Pray For Myanmar (Burma)

Perhaps you’ve read the news stories reporting civil unrest in the southeast Asia country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Led by Buddhist monks, many have taken to the streets to protest the oppressive rule of the military generals. Many have died and others have been tortured but most human rights violations remain unknown because the foreign press corps is not allowed into the country.

Now when I hear tragic news from around the world, the great temptation that I face is to shake my head, cluck my tongue, and go ahead with my busy day. But I’m not satisfied with that reaction, and I don’t think that God is either. I want to become the kind of person who turns news into prayer-the kind of Christian that realizes that God loves the world and not just the good ol’ U.S.A. I want to gain God’s heart for those who don’t know Jesus whether they live across the street or across the ocean.

For many years now, Operation World has published a book that gives updated information about every country, explains the country’s spiritual condition, and gives you specific ideas about how you can pray. Perhaps the unrest happening now will lead to a spiritual opening for the gospel. Perhaps God wants to do open the doors to Myanmar in response to the prayers of his people.

Ask God to strengthen the faith of the 8% of the population that are Christians (Mark 9:24).

Ask God to raise up missionaries to send to this country that is over 80% Buddhist (Matthew 9:35-38).

Ask God to open the eyes of the people that they might see Jesus in all of his beauty, glory, and grace (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Here is an interview with a pastor in Myanmar. It is worth reading.

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