Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Prayer about attack against Muslim family in Canada

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57474745

Heavenly Father, we continue to be stunned and saddened by the prevalence of hate crime in our world today. You command us to love one another as you have loved us, and we have fallen short again. Lord, we grieve for the four members of the Afzaal family who were killed earlier this month when they were intentionally run over by a truck. This incident has changed the life of a family forever, and it has also taken us a step further from peace and unity.  We pray for the nine-year-old boy who did survive. Please heal him physically, and beyond that, help him to see that there is hope in this broken world through a relationship with you. We pray also for extended family, friends, neighbors, and the Muslim community. Father, we thank you that Nathaniel Veltman was quickly apprehended. We are troubled by the hate in this young man’s heart. He, too, is in need of healing. Lord, we are glad for the attention that is being drawn to this incident. May it serve as another reminder to all of how desperately we need you in our lives: For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Prayer about kidnapping of two sisters in Spain

 

https://news.sky.com/story/body-found-in-bag-in-sea-off-tenerife-confirmed-as-missing-girl-olivia-gimeno-taken-by-her-father-12330293

Heavenly Father, we come to you with great sorrow as we learn about a father – Tomas Gimeno – who has kidnapped his two precious daughters, ages six and one. We are further grieved upon discovering that the oldest, Olivia, has been found dead. Anna is still missing, and the outlook remains grim. We are praying for a miracle that she is found alive. Please lead the authorities to Tomas quickly. Lord, we cannot fathom what would bring a father to do this to his own children. We are deeply concerned for the girls’ mother, Beatriz Zimmerman. Her world has been turned upside down in the most tragic of ways. Father, we ask that you wrap your loving arms around her and keep her close to you. Comfort her through her anger and sorrow and hopelessness. You tell us that those who mourn will be blessed – we cling to this promise. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Prayer about gang violence in Nigeria


Lord, we are heartbroken as we read about this latest instance of gang violence in Zamfara, Nigeria. We grieve over the 53 villagers who have lost their lives. We pray that there will be a day when the residents of Zamfara can live a more peaceful life without constant fear of attack. Father, we pray against these assailants. Stop them from inflicting further harm and purge the hatred that is within them! Aid the authorities as they work to impede the efforts of these criminals. Lord, we are further dismayed when we learn that children are being targeted; that they are not safe in their homes or in their schools. We grieve deeply for the crisis in Zamfara, yet we know you are good and faithful and just. We seek you and trust you in all things. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:

Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Prayer for Burkina Faso after terrorists kill 132 civilians

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/armed-attackers-kill-100-civilians-burkina-faso-village-raid-2021-06-05/  PC: AFP

Heavenly Father, we pray for comfort to descend in Burkina Faso’s village of Solhan. Almighty God, we also pray for justice. We are disgusted to hear that jihadists attacked this village overnight, killing 132 residents (7 of them children) and injuring 40 more. We are dismayed that they overpowered the civil defense and burned numerous homes, as well as the village market. We join with the nation of Burkina Faso in their 72 hours of national mourning. We cry out with them for peace amid this turmoil, for hope for those who mourn, and that those who killed and destroyed would be found out and face justice. We pray for the wounded to heal physically and emotionally. We pray for the community to rally together to rebuild and support one another. We pray for the nation as it faces continual terrorist attacks, that they would come up with a plan to effectively thwart their adversaries. Lord, we grieve with Burkina Faso today. Amid the sorrow, please make your glory known. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Prayer for Christian couple released after seven years on Pakistani death row

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/04/asia/pakistan-blasphemy-conviction-overturned-intl-hnk/index.html

Almighty God, we ask your protection over Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife, Shagufta Kausar, who were recently acquitted of allegedly sending derogatory remarks about the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a text message to another man. We celebrate that they are free after seven years on a Pakistani death row, but we know many would seek their deaths while they are free. We pray that officials would provide security for this couple and their lawyer and that all three (and any family members) would be relocated if necessary. Lord, we are thankful that a European Union Parliament resolution drew attention to Pakistan’s rising blasphemy accusations and vigilante violence. We pray that Pakistan’s government will move toward freedom of religion for its people and eliminate the death penalty for those accused of blasphemy. Lord, we think of this word of truth: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). Even while we pray for religious liberty, we also pray that your children would continue to stand for you, regardless of the trials that may come. We humbly pray, amen.  

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Prayer of celebration for little boy who saved his family from drowning

 

https://abc7chicago.com/boating-accident-7-year-old-boy-saves-father-sister/10722288/

Heavenly Father, we are so glad to celebrate happy endings! We rejoice that a Florida boating incident turned into a story of courage and perseverance. We are thankful, Lord God, that seven-year-old Chase Poust was able to swim for an hour to shore in order to save his family from drowning. We are thankful that Chase’s father, Steven, was able to stay afloat, and that Chase’s sister, Abigail, did not drift too far in her life jacket. We are thankful for helpful neighbors being home and for the Florida Fish and Wildlife crews that quickly and efficiently rescued Steven and Abigail. We join Chase’s father in thanking you for your grace. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Prayer about mass grave discovered on former British Columbia residential school grounds

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/28/canada-remains-indigenous-children-mass-graves?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1  Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters

Heavenly Father, knowing the truth can both help and hurt, bringing both peace and sorrow. That is how we feel about the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of a former residential school in southern British Columbia. The Tk’emlups te Secw├ępemc people have suspected for a very long time that hundreds of their children were hidden on those grounds; now their “knowing” has been confirmed. Lord, we know that 150,000 children attended such residential schools that were intended to assimilate Indigenous children into a different culture. We now know that abuse of all kinds was common within this educational network. We pray for the recovering adults who once attended these schools to find peace in the knowing, to receive some sort of closure, to be able to move forward in the healing process. We pray that more of the suspected 3201 deaths can be uncovered and accounted for, so more families and communities may find peace. We pray that we will learn from this sorrowful history and avoid making the same mistakes. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.