Saturday, February 27, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Lord, today we pray for our estimated 30,000 brothers and sisters in Christ who are imprisoned in North Korea. Father, most of us praying today have never faced true religious persecution. Those of us who worship you freely are very thankful. May we never lose our gratitude. Lord, even in the midst of horrific circumstances, please give our brothers and sisters in North Korean prisons the grace to be grateful today—grateful for salvation, for opportunities to share you, for opportunities to fellowship with you through their suffering (Philippians 3:10). Please strengthen them deep within their souls. Strengthen their bodies to endure. Strengthen their minds to hold firmly to truth and hope. Provide for their material and physical needs. Help them connect with other believers for encouragement. And may the truth come out about what is happening in North Korean prisons. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Heavenly Father, today we pray for Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) as they reach out to North Koreans through the use of weather balloons. Lord, with North Koreans strictly forbidden to hear the Gospel, read the Bible, or learn about Jesus, they are so hard to reach with the HOPE of Christ. Thank you for ministries like VOM and their creativity in sharing your Good News with those who are subjugated by their leaders. Help VOM’s software and GPS technology continue to prove reliable. May the tiny New Testaments not only make it into North Korea, but may they make it to people eager for truth, freedom and peace with you. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Monday, February 8, 2016
|Photo: AFP. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/08/us-peacekeeping-expert-to-coordinate-sexual-abuse-response.html|
Saturday, February 6, 2016
|Photo: Reuters. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/6-4-magnitude-earthquake-hits-taiwan-2-dead-as-17-storey-building-collapses/1/589195.html|
Lord, please bless and protect rescuers who are still seeking survivors after Taiwan’s earthquake today. We are so thankful for the hundreds of people who have been rescued already! Please bring physical healing to those who are receiving treatment for their injuries, and emotional and mental healing for all who experienced this trauma. Please comfort those grieving the death of loved ones and sustain those who still wait for word about the missing. May this tragedy just prior to Lunar New Year draw the people of Taiwan together in solidarity, rather than overwhelming sorrow. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
|Photo by Felipe Dana. http://globalnews.ca/news/2497368/in-photos-photographer-reflects-on-bucket-baby-brazil-child-born-with-zika-virus-linked-microcephaly/|
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Lord, today we pray for the hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat. Lord, it is hard to imagine the desperation that would drive families to risk their lives crossing the sea in unworthy vessels. It is distressing to hear how much money the refugees are paying, and how they are mistreated at holding points. Lord, protect them. Help them find another means of transportation. Help them find places where they will be welcome and safe. Give those monitoring the sea efficiency so they can rescue people as quickly as possible, in order that the thousands of deaths per year will diminish drastically and quickly. And, Lord, please bring resolution to the wars and devastation that are driving these people from their homelands in the first place, so these wild risks will not be taken at all. We place our trust and hope in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.