Saturday, August 17, 2019

Prayer about sexual misconduct by former music producer in Mexico


https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/16/americas/miranda-campos-mexico-sexual-abuse-case-intl/index.html
Father, today we pray for Luis Armando Campos, a young singer who was sexually abused and trafficked for four years by his former music producer and mentor, Mario Enrique Miranda Palacios. We are saddened by the deception that led Luis into a harmful situation. We thank you that Luis had the courage to leave and to confide in a fellow singer who influenced him to come forward. We thank you for the organization, United vs Human Trafficking, for offering counseling and legal services for Luis. Lord, we pray for all victims of sexual abuse and trafficking. We pray that those still in dangerous situations are able to escape and get the help they need from trustworthy sources. We ask for healing for those who are now free yet still carry the emotional weight of their former situations. Lord, we desire to see mentoring relationships grow between adults and teenagers. We know that there are great benefits that come from healthy partnerships. We pray that you will protect our youth and give them discernment in knowing where they can place their trust. We praise you, Lord, that even in our sin you desire to have a relationship with us. We have confidence in knowing that you will not abandon us. You are our protector and the source of all hope. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular guest prayer blogger Brandi South:

Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Prayer about murder of Natalie Crichlow in Barbados

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-49347946
Father, we are at a loss for words as we read about the horrific details surrounding the death of Natalie Crichlow. We mourn for the sin in our world and the acts of hatred that bring such devastation and hurt. Lord, we pray that Natalie is with you and that her suffering is no more. We pray for her three children as they are left to deal with their shock and their grief and a future without their mother. Please be with them in their pain. Wrap your arms around them and give them the strength and peace that only you can provide. Father, we pray for the assailant who is still at large. May this person be found and brought to justice for what they have done. In doing so, Lord, we do pray that they seek your forgiveness and accept you as their Savior. We ask that you provide direction to the police in Barbados who are handling this investigation. We pray that they quickly identify and reprimand the attacker. Father, we seek you in all things and pray that you will sustain us every day. We love you and we pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular guest prayer blogger Brandi South:

Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Praise for advances in treating Ebola virus

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/08/12/new-drugs-could-cure-ebola-clinical-trial-suggests/1989355001/
Heavenly Father, today we are once again reminded that you are our living hope. We are overjoyed by the success of two Ebola treatments that may bring us one step closer to a cure. We thank you for the scientists at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and the National Institute of Health who have been working diligently to develop these drugs. Continue to impart your wisdom on them as they fulfill your good work. Father, we pray for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that has been deeply impacted by this virus. Encourage those in need of medical attention to seek it. We pray for every infected person to be cured and for the disease to be eradicated worldwide. We pray that you remove any barriers that would prevent health care workers from reaching those who need this medication. We thank you for their willingness to go where needed and we ask that you protect them from violence as they enter areas of conflict. Lord, we praise you as you reveal your glory to us, and we pray in faith knowing that you are good. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Prayer to eradicate brutal police practices in Bangladesh




Heavenly Father, we are grateful for our law enforcement officials who work to bring peace and protection for all people. We respect their authority and we pray that you protect them as they encounter dangerous situations and risk their lives for the good of the many. However, we ask that you intervene in cases where some abuse their authority and act irresponsibly. Such is the case in Bangladesh where allegations of widespread police brutality have been uncovered by the United Nations. Lord, we pray for the work of the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture as they investigate these claims and work toward changing the culture in Bangladesh. We pray that the authorities in Bangladesh are cooperative and that moving forward they will prove to abide by their zero-tolerance policy on torture. Father, we recognize the importance of law enforcement and pray for success in diminishing crime. We pray that the police in Bangladesh are successful in their work while using methods that are effective yet humane. We praise you as our Creator and we pray that everyone will come to acknowledge the value of every human life. Lord, we have all fallen short and we lean on you heavily. Thank you for your unwavering faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular guest prayer blogger Brandi South:

Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Prayer for Kyrgyzstan as forces attempt to bring in the former president

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/08/749283781/kyrgyzstans-former-president-arrested-after-deadly-encounter
PC: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Lord God, we pray for Kyrgyzstan as the nation deals with the chaos surrounding the arrest of its former president. We are grieved and disgusted that at least one of the soldiers was killed, six taken hostage, and dozens wounded as these security officers attempted to simply do their job and arrest former President Almazbek Atambayev at his home Thursday. This terrible behavior does nothing to proclaim innocence as he faces charges now that his immunity has been revoked. We pray that Atambayev will fully cooperate with investigators. If he should be vindicated, let it be so. If he should face consequences for crimes, let that be so. We pray for new President Sooronbai Jeenbekov as he leads this nation. May he move Kyrgyzstan toward stability, peace and hope. Finally, we pray for the families of the soldiers who were killed in action, as well as for the wounded. Bring peace, support, and quality medical care as needed. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Prayer for missing Nora Anne Quoirin

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-ireland-girl/malaysian-police-question-20-in-search-for-irish-teen-idUSKCN1UX162

Heavenly Father, please bless the efforts of Malaysian police and others who are searching for missing Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin. If there is anything Nora can be doing to survive or escape, please give her the opening, ability, ingenuity, resources and courage to do so. Bless her attempts. Lord, we cannot imagine the fear the parents of this learning-disabled, 15-year-old girl are facing. In the midst of their terrible situation, please grant them your peace that passes understanding. May they draw near to you to survive this ordeal; and please send loving, wise people to support and encourage them during this time. Lord, we pray for the canine units assisting with this investigation. We pray that conditions would suit their work and that they would be able to catch Nora’s scent. Lord, if this is actually a kidnapping and police are on the wrong track, please thwart the travels and efforts of the kidnappers on every side. We pray that someone would see them and recognize that Nora should not be with them. If there are any other missing factors in this mystery, may they come to light as soon as possible. Lord, we long for this daughter to be reunited with her family. Please bring this about. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Prayer for Old Home Week in Greencastle, Pennsylvania

https://oldhomeweek.org/

Heavenly Father, we pray for Old Home Week, being held in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, August 3-10. We celebrate when small communities band together to strengthen relationships, honor their heritage, invest in civic affairs, and seek you together. We pray that this 40th triennial celebration will accomplish just those things. We take a moment to specifically lift up the community worship services happening at 4 and 6:45 PM EST on Sunday. May these services point the Greencastle-Antrim community and its guests directly to you, inspiring hearts and renewing faith. We also express gratitude for the many churches participating in the festivities throughout the week, asking your blessing on them as they welcome people into their circles of fellowship and celebration. We pray that the overall Old Home Week atmosphere would be wholesome and helpful, and that Greencastle-Antrim will be a better place as a result of this special time. We pray for selflessness, safety and hospitality to reign. Bless the seemingly countless people who are leading, serving, hosting and attending these events. May they build each other up and find strength in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.