Racially, culturally and ethnically, the Japanese are one of the most homogenous people groups in the world. They identify themselves in terms of biological heritage, birth in Japan, a shared culture and a common language. Shintoism is the native religion of Japan. It is rooted in animism. Its many gods or spirits are known as kami. Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century. Today, most Japanese claim to be both Shintoist and Buddhist.
Material wealth and creature comforts often have a deadening effect, obscuring a person's spiritual needs.
Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Japanese people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27
Pray that this people group will realize that they were meant to be in God’s image, and they need to change their ways to get back to Him.
Pray for the relatively few people among the Japanese who know and follow Jesus Christ. They need prayer support. Pray they would be zealous to know Christ and that they would learn to live in the power of Christ's Spirit. Pray they would consistently experience love, joy, peace and other fruit from the Holy Spirit. Pray the Japanese would increasingly realize their great need for a Savior. Pray that material wealth would not satisfy. Pray for a spiritual awakening that will result in a movement to Christ. Pray for believers to share their faith.
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