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Prayer Letter for November 24

November 23, 2022
By Moms In Prayer

 

Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!” Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again: “Thank you!” Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is you Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength. When they hear what you have to say, GOD, all earth’s kings will say “Thank you.” They’ll sing of what you’ve done: “How great the glory of GOD!” And here’s why: GOD, high above, sees far below; no matter the distance, he knows everything about us.    Psalm 138 MSG

Dear Parents, House-Parents and Staff:   

Happy Thanksgiving!

The songwriter says “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the LORD has done!” Some years back I decided to keep a gratitude journal and indeed I was pleasantly surprised at what I put down daily in the journal. I realized that once I put my mind to it, I noticed the little things I had a lot to be thankful for. The LORD does load us daily with benefits!

There are quite a number of passages in the Bible that encourage us to give thanks. It is good to give thanks to GOD, it reminds us that all we have comes from Him. Thanksgiving acknowledges the place of GOD in our lives. It pleases our Father when we give him thanks. When we say ‘thank you’ it sets us up for more from him.

Quite a number of benefits are associated with thanksgiving: it glorifies GOD and draws us into a deeper walk with Him. It deepens our faith. Giving thanks keeps us from focusing on what we do not have. When we make thanksgiving a way of life we are happier and healthier.

Can you stop for a moment, bring out a pen and paper and start counting your blessings! Here are few of mine… Thankful for the gift of family, for my salvation, for His beautiful creation, for the forgiveness of sins, that I have the Bible to guide me, for the Hillcrest community, for the gift of Moms who come together weekly to pray for our children, God’s provision, and challenges that make me a better person (give thanks in ALL circumstances)… the list goes on.

Our God. Our Rock. Psalm 18:2

Sincerely,

Ulan Jatau – Meeting Leader: 0803-701-2992 uvjatau@yahoo.com

 

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE WEEK OF

24th November, 2022

 ADORATION: 

  • Praise to Jehovah Adonai – Our LORD and Master

CONFESSION: 

  • Confess our sins and ask the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness

THANKSGIVING:

  • For daily loading us with benefits
  • For the gift of family
  • For an enjoyable Pancake Breakfast
  • For our seniors as they make progress on their college applications
  • The gift of community
  • For our teachers and support staff who work hard to keep our community going
  • For relative peace on the Plateau
  • For God’s provision

SUPPLICATION:

  • That our children will have the wholehearted desire to obey all God’s commands, laws and decrees
  • Pray that our children will be motivated to do their best in their school work.
  • Pray for a fun Craft Sale coming up on Saturday, the 26th of November
  • Pray for all the teachers and staff that the LORD will uphold them in their work on campus
  • Pray for wisdom and God’s guidance for the administration
  • Pray for our alumni that they would represent GOD wherever they are
  • Pray for the Moms In Prayer ministry, that the LORD will uphold it
  • Pray for naira to gain strength against the dollar
  • Pray for peace in our land and the world at large
  • God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven

 

Prayer Letter for November 17

November 16, 2022
By Moms In Prayer

 

“But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; they stiffened their necks and would not heed your commandments. They refused to listen and obey, and did not remember your wondrous acts which you had performed among them; so they stiffened their necks and [In their rebellion] appointed a leader in order to return to slavery in Egypt. But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; and you did not abandon them. Even when they made for themselves a calf metal and said, ‘This is your god who brought you up from Egypt,’ and committed great [and contemptible] blasphemies. You in your great mercy and compassion did not abandon them in the wilderness; the pillar of the cloud did not leave them by day to lead them in the way, nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way they should go.  Nehemiah 9:16-19

Dear Parents, House-Parents and Staff:   

We often willfully choose to ignore God and disobey his commandments. We insist on having our way rather than seeking the will of GOD. Each time we do this, our hearts are hardened (stiffened) and we set ourselves up for spiritual decline.

In our text, the Israelites appointed a leader to take them back to slavery! They wanted their old life back. This suggested that they didn’t trust GOD and His choice of a leader for them. I look at our country and our history, and I am tempted to ask if we do not have something to learn from the Israelites.

When we choose to go on our own path (outside of GOD’s path for us) we are rebellious just like the people in our text were. We murmur against men of God just like they did. We create ‘golden calves’ and worship them, anything more important to us than the LORD, is an idol.

The encouraging thing in this passage is that GOD in his mercy was gracious to the children of Israel, forgiving and kind. He didn’t abandon them to their rebellion. He stuck with them and led them by the cloud in the day and a pillar of fire by night! He met their needs, both physical and spiritual. Now that is our GOD the compassionate one!!

Dictionary defines compassion as ‘a feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others. A biblical definition says ‘to empathize with someone who is suffering and to feel compelled to reduce the suffering’. It’s a fuller, truer definition than feelings alone. Our blessings and provisions from GOD are not dependent upon our faithfulness. It is birthed from His character of being compassionate. Hallelujah!

As we approach thanksgiving season (we should give thanks ALWAYS though), let us approach it with a consciousness of our GOD who empathizes with our suffering as a people and feels compelled to reduce the suffering and acknowledge him as GOD over our lives.

Our God. Our Rock. Psalm 18:2

Sincerely,

Ulan Jatau – Meeting Leader: 0803-701-2992 uvjatau@yahoo.com

 

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE WEEK OF 17th November, 2022

 ADORATION: 

  • Praise to our compassionate God – the One who is caring, loving and empathetic

CONFESSION: 

  • Confess our sins and ask the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness

THANKSGIVING:

  • For preserving our lives to this time of the year
  • For a successful STUCO Talent Night
  • For relative peace on the Plateau
  • For our seniors as they make progress on their college applications
  • The gift of community
  • For our teachers and support staff who work hard to keep our community going
  • For God’s provision

SUPPLICATION:

  • That our children will have the wholehearted desire to obey all God’s commands, laws and decrees
  • Pray that our children would be motivated to do their best in their school work.
  • Pray for an enjoyable and successful 8th grade pancake breakfast this coming Saturday
  • Pray for all the teachers and staff that the LORD will uphold them in their work on campus
  • Pray for wisdom and God’s guidance for the administration
  • Pray for our alumni that they would represent GOD wherever they are
  • Pray for the Moms In Prayer ministry, that the LORD will uphold it
  • Pray for our naira to gain strength against the dollar
  • Pray for peace in our land and the world at large
  • God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven

 

 

Prayer Letter for November 10

November 09, 2022
By Moms In Prayer

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favour drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Jesus [reborn from above – spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us] Ephesians 2:8-10

Dear Parents, Hostel parents & Staff:

Lately my Bible study has been on the children of Israel and how they repeatedly rebelled against GOD yet He continually showed them grace. Oftentimes as I read the stories of the Israelites and their kings and how they complained and grumbled against GOD, deliberately went against His laws and even worshiped false gods, I am quick to judge them. I would say to myself “How can they forget so quickly” or say things like, “These people never learn”. Until I begin to apply what I have learned to how I live. I instantly realize that I am just like the Israelites!

I listen in on conversations and realize that we are repeat offenders just like the Israelites. We are perpetually complaining and criticizing (we worship other gods like money, soccer, social media and so on). Time and time again we turn away from GOD, do whatever we want, get into trouble, run back to GOD beg Him to forgive us only to go right back again and do whatever we want to do. Over and over again, yet the LORD graciously shows us mercy just like He showed the Israelite grace.

Our passage today talks about being saved only by grace. Grace is widely defined as unmerited favor, the favor GOD gives us as undeserving as we are. We contribute absolutely nothing to our salvation. In reality on our own we will never be good enough to earn our salvation. GOD chooses to save us because he is gracious, merciful and kind, it is His character and nature.

Thankfully, GOD’s grace did not end at the point of my salvation. I require it daily and He provides it daily. It’s in His nature to give me what I do not deserve. It is His kind disposition towards me, a sinner who is unable to get my act together and obey Him at all times. His grace is an outpouring of good when only wrath is deserved.

We are His workmanship, created in Jesus for the good works which He has prepared for us.  

Our God. Our Rock. Psalm 18:2

Sincerely,

Ulan Jatau – Meeting Leader:

0803-701-2992 uvjatau@yahoo.com

 

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE WEEK OF 10th November, 2022

 ADORATION: 

  • Praise to God our Savior – the One who saves, rescues and preserves from harm and danger.

CONFESSION: 

  • Confess our sins and ask the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness

THANKSGIVING:

  • For the past 10 months. We are in November!
  • For the enjoyable, successful staff retreat
  • For relative peace on the Plateau
  • For our seniors as they make progress on their college applications
  • The gift of community
  • For our teachers and support staff who work hard to keep our community going
  • For God’s provision

SUPPLICATION:

  • That our children will have the wholehearted desire to obey all God’s commands, laws and decrees
  • Pray that our children would be motivated to do their best in their school work.
  • Pray for good relationships between parents and children
  • Pray for an enjoyable and fun Stuco Talent Night this Saturday
  • Pray for all the teachers and staff that the LORD will uphold them in their work on campus
  • Pray for wisdom and God’s guidance for the administration
  • ·Pray for our alumni that they would represent GOD wherever they are
  • Pray for the Moms In Prayer ministry, that the LORD will uphold it
  • Pray for naira to gain strength against the dollar
  • Pray for peace in our land and the world at large
  • God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven

 

 

 

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