Friday, July 19, 2019

Prayer about the Kyoto Animation arson attack
PC: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press
Heavenly Father, we continue to reel about Thursday's arson attack at Kyoto Animation in Kyoto, Japan. The images from the scene of the crime, shared through both visual and verbal descriptions, are intense. The fact that one of the deadliest attacks in Japan’s history was so easily and cheaply done is disturbing. We thank you that the alleged perpetrator is in custody. Please bring out the full truth about this man and his attack in your perfect timing. Please bring justice for those who died such painful and terrible deaths. We also pray for the process of identifying the dead and then sharing that information with those who are wondering and waiting. Please provide the peace that passes understanding throughout that process. Grant fortitude to those who do this painful work. We pray for those who grieve the 33 known deaths. Bring loving, wise friends around them. Grant the bereft hope and strength. Lord God, we pray for those who have been directly traumatized by this event. May they seek you in the midst of their pain. May people reach out for help in whatever ways they need. May they begin the road to recovery soon, and may they steadfastly continue on that road, though it is long and painful at times. And, Lord, we pray for the larger communities of Japan and anime fans as they process this devastating event. Return hope and joy to these communities as soon as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Prayer for Puerto Rico as the people protest against prejudiced governor
Almighty God, our hearts go out to Puerto Rico, where the people are embroiled in great political conflict. Savior, this territory needs your saving. We thank you for revealing the truth about Gov. Ricardo Rossell√≥’s disgusting private messages within what he believed was his circle of confidence. We are absolutely appalled by the prejudicial and violent attitudes revealed by this leaked communication. We understand the people’s frustration with a governor who slanders women and famous citizens, and who jokes not only about killing political opponents, but also about the many citizens who died in Hurricane Maria. We thank you that the people have so far been able to demonstrate their infuriation with minimal injury and with nonviolence. We pray now for your peace to rain down on this land. May the government rightly respond to this crisis. May Puerto Rico return to a healthy path and be restored as a vibrant territory after its trials and tribulations of recent years. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Prayer about the life and death of Hodan Nalayeh and the award created in her honor

Heavenly Father, today we take a moment to reflect on Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh, for whom an award has been created in her honor by Somalia’s ministry of foreign affairs. First, Lord, we grieve her death in the terror attack that hit the Medina Hotel in the port city of Kismayo last week. We grieve not only the loss of this remarkable woman, but also the 25 others who died in this senseless act of violence. Next, we express gratitude for how Nalayeh chose to live her life: leaving the comfort of Canada to return to the land of her birth, with the intent of magnifying beauty and goodness in a place that is more often known for chaos and violence. The irony of the way she passed from this life is heartbreaking. We pray that this annual award in honor of Nalayeh’s inspirational life would not only recognize an outstanding individual from the Somali diaspora, but would inspire countless others to become outstanding citizens. May they live as Nalayeh sought to live and as you mention in Scripture: bestowing crowns of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and garments of praise. Amen.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Prayer about African swine fever vaccine

Lord God, we bring before you the need for a vaccine that fights African swine fever. First, we are thankful that this virus is harmless against humans—at least directly. Yet we know it is indirectly very harmful. The blow to farmers who lose their herds to this virus is devastating. The impact on the local, national and global economy is also alarming. So we are thankful that the world is taking notice now that China, the world’s largest pig producer, is seeing up to half its population affected. And now that the virus that started in Africa has spread to multiple Asian countries and parts of Europe, the global significance cannot be denied. We pray for the researchers in China, Vietnam, the United States, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom, who are working tirelessly to solve this problem and create an effective vaccine. We pray for the process to bring successful vaccines to market to go as quickly as possible, due to the urgency of the issue. And we pray for generosity between nations as they work to solve a worldwide concern. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Prayer for Paola Sanchez and other deminers in Colombia

Almighty God, today we ask for special protection for Paola Sanchez and her coworkers as they demine the forests of Colombia. With 50 years of Farc rebellion against its government, we are saddened that Colombia is among the nations with the most landmines in the world. We grieve over the 11,000+ people who have already been killed or harmed by these devices, and we pray that this destruction will cease. We celebrate that the rebels and government have made peace with each other, and we pray that suspicion can diminish and that former Farc rebels will continue to reveal information about where mines and IEDs were planted. Give Sanchez and her teammates effectiveness, clarity, courage, and safety as they find and destroy these deadly devices. Though they walk in the midst of trouble, Lord, preserve their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Prayer of celebration for mother whose son was returned alive after three years of believing he was dead

Heavenly Father, today we celebrate the reunion of Jane Daniels of Delft, South Africa, and her son, Denzil, who had been missing for six years! We rejoice that police in the neighboring country of Eswatini were able to make the connection with Cape Town police that the man they found was the one who had been deemed dead three years prior. It’s hard to imagine the joy of finding alive a son who had been counted as lost forever. Yet we know you are in the business of bringing new life! Please bring new life to this relationship as mother and son get reacquainted. Bring healing to the mentally challenged Denzil from any negative experiences that may have scarred him. Grant Ms. Delft peace and lasting joy as she receives this overwhelming gift of her son and moves from grief to celebration. We pray they will both draw near to you in this special new season in their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Prayer for survivors of The Family
Photo source: News Limited

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for your mercy! Today we pray for the survivors of The Family, the Australian cult led by Anne Hamilton-Byrne. With Hamilton-Byrne’s passing last month, we know cult members, children, grandchildren, etc., have a lot to process. As they reflect on their journeys within The Family and then their time after being liberated, please bring healing. May the survivors deal with memories, wounds, and injustices as they are able, in your perfect timing. May they find support networks, healthy resources, a sense of closure, and a strong connection with you. Lord, be gracious to them. Be their strength every morning, their salvation in time of distress. May all survivors of The Family live healthy, productive lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Prayer as West African nations move toward single currency

Lord God, we pray for the Economic Community of West African States as the group works toward the implementation of a single-currency system. With the desire to boost economic development in the West African region and improve cross-border trade, the proposed ECO will also help to address other regional monetary problems, such as the difficulty in converting some of its currencies and the lack of independence of central banks. We know this massive undertaking also faces some key issues, like the imbalance between participating nations’ economies. We pray for the leaders of these West African nations as they seek the best solution for their region. Grant them wisdom, foresight, analysis, unity, and selflessness as they seek solutions to some of the region’s economic woes. May these countries find a way to help each of them grow healthier. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Prayer about alleged drug trafficking activities of Brazilian Air Force officer Silva Rodrigues   PC: Pixabay

Heavenly Father, we are thankful that the alleged drug trafficking activities of Brazilian Air Force officer Silva Rodrigues were disrupted Tuesday. It is shocking that this sergeant would use his travels with his president in order to transport inordinate amounts of cocaine. We are thankful he was apprehended in Spain, and we pray for the full story to be revealed as investigators do their work. Lord, your Word tells us that “people are enslaved to whatever defeats them.” We pray for those who were harmed through Rodrigues’ suspected drug activity. We pray this will be a wake-up call for them, and that they would seek the help they need. May they ultimately find freedom in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Prayer for terrorist women and children detained in Syria's al-Hol camp

Lord God, we pray for the women and children detained in the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria. It is so difficult to comprehend what to do with a camp filled with the women and children left behind by ISIS radicals—the women and children who still believe in their hate-fueled cause! It is hard to fathom what the people deal with who are watching over the more than 70,000 people gathered together, with so many of the detainees grieving the loss of husbands through death or separation and still espousing terrorist rhetoric. Lord, we plead for wisdom for those who control the fates of these women and children. What do they do with terrorists and their offspring? How do they determine whether those who claim regret are sincere? Please grant them supernatural insight and superior judgement. Lord, we pray for the innocent children growing up in this toxic environment. Somehow shield their minds from poisonous intake and give them a chance to live lives of hope and freedom. We also pray for medical care for those children who were harmed as a result of being used as shields by their terrorist “protectors.” We are devastated by these children’s circumstances! And, Lord, we pray for those women and children already consumed by terrorist ideology and hatred. We pray that you would remove their hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh. Nothing is impossible with you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Prayer celebrating the conviction of the Wolf Pack

Lord, we celebrate the conviction of the “Wolf Pack” in Spain’s Supreme Court. After more than a year of protests over the previously lighter conviction of Jose Angel Prenda Martinez, Angel Boza Florido, Jesus Escudero Dominguez, Antonio Manuel Guerrero Escudero and Alfonso Jesus Cabezuelo Entrena, who gang-raped an 18-year-old, we are delighted that the Supreme Court determined that this victim had indeed been coerced into the violent acts committed against her by a group of intimidating men. We pray that Spanish lawmakers will continue assessing the criteria they use for evaluating such cases in order to make sure justice is effectively carried out in the future. We pray that this group of men will use their 15 years in prison to contemplate their entire mentality—a thought process that would allow using a woman in such a way, bragging about it, and then publicizing video footage. This reveals the depravity of humankind. Redeem their minds and souls, Lord. Thank you for hearing our cry for justice, Lord. Thank you for bringing it about in this case. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Prayer as trial concludes for Ana Kriegel's murderers Image from YouTube.

Heavenly Father, we pray for the family of Ana Kriegel, whose killers today became the youngest in Irish history to be convicted of murder. We are thankful that Ana’s family has closure and that her murderers will be punished. We pray that the long journey toward healing will begin for all of Ana’s loved ones. Lord, we need to acknowledge our pain and grief over this horrifying situation: two 13-year-old boys luring their bullied classmate to a violent, prolonged assault and death. We think of the prophet Isaiah’s words, “Their feet run to evil, and they hasten to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, devastation and destruction are in their highways.” We live in a fallen world! We are grieved to see such wickedness at such a young age. We pray for these two teen boys. We do pray they receive the appropriate punishment for their crimes. We pray that they will repent and recognize the condition of their hearts as they pay their debt to society. And we pray that they will experience lasting change during their time on earth so they do not need to pay for their crimes eternally. In Jesus’ just and merciful name we pray, amen.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Prayer for investigation into Argentina's massive power outage PC: Reuters

Almighty God, we pray for Argentina as the nation investigates what caused a nationwide (and beyond) power outage Sunday. Despite the power loss hitting almost all of Argentina, neighboring Uruguay and some areas of Paraguay, we are deeply grateful that no related deaths have been reported as of now. We know that the power is back on, but if there is anyone still suffering due to the temporary loss, we pray concerned neighbors, relatives and citizens would find and assist those in need as quickly as possible. We particularly think of the sick, elderly and socially isolated. Compel people to check on them. We celebrate people’s resourcefulness, allowing hospitals to continue operating and provincial elections to proceed as scheduled. We do sympathize with those businesses that were greatly affected, particularly those that were counting on the Father’s Day boost to their bottom line. Please provide for them in others way, including perhaps people proceeding with their Father’s Day plans another day. Lord God, we pray for energy minister Gustavo Lopetegui as he leads the 10-15-day process of discerning what went awry with the nation’s "interconnection system." May the results be conclusive so further incidents can be prevented. And, Lord, we pray for hearts of gratitude today throughout these nations, focusing on the positive that things did not go worse, and appreciating the benefits generally reliable electricity brings to their lives. May those in nations unaffected also appreciate the great blessings we have in our own daily lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Prayer for Gilbert Mfitundinda and fiancee Julia's selfless wedding dream

Heavenly Father, today we pray for Gilbert Mfitundinda and his fianc√©e Julia, who will become husband and wife June 15. We are touched and delighted by their desire for people to sponsor children through Compassion International rather than buying them wedding presents. Lord, we pray that more than 100 people would respond to this wedding desire and sponsor children in honor of this couple. We pray that 100+ lives would be absolutely transformed through sponsorship, just as Gilbert himself experienced growing up in Uganda. We also pray for Gilbert and Julia’s big day tomorrow. May their wedding be absolutely honoring to you in every way. Even more significant, may their marriage and lives honor you, and may countless children continue to be impacted through their wedding “registry” and their ongoing ministry. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

If you have ever considered sponsoring a child, let today be the day: If you have not considered it previously, let today be the day. :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Prayer for cocoa farmers and other stakeholders in Ghana and Ivory Coast

Heavenly Father, we know that work is a good thing. Even before the fall of humankind in the garden, Adam was given noble work to do. We instinctively desire to contribute value to the world around us. So today we pray for those working in the cocoa industry in Ghana and Ivory Coast as they seek what they feel is a fair price for their produce. With these two nations the largest producers of cocoa in the world, we know this is a significant issue not only for the farmers, but for all stakeholders in the cocoa value chain. We pray that as hundreds of farmers and other stakeholders meet together this week that they will be able to debate this issue with dignity, wisdom, civility and respect. May all parties involved come to reasonable agreements that will benefit everyone and be fair for farmers. May the decisions be carefully and peacefully implemented and lead to further success in the industry. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Prayer for Jack Phillips and Autumn Scardina as Masterpiece Cakeshop faces third lawsuit

Lord God, today we pray for Christian baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colorado, USA. We are wearied as we learn that Phillips is facing a third lawsuit regarding freedom of religion as it pertains to his work. We cannot imagine the stress and weariness Phillips deals with as he seeks to make a living while also adhering to religious convictions, yet facing obstacle after obstacle. Lord, we thank you that Phillips’ religious freedom has so far been upheld by his state’s and his nation’s high courts. We pray that his religious freedom will be upheld yet again through this third lawsuit. In the midst of this trying stretch, Lord, we ask you to shield and care for Phillips, and to guard him as the apple of your eye. Grant him deep reservoirs of joy, perseverance and hope. Continue to provide for the financial needs of his family, business and employees. Lord, we also pray for Autumn Scardina, the transgender woman who filed this third suit (her second) against Phillips and his business. Heavenly Father, we grieve with her, and we know you do too. We grieve over her pain, anger, fear and sadness. We pray that she will find peace in you. We pray that she will find peace in life. We pray for Scardina to be able to live her life with dignity, without harassment, and surrounded by people who love her. We pray that you will speak to both her and Phillips as they navigate this legal situation, and that both Scardina and Phillips will be above reproach in how they treat others, including each other. May they understand each other’s perspectives and behave accordingly. Lord, we know that religious freedom is under attack in the state of Colorado, nation of the USA, and all around the world—and that Christianity is not the only religion under attack. We pray for strength of soul for those directly in these battles, and we pray for the faithful to pray regularly for those under attack. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Prayer as Poland deals with anti-Semitic act and greater issues

Lord God, we pray for the community of Karminowice, Poland, as they process Thursday’s anti-Semitic defacement of a local memorial for Jewish victims of the WW2 German occupation of Poland. We also pray about the greater issues behind this act of vandalism, starting with anti-Semitism in Poland. We know that targeting a specific group of people based on their religion stems from our sinful nature. We pray for the hearts of those who felt the need to destroy a memorial lovingly and intentionally created by Jews and Catholics together—a memorial partially intended to prevent such acts of hatred from recurring in this nation. We pray for conviction of the vandals’ sin of hatred, and that they will both confess this act and offer restitution. Heavenly Father, we also pray for the public discourse happening in Poland that showcases opposing ideas: with some citizens seeking to highlight the Jewish history of the nation and others insisting that Jewish history is overshadowing general Polish history and minimizing the pain non-Jewish residents suffered during WW2. Lord, you saw the suffering of both Jewish and non-Jewish Polish citizens during the occupation. It grieved your heart. Please bring peace to those who continue to stir up dissension about a war that ended long ago. May Jews and non-Jews work together to prevent atrocities from happening in their nation in the future. May they honor each other, remember both the good and bad in their history, and--above all--may they honor you. We ask your blessing on the nation of Poland today. Amen.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Prayer about abuse uncovered at La Luz Del Mundo evangelical church

Heavenly Father, today we grieve the information that is coming out about spiritual leader Naason Joaquin Garcia. We are deeply disturbed that Garcia misused his leadership of La Luz Del Mundo evangelical church in Guadalajara, Mexico, in order to sexually abuse minors. The fact that he did this in your name is absolutely appalling. We pray that Garcia and co-defendants Alondra Ocampo and Susana Medina Oaxaca will repent of their crimes. Remove the scales from their eyes, so they may humble themselves before you. While we desire them to repent, we also desire justice for the many who were mistreated under their care and direction. We pray for the truth to come out about all charges. We pray for other victims to come forward so they may also receive justice and the help they need. We pray for the California justice system to do an impeccable job as they move forward with this case. And, Lord, we plead for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing for the victims of this church—including those harmed by following a leader who has devastated them. Please bring in godly leaders who will shepherd this flock with integrity, truth and hope in the midst of a terrible time for this church. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Prayer and praise for high school graduates

Heavenly Father, today we lift up the graduating class of 2019. We are excited for the future that you have planned for these young lives. We thank you for the training and experiences they have had to this point and for all those who have supported and nurtured them along the way. Father, we ask that you continue to guide each young person to make wise decisions and to use their gifts and talents for the benefit of your kingdom. We praise you for Leanne Carrasco who is one such example of selflessness and service. We thank you that she made the most of an opportunity, using her graduation as a chance to shift the focus from herself to a group of people truly in need. Lord, we are grateful for Leanne’s example and for the impact she has made. We are refreshed and encouraged, and we desire to be humble servants who can lead people to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular 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.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Prayer about shooting in Virginia Beach (USA)

Father God, today we turn to you in grief and in great distress as we learn of another workplace shooting in the USA. We pray for the employees of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center who experienced this violence. Lord, we know that their lives are forever changed by this incident and we ask that you give them hope in this very dark time. We think of the families of the 12 victims who are still processing the news that their loved ones have been killed. Be close to them, Father, as they weep and show them abundant grace as they wrestle through the many emotions associated with grief. Thank you for the bravery of the police and their quick response which undoubtedly minimized further loss of life. We pray that the Virginia Beach community will come together and support each person affected by this event. Lord, we do not know the motive and we may never know as the gunman has also been killed. We are vulnerable and our safety in this world is not guaranteed, yet we can remain unshaken in our faith knowing that you have claimed victory once for all time. We thank you that we can claim your promises when our day-to-day lives are uncertain. Thank you for being our firm foundation and our forever hope. We trust in you and we love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular 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.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Prayer about murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi in Bangladesh

Heavenly Father, we are saddened by the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi and the horrific way she was killed. We thank you that this beautiful young woman had the courage to speak out when she was sexually violated, and she remained committed to speaking out even after the ruthless attack against her. We thank you that Nusrat’s parents supported her and we ask that you continue to be with them as they grieve. We pray that Prime Minister Hasina
will follow through on her commitment to justice against the sixteen people who have been charged, which includes students, the headmaster, and local politicians. Lord, although this was a truly heinous crime, we are grateful for the attention it has received and the discussion it has prompted. We pray that this will spark a significant culture shift in the way women are regarded in Bangladesh. We pray that victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault can come forward without fear of retaliation, and that all claims will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. We pray that women can continue pursuing their education in a safe environment. We are grateful, Father, that you are available to all those who seek you. May this tragedy turn many hearts to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular 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, May 27, 2019

Prayer about boat accident in Democratic Republic of Congo

Heavenly Father, we pray for all passengers who were on the boat that sank Saturday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are saddened by the nearly 50 people who died, including young children. We pray with hope for the almost 200 people who are still missing that there are a high number of survivors. Please aid the rescue efforts in the coming weeks by providing the necessary resources, workers, and conditions to make for a successful mission. Lord, we thank you with deep gratitude for the remaining passengers who survived. We pray that you bless their lives, ease their struggles, and keep them safe. We pray that the country’s leaders will work hard to improve the living conditions for all people. Guide them in making wise decisions, such as investing in infrastructure, with a focus on safety and sustainability. We pray that you will intercede and prevent any further loss of life due to poorly maintained and overcrowded boats. We praise you for being our refuge and redeemer. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular 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.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Prayer about bombing in Lyon, France

Father God, today we pray for those affected by the parcel bomb that detonated Friday in Lyon, France. We praise you that there were no casualties. We pray for the 13 people injured, for their physical wounds to heal fully and for their hearts and minds to find peace in you. We pray for the damage to local businesses, that the repairs are minimal and do not cause financial hardship. Lord, we thank you for the French police and for their commitment to pursuing the perpetrator. We pray that investigators can quickly identify and apprehend him. We pray that this person is cooperative and forthcoming with information as the investigators seek to gain insight into this attack. We pray that this is an isolated incident and not linked to a larger terrorist plot. God, we live in a broken world and struggle to comprehend the violence that occurs. We are reminded of our absolute need to put our trust in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by regular 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, May 24, 2019

Prayer for malaria prevention efforts in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi

Lord God, we pray for malaria vaccination programs moving forward in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana. Though Mosquirix is not 100% effective, we are thankful for the 40% more children who will likely be saved from this deadly disease through the use of this vaccine. To hear the World Health Organization’s claim that one child dies from malaria every two minutes is deeply distressing. We pray for continued success in the fight against this disease, including early identification and treatment. We also pray that parents will follow the vaccination procedure properly, ensuring their children get all four doses according to schedule. We also pray for continued success with bed nets and other prevention measures, and that researchers will have continued creativity as they find additional effective solutions. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Prayer for the success of Cairo police in tracking down terrorists
Image: @EgyptDefReview/Twitter
Lord, we pray for Cairo police as they continue to battle insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula. We condemn the consistent terrorist attacks in this region, including the roadside bomb that struck a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids Monday, wounding 17. We are thankful the police are making progress, having killed 16 militants in raids Tuesday--without any casualties among their own forces. We are also thankful for the success the police forces had in tracking down militants on Monday after the roadside bombing. Lord, we never like to hear of gunfights or deaths, but we also know these terrorists are intentional in killing innocent civilians whenever they can. We pray against their harmful work, and we pray that the police will continue to uncover Islamic militant rings in the Sinai Peninsula. Amen.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Prayer about French doctor charged with suspicious deaths
File photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty

Heavenly Father, today we pray for the mystery surrounding Dr. Frederic Pechier and his clinical work in the French eastern city of Besancon. It is quite disturbing to learn that investigators have found evidence linking Pechier to 24 out of 66 suspicious surgical incidents that have occurred at the clinic where he works. It is also distressing to learn that Pechier may have deliberately poisoned patients in order to heroically snatch them from the claws of death—and that nine patients have so far been determined to have died in the process. We pray for the truth to be clearly revealed in this situation so that Pechier’s guilt can be more firmly determined or so he can be exonerated. As this investigation unfolds, please provide clarity to investigators, conviction to those who need to come forward with more information, and comfort to those who grieve. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Prayer about cult-related deaths uncovered in Bavaria, Germany Photo credit: AFP

Lord God, today we pray about the deaths uncovered in Germany that appear to be the result of cult activities. It is so sad and disturbing to learn of the bodies of one man and four women being found, and to learn of their circumstances. We pray for the families of Torsten W, Kerstin E, Farina C, Gertrud C and the unnamed 19-year-old woman as they process not only their loved ones’ shocking deaths—some by cross-bow—but also how they got entangled in such unhealthy circumstances. We particularly pray for the family of the unnamed young woman, who has not yet officially learned of their daughter’s death. Prepare them for this blow, and have a network of support ready to surround them in their time of need. We pray that the truth about this group can be uncovered not for shock value but for the prevention of future similar tragedies. We also pray for the room maid who discovered three of the bodies to recover from her trauma. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Continued prayer against corruption in Romania

Heavenly Father, we continue to pray for the nation of Romania and its battle against corruption. We are thankful for the European Commission’s consistent efforts to expose and end the corruption currently festering within Romania’s judicial system. We pray that the warning letter sent to the Bucharest government last Friday would not fall on deaf ears, but that Romanian leaders will reverse measures that undermine the independence of its courts. Lord, we pray against Romania’s ruling Social Democrats’ efforts to protect corrupt politicians from legal action. May the truth come out about previous corruption, and may future corruption be prevented as much as possible. May the European Commission’s threats to keep Romania from becoming a member of the EU’s passport-free Schengen travel area and possibly limit the distribution of billions of euros in cohesion funds be the teeth needed to force government officials to act. As much as possible, please protect the ordinary citizens of Romania from the harm caused by greedy leaders. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Prayer against teen prostitution in Minnesota, USA
Photo credit: Carrie Snyder/The Forum
Lord God Almighty, we are absolutely heartbroken to hear the stories of teen prostitution in the state of Minnesota, USA. We are stunned to hear that pimps in Las Vegas call Minnesota “the factory,” because at least one in 10 prostitutes picked up by police in Vegas is from Minnesota. Lord, we pray for the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as they seek to eradicate this scourge, feeling like they have few success stories and comparing the problem to a termite infestation. Grant them the conviction, courage and determination to persevere in their work. Give them keen insight and wisdom as they connect with people within the network, and as they seek creative, effective solutions to this massive, entrenched problem. We specifically pray for Special Agent Quinn-Robinson, detective Wendy Lehner and Minneapolis vice officer Matt Wente as they press on with their work. Protect them and grant them success. We pray for parents in Minnesota, that they would not deny this issue, nor convince themselves that their children are not at risk. May they effectively communicate and connect with their children, as proactive means of protecting them. We pray for the St. Paul recovery center Breaking Free--that this organization and others like it would help women of all ages escape from this abusive, destructive cycle. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Prayer celebrating journalists' release from prison in Myanmar  Photo by Ann Wang/EPA-EFE

Lord God, we celebrate the release of prize-winning journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Seo Oo from Yangon's Insein Prison. Having prayed for these journalists since December of 2017, we rejoice that they have finally been released from their unjust imprisonment by the government of Myanmar. We are so happy to see them looking well after their 511 days in prison. And we are delighted that they are ready to get back to work, sharing the truth of what is happening throughout the world. We continue to pray for the terrible situation for the Rohingya in Myanmar—the story these courageous reporters were attempting to tell. Please grant Wa Lone and Kyaw Seo Oo a successful transition back to “normal” life, and bring healing wherever it is needed. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Prayer surrounding trial of French telecom company Orange
AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Lord God, we pray for the French telecom company Orange, its former chief executive, and five other former Orange executives as they go on trial in Paris this week. Estimated at taking two months to complete, we know this will be a complicated and highly emotional legal process. Lord, these executives are accused of creating an "anxiety-inducing work environment" that drove 31 employees to suicide, with 19 workers successfully killing themselves. It is hard to imagine a workplace intentionally creating such stress, pressure and harassment. However, we also know the power of greed and sin, and that 19 people are dead. Lord God, we fervently pray for truth to come out throughout this trial—truth about the overall corporation, as well as each individual. May no individual who should be convicted avoid that, and may no individual who is innocent be unjustly punished. May this process be as efficient and honorable as possible. We also ask for protection, peace and strength for the grieving as they watch this process unfold and even, in some cases, participate. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Prayer surrounding the murder of Alan Culverwell at the hand of pirates

Heavenly Father, we pray for the family of Alan Culverwell as they grieve his death at the hand of pirates and move forward through the legal process surrounding his murder. Lord, we are thankful that three suspects have been apprehended and charged not only with Mr. Culverwell’s murder, but also with robbery, criminal association and mistreatment of a minor. We pray that the legal process will make very clear whether or not Leandro Herrera, Avelino Arosemena and the minor accompanying them are guilty of these terrible crimes. We pray that these men will repent and turn to you, and that they will apologize to the Culverwell family. We pray for Derryn Culverwell and her children to fully recover from both their physical and emotional injuries. Please raise up for them a loving, supportive network of people to help in the months and years of recovery that lie ahead. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Prayer about shooting at UNC Charlotte (USA)

Heavenly Father, today we pray for the UNC Charlotte community after Tuesday’s shooting on campus. We join the student body, the educators, and the families as they mourn the loss of two students, Riley Howell and Ellis “Reed” Parlier. We thank you for Riley’s bravery in confronting the shooter, Trystan Terrell, and for sacrificing his life to protect everyone else. We pray that you will be with the UNC Charlotte community as they process through their grief and move toward healing. Father, we are grateful for the first responders, for the increased security measures that schools have implemented, and for the targeted training they provide to educate people on how to respond in these situations. We are saddened by the increased gun violence in not only America’s schools but at places of worship, entertainment venues, and in the workplace. God, we pray for your protection and for your wisdom. Encourage our leaders to work together on solutions that will eradicate this violence. 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.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Prayer about Lori Kaye's heroic death protecting her rabbi

Lord God, we are deeply moved by the heroism of Lori Kaye, who laid down her life to protect her rabbi this weekend. We marvel at the courage and quick-thinking she demonstrated when realizing an active shooter was attempting to kill her rabbi. For her to throw herself between the shooter and the rabbi, receiving the bullets into her own body, was an example of the most powerful kind of love. We agree with her friend Roneet Lev’s words, “She didn't die a senseless death. She died advertising the problem we have with anti-Semitism and to bring good to this world.” We pray for Kaye’s husband and young-adult daughter as they grieve and process her heinous death. We pray for Congregation Chabad and the community of Poway in California as they recover from this terrible tragedy. We rejoice that the injured have all been released from their hospitals, and we pray for them to recover emotionally and physically in the months and years to come. And we pray against anti-Semitism in that community and in our world. Amen.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Prayer about Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Flint, MI

Photo credit: Abby Ellis/FRONTLINE

Lord, we want to acknowledge and pray about the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that happened in Flint, MI, about five years ago, and which is still affecting that community today. We particularly pray for those who are still battling the effects of contracting the disease, and in some cases fighting for their lives. Please help them get the best medical care possible and remain strong physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually as they battle for their health. Lord, we pray for those who grieve lost loved ones. We know they not only grieve over those missing from their lives, but that some bereaved residents still struggle with the injustice of being given contaminated water and the withholding of timely information that could have possibly saved lives. Help Flint residents resolve these inner struggles, find the peace that passes understanding, and forgive. At the same time, we pray for the truth to come out and for justice wherever it is needed. Please work in Flint, MI, to bring about hope, truth and change as needed. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Prayer for Jeanine Mabunda, first woman elected to DRC’s top legislative role

Lord God, we pray for Jeanine Mabunda, the first woman elected to her nation’s top legislative role, as she helps lead the Democratic Republic of Congo. As speaker of parliament, may she lead the house of assembly with excellence, wisdom, confidence and integrity. May she have the support she needs to move the nation in a positive direction. We are thankful for Mabunda’s work in the fight against sexual violence and the recruitment of child soldiers. We pray for even more progress in these areas now that she is in a higher legislative position. Lord, we continue to pray for the DRC as they await the nomination of prime minister for the country. Please grant President Felix Tshisekedi wisdom as he seeks to appoint someone to this key role. May the DRC seek your blessing in the years to come. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.