Saturday, December 31, 2016

Prayer about collapsed mine in Jharkhand Photo credit: AFP.
Lord, today we pray for the collapsed mine rescue efforts underway in Jharkhand, India. Lord, we grieve with those awaiting signs of their loved ones after Thursday’s mine collapse. We grieve about the 13 bodies that have been recovered, representing 13 families that are changed forever. We pray for closure for the estimated 45 families who still await word. And, of course, we are thankful for the two miners who were pulled alive from the collapsed mine. Lord, it is always particularly disturbing when an accident repeats itself in the same location. People have questions about why this mine was reopened after three people died in a collapse here a few years ago. Please help truth to come out about this mine’s conditions, this company’s practices, and the regulatory systems in India’s coal-mining industry. Be with these families in a special way as they face a New Year with glaring holes in their families and hearts. And please protect the rescuers who continue their efforts in dangerous conditions until the miners are all found. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Prayer of thanksgiving for Chibok girls reunited with their families on Christmas Day  Photo credit: AP
Lord, we are absolutely thrilled to know that 21 of the Chibok girls who had been held captive by Boko Haram for so long were reunited with their families on Christmas Day! Please bless each and every person who played a part in the process of safely reuniting these young women with their families. We pray for continued healing during the months and years to come, as well as acclimation back into “regular life.” Lord, we also pray for those families who expected to be reunited with their daughters, yet learned that their girls are still in captivity. Please sustain these families as they await the return of their daughters. May they be faithful in prayer and joyful in hope. Please protect their daughters and get them home soon. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Prayer of thanksgiving for foiled terrorist plot in Australia'terrorist-plot'-in-melbourne/8143762
Lord, today we rejoice that Australian police were able to foil the significant terroristic plot that was to take place Christmas Day. We are thrilled that the terrorists behind the planned violence are now detained and awaiting trial, rather than rejoicing over destroyed lives and property. We thank you that the Australian police have had such success in preventing attacks since they raised their terrorist threat level a couple years ago. Lord, we know that not everyone has had such success in recent days. We continue to pray for those grieving in Berlin after the sad attack that happened there last week. And we continue to pray against radical Islamic terrorism around the world. May those who plot evil be continually foiled and, of course, ultimately come to know you, so they can pursue grace and hope, rather than terror and legalism. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Praise for discovery of effective Ebola vaccine Photo credit: REUTERS/James Giahyue
Lord, today we praise you for the development of an effective Ebola vaccine, specifically for the Zaire strain. We are so very thankful that this vaccine could save tens of thousands—hundreds of thousands-- of lives in the future. We pray that plans and funds will be in place to effectively transport the vaccine to where it is needed before any dangerous outbreaks happen. We pray for researchers to have success in finding a vaccine for the Sudan strain of the virus. And we pray for those who are still grieving the loss of loved ones from among the thousands of people who died during the 2013 outbreak. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Prayer for the Boyle-Coleman family, held hostage in Afghanistan
Lord, today we pray for Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their two young children. Lord, it is so sad that this husband and wife have been held hostage for four years in Afghanistan—and that their children were born in captivity. Lord, please keep them calm, sane, stimulated, gracious, strong, hopeful, resilient, creative, safe. We do not know if they know you, but we pray they will seek you as they seek hope. We pray for their children, that they would be miraculously able to thrive and grow. We pray that the terrorists will have mercy on these children, and even be protective of them. Ultimately, of course, we pray for this family’s release. May people all around the world pray for this family this Christmas season, so they may feel buoyed up by our prayer support. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Prayer for the final week of Advent

Lord, in this final week of Advent, may our hearts rest in you. No matter what we think we need to accomplish this week, may we still pause to reflect on the magic of this season. May the true awesomeness of the Christmas story astound us. And may we reflect your generosity in how we share, shop, behave and believe each day this week. In the name of the Greatest Gift, we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Prayer about Project Wekeza in Tanzania
Lord, today we pray for the Wekeza project in Tanzania. Lord, we are thankful for World Vision’s efforts (along with other partners) to help poor farmers of Tanzania improve their techniques, grow a hardier variety of cassava, and diversify their farms. We celebrate the success these farmers are having, knowing that this triumph enables them to provide an education for their children, meet basic needs, and look toward a brighter future for everyone. Please help these farmers continue to improve their livelihoods, and to demonstrate a spirit of generosity as they experience these blessings in their lives. May their Christmas season be joyous, as they celebrate with full hearts and hopefully fuller bellies. May they fix their thoughts and prayers on you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Prayer about opioid addiction problem in rural America
Lord, today we pray about the opioid addiction epidemic in rural America. Lord, we are devastated by the rapid growth of the death rate due to opioid addiction. We are also heartbroken about the great increase in babies born addicted to opioids. Lord, this is a huge problem, and the layers of causes can be peeled like an onion: access to drugs, perceived need for drugs, educational factors, economic factors, social factors. But, Lord, we find ourselves facing the fact that people are broken and they turn to the wrong things, hoping temporary fixes will meet their needs. Lord, meet these people in their brokenness. Bring people into their lives who will point them to health, hope, goodness, truth and you. And, Lord, we do pray for practical helps to be implemented in rural areas, such as better education, treatment facilities, etc. Lord, thank you for being the source of hope in our lives, no matter what our situation. In Jesus’ loving name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Prayer about Nigerian church collapse Photo credit:AFP/Getty Images
Lord, today we pray about the church collapse that took place in southeast Nigeria this weekend. There are so many questions! How many people actually died? Who are they? Why did the building collapse? Was corruption involved? Lord, we are so thankful you see all. You know the answers to these questions. Please bring truth to light about what caused the collapse. Use this incident to compel reform within the construction industry. Help people identify those who died and inform their loved ones. May the injured find healing. May the grieving find comfort. Lord, be with these families as they deal with such major trauma during one of the most joyous seasons of the year. May the supernatural peace of Christ rule in their hearts. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Prayer about yellow fever epidemic
Photo credit: Jerome Delay/Associated Press

Lord, today we thank you that this year’s yellow fever outbreak did not become more disastrous. It is staggering to consider how bad things could have been, though we know from history how destructive this disease can be to entire cities and nations. Thank you for those who worked hard to get the vaccines where they needed to go. Thank you for the generosity of nations like South Sudan, who, though among the world’s poorest, donated 400,000 doses intended for its own children in order to stop the outbreak elsewhere in Africa. Lord, we also thank you for bringing good out of bad. Thank you that this outbreak revealed the inefficiency in getting vaccines where needed, as well as the need for more vaccinations in nations that are at greater risk of this virus. We do pray for the World Health Organization as its leaders seek solutions to this problem, and we pray for each nation to plan well for the health of its people. In the name of the Great Physician we pray, amen.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Prayer about South Korean presidential scandal and possible impeachment  Photo credit: Chung Sung-Jun
Lord, today we pray about the controversy surrounding South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye. Lord, it is so hard to have our leaders disappoint us. It is disheartening when they break our trust. Heavenly Father, we ask you to bring out the truth regarding President Park and her involvement with the corruption scandal currently being investigated in South Korea. Please reveal whether she was complicit or innocent. We pray about the impeachment process that is likely to happen in the very near future. Please help each lawmaker vote his or her conscience, not letting politics or personal gain influence the decision, but truly considering the best for the nation and, of course, the truth. We pray for your hand of direction to be evident in the nation of South Korea. May people seek your leadership. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Prayer for teenaged refugees in Greece
Lord, today we pray for the teenaged refugees who are trying to survive in Greece. Lord, it is so hard to hear about their plight. It breaks our hearts to read of teenaged boys having to turn prostitution in order to survive. What a web they are caught in! Lord, we are concerned about the root issues here, though they seem almost overwhelming. We pray about the concerns that drove these boys from their home countries. We pray for resolution of these issues, and for the boys to be able to go home. We pray for the men who seek out these boys. Convict them of their sin. Meet their needs in healthy ways so they do not have to exploit children or teens. We pray for the Greek government to be able to find solutions for its refugee problems. May leaders and thinkers determine ways to care for these people who have chosen their nation as their home or temporary stop on a longer journey. May the Greek church rise up to serve the least of these. May the refugees find solutions as they seek a better way of life, and may they contribute value to their host countries. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Prayer about Brazilian football team's airplane crash

We grieve the loss of these lives. Photo: Twitter
Lord, our hearts cry out in grief today as we learn of the tragic airplane crash in Colombia that killed at least 75 of its 81 passengers. Lord, what a loss! These football players were headed to fulfill a dream as they advanced in a regional tournament. Instead, they met with untimely deaths. Lord, be with all who grieve: spouses, children, teammates, friends—Lord, we know the entire Chapecoense community grieves. We know all of Brazil grieves, and that the other teams in the tournament grieve. Lord, thank you for being with us in our grief. Bring the comfort only you can provide. Lord, we also pray for the survivors. We pray for healing, consolation, top-quality medical care, recovery from trauma, emotional and financial support, and anything else they need. We pray that their loved ones will quickly reach their sides. Please meet with them all in this devastating time. Draw them close to you. Lord, we pray for the rescue workers sorting through the dead, sifting through the wreckage. We ask you to guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus. May the jubilation of having found survivors give them deep encouragement as they deal with such a horrific situation. Finally, Lord, we pray for the truth to come out about what caused this plane to crash. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray, amen.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Prayer about drug-related violence in Guerrero  Photo credit: REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez. 
Lord, today we pray about the drug-related violence happening in the Mexican state of Guerrero. We are so thankful that a kidnapping victim was rescued on Monday. We are saddened that the remains of several previous victims were discovered, but thankful that some families will now have closure. Lord, we pray against these criminal gangs as they operate rural camps where they hold, torture and kill kidnap victims. Lord, convict them of their sin. Awaken their consciences so they will recognize their victims as fathers, husbands, sons and friends. Give them the desire to earn an honest living. We pray for the police and the military as they attempt to increase security in this rural area, where violence is climbing to records heights. And, Lord, reach the hearts of these people who are drawn to violence. Draw them to you instead. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Prayer about North Carolina wildfires
Photo credit: AP
Lord, today we pray about the uncontrolled wildfires raging in North Carolina, USA, and for the thousands of people who are fighting them. Lord, thank you for the success the firefighters have had thus far, preventing loss of life. Thank you for the generosity within the dozens of affected communities, evidenced by people’s helping, hosting and providing food for each other. Thanks for the creative support shown to firefighters through people arriving at ranger stations to do laundry, ask about needs, and pray. Lord, with almost 50 days without rain, this area is so vulnerable. With roaring winds coming in from the west, we know one leaf could spread a barely contained wildfire into a whole new area. Lord, please redirect the wind from that area. Please send rain. Please give the firefighters clear minds, clean lungs and keen strength as they continue to labor against this natural disaster. We pray for truth to eventually come out about who started these fires. We pray for the people who have not yet evacuated to be wise and alert, and to know when it is time to go. And, Lord, thank you for inviting us to ask boldly within your presence. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Prayer about fuel truck explosion in Mozambique  Photo: AP.
Lord, we are grieved today by the terrible fuel truck explosion in Mozambique. We pray for the dozens killed and dozens more injured. We pray for all the lost to be found and identified, including those who may be in the woods, having sought water to alleviate their injuries. We pray for the injured to be treated quickly and effectively. Help them find the best possible medical care available. Help them to find healthy environments where they can be protected and strong in the fight against infection. Lord, bless those who rose to their aid. We pray that you would calm their hearts and minds as they deal with the trauma of being involved in such an incident. Remove the images of such horrific injuries from their minds. Give them peaceful, restorative sleep. Lord, we pray for the truth to come out about what caused this truck to explode. If there was illegal, risky behavior involved, may future drivers avoid the temptation to endanger themselves and others. We pray for the loved ones of those who passed. Surround them with people who love and care for them. Give them your peace in the midst of tragedy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Prayer of protection against mines in the Mosul area
Lord, today we pray for Salaam Muhammed and his work with the Mines Advisory Group. Please protect him and his team as they do the very significant and dangerous work of discovering mines planted by ISIS in Iraq. Help them to find, clearly mark, and ultimately disable these mines. Lord, we pray for the children of the Mosul area, that you would protect them from the thousands of mines that are suspected to be planted in their home region. We thank you for the teachers who are instructing them in how to avoid mines and other booby traps. May the children be vigilant, attentive and careful as they go about their days. Lord, it’s sad for us to pray these things, because we want them to be carefree children at play, but we know their reality is different than this. We also pray for all the families who are returning to their homes while there are still so many active mines. Delay as many families as possible until it is safe for them to return. May all be careful as they reenter their homes, so they may first disable the traps set for them. Lord, please give the ISIS fighters who commit such atrocious acts keen consciences so they will no longer endanger so many innocent civilian and children. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Prayer for Kaikoura after the earthquake
Photo courtesty Marlborough Emergency
Lord, today we pray for the rescue operation happening in Kaikoura, New Zealand. It’s hard to imagine having your town suddenly become a coastal “island,” completely cut off from the mainland. We pray for the estimated 1,000 tourists and hundreds of residents who are now isolated and without infrastructure, such as water supplies and sewage systems. Lord, we pray for the military as they bring supplies in and people out, using their four NH90 helicopters and a large ship. Please give both the rescuers and the rescued safety, holding off bad weather conditions. Grant people ingenuity, patience, courage and hope as they wait up to several days to be rescued. And please give leaders wisdom as they consider what to do about their city, which now lies in ruins. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Prayer for Mosul under siege
Lord, today our hearts and prayers go out to the citizens of Mosul, stuck in the midst of the Iraqi security forces' attempts to retake their city, which has been controlled by ISIS for over two years. Lord, gird their hearts and minds. Give them courage. Lord, we are devastated to hear about the 40 citizens who were shot for "treason" and whose bodies were hung from electrical poles around the city today. We are mortified to hear of people being shot on sight for using cell phones in public. Lord, we know the people of Mosul are living in fear and disgust. Please give them hope in the midst of all of this. Protect them. Give them great wisdom and cunning, so they are not trapped or executed by ISIS operatives. Bind families together; may neighbor help neighbor and friend help friend. Even compel stranger to help stranger as they seek to survive this siege. And may your people spread hope day by day as they represent you in this war-torn place. In Jesus' powerful name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Prayer before the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church  Photo: Lifeway Films
Lord, today we pray in anticipation of this Sunday’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Yes, we are praying for a day of prayer, because we believe it is important for the worldwide church to acknowledge our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. We should not forget those who are being persecuted for their faith. May we join hands and hearts on Sunday to consider those whose lives, families, homes and jobs are at risk because of their faith. May we not simply go through the motions, but truly intercede on behalf of the suffering. May prayer services be powerful. May people be changed. Lay it on hearts to regularly pray—and act—on behalf of the persecuted church. And, of course, we pray against the persecution that necessitates this day. Finally, we pray that you may be glorified by your precious children that suffer in your name. In the worthy name of Jesus we pray, amen.

(FYI - The IDOP for the Persecuted Church was also marked Sunday, November 6.)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Prayer for United States presidential election

Major party candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. File photo.
Lord, today we humbly approach you regarding the United States presidential election. Heavenly Father, as you well know, this has been an election like most Americans have never seen. The anxiety, frustration, anger and fear have been very real for so many. Countless citizens have been astounded by the major-party candidates put forward. So many of us have reflected on Romans 1, and how you give us over to our depraved minds. Lord, we rejoice that our citizenship is in heaven. We praise you as the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are thankful that you are sovereign over all of this. So, as Election Day approaches for Americans tomorrow, we pray these things: that any final relevant information may come out regarding any of the candidates; for people to prayerfully research their options, not just for president, but for every election in which they have a vote; that Christians—and all people—would treat each other with kindness and respect, not tearing each other down or criticizing each other’s choices; for voting precincts to run smoothly, honestly and fairly; that both winners and losers would behave with dignity, kindness and humility; and for your people to be lights in the midst of this process. Above all these things, we pray for people to trust you and put their hope in you alone. And, Lord, we pray these timeless words, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heavenFor thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. 

This unique election even has an independent candidate, specifically Evan McMullin, entering the conversation in significant ways:
Photo: Getty Images. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Prayer surrounding trial of Willie Kimani's alleged killers

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Lord, today we pray for the family and friends of International Justice Mission investigator and human rights lawyer Willie Kimani. Not only have his loved ones been grieving his murder, but they are now facing the trial of the five alleged perpetrators. As you know, Kimani’s family is not the only family going through this literal and emotional trial, but so are the families of the friends killed with him: Joseph Muiruri and Josephat Mwenda. Lord, please bring comfort, peace and hope to all these grieving loved ones. Lord, it is also our fervent prayer that justice be done during this trial. We want truth to come out, your name to be glorified, and justice to be meted. Lord, please be with the IJM legal team that is representing these families. Protect them on every level. Guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus. May their talents shine for you. May they be remarkably effective. May the judge see clearly. May people come to know you through this entire process. And, Lord, thank you for welcoming your beloved Kimani, Muiruri and Mwenda with open arms and special rewards. We are so thankful a beautiful eternity awaits all your children, where a glorious reunion will occur in the midst of our worship of you. Amen!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Prayer for Boko Haram survivors who have been mistreated by their "protectors"  Photo: Reuters. 
Lord, we are sick to our stomachs today to learn that young women and girls who escaped Boko Haram are now being raped and abused by those who are supposedly protecting them: the police and military at their refugee camps. Lord, words fail us. We are absolutely outraged that these “protectors” would instead take advantage of these young survivors. Thank you that the truth has come to light about this. We pray for effective measures to be taken that will prevent this abuse from continuing. We pray for justice for these young women. We pray for those who have harmed these young women or who are considering it to feel absolutely deeply convicted to such a degree that they will make right choices in the future. Lord, please bring healing and hope to these young women. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Prayer about food crisis in Yemen
Lord, today we pray about the food crisis in Yemen. Seeing the photos of malnourished young people is heartbreaking. A couple years of war have caused this already struggling nation to deal with even more malnutrition. Lord, thank you for how many people the UN World Food Programme has been able to feed each month. We pray for other organizations to be able to effectively help as well. Most of all, we pray against the root cause of the food shortage: the war that is ravaging the country. May people be able to return to work and to their fields. We pray against any corruption that is preventing people from receiving the help that is available. May the donated food get directly into the hands of those who need it. May those who need medical care have the opportunity to receive it. May people treat each other with generosity and kindness even during these dark times. May people recognize you at work. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Prayer for children in Iraqi refugee camp

  Pictured above: children in another World Vision refugee camp. Photo: ©2016 Chris Weeks/World Vision
Lord, today we pray for the children in the Zelican refugee camp outside of Mosul, Iraq. Thank you that so many people have been able to flee Mosul before and during the military operation to retake the city. We are so thankful for everyone involved in providing places of refuge. Today we specifically pray for the child-friendly “safe places” aid agencies like World Vision are providing in Iraq. These children have experienced true terrors beyond their years, yet they are still youths. They need to feel safe; they need to play; they need their basic needs met. Please bless World Vision and other organizations meeting these needs. We pray for the adults supervising and ministering to these children, that they would have great endurance, grace, wisdom and inspiration as they seek to meet these deep needs, while helping the children process their experiences and pointing these young ones to the ultimate comfort in you. May people give generously so that these children may have clean water, food, shelter and even fun as they experience their new lives in the Zelican camp. In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Prayer for greater depth within the Nigerian church

Photo copyright: Nigerian Pentecostal Church
Lord, today we pray for Africa’s most populous and Christian nation: Nigeria. Thank you for the wide and diverse growth within the churches of Nigeria. Thank you for the influence the greater church has had on its nation. But, Lord, as you know, growth can be a mile wide, yet an inch deep. You see the significant need for greater depth and discipleship within Nigeria. We beseech you to send laborers and resources to the churches within Nigeria so that greater maturity can come about. We pray against a church culture that promotes status, power, celebrity and prosperity over the life of following Christ whatever the cost. We pray for disciples to care about strengthening their own character, and to work on keeping Christ at the center of their marriages and other relationships. We pray for leadership development not only for pastors, but for others within the church, so that disciplemaking efforts can be multiplied. We pray for unity, victory over sin, a spirit of prayer, and effective evangelism. May Nigerian Christians be lights within their land. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Prayer for cease-fire in Yemen  Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Lord, today we pray about the cease-fire in Yemen. Thank you for the UN envoy’s success in brokering this agreement between the warring parties. We also thank you for both sides’ willingness to attempt peace. We pray that everyone would heed the agreement for the full 72 hours, and that both sides would ultimately decide to extend the cease-fire. Lord, two years of war involving civil unrest within Yemen and then Saudi Arabia’s involvement is tiring and harmful to so many. We grieve the lives lost, as well as the people and the nation scarred. Please help the leaders get to the root of the issues and find a resolution that will last. May people turn to you in the midst of both the conflict and the resolution. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Prayer for Colombia as it seeks an end to its guerrilla warfare  Photo credit: Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images.
Lord, today we pray for Colombia as the nation continues to seek peace. Lord, we understand people’s frustration at the peace accord being rejected by voters earlier this month. We understand that guerrillas want to go back to normal life after decades of fighting, and that civilians do not want them unpunished for their crimes. Lord, peace is a hard state to broker apart from you. Please be with the leaders who are refining this agreement. May they humble themselves before you and find wisdom from you. Please be with the citizens of Colombia as they watch the process and have their say through their votes. May they too seek you, and may they discern what cost is worth paying to have guerrilla warfare end within their nation. We pray for the cease-fire to effectively continue while leaders go back to the drawing board with their attempts to agree on conditions. May no chance encounters between the army and the guerrillas occur that would inflame the situation. May people be selfless as they seek what is best for their nation and as they seek to honor you. May people find healing from the damage done during this long war, and may people find forgiveness in their hearts to extend as needed. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Prayer for released Chibok girls
Lord, today we praise you for the release of 21 Chibok girls after being held hostage by Boko Haram for two years. We are so thankful they have been released to freedom and that they can be reunited with their families! Lord, you know they have a long road to recovery ahead. Please heal their bodies, minds, souls and spirits. Help them learn to function in a free world again. Please help them reconnect with their families. May their families and loved ones welcome them with open arms and remain steadily beside them no matter how uncomfortable and challenging their healing processes may be. Please draw these young women close to you. Help their faith grow ever-stronger as they move toward wholeness after their harrowing ordeal. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Prayer for the Bahamas after Hurricane Matthew   Photo credit: Tim Aylen, AP
Lord, today we pray for the Bahamas as its people continue to recover from Hurricane Matthew. We pray for the thousands without power, that they will be able to creatively meet their needs as they wait for the power to be restored. We pray for those working to repair power and communication lines, etc., to be safe and efficient, despite being short on rest. We pray for the people who need basic emergency assistance – food, shelter, clean water. Help those with enough be generous with those who do not have enough. Help people be willing to go outside of their comfort zones to reach out to those in need. Lord, we pray for those who grieve over the loss of homes, that they will continue to rejoice in spared lives, and that they would be patient as they seek their homes to be repaired or to find new homes. May people show sympathy and also point the way toward hope. We pray for the economy, as the nation will be dealing with loss of tourist income for a long time as they seek to rebuild their communities. In the midst of chaos and destruction, please bring peace and glorify yourself. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Prayer for Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew  Photo credit: AFP 
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Lord, today we pray for Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Lord, first, we think of the hundreds upon hundreds of lives lost. It is overwhelming: people of all ages, killed in frightening ways by such a powerful storm. Each life lost is a tragedy and leaves families and friends reeling for decades. Please be with those who have lost loved ones. And, Lord, thousands of people have lost their homes and businesses; crops and livestock have been devastated. The rebuilding will take many years. Lord, please comfort the people of Haiti. May your children in Haiti be lights in the midst of this dark time, even though they are hurting and facing loss themselves. Lord, thank you that relief workers were finally able to reach the part of the country that had been cut off. Please continue to give them determination, resourcefulness and strength as they continue to uncover the loss, recover bodies and deal with the most urgent crises. We pray for not only hospitals that are without fresh water, but for the hundreds of family without fresh water. We pray against cholera and other diseases that may increase under these circumstances. Lord, may the best in people come out as people help, serve and show generosity toward one another. May those who are able to help do so quickly, safely and effectively. We pray against the looting and theft. Lord, convict the hearts of those who are tempted to steal from others as they deal with their pain. Help them to recognize that everyone is suffering during this time. Lord, we also pray for the non-governmental organizations that have representatives on the ground in Haiti right now, such as Reciprocal Ministries International. Thank you for their long-term presence in serving and loving and living among—being part of—the people of Haiti. Help them do what they do best in the midst of this devastation: assisting those around them, being present, sharing your love, meeting needs. Show us how we may help. May people around the world rise up to help the people of this small island nation. And may we not forget to pray as we go about our days. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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Lord, today we pray for Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Lord, thank you that loss of life appears to be minimal, despite major devastation. We are especially thankful for this, considering the nation was hit harder than anyone had expected. Lord, even though loss of life was “minimal,” each life lost is a tragedy and leaves families and friends reeling for decades. Please be with those who have lost loved ones. And, Lord, thousands of people have lost their homes and businesses; crops and livestock have been devastated. The rebuilding will take many years. Lord, please comfort the people of Haiti. May your children in Haiti be lights in the midst of this dark time, even though they are hurting and facing loss themselves. Lord, we pray for relief workers and others who are trying to creatively gain access to the part of the country that has been cut off by damage. We pray for people to have peace and ingenuity as they deal with not only lack of access, but lack of phone communication. We pray for those hospitals that are without fresh water. Lord, may the best in people come out as people help, serve and show generosity toward one another. May those who are able to help do so quickly, safely and effectively. Lord, we also pray for the non-governmental organizations that have representatives on the ground in Haiti right now, such as Reciprocal Ministries International. Thank you for their long-term presence in serving and loving and living among—being part of—the people of Haiti. Help them do what they do best in the midst of this devastation: assisting those around them, being present, sharing your love, meeting needs. Show us how we may help. May we not forget to pray as we go about our days. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Prayer about Hurricane Matthew
Photo credit: Collin Reid/AP
Lord, today we pray about Hurricane Matthew, which is heading toward multiple Caribbean islands this very moment. Lord, thank you for helping us create technology that provides forewarning as storms approach. Thank you that we have adopted practices to prepare for large storms. We do pray for Jamaica, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and any others who are preparing for this storm. May people exercise caution and diligence in their preparations. May others show courage when and if needed when the storm actually arrives. Please protect people. Help those who are in danger know when it is time to find shelter elsewhere. We are especially concerned about potential flash flooding and mudslides, when people are caught unaware. Again, we ask for protection from Hurricane Matthew, Lord. Ideally, may the storm not be as strong as anticipated, or may it veer off to a place where it will not cause damage. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Prayer about the Srebrenica genocide

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Lord, 20 years ago Bosnian Serb forces attacked the town of Srebrenica and killed over 7,000 Muslims that were supposedly under the care of United Nations peacekeepers. You saw this travesty. You grieved over this tragedy. Lord, in some ways it seems so long ago. Yet people still grieve for many reasons. They still miss their loved ones. They desire justice. They would like the world to acknowledge their pain, rather than deny that this event happened. Lord, we pray with them about these concerns. And we pray for those legal trials that are still occurring. May truth come to light. May people be compelled to speak honestly. May those who have harbored dark secrets for decades confess. And, Lord, we pray about the 1,000+ dead who have not yet been identified. Heavenly Father, may scientists, law enforcement and anyone else involved have efficiency, resources and determination as they seek to bring closure for these families. Lord, most of all, please work in the hearts and lives of those who grieve. We live in a fallen world. We deal with tragedy every day. We do not always receive justice. We do not always find closure. Lord, we still ask for these things--justice and closure--but we also ask for your peace that passes understanding--your peace that guards hearts and minds even when it doesn't seem peace should be possible. Bless those who grieve in and around Srebrenica with this kind of peace in you. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Prayer against counterfeit anti-malarial drugs  Photo: Getty Images
Lord, today we grieve with parents who have watched their children die of malaria. Not only have they watched their children die from this disease, but they expected the children to get better, because they knew they had administered appropriate medication. However, they didn’t know the medication was counterfeit. Lord, it is absolutely astounding that people would continue to mass-produce and distribute fake medications that will cause people to die—unnecessarily—every single day. Lord, please don’t just prick the consciences of the perpetrators…sear their consciences! Lord, may they be deeply convicted of their direct role in the deaths of others. We pray the same for the officials and inspectors who accept bribes to turn a blind eye to this lethal practice. We pray for success for those organizations and companies that are working hard to defeat this deadly counterfeit industry. May they educate, reach, multiply and succeed. May parents who seek lifesaving medication for their children be able to confidently find the correct products. We pray in Jesus’ powerful name, amen.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Prayer about food shortage in Venezuela

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Lord, today we pray again about the food shortage in Venezuela. Most of us cannot fathom having to begin waiting in line at 3 AM to receive basic food staples. We cannot imagine feeding our children only once per day, or taking them out of school because we cannot afford transportation or school supplies. Lord, we pray for the children of Venezuela. We know this is not just a short-term problem. We know it’s not just about them not getting enough to eat now. It’s about their long-term health. It’s about their long-term education. And the children’s long-term health and education affect the future of the nation. Lord, please give the leaders of this nation wisdom, creativity and a willingness to sacrifice in order to care for and guide their people. We pray for Venezuelans to show the best of their character in the midst of this desperation, rather than the worst. We pray for determination and creativity as parents seek to provide for their children. And we pray for strength for the children, even when they aren’t getting enough to eat. Please sustain them, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Prayer for Christians in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan

Lord, today our thoughts and prayers turn toward those Christians living in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Lord, we grieve that the Nuba people are so gravely mistreated by their government because of their faith. It is always sad when people lose their homes, jobs, freedom and even their lives because they choose to follow you. Thank you that our citizenship is in heaven. Thank you that our rewards are in heaven. Thank you for hearing the cries of the martyrs. You promise all these things in your Word. Please sustain those who are being persecuted for their faith in Sudan. Please help the truth to come out about what is happening so that the international community will put pressure on the right leaders. We pray against Sudan having success in implementing Shariah law. Lord, be glorified today in Sudan. In Jesus' name we pray, amen. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Prayer for pastors facing the death penalty in Sudan
Lord, today we pray for the trial of Pastors Abdulraheem Kodi and Kuwa Shamal Abu Zumam, who are being charged in Sudan with espionage, war against the state, etc. Lord, we ask for mercy. We ask for truth to prevail. We do not want these men to be executed for their faith. We also pray for Czech pastor Petr Jasek and Darfuri human rights activist Abduelmoneim Abdulmwlla, who are being detained under similar charges. Lord, it grieves us when governments hunt down and harass people because of their faith. Please glorify yourself in the midst of this ugliness. Please give these men great courage and peace as they stand for you in this legal maelstrom. Please rally support around their families, including Zumam’s seven children, as they face the possibility of losing their father/husband/son/brother. Lord, make your presence known throughout this entire process. And compel people to act, pray and speak out. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Prayer for Nadia Murad and Amal Clooney in their legal pursuit of ISIS
Lord, today we rejoice that Nadia Murad and her legal representative Amal Clooney are moving forward to bring legal action against ISIS. Lord, bless these women for their courage. Please watch over and protect them. Give them favor at every turn as they attempt to induce justice as ISIS continues to wipe out the Yazidi people, as well as other people groups. We do pray the United Nations would give serious consideration to how they can help bring justice to all the women and girls who have been kidnapped, raped and abused by ISIS. We pray the U.N. Security Council would take seriously Murad and Clooney’s request to focus on genocide against Yazidis. May the council not only consider, but act! Again we ask: please guide and protect Murad and Clooney each step of the way as they pursue this legal battle. May their efforts bring about change. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Prayer for the Philippines' war on drugs   Photo credit: Alecs Ongcal for NPR
Father, today we pray for the Philippines. We have such mixed feelings about President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Lord. We are stunned that 3000 people have been killed by police since Duterte took office in June. We are amazed that more than 700,000 drug addicts and users have turned themselves in to authorities, motivated by fear for their lives. We are thrilled that crime rates have dropped so significantly and that some fiercely addicted individuals have managed to stop using drugs. Lord, we pray for the government as they face this massive number of addicts that they are not equipped to help. Raise up organizations and ministries to help these drug addicts get long-term help. May neighbor help neighbor, friend help friend. Of course, Lord, we ask that these people turn to you for true healing and fulfillment. And, Lord, we ask you to meet their needs in deep ways so they might not feel the desperation to turn to substances to dull their pain. Lord, we also pray for police officers to not mistakenly shoot innocent people. We pray that they would also show mercy as appropriate. And, Lord, may truth come out when people are punished or even killed unjustly. May this massive war on drugs lead ultimately to revival in this land as people are faced with life-and-death choices. In Jesus, the Healer's, name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Prayer for North Korea after devastating floods  Photo credit: AFP.
Lord, today we pray for North Korea in the aftermath of terrible flooding. With almost 30,000 homes and 900 public buildings destroyed, this is a devastating blow to the nation. More significant, we grieve the loss of an estimated 138 lives, with hundreds of other people still missing. Lord, help the missing people be found quickly. May people band together to rebuild. May the government show mercy to its people and provide effective assistance. We pray for the tens of thousands of displaced people, that they would find shelter, that their neighbors and loved ones would show generosity toward them. We pray for wise planning for the future, so flash flooding will not be as likely to cause such damage again. We also pray that your love would shine in the midst of sorrow, and that--even dealing with devastation--people would have hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Prayer for outreach at the Paralympics  Photo credit: Getty
Lord, today we pray for the Paralympics, taking place right now in Rio de Janeiro. Lord, please bless, protect and guide the athletes, coaches, etc., who have descended upon this city. Draw them close to you. We pray that the believers among them will shine your light not only as they compete, but as they interact, train, prepare and go about their daily routines. We also pray for the Jesus 4 All movement that is represented at the Paralympic games. May the videos they have created that feature Paralympic athletes’ testimonies reach many people with your Good News. May the mission’s evangelism, outreach, social service, arts, and communications efforts all meet with success as they minister to the people from all around the world that have gathered for this momentous athletic event. Lord, reveal yourself in Rio de Janeiro. May the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games be a time when you are magnified. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Prayer for Madaya
Lord, today we plead with you to unleash your mercy in the town of Madaya, Syria. We are so sad that at least six children and teens -- the youngest a 12-year-old girl -- and seven young adults have attempted suicide in the past two months. Lord, you see these tired, hopeless people. You see this city, suffering under siege for over a year. You see people starving and dying, children slipping into depression and forgetting how to sing and play. You see the depraved politics and terroristic activities that keep these people trapped within their town, surrounded by landmines and snipers. Lord, please have mercy. Break through to hearts that will respond and bring aid. Bring creative ideas to those who seek to reach Madaya. Help medical professionals safely reach the town’s borders, so they may bring desperately needed assistance. Lord, most of all, reveal yourself to the people of Madaya so they might find lasting hope. Help your children among the residents hold onto your truth and be lights in this dark place. May they have the courage to speak of you. May their faces shine with your love. May they identify how they can be most effective for you in this sad place. And, Lord, we ask for an end to the conflict that holds these people captive in the first place. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Prayer for rescue from broken cable car in French Alps
Lord, we pray for the rescue operation happening in the French Alps right now. Please help the helicopters safely rescue all 110 people trapped in the broken cable car. May the weather fully cooperate, so that risk is absolutely minimized. We pray for the passengers, that they would remain calm and considerate of each other. May they patiently await their turn as the helicopters make several trips—even appreciating the magnificent views around them as they spend this extended time suspended so high. Please minimize any altitude sickness. We pray for those involved in the operation of the cable car to also remain calm and to determine what caused the malfunction so this can be avoided in the future. Finally, please minimize any trauma for anyone involved in this incident. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.