Michael and I spent a week and a half this July praying in Estonia with a team of missionaries and locals for pastors, missionaries, pastor’s families, and the nation. We want to invite you to join us in our prayers for this nation. Below, you’ll find the prayers our team prayed on the ground in Estonia. But first, a look into what was happening in Estonia during our visit:
While we were there, Estonians from all over the nation were gathered in Tallinn to celebrate their 26th song festival, which was founded in 1869 and takes place every five years. As more than 20,000 singers performed in the choir singing to an audience of more than 200,000, Estonians remembered how they have come together in song to preserve their cultural identity and to overthrow foreign occupation.
“Koit” (“Dawn”) by Tõnis Mägi
Again it’s time to stand up straight and cast off our shackles
That everything once created could together be born again
It’s dawn, a majestic blaze
Victory of the light awakes the land
Free is the horizon,
And the first ray will soon touch the land
A call to break down it all that we could freely breathe again
See, the ice has broken. Let’s join our hands, our forces
With wisdom, collective wisdom, with collective might we can do it all
Ahead is the only road, the road to freedom. There can be no other
The might, the power of light, the people of freedom, let’s go together
With a joyful cry on our lips. See, the giant has freed himself.
Faith leads us onward, and a heavenly beam accompanies us
So there’s only one step to victory–a short, short step
It’s the land, our sacred fatherland that now will be free
The song, our song of victory, will continue
And soon you’ll see Estonia free
( English translation found at http://www.ps3youtube.com/v/t-nis-magi-koit-olaulupidu-estonian-night-song-festival-20-08-2008-u4Ae3o8mpWQ )
Prayer Guide for Estonia
Yahweh will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalms 42:8 WEB)
Estonians will know the God and Creator who gave them their voice and their song. The grace God has given them to unify the nations through song will be of spiritual and eternal significance.
The power of song through a united people in Christ will be released.
The joy and celebration that Estonians experience during their song festivals will be walked out in their every day life as they are liberated in Christ Jesus.
“Beacon of Light”
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2 NIV)
Pastors will pastor well, father well, husband well–and will know what it’s time for.
Pastors will spiritually father well from the knowledge and understanding of being God’s son.
Estonia has an amazing history of great unity in the churches. Pray that it deepens even more and spreads among other nations.
Churches will find creative, dynamic ways to pray and be in relationship with God, hearing His voice, responding in prayer as they read the Bible, and agree in prayer to what Jesus and the Spirit of God are praying and interceding.
The church will serve one another instead of having an attitude of consumerism or entitlement.
Churches will continue and grow in sharing resources among themselves.
The alive-but-sleeping church will wake up.
Young godly men will mentor and disciple the teenage boys.
Church leadership will discover creative ways to reach youth and young adults through music and the arts.
God will provide community and fill in the gap between the young generation and the older generation in the body of Christ.
Salvation of households — families. There are missionaries who have no family members who believe in Jesus. There are kids who love Jesus but can’t get their parents’ permission to be baptized. Pray for the salvation of whole families.
Pray for the healing of hearts, memories, and eyes that have seen so much evil and pain in this world and have questioned the presence, sovereignty, power, and love of God during years and years of oppressive Soviet and German occupations.
The true reputation of God will be restored in this land.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14 NIV)
Jesus will be exalted and made known in Estonia.
There will be a breakthrough between the thin veil that separates Estonia from the face of Jesus and the kingdom of God
The bride of Christ would not settle for an I-don’t-deserve-better attitude, but they will receive the fullness of all Christ desires for them
The foundation of Jesus will be established and rooted deeply in the ground and good soil of peoples’ hearts and of this land.
The knowledge of Jesus Christ will be exalted above the knowledge of the educational system or the knowledge of man.
Believers working in the media will take a bold stand toward holiness and the industry will follow.
Estonia will no longer be a source, transit, or destination place for human trafficking.
Nightclubs will close down due to loss of interest and the spaces will be converted to prayer rooms, Christian bookstores, church buildings, and businesses that operate in the kingdom of light.
Christian leaders and missionaries will be supported with good friendship, encouragement, family affirmation, finances, and gifts of things they wouldn’t typically buy for themselves.
God will honor and bless the Estonians desire to live in peace without war and without the shedding of blood.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7 NIV)
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)
Estonia will serve as a crossroads between Russia and Europe, a gate to Europe, for the glory of the Lord.
The YWAM base in Tallinn will receive more staff, especially male staff.
God will send a person to manage, teams to work, materials, tools, money, organization, and skills to begin and complete renovation of abandoned mansion given to YWAM Estonia.
Estonia will be the beginning of an awakening, a starting place.
The Estonian church will support their missionaries and will become good senders. The common current belief is that the receiving countries should support the Estonian missionaries and missionaries to Estonia should be supported by the sending nations.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5 NIV)
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:18 NIV)