Day 15 The Workers and Their Ministries 15 Days of Prayer for Tibetans during the Tibetan New Year Prayer for the Workers God has called many people to colabour with Him and see His kingdom extended throughout the areas in which Tibetan people live. Many nations, ethnicities and denominations are represented in this effort, each bringing something unique to the tapestry. Amongst Tibetans themselves there is a huge variety in the expressions of culture, religion and values they hold. This is hardly surprising when one considers what a vast area they dwell in, from Western China, to Northern India and Nepal with multiple sub-groups in each nation. Pray then that organisations and individuals would value the diversity found in the multi-faceted body of Christ and that as ambassadors of Christ they would strive to maintain unity and no division would be found among them. Pray that the desire to see God’s kingdom extended in the power of the Spirit would take precedence over sectarian preferences. Pray for boldness for every worker: that each one would make the most of every opportunity and never succumb to the “fear of man”. On the other hand pray that all workers would have such an understanding of the cultural context they are serving in that no unnecessary stumbling block would be placed before a single Tibetan (Acts 15:12-19). May each one be as “one approved” before God, rightly handling the word of truth and strong in character (2 Tim 2:14-26). As these messengers may live in exotic towns, travel on dangerous roads, at times eat unidentifiable foods, and sometimes lack easy access to good care and medical services, pray for their health and their safety at all times (2 Cor 1:8- 11). Pray also for financial provision to enable them to study effectively, pay their bills, travel to remote places and care for their children. May they not have to worry about daily provision, and let the focus of their prayers be on their ministries and the people with whom they have contact.
Day 15 The Workers and Their Ministries 15 Days of Prayer for Tibetans during the Tibetan New Year Prayer for Ministries and Outreaches • Pray that God would stretch out His hand to heal and perform signs and wonders as His people step out in faith and obedience (Acts 4:29-31). Pray that every messenger would be filled with the Spirit of God and ready to minister any spiritual gift from helps and administration to healing and miracles (Eph 5:18, 1 Cor 12:27-31). • Pray for the message of the gospel to be well contextualised, that Tibetans would truly perceive that it is “good news” and that Jesus is the true Lord of all Tibetans. May the messengers be able to discern that they should not bring formulations of the gospel from their home cultures, but seek to understand and apply the message of the scriptures through the eyes of their hosts, proclaiming it wisely and appropriately (Acts 17:16-34, Dan 1:17-20). May whole households and communities receive Jesus as Lord and be discipled together (Acts 18:8). • Pray for written and oral translations of the Scriptures and various gospel presentations to be completed in all the different dialects and languages that Tibetans speak. Pray for insight, wisdom and protection for those working on such media, and that the finished products will be received well and disseminated through appropriate technology. Praise the Lord for the Scripture portions, New Testaments, movies, books and stories that have already been completed (Is 55:11). • Pray for creative and effective means for the workers to live in these regions: for opportunities to study with skilled teachers, for openings for professionals and businesses that bless the Tibetan people, for favour in the eyes of national and local leaders that create opportunities to demonstrate and share the good news (Lk 2:52, Col 4:2-6). • Pray for the Tibetan church to grow and to rise up in its true identity. May the workers nurturing these ones be true mothers and fathers in the Lord to them and see their spiritual sons and daughters surpass them to God’s glory and praise (Eph 1:18-23, 1 Cor 4:15-16). Security concern: You are advised not to make hard copy print outs if you are living in China Please note that these are random photos and are not of those people specifically mentioned in this prayer guide. Photos Shutterstock Flickr: Andy Hares Ckmck Christian Ortiz B_cool Coss and Johanna Erik Törnerr Daniela Hartman Daphne Chui Dennis Jarvis Ding Zhou Eliseeva Ekaterina Eric Fran Simó Gill Penney Greg Walters Jan Reurink Jonas Merian Jonathan Cheng Jun Jhen Lew Kirsten Leo Zahradnik Matt Ming Monika Andrae Prasad Kholkute Richard Ijzermans Robert Aichinger Santo Chino Sonja Laukkanen Steve Lau Sukanto Depnath Tim Zachernuk Wo Shing Wonderlane Yang and Yun’s Album Ziyi Xu