Saturday, July 4, 2020

Prayer about massive, deadly landslide in Myanmar

Merciful Father, hundreds of families in Myanmar are grieving the loss of loved ones after Thursday’s colossal landslide at a jade mine in Kachin state. At least 162 people died the horrible death of being smothered by mud. Fifty-four have been taken to hospitals for their injuries. Lord, all survivors and witnesses have a lot to process, having experienced something so traumatic. Please grant them peace as they come to terms with their inability to help during this rapid, massive catastrophe. Be with those who grieve the deaths of loved ones. Grant them supernatural grace as they attempt to sleep at night; keep them from the images that so often plague those who mourn terrible deaths of loved ones. May all involved successfully seek you for comfort and hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Prayer about fatal accident and Pakistan's railway system   PC: AFP

Heavenly Father, we grieve Friday’s tragic railway accident in northeastern Pakistan, and we pray for the injured and mourning. With 21 people from one vehicle killed and 10 recovering from injuries, this was quite an accident! We do give thanks that no one from the train itself was injured. Lord we pray for the overall railway system in Pakistan, as they reckon with more than 100 railway-related incidents in 2019 alone--including one involving 70 fatalities. Lord, we thank you for promising wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). May those who lead this part of the infrastructure ask for wisdom in order to soberly analyze and improve the system. If they need motivation, may others provide that catalyst. We pray for fresh ideas in how to improve safety for those who travel on or near railways in Pakistan. We humbly pray, amen.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Prayer for Amish woman missing from Pennsylvania, USA, community

Heavenly Father, your Word tells us your eye is on the sparrow (Matthew 10:29). We know you see where missing Linda Stoltzfoos is. We find peace in that. Yet we seek your help in locating this 18-year-old Amish woman, who seemingly disappeared without a trace June 21. With no indication she desired to leave the Amish community, it does not seem likely she ran away. However, there are no clues about foul play either. Please reveal truth in this situation as quickly as possible. May clues be found, people step forward, and/or information come to light. If Stoltzfoos is held captive somewhere, please provide a clear way of escape. Lord, amid the fear and concern, we rejoice in the togetherness shown by both Amish and non-Amish citizens in Stoltzfoos’ community as they seek their missing member. May they find Stoltzfoos soon. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

Prayer about foster children being placed with pedophiles in Berlin

Lord God, we know the search for loving foster homes is never-ending. First, we pray for that need. Lord, please compel families even this very moment to consider foster care. May they take seriously your promise that “if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” (Matthew 10:42). Next, we pray about the truth coming to light in Berlin regarding children being placed with pedophile men as foster parents for decades. To say we are grieved is an understatement as we realize the significance of this terrible trend, inspired by Dr. Helmut Kentler’s work. It is baffling that people went along with Kentler’s theory at all, let alone for more than 30 years. We are thankful the truth is now coming to light and pray that all who were harmed will find emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing. We are thankful that the city-state of Berlin is taking responsibility and seeking to help those who were abused. May this public admission of grievous error ultimately result in great improvements to Berlin’s foster care system and many local families stepping up to care for children. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Prayer for homeless tent encampments in San Francisco, USA PC: AP Photo/Noah Berger
Heavenly Father, we pray for the estimated 8000 homeless people in San Francisco, California. You see how vulnerable this population always is, let alone during a pandemic. We specifically pray for the homeless tent encampments the city has authorized during these historic times. We are thankful that the encampments are fenced off to outsiders, monitored around the clock, and that the city provides meals, showers, clean water and trash pickup. We pray that these places will, indeed, be safe and healthy, and that the people who dwell there will feel cared-for. May any non-residents who have interaction with its residents treat them with dignity, and may those who live there look out for each other. Lord, we also know this is a temporary solution to a long-term problem. We pray for government leaders, non-profit organizations and churches to come up with lasting solutions for this population. May those who are homeless find the tools, resources and care they might need to find healthier situations. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Prayer about disrupted vaccination programs in Africa and beyond  PC: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File
Heavenly Father, we lay before you our grave concerns about the 60+ countries that have  reported suspensions of vaccination services during March and April. We know that the coronavirus pandemic has severely reduced available flights for transporting vaccines and that social distancing guidelines have hindered the large campaigns normally required to immunize mass groups of children. Lord, we would grieve if one fatal outbreak was replaced by another, such as polio or cholera. Especially with more than a dozen African countries reporting polio outbreaks this year, we know this is a serious, realistic concern. We pray that the World Health Organization would indeed issue promised advice next week and that the guidance would be doable, effective and quickly implemented. We pray for successful battles against cholera and measles, and we specifically pray for the eradication of polio in the very near future. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.