|Naghmeh and Saeed Abedini with their children.|
Monday, May 30, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
|The deadly capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36383897|
Lord, today we pray for the crisis unfolding off the coast of Libya. With hundreds of migrants dead in the past few days alone, due to attempting to reach Europe in unseaworthy vessels, we are just overwhelmed by the loss. And to hear that 13,000 were actually rescued in the past week… the numbers of people seeking safety and better lives in this part of the world are staggering! Lord, we pray for those who comprise the multinational patrol of ships monitoring these waters. May they be effective, diligent, and stout of heart. We pray for the migrants who are so desperate that they risk their own and their families’ lives, that they would make wise decisions, and that they would be able to identify when someone is taking advantage of them before it is too late. We pray for the governments of the nations where people feel the need to flee, that those leaders would address the crises that are driving their people to such desperation. Lord, the situation is so overwhelming, but we know you see and know all, and that you have seen “everything under the sun” since the beginning of time. Please intervene in this crisis, and save souls in the midst of saving lives. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Lord, we pray for Brazil’s March for Jesus, where hundreds of thousands of your followers marched together to celebrate you today. Lord, we pray for those who witnessed the three-mile march, that they would reflect on what they saw, and thus consider you. We pray for the concerts and festivities that are continuing even now, that they will glorify you and draw people closer to you. We pray that people who have never considered you before would decide to explore your truth through your Word and ask their Christian friends to tell them more about you. We pray that all believers involved in the event will be reinvigorated in their faith and excited about following you as they get this special chance to experience solidarity on such a massive scale. Please protect all those involved with the festivities as well. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray, amen.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Lord, today our hearts ache for the students of the Pithakkaiat Witthaya School in northern Thailand. Please be with the remaining almost 400 students as they deal with the loss of 18 classmates to last night’s dormitory fire. Provide excellent grief counselors—formal and informal. Grant parents and school leaders wisdom as they walk through this grief and trauma with the children. Help investigators discern what caused this fire and what could have been done differently in order to save more lives. We pray for the injured students and teacher as they recover from their wounds. We pray for all involved to learn to sleep, trust, and find peace again. We pray very specifically for 11-year-old Suchada, who raised the alarm. Bless her for her bravery and quick response, and please be very close to her as she processes through the fact that some of her friends did not believe her, ignored her entreaties to escape, and then perished. Help Suchada replace these bad memories with good ones. Help her become wholly secure in you. Finally, we pray for the families of those who perished. May your Holy Spirit and their support networks strengthen and surround them during this time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Friday, May 20, 2016
|Loved ones await news. Photo: Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images|
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Lord, today we pray for Wycliffe Bible Translators’ Western Cree Partnership in Canada. We pray for Bill and Norma Jean Jancewicz and the other faithful translators who are working so hard for speakers of the Cree-Innu-Naskapi languages to have God’s Word in their own heart language. Thank you for the sacrificial labor of the Cree members of the translation team, who use their vacation and spare time to work tirelessly on this project. Thank you for Harvest Church of Georgia, USA, and their commitment to partnering with this project through prayer and funding. Thank you for the fruit that is already being produced as churches and individuals share their faith using their own Cree Scriptures. Please work in the lives of people so that they may be transformed as they read and listen to Your Word in the translated Cree languages. And please continue to bless the translators as they seek to complete this project. Give them endurance, efficiency and lasting encouragement. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
|Picture: fontenews.it. More information: https://www.thestar.com/news/fort-mcmurray.html.|
Monday, May 9, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
|http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/borneos-ruined-forests-nomads-have-nowhere-to-go-180958107/. Photo by Varial.|
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Lord, today we pray for people with albinism in Southern Africa. It is incredibly disturbing to learn that people with this skin disorder are targeted for witchcraft and the sale of body parts in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. Lord, may this evil be exposed for what it is. May those tempted to seek this means to money realize that this is murder, not business. Help people realize that albinos are merely people who lack melanin, and may they treat them with the dignity and humanity they deserve. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.