Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.
This rings true for every nation, city and home today. Mighty empires have risen and stood, seemingly immortal. Yet, they have all but fallen. The key reason behind that was forgetting the LORD. They watched in VAIN! They labored in VAIN! Let that not be our testimony as intercessors. Let that not be our testimony as men and women of faith.
The first mention that most of us would have had of Afghanistan is likely linked to 9/11. After that, we would have seen armies from across the world descending into the region.
What often goes unnoticed in these things are the individuals. There are millions of civilians whose lives were affected by events at this time.
Some lives have been irreparably damaged. Relationships have been severed, families have been torn apart.
Jesus was always found to stand with the least among us.
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast. Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks. [Source]
1 Timothy 2:1-2 King James Version 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
President: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
First Lady: Rula Ghani
Vice President: Amrullah Saleh
Second Vice President: Muhammad Sarwar Danish
State of Affairs
Hamid Karzai was declared the first-ever democratically elected head of state in Afghanistan in 2004, winning a second five-year term in 2009. The National Assembly is Afghanistan’s national legislature. It is a bicameral body, composed of the House of the People and the House of Elders. The first legislature was elected in 2005 and the current one in 2018. Members of the Supreme Court were appointed by the president to form the judiciary. Together, this new system is to provide a new set of checks and balances that was unheard of in the country.
Common job: Farmers.
17.53% unemplyoment rate
Afghanistan’s health system has been steadily progressing over the last 17 years, with increasing coverage of health services throughout the country. In 2018, a total of 3,135 health facilities were functional, which ensured access to almost 87% of the population within two hours’ distance.
30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
You are standing up today to say, “Here I am, Lord!”
- Pray for the country’s leadership. We are praying that the Lord would move in them and impact the nation and region through them.
- Pray for their families. Being in such a position places a strain on homes and relationship, we are praying for God’s hand to be seen in this area.
- Pray for reconciliation. The presence of forces within the region raised anomysity between groups. We have a ministry of reconciliation.
- Pray for peace. Lord knows they have seen enough chaos and suffered enough pain.
- Pray for renewal. That the Lord will bring restoration to the region.
- Pray for salvation. That the gospel will impact people in the region.
Thank you for standing in the gap for Afghanistan. It is never in vain! If you have additional prayer points that we should add here, please leave them in the comment section.