Saturday, January 9, 2021

Prayer about hospital fire in India that claimed ten young lives

Lord, you promise to comfort those who mourn. Please comfort the mourning in the western state of Maharashtra, India, as they grieve the loss of 10 babies Saturday. Lord God, we celebrate and acknowledge the courageous hospital staff members who saved seven babies when the fire broke out. Please comfort and uphold them as they deal with not having saved all. Be with the parents, grandparents and siblings of the lost. Give them enough light during this dark time to take the next step forward. Heal their broken hearts. We pray for the injured, that they would recover quickly. We pray for the investigation, that the cause of this fire will be uncovered and addressed. We pray for the patients and staff at the Bhandara District Hospital, that they can continue their duties and treatments with trust in you and the peace that passes understanding. May hospital repairs not hinder anyone’s healthcare. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Prayer for grieving families after tragic California drownings  PC: Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Lord God, we take a moment to thank you for our loved ones. When we hear such stories as what happened to the Michael Wyman and David Reyes Juarez families on the North Coast of California last weekend, we want to hold our loved ones close and cherish the moments we have together. First, Lord, we pray for Sarah Wyman, who lost her husband and both of her children in one tragic coastal incident Sunday. Please comfort, sustain and strengthen her. Surround her with supportive people and helpful resources. May she find purpose and hope as she moves forward after this unimaginable loss. May people remember her husband as a selfless hero who gave his life as he attempted to save his children from drowning. Lord, we also pray for the Juarez family as they grieve their horrible loss. God, it is unclear to us who was present for this incident, but we do know that at least two of Juarez’s children helplessly witnessed their father’s death, despite their best efforts to retrieve help. Please help them recover from this trauma. Grant them the resources they need and a special measure of your grace and presence. We thank you for the example Juarez set as an educator and administrator, and as a hero who at least once directly saved a child’s life. May his legacy continue through those who worked with him and studied under him. Lord, nurture grateful, courageous, wise hearts within us. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.        

Monday, January 4, 2021

Prayer about child labor on Malawian tobacco farms  
Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

Lord God, we pray about the claims against specific British tobacco companies that were filed in London’s High Court in December--on behalf of several thousand poor Malawian farmers and their families. Lord, it is grievous to hear the claims of child labor, modern-day slavery, and coerced prostitution that the farmers mention in their lawsuit. British American Tobacco’s stated commitment to end child labor in its agricultural supply chain by 2025 indicates that at least some of these claims are true. We are thankful that these lawsuits are bringing these terrible practices to the forefront. We pray for the legal process to make the truth clear. We pray for justice and restitution wherever appropriate. We pray for child labor and this form of slavery to end on Malawian tobacco farms. Please rally some of your children to offer healthy alternatives to the farmers trapped in this cycle. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Praise that the pandemic has forced China to address mental illness in a healthier way

Heavenly Father, we thank you for another demonstration of how you can bring good things out of bad circumstances. Today we celebrate that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed China to address mental illness in a healthier way. Having been hidden and suppressed since the time of Mao, mental illness has been denied or stigmatized. With fewer than nine mental health professionals for every 100,000 residents, resources and care are extremely hard to find in China. Thank you that the overall trauma of the pandemic has forced Chinese citizens and government officials to acknowledge that trauma is real and has a genuine impact on people—and that it is OK for the affected to ask for help. We thank you that hotlines have been created and that schools are providing resources for students. We pray, Lord, for continued growth in this area. We pray for stereotypes to be broken, more people to seek training in this field, and for those who struggle to seek help from both you and mental health providers. Lord, we also pray for frontline healthcare workers in China, more than half of whom have been showing signs of depression in the aftershocks of the pandemic. Rally support and resources around them, that they may find healing, even as they bring healing to others. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Prayer for post-landslide rescue operation happening in Gjerdrum, Norway

Lord God, we pray for the rescue operation happening after the huge landslide in Gjerdrum, Norway. First and foremost, we pray for the missing to be found. If they are away on holiday, prompt them to call the authorities to inform them of their whereabouts. If they are trapped in the debris, sustain them with courage and hope, and grant them the resourcefulness to lead rescuers to their location. Please protect the rescuers as they search. Lord, we also pray for the injured. Grant them quick and full recovery. We know many people are afraid right now. Please bring the peace that passes understanding. We pray for those who have lost homes and businesses. May loved ones provide them secure accommodations and encouragement as they process this loss and eventually look toward what lies ahead. Lord, please do a great work in Gjerdum in coming days, weeks and months. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Prayer about Honduran activist Felix Vasquez's murder

Lord, we are distraught about the brutal killing of human rights and environmental activist Felix Vasquez before his family’s eyes. We pray that Honduran authorities will have great success and diligence in their investigation, so the killers will be found and brought to justice. Lord, we pray about the questions raised by the Coalition against Impunity—questions about whether the government neglected Vasquez’s previously shared concerns about being persecuted over his activism. If corruption is involved in this scenario, please bring it to light. We also lay before you our concerns about how dangerous Honduras is for activists—listed as among the world’s most dangerous places for activism. We pray for courage and protection over those who stand up against injustice and mistreatment. Above all, Heavenly Father, we pray for supernatural comfort and healing for Vasquez’s family members, who witnessed this horrific act. Please bring them deep peace as they process this tragedy and deal with the terrible imagery of their loved one’s murder. May justice come as part of their healing journey. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Prayer for missing climbers and sailors in Iran PC: Reuters file photo

Lord God, we lay before you our concerns over those missing in Iran: up to 12 climbers and seven maritime crew members. With all of these people going missing on Christmas Day due to storms and wind, we are greatly concerned about their safety. We know that you look out from your dwelling place on all the inhabitants of the earth (Psalm 33:14). You see these missing men and women. We pray that survivors will be rescued as quickly as possible. Sustain them until help arrives. We pray for those whose souls have already passed from this earth to also be found, in order to bring closure for their loved ones. We appeal for your protection over rescuers, as they risk their own safety in the search for others. Finally, Lord, we request comfort for those who grieve. We entreat you for mercy in this situation. Amen.