International Women’s Day- a Prayer to bless Chinese Women.
Week 49 : 2021 Mar 07 – 2021 Mar 13
第四十九週：2021年3月07日 – 2021年3月13日
西北祈禱院 NORTH WEST HOUSE OF PRAYER
禱告經文 Scriptures :
詩篇 Psalm 68:11
The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.
耶和華神對女人說：「你做的是甚麼事呢？」女人說：「那蛇引誘我，我就吃了。」耶和華神對蛇說：「你既做了這事，就必受咒詛，比一切的牲畜野獸更甚；你必用肚子行走，終身吃土。我又要叫你和女人彼此為仇；你的後裔和女人的後裔也彼此為仇。女人的後裔要傷你的頭；你要傷他的腳跟。」又對女人說：「我必多多加增你懷胎的苦楚；你生產兒女必多受苦楚。你必戀慕你丈夫； 你丈夫必管轄你。」(創世記 3:13-16)
「神在他的聖所作孤兒的父，作寡婦的伸冤者。 神叫孤獨的有家，使被囚的出來享福；惟有悖逆的住在乾燥之地。」(詩篇 68:5-6 )
天父啊，現求祢大大祝福千千萬萬中國的婦女，以祢大能的膀臂保護她們，為她們興起遮蓋和保障，拯救那些受虐和被踐踏的人，釋放那些被販賣、被勞役和被擄掠的人，為她們伸冤，差派合適的人來擁抱她們，就近那些自暴自棄的人，甦醒那些自甘墮落的人，觸摸那些患病或被遺棄的人，纏裹她們的傷處，醫治和安慰她們，使她們快快認識祢，得著主耶穌的救恩，重建華人女性的自我形象，使她們成為愛主的姐妹，不致被西方女權主義和荷里活等世俗文化所污染，也不再懷疑甚或拒絕自己的性別！反之，求主使她們安穩和滿足在袮的愛裡，知道男女均受造奇妙可畏(詩篇139: 13-16)，轉化她們成為神國的精兵，打造她們成為大能的勇士，是純潔忠貞的新婦戰士。願見女人與男人復和，彼此尊重，能以和諧協作，成為伙伴。又求主更新我們的心思意念，堅固和復興神家中眾多的姐妹，不亢不卑，能與弟兄在聖靈所賜的恩賜中，健康配搭互補，夫婦更是合作無間，男女彼此同心同道，保家衛國，勝過撒旦的詭計，在這彎曲悖逆的世代，好像明光照耀，將生命的道表明出來，作神無瑕疵的兒女，共同拓展天國。(腓立比書 2:15-16)
「才德的婦人誰能得着呢？ 她的價值遠勝過珍珠。她丈夫心裏倚靠她，必不缺少利益；她一生使丈夫有益無損。她尋找羊羢和麻，甘心用手做工。她好像商船從遠方運糧來，未到黎明她就起來，把食物分給家中的人，將當做的工分派婢女。她想得田地就買來；用手所得之利栽種葡萄園。她以能力束腰，使膀臂有力。她覺得所經營的有利；她的燈終夜不滅。她手拿撚線竿，手把紡線車。 她張手賙濟困苦人，伸手幫補窮乏人。她不因下雪為家裏的人擔心，因為全家都穿着朱紅衣服。她為自己製作繡花毯子；她的衣服是細麻和紫色布做的。她丈夫在城門口與本地的長老同坐，為眾人所認識。她做細麻布衣裳出賣，又將腰帶賣與商家。能力和威儀是她的衣服；她想到日後的景況就喜笑。她開口就發智慧；她舌上有仁慈的法則。她觀察家務，並不吃閒飯。她的兒女起來稱她有福；她的丈夫也稱讚她，說：才德的女子很多，惟獨你超過一切。艷麗是虛假的，美容是虛浮的；惟敬畏耶和華的婦女必得稱讚。願她享受操作所得的； 願她的工作在城門口榮耀她。」(箴言 31:10-31)
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28 ESV
Father God, we praise You for being such a great and wonderful Creator. We thank you for creating both men and women in Your own image. You bless us to come together to take dominion over the earth and represent You in unity yet in different and unique ways.
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18 ESV)
Father God, we thank You for creating women as helpers to bring men into perfection and unite them in marriage as couple, for it is Your high and wonderful purpose to make both male and female to be kingdom partners altogether.
“Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” (Genesis 3:13-16 ESV)
Father God, we come to You in brokenness and confess our sin of pride and rebellion, the terrible sin of being egocentric and trying to be too independent, being away from your will but leading ourselves into eternal perish. Yet, You are still merciful to us and never forsake us. You sent us Your only begotten Son to save us on the cross and redeem us from darkness to bring us a new life into Your kingdom of light.
Today, on behalf of the Chinese, we ask for Your forgiveness and mercy for our many distorted values against women. We despise the gender of female and have the wrong concept that “it’s a virtue for women to be uneducated and incapable”！Like many women in the developing countries, Asian women are especially being discriminated, exploited and much oppressed, both physically and spiritually. Men can legally marry many wives and treat them as their possessions (like vase), force them to have abortions and have violence on them, even in the family. Numerous female fetuses are aborted and baby girls are killed every year just because of their gender. In addition, we also have much distorted perceptions today about beauty and femininity. Media, Hollywood movies, the internet are all imposing tremendous skewed values of beauty on us today, without much thoughts. The media bombards the young minds of the next generation to wish for things they do not have and believe that they are cool. In the process many women undergo body-altering and even change their gender to find their uniqueness and value in this world. Lord, please forgive us of our sin and iniquities. Have mercy on us！Make us known that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, both male and female. (Psalm 139:14 ESV)
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” (Psalm 68:5-6 ESV)
Father God, we acknowledge You as the mighty Deliverer. We ask earnestly for Your salvation to come to the Chinese world and save especially the women from deception of their identity. May You come close to those who are broken hearted and set those free from slavery, captivity, human trafficking and different kinds of bondages. Heal them and fill them with Your Holy Spirit, shine on them, and guide them with the truth and bring them into paths of righteousness. May there be reconciliation between men and women, especially in the Body of Christ, so that they could be become wonderful kingdom partners together. May the healing grace and the spirit of forgiveness flow into marriages, especially among Christian couples, that they may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom they shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life…(Philippians 2:15-16 ESV), for the expansion of Your kingdom.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV)
Lord, we ask for the mighty outpouring of the Holy spirit upon the Chinese, especially on the women, so that they could be raised up as mighty bridal warriors for Your kingdom at this time. May the gentle humble spirit of Ruth and the courageous spirit like Deborah, Jael, Esther fills all women in the Body of Christ and also like Miriam, numerous sisters can rise up to lead Your people into joyful worship and victorious praises to exalt Your holy name and transform the atmosphere for Your glory.
Father God, may the following wonderful blessings of Your life-giving word come into reality among the women especially in the Chinese world:
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”
(Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV)
In the name of Yeshua we bless and pray.