Monday, March 18, 2019

Prayer about lost flight and aviation issues in Amazonia

Lord, today our prayers turn toward Amazonia, where flight regulations have brought about some serious concerns for indigenous residents. First, we pray for the flight taken by pilot Jeziel Barbosa de Moura in December. We know Jeziel and his seven Amazonian Indian passengers encountered adverse conditions and needed to make an emergency landing, but that is the last anyone heard from them. Despite a two-week search by the Brazilian Air Force and several more weeks’ searching by friends and relatives of the lost, there is no sign of the aircraft or passengers. You know where that craft landed. We pray for the airplane to be found so that people can have closure. If there are any survivors in the wilderness, we ask you to sustain them and get them to help. Lord, we also pray for the larger issue of the lack of air traffic control in the Amazon and other remote parts of Brazil--which disproportionately affects its indigenous population. We pray for airstrips to be upgraded so they can become legal, and thus pilots can fly without subterfuge. We pray that the Civil Aviation Authority will make good on the ruling passed six years ago requiring it to do just that: upgrade airfields. We also pray for other solutions for those Amazonian residents who are require to take dangerous flights in order to collect pensions. Lord, we know this situation is complicated. We do pray it will be prioritized so that solutions can be found and efficiently implemented. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Prayer about investigation of recent airplane crashes and the 737 MAX

Lord, we pray for the investigation of what caused the recent crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, which may be related to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610. We pray for success for the investigators in France who will begin analyzing the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet’s black boxes on Friday. With Ethiopia overseeing the investigation, with the help of France and the United States (the only two nations with the experience gained from being present at almost every crash involving a Boeing or Airbus), we pray that everyone involved can be unbiased, diligent, and keenly observant. With the grounding of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes around the world, we know this is a big deal. Everyone wants answers in order to prevent future accidents. Please grant wisdom and insight. And, Lord, we pray for the airlines scrambling to reschedule and reassign flights without the use of these grounded planes. Help them to be efficient and gracious, and may inconvenienced passengers also extend grace. We are hopeful that this process will go as well as possible and ask for your blessing and guidance. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Prayer about school collapse in Lagos, Nigeria PC: Reuters

Almighty God, we pray about the rescue operation happening right now in the Nigerian city of Lagos, following the collapse of a four-story building that included a school. With 100 students attending the school and only 40 pulled so far from the rubble, our hearts join with those families still urgently seeking their children or for loved ones from other parts of the building. Lord, we pray for your intervention in Lagos right now. We pray the crowds will stay out of the way—that no gawkers will interfere, but only those helping the search will stay in the vicinity. We pray for the safety of those digging through the rubble, that no one else will get injured during this desperate search. We pray for efficiency, the right equipment, good strategy, endurance, and hope as people persevere in the search. Lord, we pray for all who survived the collapse to be released from their entrapment before it is too late. And we pray for quick and quality medical care for everyone who needs it. Lord God, we are looking for more good news in Lagos today in the midst of the wrenching grief. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Prayer about massive plane crash in Ethiopia

Lord, we are absolutely sick to our stomachs and broken-hearted about Sunday’s airplane crash in Ethiopia! In this immediate aftermath, people are reeling with the information and trying to make sense of what happened on flight ET 302. First, we pray for those trying to confirm whether their loved ones were among the 157 who died in this terrible event. We pray that they will indeed get their confirmation one way or another. Next, we pray for the grieving—those who have lost loved ones, the nation of Ethiopia, the other nations represented on the flight, and people around world. Bring peace. May people find comfort in you. May people rally around each other as they process this life-altering news. Third, we pray for the investigation into what happened. We are thankful for Ethiopian Airlines’ excellent reputation and for the exemplary flight record and years of experience behind the pilot. With an almost total loss of the craft, we pray for investigators to have great wisdom and success as they seek answers among the rubble and among the data. Heavenly Father, please guide, direct and comfort us as we deal with this tragedy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Prayer in response to racist hotel practices in Alice Springs, Australia

Heavenly Father, today we are dismayed to learn of clearly racist practices implemented at a hotel in the Northern Territory of Australia. We are thankful that the truth came out about the Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis’ mistreatment of Aboriginal guests. We pray now for corrective measures and appropriate consequences to be effectively and swiftly implemented. Lord God, we know that the emotional impact on Alice Springs, the immediately surrounding communities, and the broader Aboriginal community in Australia will be significant. We pray for comfort, healing and hope for those who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the revelation of this blatant racism against their communities. We pray for continued growth in each of our hearts, that we might acknowledge the intrinsic dignity in each human being, and consistently practice the love of Christ toward all. We pray against racism in Australia, that efforts against this blight will prevail. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Prayer for immigrants still entrapped in slavery after the Russia World Cup       Photo credit:  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Heavenly Father, we pray for the women who were brought into Russia for the World Cup on fan IDs, only to find themselves held captive as sex slaves. First, we praise you that Blessing Obuson and handfuls of others have been freed, and that Blessing is working to bring attention to this issue. We pray for Blessing and the other freed women to recover from their trauma and to find asylum in whatever nation is best for their situations. Next, we pray for those women who are still enslaved nine months after the World Cup. With 1,863 Nigerians entering Russia on fan ID for the World Cup and not having left the country yet, we are concerned about how many of these men and women are entrapped in dangerous situations. We pray for the Moscow authorities and NGOs that are seeking to find these missing people and address trafficking in their community. May they find success and have the resources they need. May they persevere despite opposition. Finally, Lord, we pray even now for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, for which fan ID is also being considered. We pray for Qatar to be proactive in preventing this blight in their nation surrounding this international event. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Prayer for Alabama and Georgia after tornado devastation

Lord God, we pray for rescuers and weather authorities as they search Alabama and Georgia, following the deadly tornadoes that hit these states Sunday. First of all, we pray for survivors who remain in peril. We pray that these people may draw on rich reserves of strength and resourcefulness in order to hold on until help arrives. Please lay it on hearts and minds to search areas that have not yet been searched—guiding rescuers to where people need assistance. Next, we pray for those who grieve the loss of loved ones, since at least 23 people perished in these storms. Comfort the ones left behind deep within their souls as they process this grievous blow. We pray for those whose lives have been upended and property lost. May they find shelter, food, etc., as needed, and may they have the courage and resources to begin anew. Finally, we pray for blessing and protection over those who are helping in any way—whether providing medical assistance, doing weather research, meeting emergency needs, searching the rubble, or planning to help with longer-term needs. We pray these people will persevere with their work until they have success. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.