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    Speaking of answered prayer...

    Speaking of answered prayer, we should all pause in awe of our most wise and holy God for the great works He has done in China. Cumulative prayers of millions of intercessors in the last 150 years has broken through the rock hard wall of a country which, just 60 years ago, was almost totally closed to the gospel. It gives us great hope about what God is about to do with those in Muslim countries as well. In fact it is clear that God's sovereign work of grace in the hearts of millions of Chinese was one the most decisive spiritual events of the 20th century. Since the Chinese Communist Party has taken over, there are no known revival events in church history to be larger in scale. About 1 million Christians in China in 1949 has now blossomed to at least 50 million, with some estimates up to 90 million. Although Mao basically suppressed Christianity wherever it reared its head, He became the unwitting instrument in the hands of our sovereign God and somehow, in spite of kicking against the goads, "oversaw" the greatest religious revival known to man. So we could even say, what Mao meant for evil, God meant for good.

    The purpose of writing this piece here is simply to remind us all to continue praying for this great nation of China. God has just begun there and I expect we will be seeing a lot more action from the Chinese church. Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission planted the seeds of new churches there. Prayers followed. The church mushroomed and now do not be surprised if God raises up Chinese believers who will finish the task of the great commission by sending them out to proclaim the Gospel to set free those still caught in the bondage of Islam. I rejoiced when I heard that many among the new generation of Chinese Christians are now seriously considering this. Let us pray for them that the Lord would use them as a mighty instrument for missions as the church in the west wanes. But also pray that believers will not be led astray by the temptations of materialism. Let us pray God also raise up leaders in the church there, for there are way too few, and heresies are common. Also I would encourage you to pray specifically for the Chinese Communist Party and its leadership:

    Pray for the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China that whatever plans they make, whether to crack down on the church or to open up, that God would guide the outcome of their steps to further the reign of God in the hearts of the Chinese. Here are some helpful facts worthy of copying and praying through.

    The Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (Chinese: Zhōngguó Gòngchǎndǎng Zhōngyāng Zhèngzhìjú Chángwù Wěiyuánhuì) is a committee whose membership varies between 5 and 9 and includes the top leadership of the Communist Party of China. The mysterious inner workings of the PSC are not well known, although it is believed that decisions of the PSC are made by consensus. Formally the membership of the Committee is approved by the Central Committee. In practice, the membership of the PSC appears to be the result of negotiations among the top leadership of the Communist Party. Although Jiang Zemin stepped down from this powerful committee to make way for a younger fourth generation of leadership led by Hu Jintao, Jiang may continue to wield significant influence. Five or six out of the nine new members of the Standing Committee, Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Huang Ju, Li Changchun and sometimes Wu Guanzheng are Jiang protégés. The 22-member Politburo is elected by the Party's central committee. At the 2002 16th Party Congress, the Standing Committee was expanded to include nine members.

    Pray for Current Leadership

    The current members of the 16th PSC are:

    Hu Jintao - President of the People's Republic of China, General Secretary of the CPC, Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
    Wu Bangguo - Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
    Wen Jiabao - Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China
    Jia Qinglin - Chairman of the People's Political Consultative Conference
    Zeng Qinghong - Vice-President of the People's Republic of China
    Huang Ju - Vice Premier, State Council of China
    Wu Guanzheng - Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
    Li Changchun - no other positions held, known to many as the propaganda chief
    Luo Gan - State Councilor, Political and Legislative Affairs Committee secretary

    Posted by John on April 25, 2006 07:05 PM


    I will pray for this. It helps to have this sort of detail for something as huge as God's work in China!

    I have created a prayer request page on my blog. I have linked to this article. Here is the link:
    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

    You know, a lot of people say that this is such a dark time for Christianity, with modern secularism and all. Well, morality may be suffering in America, but it is only growing, it seems, in the other places of the world - places like China.

    It seems ironic - or perhaps providential - that Christianity always seems to grow fastest where persecution is the heaviest.

    This is truly a matter of thanks. Let us hope that the Chinese shall further grow in the Christian faith.

    Mr. Hendryx, I saw awhile back that you said you were in China once - was that a missionary trip?

    God be with you all,

    A. Shepherd
    The Aspiring Theologian

    The Aspiring Theologian Blog: A Young Theologian's Blog


    Thank you for taking the time to pray for China. The Lord has placed it on my heart and it gives me delight to hear that others will pray for her.

    A Shepherd
    Yes ... good memory.. I actually lived in China for 10 years and was even married there. Lord willing, we would love to go back and live for a good portion of our lives. Pray for us that such an opportunity may open again.

    Asking for prayer that God will soften this gentleman's heart and we will move forward to a comitted relationship and united as one!Please help to express the true feelings of his heart to me instead of surcumbing to fear! The time that we are apart please keep him safe and have him focus on healing the realtionship with me! I pray that while he is away and when he comes back he takes the steps to declare his love for me to all and take the steps to move move the relationship to a comitted one!

    Please pray for me, as I continue to battle a grievous addiction/idol in my life. This has been a long road that I have traveled, but truly desire so much for “final complete victory in Christ.” I thank you so much for your prayers!

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