PRAY FOR TURKEY TODAY
Today is the Global Day of Prayer for Turkey. It’s on April 18th each year, the day that in 2007, three Turkish men were martyred for their faith in Jesus.
Turkey – the home of the seven churches of Asia … “the land of Noah, of Abraham, of Paul, of Ararat and Harran, of Ephesus, Galatia, of Antioch” where followers were first called Christians. Among 72 million people in Turkey today, there are an estimated 4,000 Protestant Christians.
There’s a four minute video on the PRAY FOR TURKEY website. And below, prayer points from the church in Turkey:
These are a few points to help direct your prayers for Turkey. Please feel free to pray for any other points you feel led to pray for.
1- Please pray for the blessing and peace of Turkey in general, as the Lord desires us to bless and be a blessing to all.
“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted…” Proverbs 11:11
2- Pray the Lord will display His love and mercy to the people of Turkey by pouring out His Holy Spirit upon our land, revealing His glory through healings, signs and wonders.
3- Pray the Lord breaks down the lies and the endless disinformation about Christ, the Bible and Christians that has blinded and hardened hearts in our land. Pray that God redeems the negative memories of history.
“Of course, we are living in the flesh, but we do not fight in a fleshly way. For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the flesh. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments and every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive in order to obey Christ.” 2 Co. 10:3-5
4- Pray that hearts and eyes are opened to see Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.
5- Pray the Turkish believers who are always on the frontline to walk close to the Lord. Pray for refreshing, emboldening, strengthening, protection and encouragement.
6- Pray for more servant hearted leaders. For good role models. For faithful laborers.
7- Pray for the ongoing unity amongst the churches and for its increase and deepening.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5, 6
Thank you for your prayers. May the Lord’s hand be upon you always.
On behalf of the Body of Christ in Turkey,
Alliance of Protestant Churches (Turkey)