Prayer for Japan

Since the devastating earthquake and tsunami this past Friday, our thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Japan. The blog below is written by 24-7’s Jon Peterson, who actually grew up in Japan, to help us know how to pray for the country through this time. (This blog was taken from the 24-7 International website)

The Japanese are a wonderfully created people and stand in the vortex of God’s love in these days. A disaster like the recent earthquake exposes them to the humiliation of needing help from outsiders. With a strong historic identity in Shintoism (indigenous to Japan) and influenced by Buddhism, their gods have not protected them – neither have the gods of materialism and technology. God in his redemptive way wants to reveal himself to the Japanese people in an unprecedented way even through such a heart-breaking tragedy.

On a recent visit to Japan I was excited to see that the Church, though small, is experiencing a renaissance through the youth, literature and increased hunger to look to other gods.
I’m therefore encouraged to pray right now for the Church to rise up and be a redemptive instrument to bring practical and spiritual help to this island… … nation.
Pray too that a partnership between the indigenous Church and Global Church will release a realization of the love of Christ to those who up till now have been resistant to the Lord’s invitation to enter His family.
Lastly pray for a gentle prophetic voice to rise from amongst Christ-minded spokespeople who will bring clarity and hope to Japan during this time of extreme confusion – Daniels and Josephs raised up as deliverers in the land…

A prayer for Japan:

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family (every “fatherhood” inlcuding the Japanese race) in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your (Japanese believers) hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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