Monday, December 31, 2018

Prayer for Bangladesh in the midst of election concerns

Lord, we bring to you our concerns about Bangladesh’s political and human rights climate. With Sheikh Hasina winning a third consecutive term as prime minister Monday, we are thankful the election is over, but we do ask for truth to come out about whether the election was fair and unrigged. Particularly with the delay of visas for election observer groups despite the government’s promises of openness, as well as Human Rights Watch’s statement that a "repressive political environment in Bangladesh is undermining the credibility of the process," we are concerned that something may be hidden. The majority of election-related deaths being on the side of the opposition and the sharp increase in unexplained arrests also do not bode well for Bangladesh. So, Lord, we commit the situation to you. We look to Hebrews 4:13: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” May the truth be uncovered in Bangladesh whether it is for or against the current government, and may Bangladesh’s leaders guide the nation in a healthy, God-honoring direction. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Prayer about tour bus bombing in Egypt
Father, today we pray about Friday’s bombing in Cairo, Egypt, that claimed the lives of four people and injured several others. At this time, we do not know the source of the attack. We pray that this is an isolated incident, that the perpetrators are apprehended quickly, and that you will guide authorities in protecting tourists and Egyptian citizens from future threats. We pray for the families of the victims and for the surviving tourists as they process through their grief and shock. Help them to embrace your peace and drive out fear. We ask for cooperation between Egypt’s interior ministry and the Vietnamese embassy and for a prolonged positive relationship between these two countries. Father, we know this type of incident can impact those whose livelihood relies on the tourism industry. Please continue to meet the needs of the workers despite any potential decline in revenue. Sin has far reaching impact, but we pray fervently against it and continue to trust in your provision and unwavering love for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by 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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Prayer for migrant shelter in La Don Juana, Colombia

Heavenly Father, today we rejoice in the vision of Pastor Jesus Paez, who felt led to help Venezuelan migrants passing through his community of La Don Juana, Colombia. We are delighted that he had a desire to provide some relief along the journey and that his own community rallied around him to meet the needs. With tens of thousands of Venezuelans arriving in Colombia each day, the vision had to grow even larger and bolder, and your people responded. We are thankful that Samaritan’s Purse came alongside the ministry run by Paez and his daughter Viviana by vastly improving the facility, underwriting the rent, purchasing groceries, and providing an electro-chlorinator to clean the water. Lord, please continue to use this place as a light and refuge for the Venezuelan people desperately seeking better lives for their families as their home nation implodes. Continue to generously provide food and supplies. We celebrate those who have heard and responded to the Gospel through the shelter. May more be blessed for eternity in La Don Juana. And we continue to pray for the nation of Venezuela as it suffers through this terrible time in its history. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Prayer for Glasgow City Mission's Christmas Outreach

Heavenly Father, today we are thankful for those ministries and organizations that reach out to the needy on Christmas. Whether the needs are social, relational, financial, emotional, or spiritual, we celebrate those who remember to be generous and inclusive of others during this most festive time of year. Today we want to specifically pray for Glasgow City Mission, which is providing a Christmas feast on December 25 for those in need. We pray that each person who steps into the building, whether volunteer or guest, will sense your presence and experience true joy. May all the volunteers be empowered by your Spirit to wholeheartedly serve with excellence. May the satisfaction of putting others before themselves for your glory be the greatest gift they receive this year. May each homeless person who seeks warmth of both heart and body find it at the Glasgow City Mission this Christmas Day and holiday season. We pray that this organization will continue to effectively and generously provide food, shelter, warmth, and more to those who seek their assistance year-round. In name of the Christ Child we pray, amen.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Prayer about killing of Scandinavian tourists by terrorists in Morocco

Heavenly Father, today we grieve over the killing of Scandinavian tourists Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland in Morocco. We are thankful Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations has announced that 14 suspected Islamic State militants have been arrested related to the murders. We pray for the investigators in Denmark, Norway and Morocco who are working to solve this crime, that they would have diligence, efficiency, and ultimately success. We are thankful for those rallying around the families and communities that have been impacted by these murders. We are touched by the candlelight march that happened Friday in Ueland’s hometown. We pray for Saturday’s gathering outside the Norwegian Embassy in the Moroccan capital that is intended to show support of the families of the victims and to condemn terrorism. May this gathering be powerful and uplifting, and may it send a message to the Islamic State: we will never accept your heinous work. Please grant Ueland and Jespersen’s loved ones extra measures of grace and peace this holiday season, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Prayer about Brazilian faith healer accused of sexually abusing hundreds of women

Lord God, we ask for your guidance and justice in the situation surrounding Brazilian faith healer João Teixeira de Faria. With thousands of people visiting this medically untrained man for spiritual healing each week, we are disgusted and devastated to learn that now at least 300 women have come forward to accuse Teixeira of sexual abuse. We pray for the truth to come out, whether Teixeira is guilty or innocent. With accusations, interviews and details seeming quite feasible to investigators, we anticipate hearing sad tales of abuse of power in this situation. We anticipate the need for thousands of lives to get back on track after putting their faith in someone untrustworthy. Lord, may all these people put their faith in Someone Trustworthy: YOU. And may they find professional, emotional, spiritual, medical or any kind of help they need within their communities. We pray for Teixeira to confess anything that needs to be confessed. We pray for justice to move forward correctly and swiftly. And we thank you that Teixeira’s abominable practice of calling on the spirits of dead doctors to perform so-called spiritual surgeries—sometimes even cutting patients without anesthesia—has ceased while he is in prison awaiting next steps. Please bring resolution in this situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Prayer about explosion in Sapporo, Japan  PC: KYODO

Heavenly Father, today we pray about the explosion that happened in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo on Sunday night. First, we rejoice that there were no fatalities! With dozens of injured people and the related collapse of a neighboring building, the situation could have been much worse. Second, we pray for the 42 (or more) people who were injured in this incident. We pray that they will receive prompt, efficient and excellent medical care. May they not only recover from their physical injuries, but may they also recover from any emotional harm that may have resulted from this traumatic experience. Lord, we also pray against any additional explosions, which fire officials consider possible. We pray that the source of the explosion can be found quickly so any necessary preventative measures can be put into place. Finally, we pray for the cleanup process, and that those businesses that sustained damages will be able to recover from this incident. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Prayer about food poisoning during religious ceremony in southern India

Heavenly Father, today we grieve about the 11 people who died (including two children) during a religious ceremony in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. With the suspicion of the shared food being poisoned, we pray for answers. Please be with the investigators as they test the food, examine the kitchen, and search for any signs of foul play. If someone willfully committed this crime, may s/he be discovered. Lord, we ask that you be with the 90 people who were also hospitalized, giving particular assistance to the 29 people in critical condition. May their constitutions stay strong so they can fight off this poison. May they receive excellent medical care. Finally, Lord, we know you comfort those who mourn. Please send your children alongside those who grieve to show love and support. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Praise for survival of young man in submerged vehicle for five hours PC: ABC News

Lord, today we marvel over and celebrate the survival of 28-year-old Michael Finn after being submerged underwater in his vehicle for five hours. We are stunned he survived those hours in an icy California river, having found a pocket of air in his car. We are thankful emergency workers were able to pull out his car in a somewhat prompt fashion, discovering the survivor inside. Lord, we now pray for Finn as he receives medical treatment for his unstable condition. May the “Christmas miracle” continue through a full recovery. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Prayer about prisoner-swap agreement between Yemeni government and Houthi rebels   Photo by Claudio Bresciani/EPA

Heavenly Father, today we rejoice in Tuesday’s prisoner-swap agreement between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels. We are specifically delighted to hear of the hundreds of children, women and school teachers who are among those to be released by the rebels. We know there is much work to be done for this dreadful conflict between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels to be resolved, but we do pray today for a successful transfer of these prisoners. We pray for the transaction to happen smoothly, safely and with much goodwill. We pray for all necessary medical care to be administered promptly and effectively. We rejoice with those who have been so anxiously awaiting news of their missing loved ones—that they can now look forward to their return. Give them patience and hope as they continue to wait, because we know this process will not be complete for a couple months. And we pray for those whose loved ones will not return, that you would grant them comfort during this bittersweet time. Finally, Lord, we pray for continued progress between the government and the rebels. May their conflict cease. We pray for peace in Yemen, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Prayer about missing British backpacker Grace Millane

Heavenly Father, today we pray about the case of missing, 22-year-old, British backpacker Grace Millane. With a 26-year-old man being arrested for her murder today, it seems her family will be able to move toward closure. Yet without her body being found, so many questions still remain. We do pray for your continued blessing on investigators as they seek to put together all the missing pieces in this mystery. We pray for truth and justice to prevail, and we would like Grace’s body to be recovered. Lord, we pray for Grace’s family as they process this devastating news in the midst of the holiday season. Rally their friends and loved ones around them to provide comfort, hope and peace. Grant special measures of your grace and love to this family and Grace’s friends as they move forward without this special person in their lives. We ask for your mercy throughout this entire situation. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Prayer about unsanitary migrant shelter situation in Tijuana

Heavenly Father, you know so much more than we do about the complications surrounding the United States-Mexico border issues. You have infinite wisdom and know exactly what is best. We, frail humans who tend to focus on our own needs before others' needs, do not know what is best. We seek answers, we make attempts, we formulate opinions, we pray for the best. There are so many things to pray about, but today we focus on the migrant shelter declared unsanitary in Tijuana. First, we thank you that the shelter has been closed and that the unhealthy conditions were acknowledged. Second, we are grateful there is another place for people to go–a place with a roof and a dry floor. We pray for the relocation of migrants depending on this shelter to go smoothly. We pray for conditions to remain safe and healthy within the new building. And, Lord, we do pray for the needs of those who have sought shelter in Tijuana and who hope for asylum in the US. You see their hearts and know their situations. Please meet with them, grant them hope, guide them to what is best for their futures. We also ask for grace and wisdom for all leaders involved in this situation—on both sides of the border. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Prayer about yellow jacket protests in France

Heavenly Father, today we pray for France, as the nation continues to deal with the unrest and violence associated with the “yellow jacket” protests. We grieve the three people killed, hundreds injured, businesses destroyed, and historic monuments—such as the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile—defaced. We pray for peace to descend upon France and specifically upon Paris. Lord, we pray for the young people, ambulance drivers, and others who are protesting the nation’s leadership. In the midst of their frustration, grant them wisdom and generosity of spirit. May they express their opinions in constructive ways that will be effective. May protests remain nonviolent. We pray against counterfeits “joining the movement” with the intent to steal, wreak havoc or cause damage. May those who legitimately need to be arrested be safely apprehended. Lord, we pray for President Emmanuel Macron and other influential French leaders during this crisis. We also ask for wisdom and generosity of spirit for them. May they hear and process the message sent by protesters so they can initiate helpful dialogue. May they know when to be firm and when to grant grace. Give them wisdom as they attempt to solve this crisis and move France in a healthy direction. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Prayer about earthquakes in Anchorage, Alaska|2
Lord, today we pray for the thousands impacted by the earthquakes in Anchorage, Alaska. These events caused fear and panic in the moment, but we are thankful to learn that there have been no casualties or severe injuries reported. We are also grateful that the earthquakes did not trigger a tsunami. Thank you for your protection. With Alaska’s geographic location, we know that earthquakes are common and there is potential for other events. We pray that any additional earthquakes are minimal in scale and non-destructive. Father, we ask that you provide the resources necessary to repair the infrastructure quickly. There was substantial damage to roadways, buildings, utilities, and personal property. We pray that there are no gas leaks in buildings and that there is no damage to the Alaska oil pipeline that would result in an oil spill. We pray in the name of Jesus, amen.

Prayer contributed by 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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Prayer about death of kidnapped North Carolina teen|1
Heavenly Father, we are so saddened to learn about the death of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar. This news comes three weeks after she was abducted outside of her home in North Carolina. Lord, we grieve that this beautiful young lady’s life has been cut short in such a horrific way. We can only imagine the pain this brings to her family as their greatest fears are confirmed. We ask that you comfort them in their mourning as you promise to do. We very much appreciate the efforts of the police and investigators in this case. Please continue to guide them as they search for the perpetrator and bring him to justice. Lord, we pray fervently for the protection of our children, your children, in the name of our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer contributed by 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.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Prayer about terrorist attacks in Pakistan
Heavenly Father, today we pray for your comfort and healing after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Pakistan. We are saddened about the two civilians and two police officers who died during the morning attack at the Chinese consulate. We are grateful that the gunmen were stopped prior to entering the consulate and that further casualties were prevented. Lord, we grieve for the 30 people who were killed by a suicide bomber in a market later that afternoon. We also remember the 50+ people who were injured and we pray that they recover. Father, we are saddened by the hatred that these attacks represent, and we pray against the enemy who orchestrates them. We praise you for being faithful to us, for listening to our prayers, and for working on our behalf. We ask that the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, the Pakistani leaders, and the police seek you and your wisdom. Help them to protect the people of Pakistan and stop future attacks. Lord, you are strong and mighty, and we put our trust in you. In Jesus name, amen.

Prayer contributed by 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, November 23, 2018

Prayer about attack on Afghan mosque during Friday prayers

Heavenly Father, we grieve the attack on a Khost province mosque during Friday prayers. We are devastated when people attack a house of worship. We pray for this community as they process the tragic loss of 26 Afghan troops and the wounding of 50 more as they sought God. We pray for the entire nation of Afghanistan, still recovering from the suicide attack on religious scholars that killed at least 55 people in Kabul just three days ago. We pray for the truth to come out about both of these attacks, and that the perpetrators will be apprehended and punished. We also pray for a reprieve of violence in Afghanistan. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Prayer for coding program breaking girls out of poverty in Nigeria
Photograph by Mohini Ufeli for GirlsCoding.

Lord, today we celebrate GirlsCoding, a free program run by the Pearls Africa Foundation that seeks to educate and excite girls about computer programming. We are thankful that this group has helped more than 400 disadvantaged girls gain technical skills and confidence since 2012. We ask your blessing on computer programmer Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin as she leads this program, having given up her own successful career in the industry to help other girls escape poverty. Heavenly Father, we are thankful that these girls, having escaped Boko Haram or dealing with the challenging circumstances of slum or orphanage living, are learning practical skills that will help them break the cycle of poverty and fill jobs in a growing industry. We also delight in how their ability to see the needs of others has led to tech projects that address poverty in practical ways, combat female genital mutilation, and more. We pray for a bright future for GirlsCoding and significant impact with Nigeria and beyond. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Prayer about the sexual abuse of 37 girls by a German swim instructor

Heavenly Father, today we pray about the sexual abuse of 37 young girls by a swim instructor in Germany. First, we express gratitude that this man was convicted in court Monday. We are thankful some justice has been served. We are also thankful that he shared his deep regret about his actions. Lord, we desire that you work on this man’s heart as he serves his prison term. May people come into his life who will help him get the guidance he needs. And may he truly repent. We pray he will never have the opportunity harm children again. Lord, we pray for the dozens of young girls this man abused while entrusted with their care and instruction. We are deeply saddened that these girls experienced such trauma, including threats on their life, during their formative years. Lord, we pray that rather than leaving lasting scars, the resilience of these young girls will allow for a quick recovery. Please provide them with excellent emotional support, wise counselors, supportive families, and all they need for healing. Bring peace to their young hearts. May they experience your love in a deep, enduring way. May they learn when to trust and when to tell and to not be afraid. Please bring peace, hope and healing for their parents as well. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Prayer as the Camp Fire continues to rage

Lord, we continue to be concerned about the Camp Fire raging in California, only 45 percent contained and already having consumed 142,000 acres. With 63 people dead, 631 still missing, and 9,700 homes destroyed, the destruction and despair are overwhelming. Today, Lord, we ask for the peace that passes understanding. May each survivor, rescuer, firefighter, searcher and bereaved individual manage to move forward each day, each moment. We particularly pray for the hundreds of volunteers who are searching for the missing, digging through rubble, and discovering human remains. Give them unique strength and grace. Protect them from trauma. Grant them success, that they might find answers for those who seek them. We pray for the firefighters as they continue to battle this blaze. Please protect them as well. May they work excellently as a team. May they have reinforcements when needed. We desire the Camp Fire to be contained as quickly as possible. Bless those who are giving to meet needs, whether that involves money, food, shelter, support, or time. We pray for those yet to evacuate. If or when their time comes, may they be prepared, and may no new deaths result from this fire. Finally, Lord, we bring before you the grieving—those grieving the loss of loved ones, pets, homes and businesses. Help them bring up deep inner resources that will enable them to face each day and move toward rebuilding their lives. Bless them with generous support from friends, family members, and even strangers. May they experience your hope and love in a new way. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Praise for reconciliation between Christian rivals in Lebanon
Photo caption: Aldo Ayoub/Lebanese Forces media office via AP

Lord, in a world more often focused on division than reconciliation, we rejoice in today’s bringing together of Christian rivals from the Lebanese civil war, Samir Geagea and Suleiman Frangieh. We are delighted that their symbolic handshake represents making peace after forty years of conflict. Lord, we have seen similar handshakes in the past that have not fulfilled their promises. We pray that Geagea and Suleiman will truly leave the past behind them and set an excellent example for their nation and the world through forgiveness and the seeking of prosperity for their land. Please bless Patriarch Bechara al-Rai in Bkerki for his role in brokering peace. And, Lord, we are moved that this is a second major move toward selflessness and compromise for Geagea, after he endorsed then presidential candidate Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency, ending his own rival candidacy for the position, back in 2016. We pray that Geagea, Suleiman, and President Aoun would provide superior leadership and set worthy examples for their people and others who observe. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Praise for final hostages released in Cameroon

Lord, today we rejoice that the final four hostages of the 80 kidnapped in Cameroon last week have been freed! Lord, we pray for all these boys and the school staff members who underwent this traumatic experience. We pray for emotional healing for all of them. We pray for their families as they process through this ordeal and make decisions about how to move forward. We pray that the kidnappers’ bullying tactics will not be successful. We pray that young people in Cameroon would continue to receive an education. And, Lord, we pray for the greater problem of the Anglophone-Francophone conflict in Cameroon. Please give both leaders and civilians wisdom in how to best bring compromise and peace in their land. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Prayer for those fleeing the Camp Fire in Northern California

Heavenly Father, we pray for those in Northern California seeking to escape the raging camp fire that has already completely destroyed at least one town and forced the evacuation of others. We are deeply grieved about the five people who perished as they sought to flee and the firefighters who have been injured as they have assisted others. We pray no others will perish, but that all will effectively escape. Let no one hesitate due to material possessions or stubbornness. Lord, during these times when people lose everything, including their entire town, we think of what really matters. May friends, neighbors, family members and even strangers encourage one another as they process the trauma many have experienced as they drove through walls of flames or fled on foot, carrying their babies and pets in their arms. May they celebrate the value of their lives and their loved ones as they grieve the loss of homes and cherished mementos. May they find warm hospitality and kind hearts as they seek places to rest and survive in the coming weeks. Give them strength and courage as they rebuild their lives. May they seek solace in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Prayer about mass graves uncovered by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq

Lord, we are both thankful for and overwhelmed by the mass graves the United Nations reported discovering. To know that over 200 mass graves, holding the remains of between 8 and 4000 people each, were created by ISIS in the northern and western Iraqi provinces is absolutely horrifying. These are the moments when we cry out, "How long, Lord?!" We cry out for vengeance against the wicked. We are disgusted by evil hearts that can mercilessly kill tens of thousands of children, women, men, elderly, disabled, police officers, etc., in the name of a supposedly holy mission. Yet, Merciful God, in the midst of our righteous anger, we acknowledge your character. We know you desire even ISIS members to come to know you, to turn their lives around, to become beacons of light in dark places. We ask for that. We also know that you will judge them someday, and if they do not repent and turn from their wicked ways, they will receive your wrath. We acknowledge your justice. We pray, Lord, for the monumental task of uncovering these crime scenes, of identifying bodies, of letting loved ones know what happened to those who quietly disappeared from their lives. We also pray that the day will come when these murderers will stand trial for their war crimes, and they will have to give account for the atrocities they have committed. We continue to pray against ISIS as they wreak havoc in this world. In Jesus' name we pray, amen. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Prayer about terrorist attack on traveling Christians in Egypt
Photo credit: AFP/Nile News

Lord God, we pray about the intentional attack of Egyptian Christians as they headed to a holy site Friday. We are disgusted to hear of masked gunmen targeting buses of Christians on the way to visit a desert monastery and gunning them down with the intent of mass killing. We rejoice that one entire bus was able to escape. Yet we grieve that at least seven Christians were killed and 15 injured on a small bus traveling with family members of a baby who had just been baptized. Lord, we pray against the Islamic State, which claimed the attack. We pray against their purely evil work. Open their eyes to see that killing innocent people because of their faith is never noble. Lord, we also pray for Egypt’s leaders as they discern how to handle this situation, knowing that an almost identical attack led to 28 deaths just last year. We pray the national and regional leaders will figure out how to best protect and lead their citizens in the face of tragedy and in order to prevent tragedy. Heavenly Father, please comfort the grieving. We are thankful the precious souls of those killed are with you, but we ask a special portion of mercy for those they left behind. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Prayer surrounding Asia Bibi's release from prison

Today we praise you, Lord, for Asia Bibi’s release from prison! We are thankful that this Pakistani mother of five who was falsely accused of blasphemy is no longer facing a death sentence. After 10 years in prison, we celebrate that she can be reunited with her family! We pray for this woman as she recovers from her ordeal. Please grant emotional, physical and mental healing as needed. We rejoice that her faith remained strong. May her faith continue to grow, flourish, and set an example for others. We also pray for her to reconnect well with her husband and children after such a long separation. Please protect them all as they seek to begin life together anew. And may they safely reach a country of refuge, where they can worship you and rebuild their family without their lives being endangered. Lord, we pray against the violent protests coming from groups like Islamist Tehreek-e Labbaik. Thwart their efforts to “punish” those who support Asia Bibi and religious freedom. We deplore the killings that have already taken place in the name of Islam. May new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan lead the nation with great wisdom and discretion through this volatile time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Prayer after Lion Air flight JT610 crash  Photo credit: AP/Tatan Syuflana

Heavenly Father, we pray for those continuing the search and recovery process after the terrible crash of Lion Air’s flight JT610 in Indonesia Monday. With all 189 people on board killed, divers and rescue workers have been faced with an extremely grim task. Please give them strength and success as they seek to retrieve as many bodies as possible in order to bring closure for those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. We pray for the morbid task of DNA identification that is happening on a large scale surrounding this accident in the Java Sea. Lord, we also pray for success for the “pinger locators” seeking the aircraft’s black boxes. We pray the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder would be found, in order to determine the cause of this disaster and avoid future similar accidents. And, Lord, we continue to pray for those who are grieving the loss of their beloved family members and friends in this sudden, terrible tragedy. Give them supernatural comfort in this dark time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Prayer about those lost during Jordan's flash flooding  Photo: Reuters

Heavenly Father, we grieve with Jordan over the 19 people—including many children—who died in Thursday’s flash flooding near the Dead Sea. First, Lord, we pray for the search-and-rescue mission that is still underway. We pray that all people, whether alive or not, will be found as quickly as possible. Second, we pray for the dozens of people who were treated for injuries. We pray they will physically and emotionally recover from this ordeal. Next, we pray for the truth to come out about whether these children were foolishly endangered, so accidents like this will be less likely to happen in the future. Finally, Heavenly Father, we pray for the grieving. The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest trials we face on this earth. Please bring comfort to the grieving at this very moment. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Prayer celebrating journalist Junpei Yasuda's release from captivity  Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Heavenly Father, today we rejoice that Japanese journalist Junpei Yasuda has been released from captivity in Syria and is now in Turkey. After three years of being held hostage by a militant group, we are thankful that Yasuda is alive and free. Lord, we now ask for healing for Yasuda from his emotional, mental and physical trauma. Please guide him to good, long-term care. We celebrate with his parents as they anticipate welcoming their son home. Help this family move forward with joy and not fear. Bring healing, health and hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Prayer for Brazil as run-off presidential election approaches    Photo credit: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images
Lord, we pray for Brazil’s presidential election as campaigning enters its final week. As is common in so many countries, the chaos has been unpleasant for people, but we thank you that violence has not been a key factor. We pray Brazilians will continue to demonstrate peacefully, and that all citizens will confidently and safely cast their ballots on October 28. Heavenly Father, Brazilians are seeking some steadiness after five years of dueling economic and political crises, the deepest recession in decades, and the exposure of stunning levels of political corruption that touched every political party. We pray that Brazil will move toward integrity, national health, and development under the country’s new president. We also pray that both parties will be able to resolve differences and move toward practical solutions that will help the entire land. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Prayer about water control situation surrounding the Nile

Heavenly Father, today we pray about water access talks taking place between three African nations as Ethiopia continues building its massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, near the border with Sudan. Lord, you look down at the earth and see this river, so small in your eyes, yet a seeming source of life for the people of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. God, you know the nature of humankind even better than we do, so we all know that this could potentially lead to great trouble within these countries. We pray for these nations to employ political wisdom, compromise and goodwill as they seek to resolve conflicts—both present and potential--that are arising as a result of Ethiopia now gaining control of this river. May these nations also be transparent, honest and effective in their data-sharing. We pray against any conflict that would lead to drought and death. May this situation actually lead to these nations developing even better, more generous relationships with each other. And may all those involved acknowledge you as the true source of life. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Prayer about mass shooting at Crimean college

O Lord, we ask for mercy in Kerch, Russia, after the horrific mass shooting that happened at the college there today. The immediate aftermath of these terrible shooting sprees is overwhelming. First, Lord, we pray for those students fighting for their lives in hospitals right now. We pray for the medical care to be excellent, efficient, and enough. Second, we pray about the severe trauma these students, school staff members, and emergency responders have experienced. Please bring them through this immediate shock and emotional agony. Bring the peace that passes understanding. Bring wise counselors, listening ears, and loving support around them. Walk closely with them in the months and years of continued recovery many will require. Next, we pray for law enforcement as they seek to unravel the mystery surrounding this crime. May they discern what compelled young Vladislav Roslyakov to kill and maim as many innocent people as possible before taking his own life. Be with Roslyakov’s family as they process this as well. Finally, we pray that this mass school shooting would be an isolated incident in Russia. We pray against copycats. Help everyone clearly see that this was an evil, terrible act. In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Prayer after Nigerian oil pipeline accident

Lord, we continue to grieve with Nigeria over the 60 lives lost to the oil pipeline fire Friday. It is devastating to know that so many lives were cut short due to vandals stealing oil from the pipelines and thus causing this accident. Heavenly Father, we pray that those who are tempted to steal in such a way would be thwarted in their efforts, resist temptation, and find healthier ways to meet their needs. We pray for those who are currently searching the pipeline for other leaks, that they would have success so further accidents can be prevented. And, Lord, we pray for the loved ones of those who perished. Please comfort them during this dark time and meet both their material and spiritual needs. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Praise for Pastor Andrew Brunson's release from Turkish imprisonment

Heavenly Father, today we praise you for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from imprisonment in Turkey. After serving two years for what many believe was a bogus charge of assisting with a military coup, we rejoice that Brunson can now live as a free man. Please bless those who were involved with his release. We also pray that the process of safely returning Brunson to the United States (after his 23 years in Turkey) will go as smoothly as possible, including his health review in Germany. And, Lord, we pray for the Brunson family as they continue to recover from the trauma of the past two years. Please bring healing, and may their story ultimately bring glory to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Prayer about rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova   Photo by EPA-EFE/TVN RUSE

Lord God, today we pray about the rape and murder of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova. First of all, we pray for those who grieve her violent death. Please bring them the peace that passes understanding during this time of great need. Next, we pray for the truth to come out about her death. We are thankful that a suspect has been apprehended, but we pray for his guilt to be determined without any doubt if he is, indeed, the perpetrator. We would love to see justice for Marinova, closure for her loved ones, and for the suspect’s criminal activity to cease. Lord, if there is anything that has not yet come out about this case, please bring it to light. If Marinova’s journalistic work exposing corruption and fraud within her country has anything to do with her death, may that become clear. We would like the truth to come out whether that is to the immediate advantage or disadvantage of the Bulgarian government. We know that it will ultimately help Marinova’s loved ones, the man in custody, and the nation of Bulgaria. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Prayer for family whose father attempted to kill his four children

Heavenly Father, we pray for the unnamed family in Ireland that suffered great trauma and whose case was heard in court today. Lord, we thank you that the father of this family confessed to his crime of attempting to murder his four children. We fervently pray that this man will get the help he needs for his severe depression and any other issues that led to this terrible crime. May justice be served, and may this man come to know you. Lord God, we are incredibly thankful that the four children physically survived this attempted murder. We pray that these young people will continue toward complete physical, mental, emotional and spiritual recovery. We pray also for their mother, that you would give her great wisdom and grace as she guides her children through this unspeakable experience. Please glorify yourself somehow through this terrible tragedy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Prayer for man held as slave in the UK for 40 years

This shed is believed to have been the man's housing.

Heavenly Father, today we pray for the man who is suspected to have been held as a slave for 40 years at a home in the United Kingdom. First, we are delighted that the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority was able to rescue this man yesterday. We pray you will bless them for their efforts and protect them as they continue to rescue others. Next, we pray for the truth to come out about the situation and for justice to be served as appropriate. Finally, we pray for the survivor’s well-being. We are thankful he was taken by specialist trauma officers for medical tests. May these trauma officers have great wisdom in determining the best course for this man’s long-term healing. Of course, we ask that you be in the midst of all of that. Please bring healing to this man. Motivate a support network of caring people to get involved in his life. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Prayer after earthquake in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia   Photo by Adi Weda/EPA-EFE

Lord, the damage in Indonesia from the recent earthquake and accompanying tsunami is staggering. We are grieved about the 850 dead, knowing that number is likely to rise. First, Lord, we pray for rescue efforts, as workers continue to dig through rubble to release the trapped. We pray for the Indonesian Red Cross workers, who have still not even reached the epicenter, found near Donggala. Help them find a way and then rescue survivors. We pray for the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry as they seek to deliver generators and hundreds of workers to Palu City in order to meet the most urgent needs. We are thankful the Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport has been able to reopen. We pray for efficiency and safety for both the aid workers arriving and the evacuees departing. May arriving aid workers bring not only effective practical assistance, but also hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.