International Intercession for Germany During the 2006 FIFA World Cup

“Come here and help us.” Acts 16:9

Participants in the Prayer Initiative are inviting intercessors from around the world to pray for Germany as the upcoming Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Soccer World Cup series begins. During 9 June- 9 July World Cup soccer games from various German cities will be broadcasted daily on television screens throughout the world. The series opens in Munich and ends with the FIFA World Cup Final in Berlin. Prior to and during this time, Germany needs your prayer intercession.

German Christians are asking intercessors around the world to pray for spiritual awakening in our country. God has a deep love for the Germans and wants to see a change in our society, a change that will result in the kingdom of God shining its values again. The nation shall be transformed by the Spirit of God and his love. Germany shall find the calling of God for the country again.

In our spiritual need as a nation of God in the midst of the secular society, we urgently need intercession. God has entrusted wonderful prayer movements and initiatives to many nations. Please invest a part of your prayer movement for our country and include our nation in the requests of your prayer movements, especially during the Soccer World Cup.

Downloadable prayer requests will be available 9 June to 9 July at They are also available in hard copy. Contact us at mailto:[email protected]/ and we can mail these requests to you. 

During the games, thousands of brothers and sisters from around the world will also be witnessing to the love of Jesus Christ to the millions of guests and inhabitants. We are thankful for believers from all over the world who will support us and will serve with their gifts and faith from God. The reality is that locals often are more likely to listen to foreigners than to fellow citizens.

We also invite you to be part of a local prayer team in our 740-hour central international prayer camp, hosted by The German Evangelical Alliance, which is based in Bad Blankenburg, central Germany. We invite you to come and lead one or more two-hour prayer sessions during this camp. Our hope is to come together with all nationalities for God.

We look to 2 Chronicles 7:14 for the promises of God through prayer: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

We wish this for our nation, which was blessed so richly from God, but still lives at such a distance from him. We search for God’s help and ask Christians around the world to “come here and help us” (Acts 16)—especially in prayer.

Bernd Oettinghaus is prayer coordinator for the Prayer Initiative.