Monday, March 18, 2019

Prayer about lost flight and aviation issues in Amazonia

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47585703

Lord, today our prayers turn toward Amazonia, where flight regulations have brought about some serious concerns for indigenous residents. First, we pray for the flight taken by pilot Jeziel Barbosa de Moura in December. We know Jeziel and his seven Amazonian Indian passengers encountered adverse conditions and needed to make an emergency landing, but that is the last anyone heard from them. Despite a two-week search by the Brazilian Air Force and several more weeks’ searching by friends and relatives of the lost, there is no sign of the aircraft or passengers. You know where that craft landed. We pray for the airplane to be found so that people can have closure. If there are any survivors in the wilderness, we ask you to sustain them and get them to help. Lord, we also pray for the larger issue of the lack of air traffic control in the Amazon and other remote parts of Brazil--which disproportionately affects its indigenous population. We pray for airstrips to be upgraded so they can become legal, and thus pilots can fly without subterfuge. We pray that the Civil Aviation Authority will make good on the ruling passed six years ago requiring it to do just that: upgrade airfields. We also pray for other solutions for those Amazonian residents who are require to take dangerous flights in order to collect pensions. Lord, we know this situation is complicated. We do pray it will be prioritized so that solutions can be found and efficiently implemented. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Thursday, March 14, 2019

Prayer about investigation of recent airplane crashes and the 737 MAX

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane/france-starts-boeing-crash-probe-jets-could-be-grounded-for-weeks-idUSKCN1QV0UF

Lord, we pray for the investigation of what caused the recent crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, which may be related to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610. We pray for success for the investigators in France who will begin analyzing the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet’s black boxes on Friday. With Ethiopia overseeing the investigation, with the help of France and the United States (the only two nations with the experience gained from being present at almost every crash involving a Boeing or Airbus), we pray that everyone involved can be unbiased, diligent, and keenly observant. With the grounding of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes around the world, we know this is a big deal. Everyone wants answers in order to prevent future accidents. Please grant wisdom and insight. And, Lord, we pray for the airlines scrambling to reschedule and reassign flights without the use of these grounded planes. Help them to be efficient and gracious, and may inconvenienced passengers also extend grace. We are hopeful that this process will go as well as possible and ask for your blessing and guidance. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Prayer about school collapse in Lagos, Nigeria

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47555373 PC: Reuters

Almighty God, we pray about the rescue operation happening right now in the Nigerian city of Lagos, following the collapse of a four-story building that included a school. With 100 students attending the school and only 40 pulled so far from the rubble, our hearts join with those families still urgently seeking their children or for loved ones from other parts of the building. Lord, we pray for your intervention in Lagos right now. We pray the crowds will stay out of the way—that no gawkers will interfere, but only those helping the search will stay in the vicinity. We pray for the safety of those digging through the rubble, that no one else will get injured during this desperate search. We pray for efficiency, the right equipment, good strategy, endurance, and hope as people persevere in the search. Lord, we pray for all who survived the collapse to be released from their entrapment before it is too late. And we pray for quick and quality medical care for everyone who needs it. Lord God, we are looking for more good news in Lagos today in the midst of the wrenching grief. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Prayer about massive plane crash in Ethiopia

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/10/africa/ethiopia-airline-crash-nairobi-intl/index.html

Lord, we are absolutely sick to our stomachs and broken-hearted about Sunday’s airplane crash in Ethiopia! In this immediate aftermath, people are reeling with the information and trying to make sense of what happened on flight ET 302. First, we pray for those trying to confirm whether their loved ones were among the 157 who died in this terrible event. We pray that they will indeed get their confirmation one way or another. Next, we pray for the grieving—those who have lost loved ones, the nation of Ethiopia, the other nations represented on the flight, and people around world. Bring peace. May people find comfort in you. May people rally around each other as they process this life-altering news. Third, we pray for the investigation into what happened. We are thankful for Ethiopian Airlines’ excellent reputation and for the exemplary flight record and years of experience behind the pilot. With an almost total loss of the craft, we pray for investigators to have great wisdom and success as they seek answers among the rubble and among the data. Heavenly Father, please guide, direct and comfort us as we deal with this tragedy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Prayer in response to racist hotel practices in Alice Springs, Australia

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/08/australia/australia-alice-springs-ibis-hotel-aboriginal-communities-intl/index.html

Heavenly Father, today we are dismayed to learn of clearly racist practices implemented at a hotel in the Northern Territory of Australia. We are thankful that the truth came out about the Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis’ mistreatment of Aboriginal guests. We pray now for corrective measures and appropriate consequences to be effectively and swiftly implemented. Lord God, we know that the emotional impact on Alice Springs, the immediately surrounding communities, and the broader Aboriginal community in Australia will be significant. We pray for comfort, healing and hope for those who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the revelation of this blatant racism against their communities. We pray for continued growth in each of our hearts, that we might acknowledge the intrinsic dignity in each human being, and consistently practice the love of Christ toward all. We pray against racism in Australia, that efforts against this blight will prevail. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Prayer for immigrants still entrapped in slavery after the Russia World Cup

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-nigeria-sexcrimes/traffickers-used-russias-world-cup-to-enslave-us-say-nigerian-women-idUSKCN1QN1OC       Photo credit:  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Heavenly Father, we pray for the women who were brought into Russia for the World Cup on fan IDs, only to find themselves held captive as sex slaves. First, we praise you that Blessing Obuson and handfuls of others have been freed, and that Blessing is working to bring attention to this issue. We pray for Blessing and the other freed women to recover from their trauma and to find asylum in whatever nation is best for their situations. Next, we pray for those women who are still enslaved nine months after the World Cup. With 1,863 Nigerians entering Russia on fan ID for the World Cup and not having left the country yet, we are concerned about how many of these men and women are entrapped in dangerous situations. We pray for the Moscow authorities and NGOs that are seeking to find these missing people and address trafficking in their community. May they find success and have the resources they need. May they persevere despite opposition. Finally, Lord, we pray even now for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, for which fan ID is also being considered. We pray for Qatar to be proactive in preventing this blight in their nation surrounding this international event. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Prayer for Alabama and Georgia after tornado devastation

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/03/04/Rescuers-search-for-survivors-of-tornadoes-that-killed-23-in-Alabama/5101551704970/

Lord God, we pray for rescuers and weather authorities as they search Alabama and Georgia, following the deadly tornadoes that hit these states Sunday. First of all, we pray for survivors who remain in peril. We pray that these people may draw on rich reserves of strength and resourcefulness in order to hold on until help arrives. Please lay it on hearts and minds to search areas that have not yet been searched—guiding rescuers to where people need assistance. Next, we pray for those who grieve the loss of loved ones, since at least 23 people perished in these storms. Comfort the ones left behind deep within their souls as they process this grievous blow. We pray for those whose lives have been upended and property lost. May they find shelter, food, etc., as needed, and may they have the courage and resources to begin anew. Finally, we pray for blessing and protection over those who are helping in any way—whether providing medical assistance, doing weather research, meeting emergency needs, searching the rubble, or planning to help with longer-term needs. We pray these people will persevere with their work until they have success. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Friday, March 1, 2019

Praise about release of Yazidi captives

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-islamicstate-yazidis/yazidis-freed-from-islamic-state-captivity-in-syria-returned-to-iraq-idUSKCN1QI4Q5

Heavenly Father, today we celebrate the group of Yazidi women and children released by the Islamic State to return home to Iraq! After more than four years in captivity, we rejoice that these survivors have a chance to heal and to live freely among their own people again. We are thankful for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s efforts to bring these women and children home. Lord God, you know what lies ahead for them. You know the trauma they’ve experienced and the devastating losses to their community, due to ISIS’ genocidal intentions toward them. Please bring people and resources into their lives to help them recover and thrive. Draw them close to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Prayer about deadly train station fire in Cairo

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47384443. PC: EPA

Heavenly Father, we pray for Cairo as the city recovers from another deadly train accident. We pray for those who grieve the loss of the 20+ people who died. We pray for identification of those who have not yet been confirmed, so that families and friends can know what happened and begin the process of closure. We pray for the injured, that they would receive efficient, thorough, effective medical care as quickly as possible. May these patients show amazing resilience as they recover from their physical and emotional injuries. We pray for the business owners whose livelihoods were destroyed as the platform and nearby buildings were covered in flames. May they begin anew and recover from this loss on every level. And, Lord, we pray for a successful investigation of what went wrong. May the cause of this tragedy come to light and be appropriately addressed. May the national and local government, along with railway management, discern how to best improve this transit system, specifically its safety record. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Prayer following historic summit on clergy sexual abuse

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/24/europe/pope-abuse-summit-intl/index.html

Lord, we are thankful for the historic summit that happened this weekend in order to address the scourge of sexual abuse within the worldwide Catholic church. We join in the lamentation over a lack of concrete steps—or at least the indication of any. But we continue to pray that the increased awareness and the proposed ideas will gain momentum within the church worldwide. We particularly pray about the presented suggestions of creating a code of conduct for bishops, making the church more transparent, and establishing protocols for handling accusations against bishops. May these options be implemented with excellence in the near future. We also continue to pray for the victims all around the world of so many different ages, who seek healing of the abuse they suffered at the hands of those who were to represent you in their lives. May they experience your mercy, grace and love in a beautiful, unsullied way, so they may move forward with their recovery. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Prayer for the children of Haiti in the aftermath of the nation's unrest

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Heavenly Father, we join Compassion International in praying for the children of Haiti. After weeks of anti-government protests and riots, we are thankful that things are stabilizing in Haiti and that Compassion offices and centers have been able to reopen. We pray that Compassion’s church workers and students will be able to quickly reconnect, and that workers will be able to assess what the children’s needs might be after this period of unrest in the nation. We pray specifically for children and family members who have been injured, burglarized or displaced from their homes. We also pray for restoration of both peace and the property that has been damaged or taken from individuals. Please protect both the workers and children as they recover from this tumultuous time. And please grant Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant success as he launches investigations into government spending and corruption. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Prayer for missing Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux in New South Wales, Australia

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-47302758

Heavenly Father, today we join prayer forces with those who search for missing Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux in New South Wales, Australia. We are thankful that the search continues as a rescue operation with hopes of finding these young men alive, despite the air and sea search aspect being called off. Lord, we pray for these two young men, whatever their circumstances. Please be with them. If anyone knows anything about their whereabouts, please compel them to come forward immediately, despite how insignificant they may feel the detail is. We ask for protection and wisdom for the searchers. Grant them keen insight as they consider all possibilities. We pray for Palmer and Ferrieux’s loved ones to hold onto hope and peace as they await a positive word. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Thanksgiving for eight miners rescued in Zimbabwe

https://www.foxnews.com/world/8-miners-rescued-in-zimbabwe-others-remained-trapped

Lord, today we rejoice over the eight artisanal miners rescued in Zimbabwe after being trapped underground since Tuesday. We celebrate rescuers’ determined efforts. We pray that these miners will receive excellent medical care today and in coming days. Please also help them heal from the mental and emotional trauma caused by their experience, as well as the knowledge that friends and coworkers did not escape. Lord, as dozens of miners are still missing, we pray for continued success for the rescuers. We particularly pray for supernatural direction to find those miners who are still clinging to life. May more survivors be quickly found. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Praise for successful crime sweep in Brazil

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/02/14/Brazil-police-raid-crime-ridden-areas-as-mob-boss-transferred/8101550170353/

Heavenly Father, we rejoice in the success of Brazilian police’s raids this week that resulted in 326 arrests. We are thankful police were proactive in preventing attacks related to the prison transfer of a high-profile, criminal gang leader known as Marcola. We are excited about the apprehension of 100 people with pending arrest warrants and the retrieval of 64 vehicles that had been reported stolen. We pray for continued success in thwarting organized crime in the nation, and for the specific plan that Marcola and 21 other prisoners’ transfer to a more distant prison will prevent them from operating their networks. Grant Brazilian leaders and law enforcement continued creativity, diligence and courage as they seek to decrease organized crime in their country. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Prayer about polar bear invasion of Novaya Zemlya, Russia

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/polar-bears-russia-intl/index.html

Lord, today we pray for the northeastern Russian community of Novaya Zemlya, which is being invaded by polar bears. This small town of about 2500 people having up to 10 polar bears within its territory at a time has changed people’s routines and brought a great deal of fear. Please be with this community as the people try to discern solutions. Calm their fears. Protect them from dangerous encounters. Help them learn new safety habits to adapt to this situation. We are thankful for the deterrence tools that are being set up and for the World Wildlife Fund’s efforts to help communities like this. Again, we pray for safety, particularly for children on their way to and from school. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Prayer for Venezuela as President Maduro refuses to accept foreign aid for the nation

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/06/americas/venezuela-aid-blocked-bridge-intl/index.html

Heavenly Father, we pray again for Venezuela, where crises are reaching a boiling point. We specifically pray about the bridge connecting Venezuela to Colombia that has been blocked by the Venezuelan government, which is refusing to accept the aid scheduled to arrive there. With the massive food and medicine shortage, it is hard to imagine this country refusing to receive aid for its civilians, but we know political factors dominate. We do pray about the conflict between Venezuela's opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido versus embattled President Nicolas Maduro. With major countries around the world backing Guaido and pledging millions of dollars in aid, Maduro is on very shaky ground. We pray for a peaceful resolution and for the best outcome possible for the people of Venezuela. We pray for Venezuela’s military leaders to exercise great wisdom and caution in the midst of this political showdown. Please be with the people of Venezuela as they continue to suffer and seek answers. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Prayer for northeastern Australia in the midst of record-breaking flooding

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/03/australia/townsville-queensland-flooding-intl/index.html

Heavenly Father, we pray for northeastern Australia as thousands of Townsville residents have been forced from their homes by record-breaking flooding –with more rain still on the way. First, we rejoice that no deaths have been reported, despite the floodwaters forcing some people to take shelter on the roofs of their homes. With the additional threat of power outages, as well crocodiles and snakes being washed into residential streets, we ask protection for rescue workers and those trying to flee. We pray for people to proceed with wisdom and caution as they deal with intense flash flooding and treacherous, sometimes deceptive, water flows. We also pray that the Ross River Dam holds strong, despite being stretched well past its capacity. We pray for medical needs to be met, despite traveling obstacles and power outages. Finally, we pray for your peace to descend upon the Townsville area during this time of trial. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Prayer about February Gospel outreaches to Venezuelans

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Lord God, we pray about the large outreach happening in Venezuela, beginning Sunday. We are so concerned about Venezuela, experiencing possibly the world’s worst current economic crisis. Hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, inconsistent electricity, rioting, political instability, sporadic school attendance… so many huge issues! So, Lord, we continue to bring these concerns before you. We ask for your intervention. We pray for the root issues to be resolved. But we also pray for this very specific outreach of Bible distribution and Gospel meetings. In the midst of the hopelessness and despair, may the 45,000 Bibles reaching Venezuela February 3 provide encouragement for those who receive them. May they bring light and truth into lives. May Franklin Graham’s Gospel festival happening in the border town of Cúcuta, Colombia, bless both Colombians and the displaced Venezuelans now living there. May these distributions of Hope do a great work in Venezuela, along with the medical care and shelter Samaritan’s Purse is also providing, which we ask you to continue to bless. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Prayer about mysterious illness striking Canadian diplomats in Cuba

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/30/americas/canada-cuba-diplomat-ill/index.html

Lord God, today we pray about the mystery surrounding Canadian diplomats growing suspiciously ill in Cuba. There are so many concerns: the diplomatic staff representation at the Canadian embassy in Cuba being halved, the possibility of foul play, the possibility that this is simply illness and making Cuba look unnecessarily bad, relations between the two nations, how other nations might be impacted, the effect on travel to Cuba, etc. We are thankful you see all of these concerns and are sovereign over them. We lay these concerns before you, trusting you to take care of them in whatever ways seem best. We do pray for these diplomats who have grown so ill in recent months. We pray for doctors to discern the cause of these troublesome symptoms and for these diplomats to receive the care they need. We pray that they will find other jobs that will provide for them and their families, and for them to readjust to life back in Canada or wherever else they end up after this season in Cuba. Bring truth to light in your perfect timing. Draw people closer to you through this trial. In Jesus' name we pray, amen. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Prayer against children being killed for witchcraft in Tanzania

https://www.foxnews.com/world/ten-children-in-tanzania-kidnapped-and-killed-for-their-body-parts-authorities-say

Heavenly Father, we are horrified by the witchcraft practices in Tanzania that are leading to the abduction and dismemberment  of children. This is directly from the evil one. For any "religious" practitioners to inspire people to kidnap, maim, torture and kill children for the purpose of supposedly attracting luck and wealth is astounding--as is the fact that anyone would believe them. Heavenly Father, we pray for the scales to fall from eyes and for truth to be revealed to those who are influenced by these dark practices. We pray for educators to creatively, determinedly and successfully reach those who practice witchcraft in Tanzania. We pray for parents to watch their children carefully, options for impoverished families whose children are often unattended, and for children to successfully flee when someone who would harm them approaches. Lord, we fervently pray against this practice. Please show us if there is a way we can help, and certainly remind us to regularly pray. In Jesus' name, amen. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Prayer about Brazil mining dam burst

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vale-sa-disaster/nine-bodies-found-after-brazil-mining-dam-burst-count-seen-climbing-idUSKCN1PK07L

Heavenly Father, we pray for the rescue operation happening in Brumadinho, Brazil, after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine, burying people and buildings nearby. We pray for rescuers as they focus on four points where people are likely to still be alive, including a cafeteria that was buried in sludge at lunchtime. We pray for the survivors in that building to hold onto life, help each other, and be resourceful. We pray for the rescue operation to go as efficiently as possible, and for many people to still be found alive. We rejoice in the 200 people who have been rescued since the catastrophe, and we hope for that number to increase. We join those who await news of loved ones in prayer and hopefulness. At the same time, we pray with those who grieve, knowing that nine bodies have already been found, with that number expected to increase in the days ahead. Again, we pray for the rescuers. Grant them success. And, in your perfect timing, may the facts about why this accident happened come out. Amen.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Prayer for missing Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/search-for-missing-emiliano-sala-and-david-ibbotson-called-off-1.3769152

Heavenly Father, we pray right now for Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson, who disappeared after their small plane most likely crashed into the English Channel. With search efforts called off after 24 hours of searching and hopes of their survival very dim, we pray for some sort of success. If they are still out there alive, may they cling to life and be rescued by boaters or aircrafts going about life as usual in the area. If they have passed from this life, may their plane be discovered, so their families can have closure. Please be with all who grieve, including Sala’s Cardiff football teammates. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Praise that Japanese convenience stores are eliminating porn prior to Tokyo 2020

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5992480126001/

Lord, today we are encouraged by the good news that convenience stores in Japan plan to stop offering pornography by the time the 2020 Olympic Games begin in Tokyo. We pray that other outlets will also follow suit, and that these businesses will actually benefit from no longer offering such a detrimental product. Heavenly Father, we pray that Japan’s government, businesses and community groups will take additional measures to keep the Olympics an edifying experience. We particularly pray that the nation will be proactive in keeping sex trafficking away from the events as much as possible. May this global event move away from vice and toward its purpose of unifying the world and educating youth through healthy competition. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Prayer against the illegal rupturing of pipelines

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/18/americas/mexico-gasoline-explosion-tlahuelilpan/index.html

Lord, we are again grieved by the massive loss of life caused by people’s selfishness (and perhaps desperation). We are disgusted that people continue to illegally tap gasoline pipelines, while knowing that this type of behavior leads to explosions. Today we pray for central Mexico, where at least 67 people were killed and at least 75 injured Friday, due to a major explosion. Please be with the injured as they fight for their lives and well-being. Please be with the grieving as they process this senseless loss of precious loved ones. We do pray for confirmation of the cause of this explosion. If the suspected illegal rupturing is confirmed, we pray for the thieves to be caught. And, Lord, we pray for effectiveness as the Mexican government tries to prevent the continuation of this behavior, even in the midst of a time when gasoline is not always easy to find. We pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon those tempted to damage the pipelines for their own purposes. Remind them of the loss of lives; help them understand that it one day could be their own loved ones destroyed by this recklessness. We pray against this type of behavior in Jesus’ name. Amen.  



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Prayer for Portugal as the nation moves to improve laws regarding rape

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-portugal-rights-rape/portugal-parliament-moves-to-widen-definition-of-rape-idUSKCN1P51MQ
Lord, we pray for Portugal as the nation moves to legally expand the definition of rape to cover all sex without consent. With the “wolf pack” rape case in neighboring Spain revealing the flaw in rape laws and definitions, we celebrate that Portugal joins other European nations in seeking to correct this problem. We are thankful that removing the word “violence” from the definition will enable justice for unconscious or coerced victims. We celebrate that lawmakers unanimously voted to submit the amendment to a constitutional committee, and we pray that the 60 required days for discussing the amendment will be productive and candid. We do pray that lawmakers will vote to pass this amendment, so gang rapes like the notorious “wolf pack” one will no longer allow attackers to escape the severe punishment merited by their crimes. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Monday, January 14, 2019

Prayer for toddler who fell into narrow well in southern Spain

https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/desperate-hunt-for-toddler-in-well-grips-spain/news-story/1efe9165362c35b932cdf1d89fb6e440

Heavenly Father, we are devastated as the search continues for a two-year-old who fell into an uncovered borehole in southern Spain Sunday. We are thankful that more than 100 volunteers are searching for this little boy, trying every way they can think of to recover him from this 100-meter drop. Lord, please grant the parents of this young child the peace that passes understanding as they await word of their son. May they sleep when needed, and may they experience your comfort. May their loved ones rally around them during this terribly dark experience. Lord, we pray for the rescuers. Give them clarity of mind and abundant resourcefulness as they attempt this rescue. May they have the necessary diligence and equipment to persevere and ultimately succeed. The hours tick away. Please help the rescuers find this child. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Prayer for Canada as the nation welcomes 1 million new immigrants

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/01/11/Canada-seeks-to-add-1M-immigrants-by-2021/7061547229851/

Lord God, we pray for Canada as the nation seeks to add 1 million immigrants to its population within the next three years. During a time when migrant crises and immigration complications make headlines every day, this nation is throwing open its doors to welcome people from around the world. Please be with the leadership as these men and women seek to integrate 1 million people representing multiple cultures over a three-year period. With 1 in 5 Canadians already immigrants, this new influx will increase the immigrant ratio and the general population in a significant way. May the people of Canada handle this as well and wisely as possible. May immigrants from around the world find safety and security for their families in this land. May people from different countries flourish and contribute their gifts to their new country of residence. And we again ask for wisdom for the nation’s leaders as they guide their people through this time of hospitality, challenge, and adjustment. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Prayer for Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun's situation

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-saudi/australia-to-consider-taking-in-saudi-teen-who-fled-family-abuse-idUSKCN1P30HJ?utm_source=applenews
Heavenly Father, today we pray about Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun's situation, as the Saudi awaits word regarding whether Australia will accept her as a refugee. Having fled to Thailand to escape what she described as family abuse she thinks will result in death, we desire Qunun to find a safe, secure place. With questions about her situation arising from a variety of quarters, including from her family, we pray for truth to come out about what is best for this 18-year-old woman. Lord, you know more than we do about the plight of women in Saudi Arabia. We pray for progress for women's rights in that nation. If Qunun's situation is helpful in that, so be it. But we do pray for as much transparency as appropriate throughout the entire process. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Prayer surrounding Jamal Khashoggi’s murder trial

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/middleeast/khashoggi-murder-trial-starts-intl/index.html

Heavenly Father, we pray for the trial about journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder as it unfolds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We crave truth. This appalling tale of a Saudi royal family insider-turned-critic being killed and dismembered inside a consulate as he sought the papers to marry his fiancé feels too terrible to be true. The political maneuvering, cover-ups, and potential scapegoating feel like they belong in a crime novel, rather than real life. We would love for this trial to reveal truth. But we know truth may leak out over time. We ask for that. May the full story of Khashoggi’s murder come to light, and may the appropriate people be punished for this crime. We do know that absolutely nothing is hidden from you, and that the people responsible for this murder will eventually stand before you in judgment. Give everyone involved either peace or conviction as they become aware of that. Finally, Lord, we pray for Hatice Cengiz as she continues to grieve the loss of her beloved fiancé, who died as he sought the right to marry her. Bring peace and joy back into her life. Give her hope and strength as she faces each day. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Prayer about Danish train crash

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/02/europe/denmark-train-crash-intl/index.html

Lord God, we pray for the nation of Denmark today as they deal with the deadliest rail accident in their nation’s history. We pray for the loved ones of the six people killed, who may not even know yet that their friend or relative is among those lost during this train accident. Prepare them for this news, and grant them deep comfort in the coming days, months and beyond, as they process this great loss in their lives. We pray for those recovering from injuries, rejoicing that none of the injuries are life-threatening. We pray for those traumatized by the experience—both passengers and emergency responders—that they will heal and move forward in life, without fear hindering them. We pray about the financial loss to both companies involved in this incident, and about the disruption to a busy transportation line. May people handle the disruption well, grateful they are safe, rather than focused on the inconvenience. Help them quickly find other means of transportation. Finally, Lord, we pray for investigators as they seek the reason this crash occurred. We are thankful they are committed to a thorough investigation, so similar accidents can be avoided in the future. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.