Armenian Martyrs Day is once again upon us, 4/24/17. Once again crowds will rightfully gather around city centers and government headquarters, continuing demands for complete acknowledgement and justice for the genocide perpetuated upon the Armenians. In 1915, wide scale systematic annihilation began as the Ottoman Turks sought to exterminate the Armenian people. Over 1.5 million Armenians were brutally murdered, some dying slow deaths of starvation and illness during death marches.
Yes, we must remember this great crime against humanity.
However, if we truly care for the Armenian people, their survival and salvation in this world, we would be
remiss totally hypocritical to ignore the rampant plight of Armenia’s unborn. (See also “When Good Works End in Spiritual Ashes” 3/22/17)
There is an abortion epidemic in Armenia, deemed a “crisis” by the United Nations.
No one is killing more Armenians today than Armenians. Armenians once died for their faith yet today, after years of communism and corruption they are shamefully dying in the womb.
Before Armenian Martyrs Day, an online All Night Prayer Meeting will be held, Friday April 21st, from 9pm to 5am Saturday morning. I urge all believers to join in for the whole night, part of the evening or even a few minutes. We cannot, under God’s eye, take a stand for those who were martyred while their current generation is under silent yet utter destruction.
Proposed Prayer Schedule – Friday 4/21/17 to Saturday 4/22/18
9pm to 10pm: A time of quieting our hearts before the Lord. Visit the Psalms and actually sing some in praises to God or choose any praise and worship songs toward God.
10pm to 11:30pm: Begin to pray for the Church in Armenia and all those who accept a place of spiritual authority. For many, the scriptures are a dead word, without life or power.
• Pray for a great move of the Holy Spirit upon spiritual leaders in Armenia, that their hearts may be deeply convicted for the state of their flock. For the sake of Christ and those who are perishing, pray that God take away their false peace!
• Pray that their hearts are greatly stirred and without rest until they cry out to God and hear the Lord’s direction to lead the men and women under their domain.
• Pray that the eyes of every priest and deacon are open to the futility of rituals that have no grounding in the word of God and no power to save or heal.
• I pray for a deep weeping and grief in the hearts of all church leaders – may the Lord mercifully oppress them with the weight and burden of these sins.
“The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord…” (Proverbs 21:1) So even the heart of a priest, “For who is able to resist His will?” (Romans 9:19)
11:30pm to 1:30am: Pray for the women of Armenia. Many of these women are descendants of genocide survivors. Armenian women have lived through the tyranny of communism, have known deprivation from Islamic oppression and blockades. While abortion procedures may have been freely offered, contraception was never taught or available for many years. Many Armenian women have had over 10 abortions. Infertility is extremely high.
• Cry out to God for pregnant women, pray that the Holy Spirit open their eyes to the developing baby within them. For those who are gladly expectant, I pray that God increase their joy. I pray that God fan into flames any ember of faith so that these women can call upon the Lord with assurance.
• I pray that women of faith, those who truly know the Lord, will rise up and seek God’s leadership in mentoring and counseling pregnant women among them. May they receive a God-given burden in their hearts to pray for and reach out to women in crisis.
• Pray for women who have ‘made up their mind’ and especially those who are pressured and cornered by husbands and in-laws to have an abortion. May the Lord take their false peace and well up a controversy in their hearts. May they hear the heartbeat within them. May the Lord quell every fear.
• Pray for women who have had abortions – pray that God would heal their hearts, that they can know full forgiveness and newness of life through the promises of God.
• As it is now daytime in Armenia, pray that today is a day without abortions. Let every appointment be canceled, missed, and unattended. Let today be a day that the Lord guards every womb and let the people take notice and realize supernatural intervention.
1:30am to 2:00am: BREAK, a time of physical refreshment and scriptural reading
2:00am to 3:00am: Pray for Armenian men. Armenian men often pressure and propel their wives to have abortions based on gender. Rather than standing as the protector of the home, many of these men strongly push for death to their unborn daughters.
• Pray earnestly that God heal their seared conscience, that the Holy Spirit raise up pangs of conviction in their soul.
• Pray that the Lord magnify their sin before them so they may clearly see it. Let sonograms and pregnancy tests weigh heavy on their hearts as a true life that matters, a life created by God.
• Pray that the Lord give them sleepless nights, that the Holy Spirit draw them into repentance, that the cross of Christ be illuminated before them as the only hope to restore their heart and save them.
Pray for men, women and families that the event of pregnancy become a turning point towards God, that the Lord interrupt any dark plan and turn it around for life and salvation.
3:00am to 4:00am: Pray for doctors and others in the medical field who perform abortions.
• Pray that the Holy Spirit take away their false peace and replace it with deep inner turmoil at the thought of killing unborn babies.
• Let the 6th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Murder” resound in their hearts and minds
• Pray that the Holy Spirit weigh upon them heavily with the grief and burden of Christ’s heart for life
• Pray for doctors and medical personnel to come to true repentance, even for the thousands of lives they each may have terminated, and let the true forgiveness and peace of God reign in their hearts and souls
4:00am to 5:00am: Take time to rest in the Lord, let us begin to thank Him for what He is already doing. Let us take confidence in His supernatural work, accomplishing in a short time what man could never do in a lifetime.
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power to prevail”