2017 marks the 50th year of the formation of the Association of South East Asian Nations, or ASEAN – made up of 10 member nations and 1 observer.
In this Year of Jubilee, our desire is for the people living in ASEAN to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of theLord, and for His renown. We ask for God’s Holy Spirit to come in full power, bringing conviction of sin, renewal, restoration and healing of the land, in this year of preparation of the region for a mighty sowing.
Instead of just praying for our own countries, we are excited this year to be able to pray for our neighbours, and ask you to come join us to bless this ASEAN region in this Jubilee year.
We hope you will find this guide helpful in giving you insight and information as you pray alongside. You can pray over one country each day or each week over the course of the year. Find a rhythm that fits you best.
We also suggest that you get a few friends over each week or each month to uphold a country in prayer. Please use this guide in your school or campus prayer groups too, and uphold fellow students facing challenges in their countries.
If you are planning for use in church or bigger prayer meetings, this guide can be easily put up as presentation slides too.
We hope that through the course of the year, you can plan prayer events to help others get to know these countries better. We encourage you to decorate your prayer rooms with maps and cultural accessories to help build an experience for everyone to appreciate life in those places, especially in the 6 countries where Christians are most persecuted in the region.
Plan something special such as an overnight prayer on August 8, 2017 as we celebrate ASEAN’s 50th birthday!
Better still, engage with those living and working in those countries – invite them to come and share, or offer to support them in prayer. Send a card to a missionary, or to an imprisoned pastor. Send a food parcel to a suffering family. Find ways to connect.
We guarantee you that before this year is through, your prayer life will never be the same again. Then, come and share your experience and stories with us! Come, let’s pray without ceasing as we usher in the year of the Lord’s favour.
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