Saturday, May 15, 2021

Prayer for China's Hubei and Jiangsu provinces after tornadoes cause death and destruction

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/tornadoes-hit-two-chinese-provinces-killing-12-injuring-hundreds-1.4566388

Almighty God, we pray for Hubei and Jiangsu provinces in China as they recover from the death and destruction of Saturday’s tornadoes. First, Lord, we pray for the hundreds of people who sustained injuries during these storms. We pray for quality medical care whenever needed. We pray for medical personnel to not be overwhelmed and to have clear thinking and efficient work amid the post-storm chaos and concerns. Next, Lord, we pray for those who grieve the 12 who died. Give them strength to carry on and rebuild while recovering from these huge losses in their lives. Lord, we do pray for the almost 200 families who need to repair or rebuild their homes, and the businesses, including large factories, that lost their buildings. Help them rebuild as quickly as possible. Direct them to and provide the right resources. Lord God, we pray for these communities to recover. May they seek strength and hope from you as they walk the road to restoration. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Prayer as Israeli and Palestinian conflict escalates

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57110368 PC:AFP

Almighty God, how do we begin to pray for the latest trouble between Israel and Gaza? We start with peace. With Israelis and Palestinians in conflict for generations, we are always concerned for these people groups. Now that armed conflict is underway again, our hearts break. Lord, we all know this situation is complex. We are thankful that you see and know all, and that we can put our trust in you. We also know this: people—including children—are dying and the conflict is escalating. We pray for clear minds, calm spirits, discerning leadership, and hope. We pray for your glorious goodness to unfold before our very eyes amid this conflict. May those involved follow your commands to love you fully and to love their neighbors as themselves. As always, Lord, we pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Again, we ask for peace, and we place our trust in you. Amen.

 

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Prayer about apprehension of "East Valley Rapist" in Arizona, USA

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/05/05/border-patrol-agent-serial-rapist-arizona-arrested-suspected-john-daly/4965259001/

Lord God, we celebrate that authorities have apprehended whom they believe to be Arizona’s "East Valley Rapist." With no previous leads on eight cases of sexual assault in the area between July 1999 and October 2001, we are grateful funding from the Justice Department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative led investigators to John Daly III. With circumstances and DNA pointing to Daly, three of the cases are moving toward closure and one is also making good progress. We pray for the justice system to be swift, accurate and fair in these cases. We pray for final investigations to go smoothly and for people with additional information to come forward quickly and courageously. Lord, we pray for the survivors of these attacks to benefit from the arrest. We pray against flashbacks and fear, but rather for hope and valor. May all who need to testify be safe, secure and clear. Lord, we pray for Daly to repent from any wrongdoing and speak the truth. Lord God, we entrust this entire situation to you in Jesus’ name, amen.  

Monday, May 3, 2021

Prayer for peace and truth in Colombia amid violent protests

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombia-blames-armed-groups-protest-violence-death-toll-still-unclear-2021-05-03/  PC: Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters

Almighty God, we pray for peace, order and truth in Colombia after five days of demonstrations, protests, looting and vandalism. We are thankful the government retracted the controversial tax reform that began the demonstrations, but are saddened that the violence and destruction continued and that more protests are planned for the near future. Lord, we pray for the mass transit system to be repaired and running as soon as possible, so people can return to work and daily travel. We pray for the injured to receive quality medical care. We pray about the approximately 20 people who were killed in the chaos, that their deaths would be investigated and people held responsible as appropriate. We pray for truth to come out about whether criminal organizations were behind the violence, as well as whether there was any police brutality. Lord, we pray for your peace to descend upon Colombia during this tumultuous time. Glorify yourself in Colombia, Lord. Draw people to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Continued prayer for Myanmar amid oppression by military junta

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/myanmar-protesters-march-three-months-after-coup-un-warns-standstill-2021-05-01/

Almighty God, three months after the military coup, the people of Myanmar continue to struggle for justice. We continue to knock on the door of heaven (Luke 11:5-8), pleading on their behalf. Lord, we pray for democracy in Myanmar. We pray for the safety and release of democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the thousands of others who have been arrested during protests against the military junta. Lord, we grieve the 759 protesters who have been killed and dread the spilling of any more blood. We pray for peace. We pray for the junta to do the right thing for its people and relinquish power. We pray for international pressure to make a difference. We pray for Dr. Sasa as he continues to keep the world informed about what is happening in Myanmar. Lord, magnify yourself in Myanmar. May people come to know you during this tumultuous time. May people see your mighty hand at work against oppression. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Prayer for Israel's recovery after Orthodox Jewish festival deaths

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56943755


Lord God, we ask you to deeply comfort the Orthodox Jewish brothers and sisters who were involved in the disaster at Thursday’s
Lag B'Omer festival. It is overwhelming to consider that at least 45 men and boys were crushed to death while participating in a religious festival. Lord, please bless the investigation. Reveal whether anything improper took place and whether the police need to do anything differently in the future (either in preventing or responding to such tragedies). We pray for the quick and accurate identification of those victims who remain unknown, that their loved ones may have closure and proceed to burial. We pray for excellent medical care for the injured, as well as therapy and whatever else may be needed by those who witnessed this traumatic event, including emergency responders. Yahweh, we ask for healing and hope for all those impacted by this disaster—one of the worst peacetime disasters Israel has ever known. Glorify yourself among your people. May the national day of mourning, to be held Sunday, be a powerful day for Israel and her allies. Amen.

 

  

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Prayer for India amid second wave of COVID-19

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indias-coronavirus-infections-cross-18-million-2021-04-29/ PC: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Heavenly Father, we mourn over the devastation caused by India’s second wave of COVID-19. We grieve over the 379,257 new infections and 3,645 new deaths reported Thursday alone--which indicate the highest number of fatalities in a single day since the start of the pandemic. We are sorrowful about the overwhelmed hospitals and morgues, the gravediggers working around the clock to bury the dead, and the makeshift pyres set up to burn the deceased in parks and parking lots. What a desperate and crushing situation! Yet you are bigger than all of these things. You are more powerful. You love the people of India. We are thankful for the resourcefulness of hotels and railways in setting up makeshift hospitals. We are thankful for the healthcare workers, ambulance drivers, gravediggers, and so many more who are working beyond their endurance in order to help others. We are glad the military is working hard on behalf of its people, including opening its hospital to civilians. We pray, Lord, for the vaccines to reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible. We pray against technical difficulties and shortages. We pray for the supplies donated by other nations to be put to effective use immediately. Please bless Bangladesh, Germany, Russia and the United States for the critical supplies they are donating. Lord, we pray for Indians to rally together to defeat this pandemic. Draw them close to you during this time. May they lean into you as they persevere. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.