This week's prayer focus is for Ibaraki Prefecture and Tochigi.
Ibaraki has a strong agricultural industry in the north and a more populated south that serves as a commuter area to Tokyo. It also has the least amount of people claiming any religious belief and fewer believe in Buddhism than in any other prefecture. Very tight community ties serve as a prevention of individual faith of any sort.
Please pray for:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live." - John 5:25
Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
This region contains many famous hot springs and beautiful scenic spots while it is a mostly agricultural economy. The people are known to be conservative and adhere to a strict code of ethics. After the Toshogu Shrine was transferred to Nikko, Tochigi, the whole area became a sacred religious site. Because of this, the people of this prefecture possess strong religious convictions which are often related to material blessing.
Please pray for:
"...Your Kingdom come." - Luke 11:2b
Recently the Evangelical Alliance in the UK did a survey that found that 53% of non-Christians said they know a practicing Christian, which is down from 68% in 2015. Also, it found that 54% of Christians say they don’t know any non-Christians well enough to share faith with them.
It is true that were never designed to go through life alone. God calls us to befriend others, and when we are presented with the opportunity, to share life and faith with them.
Can you pray today that Japanese Christians would be actively seeking to make friends with not-yet-believers across Japan? Pray that Christians here will develop a heart for the lost. Perhaps you could (wherever you are) go to a shopping centre/walking the streets/being on a train and praying over the crowds of people that are before you.
Pray that this coming week God would give you an opportunity to share your faith with someone not yet in the Kingdom. Pray for Japanese believers to be bold in faith sharing. Pray they will make friends for Jesus. Thank you.
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