Lord God, we are sickened and also thankful when we learn of what happened during a Chicago e-learning situation. Now the truth is out about the sexual abuse one 7-year-old had been experiencing for the past year. We are thankful the perpetrator has been arrested and is facing both justice and help. We are thankful for the teacher’s quick and sound response when the sexual abuse began to happen during an online learning session. We are thankful both police and school officials responded promptly. Now, Lord, we pray for the healing to begin. We pray first and foremost for the victim, that she would find the help she needs to recover from this extended abuse that has now been vividly revealed to her peers. Next, we pray for her classmates who witnessed this event. May they be able to safely ask questions and find adequate answers as they process this confusing and frightening experience. We pray for the teacher as she, too, processes this incident. Bless her for her quick thinking and grant her a quick recovery. Bless her career as an educator. Finally, Lord, we thank you that, amid all its challenges, e-learning has provided a glimpse into situations such as this that need to be brought to light. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Almighty God, we pray about “the Dublin-Boston score,” which is the recently developed scoring system that can predict which coronavirus patients will advance into severe cases. We celebrate this breakthrough developed by researchers at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dublin and in the United States. We are thankful that doctors can now determine a prognostic score for Covid-19 patients. Lord, may this tool be used far and wide in ways that will save lives. May further benefits of the test be quickly discerned, including learning which Covid-19 treatments are helpful and which are not. Lord, we continue to pray for researchers around the world—for continued strength, creativity, resources, and additional breakthroughs. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Lord God, we pray for the firefight happening on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania right now. We thank you for stopping the winds that spread the fire Sunday, and we pray that the fire is contained before any winds pick up again. We also celebrate that there are no known injuries or deaths at this point. We are asking for this to be case throughout the entire firefight. Specifically, we ask protection for the Tanzanian residents, students and firefighters battling this fire. We also pray for protection of property. We ask for effectiveness in delivering food and water to those who need it, and we pray for protection against Covid-19 as precautions are likely set aside in this state of emergency. Lord, glorify yourself amid this challenge. We acknowledge that the mountain peaks belong to you (Psalm 95:4). In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Heavenly Father, we pray for Algeria, where people are highly disturbed about a terrible rape and murder that happened earlier this month, which has highlighted failings in the justice system. Lord, we grieve the rape of 19-year-old Chaïma, who was burned alive after her assult. We grieve even more when we learn that the suspect, who has confessed to the crime, had already been charged with attempting to rape this same young woman years ago and yet the case was dropped and he went free. Lord, we pray for those handling the case this time to have great wisdom in each aspect of the process. May justice be served and larger questions asked about how the legal system handles violence against women in this culture. We pray about the additional woman whose charred body was found last night. May her identity be quickly discerned and her killer apprehended and charged. Finally, Lord, we pray for the loved ones of these two women, that you would give them supernatural peace amid this heartbreaking time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Lord God, we find encouragement in WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ words about a potential Covid-19 vaccine being available by the end of this year. We know that a huge variety of organizations and individuals are working to find a vaccine around the world, evidenced in part by nine experimental vaccines in the pipeline of the WHO’s COVAX global vaccine facility. Lord, we ask that you grant success and that a breakthrough comes soon. We pray in advance that the vaccine will be distributed fairly and wisely, with minimal to no corruption in the process. Lord, Ghebreyesus promised hope. We know you are the true source of HOPE. May researchers humble themselves before you, seeking your help as they apply their best knowledge, experience and resources to this effort. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Almighty God, we pray for peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia. We know the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh has been in dispute since the 1990s, but we are alarmed by the military escalation happening now. We grieve over both the soldiers and civilians lost in this conflict, and we pray for resolution before more lives are lost. We pray against full-out war between nation and nation, and we pray against other countries being drawn into the conflict. May Azeri and Armenian leaders choose peace, resourcefulness, perseverance and creativity as they solve this conflict as quickly as possible. We pray against greed and pride. Lord, we want to see peace in the South Caucasus region. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Lord God, we are sickened to learn of more Dalit women being raped and murdered by men of higher castes in India. We are particularly concerned about the current case involving four high-caste men who allegedly gang-raped and murdered a 19-year-old woman. Lord, the fact that her body was cremated around the time rape charges were removed from the case (possibly) without her family’s consent does seem suspicious. Now we cannot find that evidence, but you know the truth. These men will stand before you someday for whatever they may or may not have done. Lord, if anyone witnessed this crime or overheard talk about it, compel that person to step forward to the right authorities. Even better, Lord, we would love to see at least one of these men fully confess to what happened, choosing justice and truth over deceit and guilt. We pray for this young woman’s family, for healing and protection. Give them supernatural strength to survive their grief and the painful legal process. Lord, we want truth to come out in this situation. Please magnify yourself and draw people to you in the midst of this tragedy. In Jesus’ name, amen.