uncover

unrighteous acts of the powerful, and would dare report and speak truth boldly,

and not sell out for profit; for God to release righteous men who will write as the

oracles of heaven, and that His anointing will be so evident on their work, that the

mouths of all adversaries be silenced;

7. Pray for Spirit of Truth to protect God’s people from false reports and deception,

and able to discern the true and correct news.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Create a tech space in the room – with TV, radio, laptop, ipod,

headphones and so on. Put together a deck of movies e.g. Avatar, Lord

Of The Rings, The Matrix, WALL-­‐E, Finding Nemo etc , or video clips on

prayer, and music CDs or iTunes. Consider making soft toys or place 3-­‐D

models of the social media of today e.g. Facebook, Google, MTV. Place

recent newspapers, magazines there together with scissors and tape – to

provide food for thought and interactive prayer activity on issues such as

media freedom, media consumption habits, as to why people gravitate

towards bad news and celebrity gossip etc. You can create a Facebook

page or a Twitter account to send out prayer alerts, or even create a

replica of Facebook page or a Twitter wall where you can place prayer

items and stick them up for prayer.

Psalm 33:5

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his

unfailing love.

Ezekiel 34:15-­‐16

I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the

Sovereign LORD. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I

will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the

strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

Remembering the Nations

May 3 World Press Freedom Day

May 14 World Prayer Assembly (in Jakarta)

May 27 Pentecost (Global Day of Prayer)


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JUNE 2012

CREATION CARE

1. Thank God for His goodness to us, and our delight with what He has created;

2. Repent of our poor stewardship of creation, and the wealth of nature that He has

bestowed on us; because of greed and selfishness, we are now jeopardizing the

health of the earth;

3. Examine our own hearts and lifestyles. Let us repent for being bad examples to

the world, by our extravagance, waste, decadence and pollution, while so many in

the world suffer lack and need the basic provisions of food, clean water, sanitation,

medical care, and help to cope with climate crisis;

4. Ask that the Lord intervene and help the nation break from its addictions to

materialism, debt accumulation, and to unsustainable sources of energy;

5. Ask that God will grant “wisdom from above” and instruct and guide the church to

teach and lead by example in stewardship, biblical ecology, and creation care;

6. Pray against unjust situations that arise from environmental degradation, where

suffering communities are farmers, poor and the indigenous, e.g. the farmer who

loses his land to drought and is forced to sell his children into slavery; to the rural

and urban communities suffering the health impacts of polluted drinking water;

Pray for God’s justice to help and heal the communities and individuals suffering

the prolonged and everyday consequences of enduring environmental disasters;

7. Pray for Christian homes to reduce wastage and be willing to suffer

inconveniences; pray that families will not be influenced by the world’s consuming

culture but will build on a lifestyle of simplicity that will glorify God.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Help to create this spiritual discipline by tying prayers to random items

that one might see during the day. For example, put a picture of a

sparrow up in the Creation Care space in your prayer room, so that

whenever they see a sparrow they will let fly a quick prayer for financial

provision. (Matthew10:28-­‐31). Say pictures of water (or watermelons!) to

help remind one to pray for the environment and so on. Place reusable

cutlery and cups in the prayer room. Invite the prayer group to a prayer

photography outing so that each one can tie their prayers to the pictures

taken and post them up in the prayer room. Place fresh flowers and

plants in the prayer zone – remembering the beauty of God’s creation as

you pray. Hold nature, sunrise and sunset excursions – with the primary

aim of praying for creation and thanking God for His beautiful tapestry.

Psalm 106:3

Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is

right.

James 5:16b

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Matthew 25: 37-­‐40

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you

hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing

clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and

go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you

did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you

did for me.’”

Remembering the Nations

Jun 5 World Environment Day

Jun 20 World Refugee Day

Jun 25 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking


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JULY 2012

MIGRANTS & REFUGEES

1. Pray for those who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution,

violence, and war;

2. Pray that the authorities will not to treat these migrants with fear and doubt and

suspicion, but with dignity, respect and love;

3. Pray that our nation, its leaders and its peoples will welcome migrants and

refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs, as they

come to our country to learn the ways of peace and justice, yet yearn for home;

Pray that they may find Him in all His glory here through the love of the Christian

community for them, and experience a true life-­‐changing experience with Jesus

Christ;

4. Pray that cultural and societal barriers in our hearts and in our minds to be

removed and to embrace them as our own brothers and sisters;

5. Pray for the nation and the church to share of our abundance with them and to

give witness of His love;

6. Pray for Malaysia to ratify UN’s migrant resolutions, and to pray against all evil

machinations bent on trafficking and oppression;

7. Pray for protection of young girls and children from traffickers, for stronger

legislation and political will to treat inhumane modern slavery with great

punishment; Pray for justice to be meted out against traffickers and those in

government abetting such crimes.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Set up a space with the various maps and people groups who are migrants

in this country. Put together cultural items that are unique and special to

these peoples, e.g. costumes, jewellery, jars, mats etc. Pray for each of

these communities as we place these items in our hands. Visit these

migrant centres in this country and with their permission, take some

pictures. Better still, commit a day in the week to teach them English and

minister to them. Post up these pictures on the prayer wall, place names

on them and pray for each one by name together with their specific prayer

requests. Many are hoping for economic freedom as they get re-­‐settled.

Psalm 140:12

I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the

cause of the needy.

Leviticus 19: 33-­‐34

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat

them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your

native-­‐born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in

Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 23: 9

You must not oppress the stranger; you know how a stranger feels,

for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt.

Remembering the Nations

Jul 20 30-­‐days of prayer (Ramadan begins)

Jul 27 Summer Olympics in London begins


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AUGUST 2012

INDIGENOUS

1. Pray for protection of the rights of indigenous peoples – the Orang Asli in the

peninsular, and the Orang Asal of Sabah and Sarawak, as they have suffered much

economic injustice under the hands of the rich and powerful, including politicians,

e.g. their land rights have been whittled away by waves of asset grab;

2. Pray for freedom to exercise their rights to choose their own faith and lifestyle,

and for protection against forced assimilation and oppression by religious

authorities; Many are poor and live in fear as their children are taken away to

government-­‐owned hostels and forcibly converted;

3. Pray for Christian individuals and the church to speak up and advocate on behalf of

these peoples; pray that the rich Christian churches especially in Sarawak will be

convicted and moved to protect various sub-­‐groups, especially the needs of the

Penans, and not be silent in the face of injustice;

4. Pray for fair and equal access to all amenities such as education, clean water,

housing, electricity, healthcare, living skills and economic wellbeing;

5. Pray against addictions to alcohol, domestic violence and gambling; and for

protection of the youth at risk from crime and vices;

6. Pray against corruption and abuse against indigenous peoples among government

departments that have been set up specifically to provide for them;

7. Ask the Lord to remove corrupt politicians and government officials who have

gained wealth at the expense of the indigenous peoples, and abused their

stewardship of the land and its peoples.


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A Creative Way to Pray

We would encourage the use of culture, art and music of the indigenous

people, especially praise and worship music written in indigenous

languages to be sung. Research the various tribes and peoples of Sabah,

Sarawak and the peninsular and place their pictures and cultural art to aid

prayer. Place issues of concern – cuttings and internet postings – and pin

them up on the wall for prayer. Place copies of the Alkitab for meditation

and constant reminder to pray without ceasing for freedom to use their

indigenous languages, including Iban, Rungus, Kadazandusun and Bahasa

Malaysia.

Proverbs 28:5

Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD

understand it fully.

Proverbs 29:7

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no

such concern.

Isaiah 11:4 (NLT)

He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the

exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one

breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.

Remembering the Nations

Aug 9 World Day for Indigenous People

Aug 12 International Youth Day


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SEPTEMBER 2012

POOR

1. Pray for the hardcore poor in Sabah, Sarawak and East Coast of Peninsular

Malaysia – that resources earmarked for those identified in the Millennium

Development Goals 2010 (“MDG2010”) for Malaysia will reach targeted groups

directly;

2. Pray for protection of funds from corruption at all government and agency levels;

Pray for better facilitation of economic projects set up to build capacity and enable

skills development for the poor, especially for women, and for equal opportunities

for all races and all faiths to good education, healthcare and housing; for advocacy

of good governance as a step to prevent leakage of funds directed for the poor;

3. Ask God to convict and raise up Christians willing to get out of their middle-­‐class

comfort zones and reach out actively to meet needs of the urban poor;

4. Pray for Christians to reflect God’s heart for the poor by advocating to hold the

government to account for the promise to halve extreme poverty by 2015; and for

deeper commitment to the poor, willing to speak out to leaders to act with justice;

5. Pray that the poor to be able to access legal avenues and receive justice in all

matters, particularly relating to property;

6. Pray for corruption to be tackled seriously in the area of gaps in international trade

rules, tax havens, international illicit capital flights and extortion;

7. Pray for the Church to care proactively for the hardcore poor, that is, to end

hunger; provide universal education; promote gender equality; extend child

healthcare; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS; care for creation and

environmental sustainability; and build global partnerships.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Place a copy of the Millennium Development Goals 2010 Malaysia in the

prayer room. Each prayer team is to create a project for each of the eight

areas -­‐ end hunger; provide universal education; promote gender equality;

extend child healthcare; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS; care for

creation and environmental sustainability; and build global partnerships -­‐ and

commit them to prayer and action. Each team is to journal their journey

(perhaps over 1 month) culminating into short video clips of not more than

2 minutes. Hold a 30-­‐hour famine prayer and show these clips for sharing,

prayer and response.

Job 37:23

The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and

great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Job 5:8-­‐16

“But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be

counted. He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the

countryside. The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted

to safety. He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve

no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of

the wily are swept away. Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at

noon they grope as in the night. He saves the needy from the sword in

their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the

poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.”

Remembering the Nations

Sep 8 World Literacy Day

Sep 11 Prayer for Peace (In memory of 9-­‐11)

Sep 21 International Day of Peace


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OCTOBER 2012

AGEING AND DISABLED

1. Pray that government will take all steps to protect the full rights of ageing

people who are celebrating their golden years, the disabled and mentally

challenged;

2. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is double that of non-­‐disabled

people. Pray that employers will find creative ways to engage people with

disabilities in the work force. Ask God that equal opportunities to be made

available to the disabled, including the right to not be discriminated against, the

right to education, the right to employment, the right to health, the right to

equal justice, the right to participate in culture;

3. Pray for housing , commercial, transport guidelines to enhance existing laws in

order to build better infrastructure to assist the disabled and ageing, and to

involve them in all policies and programs that affect them;

4. Pray for greater progress in the establishment of support and care facilities for

the mentally challenged such as early intervention centres, mental health

facilities, raising skill sets among psychosocial researchers and medical

professionals;

5. Pray that the government will do more to address the needs of ageing persons,

such as access to health services, opportunities for gainful employment; and for

respect and care for the older persons by requiring commercial premises to

provide for appropriate toilets, parking facilities and so on;

6. Pray for families and individuals caring for such persons – that they may be

strengthened with hope, patience, gentleness, compassion and deep love.

7. Pray that more Christian volunteers will extend love and care, and reach out to

touch the lives of these persons so that they may know the deep love of Jesus,

and rejoice that they are precious in His sight.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Intentionally pray for someone ageing, disabled or mentally challenged for

you to meet so that God will open practical ways for you to serve the very

people you have been praying for with simple acts of kindness. Journal

this “adventure” and put it together into a video clip, photo album,

slideshow or a collage so that this can be shared with others for

encouragement and prayer.

Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the

cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 28:17

I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb

line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow

your hiding place.

Isaiah 56:1

This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for

my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be

revealed.”

Remembering the Nations

Oct 1 International Day for Older Persons

Oct 8 Thanksgiving


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NOVEMBER 2012

YOUTH AND CHILDREN

1. Pray for all rights of children and youth to be upheld; Pray that more Christians will

rise up to be strategic thinkers for the future of children and youth, to be a voice for

abused, neglected or forgotten children and youth, especially neglected communities

such as the indigenous, migrants and Indian; Pray for social justice for all children,

including migrant children, that they be given full access and rights to education,

healthcare and housing, regardless of citizenship, race, faith, gender or community;

2. Pray for urgent progress in setting up of safety nets through legal support, medical

and emotional support, monitoring of and guidance through the justice system,

against any form of slavery, trafficking, forced labour, abuse and emotional danger;

3. Pray for more urgent efforts to educating families, churches, front-­‐line workers and

the community; especially for greater focus on school safety and care, and against

any forms of discrimination;

4. Pray for protection of youth and young offenders in the criminal justice system;

5. Pray for protection of young people and children from the frightening problem of

substandard education that is also exacerbated by other factors such as the

disintegration of the family unit, poverty, ill health, poor nutrition, and bad influence

from media and peers; pray against generational poverty that will deprive young

people of an education by forcing them to work in order to help support the family;

6. Pray that no child or young person be prevented from the freedom of choosing his

beliefs or faith; pray that every child and young person in this country will have a

chance to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and have a life-­‐changing experience of

knowing Him;

7. Pray that little children and youth will have a vital role to play in church life, that they

will be treated as having active roles, equal access and provided with opportunities to

lead so as to prepare them to be transformational leaders for this generation.


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A Creative Way to Pray

Bring children and young teens together into the prayer room – to write a

letter to God, or to paint a picture for God. Have an area in the prayer

room packed with colourful old magazines or picture books so that they

can make “Thank You, God” booklets or make “Prayer Wheels for

Malaysia” -­‐ they can stick pictures of issues that matter to them into the

spaces, and when they rotate the wheel, they will pray for the issue as

represented by the picture that appears. They can also write their names

on a pebble, put it back into a bowl while picking up another pebble with

another’s name on it, to carry and pray until the next time they return.

Isaiah 10:1-­‐2

Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive

decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the

oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing

the fatherless.

Psalm 68:5

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

Psalm 112:1-­‐5

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly

delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the

generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his

house, and his righteousness endures forever. Light dawns in the darkness

for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the

man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

Remembering the Nations

Nov 20 Universal Children’s Day


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DECEMBER 2012

PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

1. Pray for a vision of God’s kingdom and the inspiration and courage to build it as

God is love -­‐ for a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or

poor; where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;

where all races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect, where peace is

built with justice, and justice is guided by love;

2. Ask that God’s children will guide the nations of the world into the way of justice

and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of

righteousness, that of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ;

3. Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir the hearts of all with the fire of His love and the

desire to ensure justice for all, to share freely so that we may secure justice and

righteousness;

4. Pray that in this world of conflict, Christians will choose to be peacemakers and

be involved in reconciliation, bring healing and the restoration of relationships –

taking on the duty to reconcile man to man, and man to God; bringing healing and

blessing to society, the community, and the church;

5. Ask for healing, hope and forgiveness -­‐ all those who have fallen victim to hatred

and inhumanity, for those loved ones who are left behind to mourn, for the souls

of those whose hearts are cold; for the children who are being born into this

world of conflict and violence, for women and mothers who suffer needlessly, for

all those who have been forced into unemployment due to effects from

globalization and financial fallout, those discriminated from work, for all those

who struggle to support their families;

6. Pray for soldiers required to obey military orders;

7. Pray for redemption of the perpetrator, and for those who commit themselves to

the forgiveness of sins – so as to seek true transformation of the nation, by

transforming one life at a time, through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.


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A Creative Way to Pray

We are used to saying, “I'm going to take a walk”. What would it be

like to simply enjoy walking with Jesus? You would certainly slow

down, taking a stroll, resting lovingly in Him. Ask Him to help you re-­look

at the world around you through His eyes, as you stop from the

fast paced goal-­‐oriented busy-­‐ness walk of today's world. Just walk

without purpose-­‐-­‐the way lovers walk on a beach. Walk with God in

faith, aware that wherever you are is a holy place, wherever you walk

is holy ground, claimed for Him. “How beautiful upon the mountains are

the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good

news.” (Isaiah 52:7)

Isaiah 30:18

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you

compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait

for him!

Isaiah 61:1-­‐3 (ASV)

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed

me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up

the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening

of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of

the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that

mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them

beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for

the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness,

the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Remembering the Nations

Dec 3 International Day of Disabled Persons

Dec 10 Human Rights Day

Dec 12 National Youth Leaders’ Assembly 2012

Dec 25 Christmas Day


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How to Register and Set up Your Prayer Room

1. There are 52 prayer weeks that will commence on 1 January 2012.

• For online registration, please go to www.24-­‐7prayer.com

to select your preferred week for prayer.

• For email registration, please go to

247prayer.my@gmail.com

2. Organise your own 24-­‐7 Prayer week by doing the following:

• Mobilize people to pray, taking one hour slots of

uninterrupted prayer for the next 7 days.

• It is advisable for working towards establishing a creative,

user-­‐friendly and challenging prayer room, while mobilising

your people to fill each of the 168 hours in your allotted

week with prayer, poetry, music and art.

3. You may do more than one week. If we have more than 52 groups

then we will open up to multiple tracks praying at the same time.

4. For updates and resources, please join our Facebook group 24-­‐7

Prayer Malaysia

https://www.facebook.com/groups/134523906576348/ .

5. If you need further resources or assistance, please do not

hesitate to contact us at 247prayer.my@gmail.com or

media@ccmyouth.org.


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