Thursday, December 12, 2019

Prayer about New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption

Heavenly Father, we are deeply affected by the story of the White Island volcano eruption earlier this week. We are so thankful the White Island Tours boat had already departed before the eruption, halving the number of victims and instead becoming a rescue vessel. We are thankful for the doctors and first responders who jumped into action as dozens of people were pulled from the sea with severe burns all over their bodies. We are thankful that New Zealand’s four specialist burns units have been able to handle the needs, even though their capacities are maxed. We pray for all of the victims, that they might get the best possible medical care, cling to life with determination, and survive. May loved ones and strangers alike provide encouragement each step along the way, including on the long road to recovery. We particularly pray for Matthew Urey and Lauren Barham, who were celebrating their honeymoon before experiencing this nightmare, and now fight for their lives and health in different New Zealand hospitals. We pray they will not only survive this tragedy, but move forward into a beautiful, rich, deep married life. Finally, we pray for the grieving, knowing that at least eight people are confirmed dead. In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Prayer and praise for CURE International's Ugandan work

Heavenly Father, we take a moment to celebrate good news about CURE International’s work in Uganda. First of all, we thank you for CURE’s work in providing medical care for disabled children who would not otherwise have access to it. We thank you for their ministry to the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Next, we specifically rejoice in Cure’s Ugandan work, which specializes in neurosurgery. We are amazed by Dr. Benjamin Warf’s ground-breaking, minimally-invasive, shuntless treatment for hydrocephalus, which attracts surgeons from all over the world to participate in the CURE Neurosurgeon Fellowship Program. Continue to bless this program, reaching countless surgeons and their current and future patients. Finally, we praise and pray for a recent addition: CURE’s development of a new mobile clinic in the eastern Busoga region, in the town of Jinja. We are thankful this clinic enables more of CURE’s patients to receive crucial follow-up care, because it is easier to access. We pray for your continued blessing on this new clinic and on the team who serves there. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Prayer surrounding child sold for $2000 in Kentucky, USA

Lord God, we pray for the situation in Kentucky, USA, in which a woman sold her child to another couple. We do not know the details, but we know that there are layers of great sadness involved. That a woman would be under circumstances that would compel her to sell her child. That a couple would pay $2,000 off the record to buy a child. This limited information tells us that all involved in this situation need prayer, including the authorities, who will be placing judgment on these people. Lord, we pray that all of the adults involved would have adequate and appropriate legal representation. We pray for investigators, lawyers, judges, social workers… we ask wisdom for them all. And, Lord, we pray for not only the baby who was sold, but for the four other children who are in protective custody as a result of this situation. Please be with them, giving them hope in a dark situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Prayer about bus accident in far eastern Russia  PC: AP

Lord, in Russia many families are grieving right now. As they ponder the terrifying death of their loved ones—on a bus plunging from a bridge onto a frozen river—grant them peace in the midst of their despair. Lord, we do not know their exact pain, but we do know pain. And we know that you meet us in our pain. We pray for our brothers and sisters in the far east of Russia, that you would powerfully meet with them in their grief. That you would glorify yourself to them. Lord God, 19 people died, but 25 survived. We rejoice over those who survived. With the majority of the survivors injured, we pray for the best medical care they can receive and for quick recoveries. May these people also draw near to you during this time, even as we know you are drawing near to them. Finally, Lord, we ask that the accident investigation be as effective as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Prayer for rescue efforts after Albania's largest earthquake in decades  PC:Reuters

Lord, we fervently pray for rescue efforts underway in Albania right now. After a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the nation this morning, we are concerned for those who are still trapped in the rubble. Please help rescue workers find them as quickly as possible, and to safely extricate them from the debris. We pray for the injured who have been freed to receive excellent medical care, and for the injured who are still trapped to use fortitude, courage and resourcefulness to hold onto life and help rescuers find their locations. We pray that onlookers will not only stay out of the way of rescuers, but also figure out ways to contribute to the rescue and relief efforts. Lord, we pray for your peace to descend over Albania as people deal with this chaos and loss. We pray for courage wherever needed. We pray for those who grieve over those who have already been lost. We particularly pray this morning for the family of the elderly woman who saved her grandson by cradling him with her body, losing her own life in the process. Grant her loved ones peace as they honor this woman’s courage and sacrifice, while grieving her loss and celebrating the rescue of the grandson. May her life inspire others as the nation moves forward into the longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Prayer about Bolivian political crisis

Almighty God, Bolivia needs your help. Ever since ousted president Evo Morales fled for political asylum to Mexico, the country has been in upheaval. We desire that people would “not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, [that they would] repay evil with blessing,” in order to receive their own blessing (1 Peter 3:9). Starting with Morales and Interim President Jeanine Anez, may people choose the way of Christ: justice, mercy and humility. We pray that Anez and the interim government would follow through on their pledge to have new elections as quickly as possible. We pray for these elections to be fair, accurate, and well-informed. And, Heavenly Father, we pray for protesters to be able to safely and peaceably express their opinions. May neither the protesters nor the military choose violence at any point. We grieve over those who have already died in the midst of this chaos, and we pray that their deaths would inspire others to choose another way to express themselves and to manage the country well. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Prayer about potential dengue vaccine

Jesus, you have told us to heal the sick and help the weak. To do unto others as we would have them do unto us. So today we pray for Derek Wallace as he leads the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company's global effort to develop a dengue vaccine. With nearly half the world’s population at risk of contracting dengue fever and worldwide cases increasing rather than decreasing, we see great value in a dengue vaccine. With the company’s large-scale study of a vaccine they're calling TAK-003 initially showing an 80% success rate, there is hope that a world-changing vaccine may soon come to market. We pray, Lord, that as full trial data is accumulated over a longer period of time, that the results would make clear whether this vaccine is worth the investment and study. With the astronomical money involved in the pharmaceutical industry, we pray against greed clouding any results or steps anywhere in the process. Amen.