15-12-24

Hope

At the beginning of this year, Libyans hoped for a good year, but life for them has been difficult and sad. There has been lots of fighting and killing. In some places, children can’t go to school and have to stay inside the whole day. Some people struggle to get food and at times there’s no water or electricity. Most of Libya is desert—it is dry and hot. Life feels like a desert for Libyans today. But Jesus wants to give them hope and joy, even when life is hard.

Most Libyans don’t know who Jesus really is. They don’t know that if they believe in Him, He will give them His hope in their hearts.

Draw a few flowers on different colors of paper and cut them out. Fold the petals inside. Place them in a large bowl of water. Wait for them to open up in the water.

While you’re waiting, read Isaiah 35:1-2: Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!

What do you think these verses mean?

Pray:

  • That many Libyans would meet Jesus in the coming year.
  • That Jesus would give them hope and joy in their hearts, and that their hearts would be like beautiful flowers in the desert.

15-12-17

18-24 December

Read Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This week we are looking at Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Jesus wants to give us peace in our hearts. When we die, we will be with Him in a place where there will be no more war, tears, sadness, sickness, death, or bad people.

Many Libyans don’t know Jesus. Different groups are fighting, people are dying, and there are some people who want to hurt others. They don’t have peace in their hearts because they don’t know Jesus. When they die without Jesus, they’re not going to the place where there will be peace forever.

Print out or draw another candle like you did last week and cut it out. Write ‘Prince of Peace’—another one of Jesus’ names—and glue it to the crown.

Take the crown, lift it up to Jesus who is our Prince of Peace, and tell Jesus why you love Him. You can also sing a song to Jesus to praise Him.

  • Thank Jesus that He is our Prince of Peace. Even though things around us might not always be peaceful, He gives us peace in our hearts and, one day, we will be with Him in that wonderful place of peace.
  • Pray that God would show Libyans that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and that they would put their trust in Him so that they can also have Jesus’ peace in their hearts.

15-12-10

11-17 December

Read Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This week we are looking at Jesus, the Everlasting Father. He is our Father for ever and ever. The fathers we have here on earth will someday die. Jesus is not like that, though. He died on the cross for us and then He rose again. He will never die again. God is our forever Father.

Some dads aren’t good fathers, but God isn’t like them. Some dads are very good fathers, but God is even better than the best dads. He loves us, He wants the best for us, and He will never harm us. He wants us to be with Him and live with Him forever and ever after our life on earth.

Libyan Muslims believe that God is far away. They don’t know that God wants to be their Dad, too. They don’t know that He loves them and that He wants them to live with Him forever. They think God just wants to punish people.

Print out or draw another candle like the one you did last week and cut it out. Write ‘Everlasting Father’—another of Jesus’ names— and glue it to the crown.
Pray:

  • Thank Jesus that He is our Daddy—the best Daddy—forever and ever
  • Pray that Libyans will get to know Jesus as their forever Daddy, too, and that they will put their trust in Jesus.

15-12-03

4-10 December 2015

Read Isaiah 9:6 — For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This week, we are looking at Jesus, the Mighty God. He is more powerful than all the powers of darkness. He’s much more powerful than Satan.

Ahmed is 14 years old. Because of all the fighting in his area in Libya, his family had to leave their house and they’re now living with many others in a school. It’s winter, it’s cold, and his family needs many things. They are depressed. They feel like things will never get better. Other Libyans still live in their own homes and in some areas it is peaceful, but everybody is so tired with all the bad things that are happening in their country. They feel like they are surrounded by darkness.

Print out or draw another candle and cut it out like you did last week. Write ‘Mighty God’—another one of Jesus’ names—on it and glue it to the crown.

Pray:

  • Thank Jesus that He is more powerful than Satan.
  • Pray that He will show His power in Libya
  • Pray for Libyans to know that Jesus is the Mighty God and that they would put their trust in Him.

15-11-26

27 November- 3 December

Parents: During the next 4 weeks of Advent we will discover the four names of Jesus based on Isaiah 9:6, and we’ll provide you and your children with instructions to make a crown with four candles (you can print out the templates or draw your own) that represent those names. Every week, you’ll make another candle and glue it to the crown.

Children: Today you get to start making a crown, and over the next four weeks, as you learn about one of Jesus’ names, you’ll add a new candle to the crown—one for each of His names.

Ask your parents to help you. Take an 8.5” x 11” (A4) piece of heavy paper and cut it in half, length wise. Glue the 2 pieces together and then glue the ends together so that it forms a circle. Take another piece of heavy paper and draw a candle on it, then cut it out.

Read Isaiah 9:6 — For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. It means that He is the One who gives us wonderful advice. He is the wisest and the smartest. If we don’t understand something, we can ask Him.

Malika is a Libyan woman who has a foreign Christian friend whom she met at the market years ago. Their daughters are the same age. While the daughters play together, Malika and her friend talk about religion. Her friend speaks about a loving God and about Jesus. Malika likes some of the things her friend has talked about, but it’s so different from what she’s learned in her religion. She has many questions. What is the truth? Where can she find it?

There are many Libyans like Malika with questions and things about God that they don’t understand.

Take your paper candle, write “Wonderful Counselor” on it, and glue it to the crown. Then pray:

  • That God would help Libyans to understand that Jesus is wonderful.
  • That God would help them understand that Jesus is the One who gives the best advice and is the wisest.
  • That Jesus would give the Libyans His answer to the questions they have.
  • That Libyans would put their trust in Jesus who is the Wonderful Counselor

15-11-19

Libyans living in other countries

Because of all the fighting in Libya, many Libyans have moved to other countries where they feel safer. Many of them are now living in countries where it’s easy to hear about Jesus and to meet followers of Jesus every day.

It’s hard for them to be away from their family and friends who speak their own language. Even though they feel safe in their new countries, Libyans can feel lonely. Some of them make new friends in their new country.

What does God’s Word say about how we should treat strangers?

Read Leviticus 19:33-34. ‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself…

What does this mean?

Do you know anyone in your town or neighborhood who is from another country? What do you think you could do to make them feel welcome? Talk about a few things that you and your family can do this week to make people from other countries feel at home and not lonely.
Pray:

  • That followers of Jesus in these countries would befriend Libyans, welcome them into their homes, and share Jesus with them.
  • For the Libyans who live as strangers in other countries, that they would hear the Good News about Jesus and that they would want to share it with their family and friends back in Libya when they talk on the phone or go back.

15-11-12

13-19 November

There is a group of people in the Muslim world—in Libya and in other countries—who call themselves the Islamic State (IS). Maybe you’ve heard of them. This year they’ve killed Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians who live in Libya. They’re also fighting and killing other Muslims in Libya who don’t think and believe exactly like they do. They think that their killing is pleasing to God.What they don’t know is that they are actually instruments in Satan’s hands. Satan uses them to destroy lives and create fear. What they are actually doing is hurting God’s heart.

Read Matthew 5:44. “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
What does Jesus say we should do to our enemies?

Cut out the 3 hearts. Color one heart black, one red, and leave one heart white
Take the black heart and pray for those who are part of the Islamic State:

  • That God will show them that what they are doing is evil and makes their hearts dark; that God will show them that what they are doing makes Him sad, not happy.
Take the red heart and pray for members of the Islamic State:
  • That God will show them the Truth about Jesus—that He died on the cross and His blood can clean all their evil deeds.
  • That they will tell God that they are sorry for all the evil things they’ve done, and then accept Jesus as the only One who can save them.
Take the white heart and pray:
  • That God will give them new, clean hearts and lives; that their new lives will bring glory to God.
  • That God will change them and use them to tell people about His love.

15-11-05

People from other countries who
suffer because of the chaos in Libya

Because of the chaos and fighting in Libya, many people from other countries in Africa or the Middle East end up in Libya on their way to Europe. There is no strong government or police force in Libya that can keep people from crossing its borders, so it is easy for people to enter into Libya. They don’t want to live in Libya, but they try to take boats from the Libyan beaches to go to European countries.

There are also some people who take advantage of these travelers. They will charge them money to help them cross the sea to get into Europe, but they put too many people in the boats. Many times, the boats turn over and people drown. Many men, women, and children have died this way in the past year.

Make paper boats and let them float in the sink and then pray:

  • That God will comfort all the families who have lost children, siblings, or parents on the sea.
  • That God will give Libya a good government so that people can live in safety.


15-10-29

Not too small to be part of God’s plan

Read 2 Kings 5:1-15 and hear how God used a young girl to show a great commander that He is the only God in all the earth!

Hany was an 8-year-old Egyptian boy who lived with his parents in Libya for several years. They were followers of Jesus. One day Hany’s mother invited their neighbor, Laila, over to watch the Jesus film on TV. Laila liked it, but she told Hany’s mother that the part about Jesus on the cross was wrong and that He didn’t die. Hany interrupted her: “No Aunt Laila, this is truth! Jesus died on the cross for our sins. You must believe this if you want to go to heaven!” Laila didn’t know how to answer Hany.

Another neighbor also used to ask Hany questions about his family’s faith in Jesus. It was easier for her to ask an 8-year-old than a grownup.

Look at the picture of the boy. In one of the pictures something small is missing. Why do you think that small part is important? Can you find it? Draw in the missing part, then pray:

  • Thank God that He can use anyone even small children or people who are not important.  Thank Him that He uses our prayers for Libya.
  • Pray that He would show believers in Libya that He can use them too and that they are not too young, old or unimportant.

15-10-22

Freedom

Read: Acts 16:22-28

God can use any situation for His glory. Paul and Silas did not complain when they were in jail because they served the Lord; they prayed and sang hymns to God. When the chains came loose, the jailor also got his “freedom” by accepting Jesus.

Sometimes followers of Jesus in Libya are put in jail. We don’t know if there are any of them in prison right now. But for many of them life is very difficult even if they’re not in jail, because other people give them a hard time.

What is your favorite praise song to Jesus? Sing it to Jesus on behalf of believers in Libya who face difficult situations in their lives, then pray:

  • That God would help the believers to pray and sing songs of joy to Jesus, whatever their situation may be.
  • That God would put a song in their hearts even if they don’t feel like very joyful.
  • That God would use them in their difficult situations so that other Libyans might come to know Jesus.
  • Thank God that He still does great and wondrous acts today, and that He uses them to bring people to know Jesus.

15-10-16

Encouragement

(Parents, you’ll need some play dough for this prayer time.)

Read: Acts 18:9-10

Most Libyans following Jesus feel very lonely. There are so few Libyan believer, that many don’t know that there are other Libyan followers. In other cases, they are afraid to contact each other.

Use play dough to form figures of men and women. Either make a circle out of clay and place it around them, or put them in the middle of the table. Hold hands with your family or friends to form a circle around them. Pray for followers of Jesus in Libya:

  • That God’s presence would be around all the Libyan believers wherever they are, and that they would know that Jesus is with them.
  • That God would bring the Libyan believers together so that they won’t feel lonely.
  • That God would protect Libyan believers from people who want to harm them when they come together or contact each other.

15-10-08

9-15 October

Holy Spirit

Jesus promised that His followers would receive the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses.

Read Acts 2:1-11. This is where we read how the Holy Spirit came down the first time. There were also Libyans present on that day!

There are only a few Libyans who follow Jesus, and they are afraid. Draw a picture of how the Holy Spirit came on the believers in Acts, then pray:

  • That God would pour out His Holy Spirit on Libyan believers.
  • That the Holy Spirit would take their fears away and make them bold in Him.
  • That other Libyans would see God’s Spirit in the lives of believers, and that they would want to accept Jesus as their Lord

15-10-01

2-8 October

           

Read Romans 10:13-15

Life is very difficult for Libyans who want to follow Jesus. Their lives may be in danger just because they believe in Jesus. Sometimes believers want to leave the country to go and live in countries where they are not persecuted for what they believe in. But one man, Omar, says that he doesn’t want to leave Libya. “The Lord has put me here in Libya for my people, to tell them about the love of Jesus so that they will repent of their bad deeds and follow Him.”

Trace your hands and feet on a piece of paper, color them in, and then cut them out. When you look at them, remember that we are God’s hands and feet on earth. He uses people to help others and show them who He is. He uses His followers to take the message of Jesus to those who don’t know Him.
Pray for believers in Libya:

  • Say thank you for Libyans like Omar who want to share the love of Jesus with others.
  • Pray for more Libyans who follow Jesus to share His love with others and to be His hands and feet to those who don’t know Him yet.
  • Pray for God’s presence to be around them every day.

15-09-24

25 September- 1 October

A Libyan believer taught his daughter Aisha an easy way to study the Bible in a group. They don’t have any friends who follow Jesus. If Aisha can do this with her friends, they might become followers of Jesus, too. It will take courage for Aisha to get her friends together to study the Bible together.

Read: 1 Corinthians 2 :1-5

Paul was afraid, weak, and shaking with fear when he had to share the message of Jesus Christ. He says that is was only by the power of the Holy Spirit that he able to do it.

  • Many Libyan believers are afraid. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them courage and the words to share Jesus with other Libyans.
  • Ask God to help Libyan believers to share the Good news about Jesus with their families and friends who don’t know about Him.
What is your favorite story about Jesus? Have you ever shared that with someone else? Ask God to show you someone with whom you could share it with this week.

15-09-18

18-24 September

Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) 24 September

Mehdi is 6 years old and he is very excited because this week Muslims all over the world celebrate the Feast of the Sacrifice. Very early in the morning, Mehdi will go with his dad to the mosque for special prayers. Afterwards, they will kill a sheep, and for the rest of the day, his mother and sisters will cook different parts of the meat while his dad and older brothers will barbecue some of it.

They do this because Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. The Qur’an, the holy book for Muslims, tells a story about Abraham but it is different from how his story is told in the Bible. What Mehdi and his family don’t know is that Jesus is the Lamb that God sent as a sacrifice for us. We don’t need to kill sheep anymore. If we believe that Jesus died on the cross to cleanse us from our sin and shame and follow and obey Him, we are saved.

Read the story of Abraham in Genesis 22:1-18.
Color the picture in and pray:

  • That God would reveal to Mehdi, his family, and other Libyans the truth that God provided a sacrifice through Jesus so that they don’t have to sacrifice sheep to please Him.
  • That God would help Libyans know that when Jesus was sacrificed, all their sins and shameful things they have done were forgiven.
  • That followers of Jesus who live in Libya would have opportunities this week to tell Muslims who Jesus is.
  • That God would help Libyans understand how much He loves them.

15-09-10

11-17 September

Rafiq was 13 years old when Jesus appeared to him one day. It was a wonderful experience. That same day he saw an uncle with whom he hadn’t had contact in many years. This uncle was a believer and he explained to Rafiq what it meant to follow Jesus. Rafiq was so happy that he decided to also follow and obey Jesus.

Rafiq is now a young man and he still has never been to a church. Sometimes Rafiq feels lonely. He would love to meet with other believers to fellowship with them and pray together.

Read: Acts 20: 31 -38
When we are together as believers we should share our joys and sorrows with each other. We should care for one another, rejoice together, and pray with each other. We see that Paul cared for the people in this way because he loved Jesus.

Share with your family: What are you thankful for this week? What made you angry? Ask them the same questions. Pray for each other and then pray for Libyan followers of Jesus:

  • That God would bring Libyan believers together in a safe place so that they can also read and share together and pray with one another.
  • Pray that God would help Libyan believers to trust each other and that they wouldn’t be afraid to meet together.
  • Pray that God would protect them from people who want to hurt them when they meet together.

15-09-03

4-10 September

Fatima lives with her mom and dad in Libya. They are followers of Jesus. In Libyan society, it’s very important for people to get married. This is Fatima’s wish, but her parents want her to marry someone who also follows Jesus. Fatima is worried that she won’t ever get married if she has to wait for a believing husband. How will her parents ever find someone like that?

Read Genesis 2 : 18 – 25
Marriage is God’s idea and He uses it as a living symbol of Jesus and the church. A marriage should be a place of respect, honor, and unconditional love. Marriage and family is where we actually practice living in a relationship with the Lord. It is easier to love, respect, and honor someone we can see than it is God, whom we cannot see.
AnchorAsk your mom or dad to print out the picture for you. Then take a pencil and help the bridegroom find his bride. Pray:

  • For God to guide Libyan believers and their families to find husbands and wives who also follow Jesus.
  • For God to protect the marriages of Libyan believers.
  • For God to help Libyan believers to honor and respect each other in their marriage and be a light to other Libyans who are not yet followers of Jesus.

15-08-27

27 August – 3 September

Parents, put a Bible somewhere in the room where your children can see it, then blindfold them, turn them around a few times and have them walk around trying to find the Bible

Read Psalm 119:105 –  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

The Bible in Arabic (the language that Libyans speak) is not allowed in Libya. Let’s pray for Libyans, especially for the leaders:

  • That God would take the spiritual blindfold from their eyes so that they can see that the Bible is not a bad book, but the Light that shows the path to Eternal Life.
  • For Libyan leaders to allow the Arabic Bible to be sold in the country so that Libyans can read it and know the Truth about God.
  • For those who don’t want the Arabic Bible in the country, that their eyes would be blinded so that they wouldn’t see when Bibles are brought in to the country or when Libyans download it on their phones.

 15-08-21

21-27 August

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11

Life is not easy for Libyans who follow Jesus. Many times their families or friends are angry that they believe in Jesus and they make life difficult for them. If they have a Bible, a Libyan follower of Jesus may hide it because it is so precious to them. If someone discovers their Bible, they could get in trouble and it could be taken away from them.

Put a sheet or blanket over your head and then read Psalm 119:11 using a flashlight. Pray for the Libyan followers of Jesus:

  • That the Holy Spirit will teach them and help them to understand what they read in the Bible.
  • That God’s Word would be in their hearts and that it would help them stand strong for Jesus and honor and obey Him.

15-08-14

14-20 August

READ: John 1:1-5 aloud a couple of times:

In the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

The Bible is the Word of God. It is not just another book with stories. It is Truth from God.
Do you have a Bible in your home? What do you like about the Bible? What can we learn from the Bible?

Look at the pictures and then pray for people who live in Libya who love and follow Jesus. (Ask your mom or dad to read what’s written below and then you place your finger on a picture as you pray). Pray:

  • That they will have a Bible to read from every day.
  • That they will be able to learn from the lives of people in the Bible.
  • That they will find comfort in the Word when they are tired, sad or alone.
  • That they will see it as a love letter from God and that they will believe the promises.
  • That they will use the Bible as direction to keep them on the path of eternal life.
  • That they will know how much they are loved by God.

15-07-30

31 July- 6 August

Read: 2 Timothy 2:9 “But the word of God cannot be chained.”

It is very difficult to find an Arabic Bible in Libya. You can’t buy them in a bookstore or find them in the market, because the Bible in Arabic isn’t allowed in Libya. But it is possible to download an Arabic Bible from the internet. Still, this could be dangerous if a Libyan is caught reading one.

The Bible is the Word of God. If His Word is spread throughout Libya, His light and truth is spread.

(Parents, hide a Bible somewhere in the house and let your children look for it.) Look for the hidden Bible. When you find the Bible, pray:

  • for God’s Word to get into Libya.
  • for God to provide a way so that more Libyans can find and read the Bible.

15-07-23

24-30 July

There are about 6 million people who live in Libya.  Most of them have never heard who Jesus is. Libyans who follow Jesus are not allowed to tell other Libyans about Him. It is against the law in the country.

Read Romans 10:14: How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?

God’s laws are greater than human laws. Libyans love to spend time looking up information on the internet. Most of them have a phone or a computer that they use to communicate with others or to get information about what is going on in the world. God even uses the internet to let people know about Him: there are websites in Arabic where people can read the Bible and that help explain who Jesus is.

  • Thank Jesus for how He uses the internet so that Libyans can hear about Him.
  • Pray for Libyans to find those websites that explain Jesus and the Bible.
  • Pray for the people who work on these websites, that God will help them communicate right things in the right ways.

Draw a picture of a computer and then write out on the screen some of the things that Libyans should know about Jesus.  Or you can draw a picture of what you want Libyans to see about Jesus.


 15-07-16

Eid al Fitr – Breaking of the fast

17-23 July

This week is the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Libyan children are very excited because they get to celebrate the end of Ramadan with a special feast, the Eid al-Fitr. This feast usually lasts 3 days. It is a time of family gatherings and visiting friends. Children usually get new clothes and gifts, and they dress up and eat delicious food. It is a fun time for family and friends.

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5

As people who love and obey Jesus, we are all part of His family. There are Libyans who have decided to also love and obey Jesus. Even though we don’t know their names, they are our brothers and sisters. Some of them don’t know any other believers and feel very lonely. When we pray for them, the Holy Spirit can encourage them. God knows each one’s name.

Make a paper figure chain. Decorate the figures with eyes, mouths, noses, and clothing.. Then pray:

  • that the Holy Spirit will encourage Libyans who love and obey Jesus, and that they will be full of peace and joy.
  • for their family and friends to discover Jesus and follow Him so that there will be many families following Him in Libya.

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 15-07-09

Five pillars- Prayer (Night of Power)

10-16 July

Do you still remember the last week’s verse that you memorized?  Say it out loud or let an adult read it if you have forgotten (2 Corinthians 6:16). Then light 4 candles, which represent 4 of the 5 pillars of Islam and 4 truths from God’s Word that we have prayed.Another pillar of Islam (or something that Muslims must do if they hope to go to paradise) is to pray at five specific times every day. During the month of Ramadan many Muslims will also pray extra prayers.

The 27th night of Ramadan is called the night of power. Some people will repeat special prayers on this night and read through their holy book, the Quran. They hope that God will answer their prayers if they pray many times during the night of power.

Does God only hear us when we pray at specific or special times?

Read and memorize Matthew 7:7:  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Now light the 5th candle. Pray that Libyans will find the God who always listens, who answers when we pray, and who loves us. Turn off the light and look at the five candles. If we pray, God’s truth will shine brighter and brighter in the darkness of Libya and people will be able to see God’s way and follow Him.


 15-07-03

Five pillars- Pilgrimage to Mecca

3-9 July

Do you still remember the last week’s verse that you memorized?  Say it out loud or let an adult read it if you (Ephesians 2:18). Then, light 3 candles, which represent 3 of the 5 pillars of Islam and 3 truths from God’s Word that we have prayed.Another one of the 5 pillars of Islam, or things that all Muslims must do if they hope to go to paradise, is to go to Mecca, an important and religious city in Saudi Arabia. They call this the pilgrimage. They also turn towards Mecca when they pray. Even though Ramadan is not the time for this pilgrimage, many Libyans will go to Mecca during this month.Will traveling to a place or a building save us? Will it bring us closer to God? Where is God? What does the Bible say?

Read and memorize 2 Corinthians 6:16: “For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will live with them and walk among them, I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Now you can light the 4th candle. If we believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that He rose from the dead, we are God’s temple and He lives in us. Pray that God will help the Libyans to believe so that He will also live with them and be close to them.


15-06-25

Five pillars- Giving to the Poor

26 June- 2 July

Do you still remember last week’s verse? Say it out loud or let an adult read it to you if you have forgotten it (1 John 1:6). Then light 2 candles, which represent 2 of the 5 pillars of Islam and 2 truths from God’s Word that we have prayed.Another one of the five pillars of Islam, or things that Muslims must do if they hope to go to paradise, is to give money and charity to the poor. Muslims give generously during the month of Ramadan.Do you think it’s bad to give things to people who are poor? No! Is it bad to help people? No! It makes God happy when we give to others and help those in need. But will giving money and doing good things save us?Read and memorize Ephesians 2:8-9 this week: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Now light the third candle. Pray that Libyans would know that God wants to give them the gift of salvation. Pray that they would give to say thank you to God and not because they hope to go to heaven. One way of saying thank you to Jesus is to do good things or give to others. See if there’s someone in your neighborhood or school that you can help or can give something to this week, to say thank you to Jesus for what he’s done for us.

 15-06-18

Five pillars- Fasting

19-25 June

Do you still remember last week’s verse, Romans 10:9? Say it again, or let an adult read it to you, then light a candle.This next month, life changes in Muslim houses around the world and in Libya because of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Every day during this month, Muslims wake up very early, before it is light, to eat breakfast. Then all day the will fast until after sunset. They won’t eat or drink anything, not even water. At night they can eat and drink again.All Muslim adults must fast and sometimes Libyan children also fast. But they only fast for a few hours of the day. Most children won’t fast like the adults until they are teenagers.Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars or things Muslims must do if they hope to go to paradise. Muslims fast as an act of worship towards God. They believe that through fasting they will get double the rewards from God and that their sins will be forgiven.What is the truth? Throughout the Bible we read about many people who fasted. Christians continue to fast today; it helps us focus more on God and spend time with Him. Can fasting take away our sins and cleanse us?Read and memorize 1 John 1:6 “…the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” Light a second candle and pray for Libya, that during this month of fasting they will discover the truth: that the blood of Jesus cleanses them from all sin.

 15-06-11

Five pillars- the Creed

12-18 June

Islam has five pillars, that is, five things that Muslims must do to earn the approval of God. They hope that by doing these things they will go to paradise, but they are never sure.
For the next five weeks we’re going to learn what these five pillars are. We will memorize Bible verses to help us pray God’s truth for Libya.Light a candle after you memorize a verse. When it is pitch dark we don’t know where to walk, but if we light a candle we can see better. The enemy wants to keep Libyans in darkness so that they won’t see God’s way to heaven. We pray that truth will be like the light of a candle to help Libyans see God’s way.The first pillar is the ‘creed,’ a phrase that identifies a person as a Muslim. It says, “There is only one God and Muhamad is the prophet of God.”But what is the truth? How can we be saved?“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)Memorize this verse and light a candle. Now pray for the people of Libya, that they will confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Jesus from the death. This is the only way to be saved and go to heaven.

 15-06-04

Television

June 5-11

Almost every home in Libya has satellite television. Christian channels are broadcast in Arabic from many different nations, such as Morocco and Afghanistan, by Libyans believers as well. Available day and night, there are even special programs for kids.This is one of the ways in which Libyan children and adults can hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Followers of Jesus in Libya are not allowed to share the Gospel with children, but children can hear the Good News and start to think about Jesus through these television ministries

Color the picture in and then pray:

  • That God will prepare children’s hearts to accept the Good News the moment they hear it.
  • That children will tell other children and grownups what they have learned about Jesus.
  • That God will protect them from harmful television programs.

LYOP kids June week 1 Picture

 

 

 

 


15-05-29

May prayer focus – Doors


We’ve prayed for Libyans to hear when Jesus stands and knocks at the door of their hearts.  This week we’re praying for all the people who live in Libya who follow Jesus.  We pray that God will open doors for them; give them opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus with others.  (You can open a door and walk through as you’re praying for them):


“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Galatians 5:22

29 May-4 June:

  • We pray for followers of Jesus in Libya that their lives will be full of the fruit of the Spirit so that their friends and neighbors will see it and want to know more about Jesus.
  • We pray for many open doors/ opportunities for them to share the Good News about Jesus with others.

 15-05-21

May prayer focus – Doors


We’ve prayed for the Libyans to open the doors of their hearts to Jesus. Some of the Libyans decided to follow Jesus.


“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5

22-28 May:

  • We pray that they will remain in Jesus and know that they can’t do anything without Him.
  • We pray that they will stay close to Jesus and grow in Him and His love, so that their lives will bear good fruit and that others will see that.

 15-05-15

May prayer focus – Doors


Many Libyans are angry.  Their hearts are full of hatred against other people in their country who hurt them or killed someone in their family. Anger, hatred and revenge keep them from opening the door of their hearts to Jesus.


“Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous for You, who try the hearts and emotions and thinking powers, are a righteous God.”

Psalm 7:9

15-21 May:

  •  We pray for Libyans who are angry and who have hatred in their hearts.
  •  Lord, deliver them from the evil of hatred, revenge and bitterness.

 15-05-08

May prayer focus – Doors


Many Libyans are afraid to worship open the doors of their hearts to Jesus because they can get into trouble.


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4 :6-7

8-14 May:

  • We pray that God will deliver people in Libya from fear.
  • We pray for God to give them peace from within, that His peace will guard their hearts and minds in the name of Jesus Christ.

 15-05-01

May prayer focus – Doors


When you pray for Libya this month, use a physical door in your house or place of gathering.

Stand with your child or children in front of the closed door and knock. Ask them what will happen. Why? Go on the other side of the door, have them knock, and open the door. How can they enter? Why?

Write down topics of prayer for Libya on pieces of paper and tape them to the door. Leave them the whole month, adding new ones as you pray.

Examples of prayer topics to write on the pieces of paper include children, teenagers, leaders, teachers, parents, believers who are discouraged, friends, government officials, fear, pride, anger, hatred, revenge and bitterness.


“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

Revelation 3 : 20

1-7 May:

  • Lord we pray that my parents, my friends, the people in Libya and I will listen and obey when You are knocking.
  • Thank you, Lord, that we don’t have to do anything before You enter. We only have to open our hearts and say that You are welcome.
  • We pray that the children, teenagers, leaders, teachers, rulers, and parents in Libya will be able to hear Your voice.

 15-04-24

April Prayer Focus – The Land

The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.

Acts 17:24


Dear parents, during this month we will lead children to intercede for Libya. Use the map and flag to introduce the country to them.

Our focus is the truth in God’s Word: God made the world and all things, including Libya and its people. Compare their lack of freedom to serve Jesus Christ with the situation in your own country. Most people in Libya don’t believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and are not saved.


We can use scripture to pray over Libya. Start every session with the scripture or part of it.

24-30 April:

 “So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might search after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us.”

Acts 17:27

  • Lord, we pray for the people of Libya that they will seek You and find You.
  • We pray for the children, their parents, teachers, and political leaders, that they might search after you and desire to know more about you
  • Thank You that You are never far from each of us.

 15-04-17

April Prayer Focus – The Land

The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.

Acts 17:24


Dear parents, during this month we will lead children to intercede for Libya. Use the map and flag to introduce the country to them.

Our focus is the truth in God’s Word: God made the world and all things, including Libya and its people. Compare their lack of freedom to serve Jesus Christ with the situation in your own country. Most people in Libya don’t believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and are not saved.


We can use scripture to pray over Libya. Start every session with the scripture or part of it.

17-23 April:

“And He made from one common origin, one source, one blood all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined their allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their land.”

Acts 17:26

  • Thank you, Lord, that You chose to make this nation and decided that they should inhabit this land.
  • We pray for You to protect the borders of this land (follow your finger all along the border of Libya).
  • We pray that Your will be done among the people and in the land.
  • We pray for all the Libyans who are followers of Jesus to teach their children that You made Libya and that You have determined its boundaries.

 15-04-09

April Prayer Focus – The Land

The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.

Acts 17:24


Dear parents, during this month we will lead children to intercede for Libya. Use the map and flag to introduce the country to them.

Our focus is the truth in God’s Word: God made the world and all things, including Libya and its people. Compare their lack of freedom to serve Jesus Christ with the situation in your own country. Most people in Libya don’t believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and are not saved.


We can use scripture to pray over Libya. Start every session with the scripture or part of it.

10-16 April:

 “Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all people.”

Acts 17:25

  • Thank you, Lord, that You give life and breath to all people.
  • Thank you, Lord, that You don’t need us but that we need You.
  • We pray for every leader, that they will recognize that You give life.

 15-04-02

April Prayer Focus – The Land

The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.

Acts 17:24


Dear parents, during this month we will lead children to intercede for Libya. Use the map and flag to introduce the country to them.

Our focus is the truth in God’s Word: God made the world and all things, including Libya and its people. Compare their lack of freedom to serve Jesus Christ with the situation in your own country. Most people in Libya don’t believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and are not saved.


We can use scripture to pray over Libya. Start every session with the scripture or part of it.

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3-9 April:

God, You produced and formed the world (and Libya) and all things in it. You are the Lord of heaven and earth. You dwell in this country.
Acts 17:24

  • Pray for the land, that the glory of the Lord may increase.
  • Thank the Lord that He dwells in all of Libya and that He is omnipresent.

 15-03-05

March Prayer Focus – Love

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Parents we are using the foldable cube to write down what we are praying for.  Add two topics each week and let the children use it as a dice when they pray. On the one side you will write fathers and on the other side children etc. We discuss with them how and what we can pray for families, friends and people in Libya who love and follow Jesus. By the end of the month the cube will be covered on all sides.

God loves us.  He created us and want each and every one to believe in Him and to accept that Jesus died for our sins.  The children in Libya experience fighting, war and uncertain situations.  This can prevent them from experiencing Gods love for them. You feel loved when your mother or father hug you, give you something or spend time with you. This month we pray that God will reveal His son Jesus Christ to the people and especially to the children of Libya.

  • Children – safety, keep evil from them, that they feel loved, once again play in the streets
  • Fathers – love their children and don’t do anything to hurt them
  • Families – love one another, spend time together
  • Leaders – look out for and care for the safety of children in Libya
  • Schools – that it will be a safe place,
  • Christians from other countries who live in Libya – could show God’s love to the Libyans who don’t know Jesus.

foldable cube

 

 

 


 15-02-05

February prayer focus – Grow

…And he shall be like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1: 1-3

Let your child plant a seed (cotton wool and a bean) or look after a plant while we are praying this month. As the seed germinate you can pray about seed, roots, stem(vine), fruit etc. The plant is something in the natural to help the children realize that something is happening in the spiritual.  We can’t make the seed grow but we MUST do what we can like plant it, water it and look after it.  Although nothing can be seen the first day or three we believe it is happening.  When we pray for our family, friend, country and Libyans we are doing what we must do and God is doing the rest.  (Parents please don’t be afraid that they won’t understand. The Holy Spirit will let them understand the principle.)

Only a plant that lives can give something like flowers or fruit.  For a plant to grow it needs water and sunlight.  We as Christians also need to grow and become more and more like Jesus.  Then people in Libya will see Jesus in us and want to know more about Him. Let us pray this month that we will be like strong trees. Pray for your family,friends, and people in Libya who already accepted Jesus as their savior that:

  • Seed / Word of God will grow in people’s hearts.(Isaiah 55:10-11)
  • Have their roots in God’s love and that He will keep them strong (Eph 3:17)
  • We know we can’t do anything without Him – humble ourselves.(John 15: 1)
  • We will bear good fruit. (John 15:2 and Galatians 6: 22)
  • Keep on trusting in Him, His Word and His promises. (Ps 86:15)

15-01-01

Children’s Prayer Guide – Libya

Guidelines for parents:

  • Prayer is our direct connection with God. As children grow spiritually we teach them to call on their Father in Heaven. Sometimes the honesty of these prayers reminds us what Jesus meant by the faith of a child.
  • The younger the children the more they will be self-centered in prayer.  That is normal they must have the freedom to pray for their own needs.  We as adults can gradually help and lead them to focus on the needs of others.
  • Follow the Minute Rule at first. The Minute Rule means give one minute per year of the child. For example, a 13-year old could be expected to have a comfortable prayer time of 13 minutes. Have patience with kids who may have attention disorders, allow them to quietly leave (while praying with others) when their prayer is complete.

January prayer focus – PRAISE

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!  While I live will I praise the Lord; I will sing praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have any being.

Psalm 146:1,2

Parents, during this month we are going to praise the Lord in our prayers.  Use the “brick wall” sheet to write down your praises, or creatively make a brick wall of your own.  In every block they can write down a characteristic of the Lord from scripture or something they want to thank the Lord for.  This way the prayer wall will grow every day and they can pray more and more in depth every day. They will “revise” each day and build their prayers that way. The brick wall can be printed and put up in their room. It will help remind them daily of praising God over Libya.
Week 1 and 2:  Praise the Lord for who He is. He is kind, merciful, loving, Creator of heaven and earth, mighty, my strength, full of compassion, righteous…  Use Psalm 145 – Psalm 150 as scripture for the two weeks.
Week 3 and 4:  Praise God for what you have, what He has given us and what He has planned for us. Use Jeremiah 29:11 to remind you of what God plans for you and the people of Libya.
Thank you for creating me in your image and loving me.
Thank you for giving me …
Thank you for our town and our country.(Name and write down)
Thank you for making Libya and loving it’s people.
Resources:
brick wall