Saturday, December 28, 2019

Prayer about the death of Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara

Lord God, we pray for the loved ones of Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara, the Thai Navy Seal who contracted a blood infection during last year’s rescue at Tham Luang cave. After a year of fighting the infection he acquired while rescuing 12 boys and their football coach, we are grieved that Beirut finally succumbed to his illness. Lord, we also continue to pray for Valeepoan Kunan, whose husband died during the rescue last year. These brave men laid down their lives for these boys. We pray they will be remembered with honor and appreciation. We also pray for the rescued boys, that they will live to honor you. Amen.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Prayer for the Philippines after Typhoon Phanfone

Almighty God, we pray for the Philippines after Typhoon Phanfone killed at least 16 people there on Christmas Day. First, we pray for rescue efforts that are still underway, including for the five missing fishermen. We pray for efficiency, strength and success for those searching for the missing, as well as those trying to clean up and correct dangerous situations, caused by the typhoon’s damage. Second, we pray for the grieving. To lose a loved one on a major holiday leaves a mark even more unique than the mark left by any grievous loss. Holy Spirit, please comfort the bereft as they begin the long journey toward healing and their “new normal.” Finally, we pray for the recovery process, as homes and tourist areas are repaired and rebuilt. Please grant determination and resources to those who undertake this process. In the midst of the post-storm chaos, may the Christ-child bring special peace and hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Prayer for investigation into alleged abuse at the Christian Academy in Japan

Loving Father, we pray for the investigation of the Christian Academy in Japan, as Telios Law investigates at least 66 cases of alleged abuse that occurred at the school between the late 1950s and the 1990s. We are always so deeply grieved to learn of adults entrusted with children abusing their power by abusing their flock. With allegations ranging from sexual and physical abuse by teachers, to ignored harassment and abuse between students, Telios has a lot of work to do. We pray for truth to come to light, for wisdom and love for all involved, and for those who were harmed to have the courage to come forward when they are ready. We pray for the academy as it seeks to best handle their past, marred by some of the ugliest of troubles. May current students learn from this process, rather than be traumatized in any way through this experience. Lord, we pray for perpetrators to be caught and appropriately handled. We pray for survivors to receive some closure and more healing. We pray that you will be glorified as this academy that deeply offended you while bearing your name seeks to make things right. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Prayer about hate crime committed in Iowa, USA

Heavenly Father, we are saddened to learn about the targeted attack on a teenage girl in Des Moines, Iowa, that was predicated by race. We are so thankful that this young woman was not killed when she was intentionally struck by a vehicle. We do ask that you heal her completely from all physical injuries she has sustained. More than that, Lord, we ask that you bring healing to this young girl and her family as they process through the emotional distress caused by this terrible incident. It is difficult for us to imagine how the assailant, Nicole Poole Franklin, made the decision to behave in such a hateful way. But we know, Father, that your mercy extends to all those who call upon the name of your son, Jesus, and that her life story does not have to remain without hope. We pray, Lord, that you will transform her and purge the evil from her heart. Turn her away from a life of illegal activity toward a life of fruitfulness for your kingdom. 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.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Prayer about bushfire crisis in Australia

Heavenly Father, we turn to you and seek your help in combating the over 100 bushfires that are currently spreading in New South Wales, Australia. These fires are causing great devastation to include displacing wildlife, destroying personal property, and claiming lives. We thank you for the heroic efforts of the firefighters who are working tirelessly in unfavorable weather conditions. Lord, we pray that you will provide a great miracle to extinguish these blazes. We pray for rain, for cooler temperatures, and for minimal wind. Father, we ask that you bring relief quickly and that no further lives are lost. We know that you are good in all things and we praise you for being faithful to 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.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Prayer about deadly attack on Army base in Niger

Heavenly Father, today we mourn over the loss of 71 soldiers who were killed on an Army base in Niger, Africa. We think of their families and the great sorrow they must feel. We think of those living in the region who fear for their safety. Father, we know that you are with them in their anxiety and grief. We pray that they will feel your peace despite the chaos around them. Lord, we pray for wisdom for the presidents of the G5 Sahel nations – Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Mauritania – as they work together to combat the increasing violence in their countries. We pray for the counter-insurgency force that has been established to fight against attacks by militant groups. We ask that you equip them to defend themselves and keep their countries secure. God, we pray against the hate that has driven the Islamic State and other militant groups to carry out these attacks. We ask that you intervene and stop them from being successful with future acts of violence. Open their eyes to the truth of your word and your call to love one another. Father, we pray that our neighbors in Africa will feel our love as we pray mightily for their victory against terrorism. We love and trust you with all things. 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.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Prayer about New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption

Heavenly Father, we are deeply affected by the story of the White Island volcano eruption earlier this week. We are so thankful the White Island Tours boat had already departed before the eruption, halving the number of victims and instead becoming a rescue vessel. We are thankful for the doctors and first responders who jumped into action as dozens of people were pulled from the sea with severe burns all over their bodies. We are thankful that New Zealand’s four specialist burns units have been able to handle the needs, even though their capacities are maxed. We pray for all of the victims, that they might get the best possible medical care, cling to life with determination, and survive. May loved ones and strangers alike provide encouragement each step along the way, including on the long road to recovery. We particularly pray for Matthew Urey and Lauren Barham, who were celebrating their honeymoon before experiencing this nightmare, and now fight for their lives and health in different New Zealand hospitals. We pray they will not only survive this tragedy, but move forward into a beautiful, rich, deep married life. Finally, we pray for the grieving, knowing that at least eight people are confirmed dead. In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Prayer and praise for CURE International's Ugandan work

Heavenly Father, we take a moment to celebrate good news about CURE International’s work in Uganda. First of all, we thank you for CURE’s work in providing medical care for disabled children who would not otherwise have access to it. We thank you for their ministry to the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Next, we specifically rejoice in Cure’s Ugandan work, which specializes in neurosurgery. We are amazed by Dr. Benjamin Warf’s ground-breaking, minimally-invasive, shuntless treatment for hydrocephalus, which attracts surgeons from all over the world to participate in the CURE Neurosurgeon Fellowship Program. Continue to bless this program, reaching countless surgeons and their current and future patients. Finally, we praise and pray for a recent addition: CURE’s development of a new mobile clinic in the eastern Busoga region, in the town of Jinja. We are thankful this clinic enables more of CURE’s patients to receive crucial follow-up care, because it is easier to access. We pray for your continued blessing on this new clinic and on the team who serves there. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Prayer surrounding child sold for $2000 in Kentucky, USA

Lord God, we pray for the situation in Kentucky, USA, in which a woman sold her child to another couple. We do not know the details, but we know that there are layers of great sadness involved. That a woman would be under circumstances that would compel her to sell her child. That a couple would pay $2,000 off the record to buy a child. This limited information tells us that all involved in this situation need prayer, including the authorities, who will be placing judgment on these people. Lord, we pray that all of the adults involved would have adequate and appropriate legal representation. We pray for investigators, lawyers, judges, social workers… we ask wisdom for them all. And, Lord, we pray for not only the baby who was sold, but for the four other children who are in protective custody as a result of this situation. Please be with them, giving them hope in a dark situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Prayer about bus accident in far eastern Russia  PC: AP

Lord, in Russia many families are grieving right now. As they ponder the terrifying death of their loved ones—on a bus plunging from a bridge onto a frozen river—grant them peace in the midst of their despair. Lord, we do not know their exact pain, but we do know pain. And we know that you meet us in our pain. We pray for our brothers and sisters in the far east of Russia, that you would powerfully meet with them in their grief. That you would glorify yourself to them. Lord God, 19 people died, but 25 survived. We rejoice over those who survived. With the majority of the survivors injured, we pray for the best medical care they can receive and for quick recoveries. May these people also draw near to you during this time, even as we know you are drawing near to them. Finally, Lord, we ask that the accident investigation be as effective as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Prayer for rescue efforts after Albania's largest earthquake in decades  PC:Reuters

Lord, we fervently pray for rescue efforts underway in Albania right now. After a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the nation this morning, we are concerned for those who are still trapped in the rubble. Please help rescue workers find them as quickly as possible, and to safely extricate them from the debris. We pray for the injured who have been freed to receive excellent medical care, and for the injured who are still trapped to use fortitude, courage and resourcefulness to hold onto life and help rescuers find their locations. We pray that onlookers will not only stay out of the way of rescuers, but also figure out ways to contribute to the rescue and relief efforts. Lord, we pray for your peace to descend over Albania as people deal with this chaos and loss. We pray for courage wherever needed. We pray for those who grieve over those who have already been lost. We particularly pray this morning for the family of the elderly woman who saved her grandson by cradling him with her body, losing her own life in the process. Grant her loved ones peace as they honor this woman’s courage and sacrifice, while grieving her loss and celebrating the rescue of the grandson. May her life inspire others as the nation moves forward into the longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Prayer about Bolivian political crisis

Almighty God, Bolivia needs your help. Ever since ousted president Evo Morales fled for political asylum to Mexico, the country has been in upheaval. We desire that people would “not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, [that they would] repay evil with blessing,” in order to receive their own blessing (1 Peter 3:9). Starting with Morales and Interim President Jeanine Anez, may people choose the way of Christ: justice, mercy and humility. We pray that Anez and the interim government would follow through on their pledge to have new elections as quickly as possible. We pray for these elections to be fair, accurate, and well-informed. And, Heavenly Father, we pray for protesters to be able to safely and peaceably express their opinions. May neither the protesters nor the military choose violence at any point. We grieve over those who have already died in the midst of this chaos, and we pray that their deaths would inspire others to choose another way to express themselves and to manage the country well. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Prayer about potential dengue vaccine

Jesus, you have told us to heal the sick and help the weak. To do unto others as we would have them do unto us. So today we pray for Derek Wallace as he leads the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company's global effort to develop a dengue vaccine. With nearly half the world’s population at risk of contracting dengue fever and worldwide cases increasing rather than decreasing, we see great value in a dengue vaccine. With the company’s large-scale study of a vaccine they're calling TAK-003 initially showing an 80% success rate, there is hope that a world-changing vaccine may soon come to market. We pray, Lord, that as full trial data is accumulated over a longer period of time, that the results would make clear whether this vaccine is worth the investment and study. With the astronomical money involved in the pharmaceutical industry, we pray against greed clouding any results or steps anywhere in the process. Amen.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Prayer about "Black Pete" conflict in the Netherlands
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Lord, we pray for peace and unity in the Netherlands as the nation debates a beloved, yet racist, holiday tradition. To begin, we pray for your peace and protection during today’s protests. May people on both sides of the debate treat each other with dignity, respect and kindness, so they can hear each other more effectively. Beyond this particular day, we pray about the overall debate. We know how deeply traditions can be ingrained into our cultures. We know this is not an easy thing for this nation. We pray for everyone involved to be able to step back and evaluate the situation with wisdom and objectivity. May people err on the side of love. Jesus, this holiday is primarily about you—not St. Nicholas, nor “Black Pete.” May we all return to that focus, and may “Black Pete” be recognized as a hurtful distraction from the true meaning of Christmas. We pray that this intense debate would bring about renewed commitment to you in the Netherlands. In your gracious yet mighty name we pray, Lord Jesus, amen.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Prayer for French authorities as they seek possible Jeffrey Epstein sexual assault victims

Lord God, we pray for French authorities as they seek witnesses and possible sexual assault victims of the late Jeffrey Epstein. What a sad, difficult situation! Epstein left a legacy of damage and selfishness. Now survivors, families and associates are trying to pick up the pieces and move forward. Heavenly Father, we pray for any possible victims in France. If it will benefit them to come forward and not cause them further harm, please give them the courage and peace to do so. We know justice will be a good thing for all involved. If there are witnesses to Epstein’s bad behavior—even unsure ones—we ask you to compel them to come forward. May they feel a strong conviction that telling the truth and seeking justice for the oppressed is their responsibility. We also ask that the French authorities will do an exceptional job handling the entire situation, treating victims with dignity and wisdom, and using meticulous investigative practices. We ask for truth to come out in this situation in your perfect timing. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Prayer of thanksgiving for Thai police's confiscation of 390 pounds of crystal meth

Lord God, we know that “a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (2 Peter 2:19). We have all seen the destructive effects of drugs on people we know and love. We pray against this scourge within our lands. Today we also celebrate a small victory in this battle against drug addiction. We rejoice that Thai police were able to confiscate 80 pounds of crystal methamphetamine that were hidden in treadmills that were to be shipped to Japan. We ask your blessing on those who tipped off police. We also commend the police officers who had the courage to pursue the leads to not only the treadmills, but also to the warehouse, discovering another 310 pounds. We pray for this particular drug ring to be shut down. And we pray for Thai police to have many more successes as they strive to eliminate illegal drugs from the market. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Prayer celebrating dramatic train rescue in California

Almighty God, we rejoice today in John O'Connor’s quick actions, which saved the life of an unidentified man who fell on the train tracks as a train was approaching. Watching the video is astounding—that the man paid such little attention, and that he was pulled from the tracks just in time to avoid a violent death. Even though O’Connor does not consider himself a hero, we celebrate his commitment to doing good work at the Bay Area Rapid Transit station, his quick thinking, and the physical strength that enabled him to snatch the citizen from the jaws of death. May all involved, including the train operator and bystanders, recover from the drama of the event. May they focus on celebrating the rescue, rather than being overcome with fear. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Prayer about women and children burned alive in Mexico

Heavenly Father, we request comfort for those who grieve the murders of the three women, four small children and two infants burned alive near La Mora, Mexico, Monday evening. We are distraught about the three vehicles traveling between the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua being ambushed by criminal groups—shot up and burned without provocation. We are thankful for Sonora state Gov. Claudia Pavlovich Arellano’s strong condemnation of the attack and commitment to track down the perpetrators of this crime. We pray for continued protection and resolve for her as she pursues resolution and continues to lead in a region marred by violence. We pray that the American FBI's offer for assistance will aid in the process of tracking down the murderers, and that these criminals can be quickly apprehended. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Prayer for Maranhao and the Guajajara tribe as they protect reservation land from illegal loggers

Lord God, we pray for the Brazilian state of Maranhao and the Guajajara tribe as they seek answers in protecting reservation land from illegal loggers. First, we pray for the loved ones of Paulo Paulino “Lobo” Guajajara, who was killed by loggers while hunting within his reservation. We pray for his companion, Laercio, who was also injured, but managed to escape. Comfort the Guajajara as they process Lobo’s loss, and we pray that his death will bring about action to deal with this neglected concern. May Laercio fully recover from his wounds and return to a normal life. We are thankful for those who want to assist in providing security on reservation land, including through training policemen to serve with the tribe and to train the tribe in defense practices. Of course, Lord, we really want to see peace in the area. We pray that illegal loggers would cease their practices and operate within legal, harmless guidelines. We fervently pray that they would not attack the tribal members they encounter. We ask for your help in decreasing violence and leading us to solutions. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Prayer about children killed by Taliban anti-personnel mines

Heavenly Father, wrap your arms of peace around the families in Afghanistan who lost their children today. These families, some part of the Taliban and some not, are dealing with one of the most devastating blows possible—with the Taliban families aware that their own movement caused these deaths. May the loss of these nine young lives cause the Taliban to stop planting anti-personnel mines, which are a risk for everyone, both now and into the future. We pray against other children being killed by these mines. Lord, we long for peace in this area. We pray your blessing on America’s attempted peace talks with the Taliban. With more than 8000 civilian deaths recorded since the beginning of the year, we are weary of this madness. Bring peace, Lord; bring peace among humankind and peace with you among hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Prayer for researchers creating antidotes for the killer box jellyfish sting

Lord God, today we are encouraged about the potential antidote for the sting of the world's most venomous sea creature: the Australian box jellyfish. With the possibility of death within two minutes from this highly venomous creature, the box jellyfish have certainly been long-feared. It is thrilling to know that researchers from the University of Sydney have found ways to combat the sting’s effects. As they continue their research, guide them in creating the most effective topical application for humans, and help them discern whether their efforts can stop the heart attacks caused by the venom. May they stay focused, efficient, funded and encouraged as they press on with their work. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Prayer against sexual exploitation of young people in Japan PC: Noriko Hayashi

Lord God, it is sickening to learn about the sexual exploitation of young people in Japan. This problem has so many layers within Japan that it is overwhelming to us. We do know it comes back to sin. Without your help, we tend toward wrong paths, and those wrong paths can become increasingly depraved as we feed our appetites for vice. Guard our hearts from sin, and lead us in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Heavenly Father, we pray about the extremely inappropriate sexual media that is legal in Japan. May Japanese citizens rise up to end this disgusting trade. We also pray for more laws to protect children, and we express our outrage that a man could be declared innocent of raping his daughter because the daughter did not show “sufficient resistance.” We pray that the government would prioritize social services for young people of all ages, not giving up on at-risk teens. We also pray for a proper system for victims of human trafficking, as this nation has so far to go in addressing this scourge. We pray that more awareness during the Olympics and pressure from other nations will drive Japan to address these blights within its country and culture. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Prayer for Justin Trudeau post-reelection as he addresses 'Wexit' PC: Reuters

Heavenly Father, we pray for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he begins his second term as Canada’s leader. We specifically pray for the ‘Wexit’ separatist issues that surfaced immediately after Trudeau’s reelection. Lord, you see the frustration of citizens in the two western provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. They are concerned about their economy, their livelihood. They are concerned about lack of representation within the federal government. With frustration strong enough to talk about treason and secession, we know the anger is high. Please bring peace between the Liberals and Conservatives, helping them arrive at realistic conclusions that will be true compromises and genuinely beneficial for all involved. We pray specifically about the issues surrounding the Trans Mountain Pipeline, including coming to fair terms with indigenous communities along the route. We also pray for Trudeau to discern how to assemble a balanced cabinet, which includes representatives from this region. Lord God, we pray for your presence and wisdom in Canada as the nation moves forward after this major election season. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Prayer about the tragic situation in which 39 bodies were found in an Essex truck
Lord, we ask for your help and mercy regarding the 39 bodies of Chinese nationals found in a truck in Essex, England. This recent incident is causing so much discouragement and grief for so many people, and there are so many concerns! We think of where your Word shares, “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet, so He guided them to their desired haven.” Lord, this is what we pray for all who are involved in this incident. We pray for the Chinese embassy staff members who are trying to discern identities and uncover information. We pray for the families of those who are wondering what happened to their loved ones. We pray for the British and Belgian officials who are trying to unravel this mystery and bring about justice. We pray for Mo Robinson, who has been accused of murder. Please let the truth come out. Draw him to yourself in this situation. If there are others involved in this tragedy, bring them into the light as well. Lord, we are deeply grieved over this situation. Please bring about resolution, and please provide wisdom to the decision makers who might take steps to prevent similar future events. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Prayer about Nigeria’s abusive “Islamic schools”

Heavenly Father, we are slightly overwhelmed by the revelation of Nigeria’s abusive “Islamic schools.” To hear of more than 1,000 young people released from abusive conditions in supposedly religious schools is distressing, to say the least. Lord God, we pray for healing from the trauma these young souls experienced while chained to walls, beaten and sexually molested. We thank you that truth has come to light and that these schools have been exposed. We pray for any other raids that need to happen to occur quickly and effectively. We pray that no similar schools will be able to cover up their unhealthy practices before being exposed. We pray for President Muhammadu Buhari as he evaluates taking action on the loosely regulated Islamic schools called Almajiris that dominate mostly northern Nigeria. Grant him wisdom as he discerns next steps in assuring the safety and education of his nation’s children. Lord, please provide these families healthy alternatives for their children’s education. May your people step in to help however they can. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Prayer for Sierra Leone as the nation focuses on preventing sexual violence  Art by Nicole Xu for NPR
Heavenly Father, we pray for Sierra Leone as it takes a much closer look at sexual violence in its nation. We are thankful that President Julius Maada Bio has done much this year to draw attention to this scourge, but are disappointed the attention faded away so quickly. We pray that non-profit groups, churches, and concerned citizens will keep the issues before people and press for continued change. We pray that Bio will follow through on the promises that will be most useful to his citizens. We pray that the successful prosecution of more rapists than in previous years will encourage more survivors to speak out and go forward with the legal process. We pray for medical care for survivors, the technology of DNA testing to become readily available, and for police officers to be appropriately trained to handle sexual assaults of all kinds. We pray for judges and lawyers to treat victims with dignity and respect, and that the legal system will function fairly for everyone involved. Finally, Lord, we pray for a cultural change. We pray that Sierra Leoneans will recognize inappropriate sexual conduct and fight to make changes within themselves and within their communities. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Prayer for China amid increasing religious persecution

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Lord God, we pray for China, which received a strong condemnation from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). While China has been named for 20 years in the USCIRF report of nations highest in persecution, it is noteworthy that this year's report was particularly strong in its criticism of the nation. With China shutting underground churches, jailing pastors and arresting human rights activists, the country seems to be moving backward, rather than forward, toward freedom. Lord God, we pray for Xi Jinping and the rest of the Chinese government. Give them clear eyes to see what is best for their people, their nation. Help them recognize the value of freedom of religion and the support of human rights. May those believers who find themselves persecuted have courage and supernatural strength to not only endure, but to be lights for you. As the psalmist wrote, put their feet on a rock and give them a firm place to stand. Put a new song in their mouths, a hymn of praise to their God. Protect those who need special protection. Reassure those who need extra reassurance. Despite the persecution, may your church thrive under these negative circumstances, as has been the case throughout history time and time again. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Prayer for Hong Kong in the midst of escalating violence

Lord, the world grieves along with you as we watch the escalating violence in Hong Kong. After months of protesting and violence, we resonate with the prophet Isaiah’s words, “No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.” We pray toward that end. We pray that voices will be heard and understood, that people on both sides of the conflict will use the most effective, healthiest means possible in accomplishing their purposes. We pray for good answers to tough questions and peace in hearts. Lord, bring clarity and calm to Hong Kong in your perfect timing. Grant Chief Executive Carrie Lam particular wisdom, integrity, courage and understanding as she leads this city through this time of tribulation. May this city become a place of salvation and praise. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Prayer of celebration for woman rescued from sex trafficking by taxi driver

Heavenly Father, today we celebrate Tahir Mehmood’s rescue of a woman forced into sex trafficking. We rejoice that Mehmood was attuned enough to his passenger to stop his taxi and find out what was wrong. We are thankful he had the courage and integrity to do the right thing and immediately call the police. Lord God, we ask you to richly bless him for his efforts and to protect him from any retribution. We pray that the man running the sex trafficking ring, Robert Enescu, will be promptly apprehended and jailed. Lord, we pray for this young, pregnant woman, who has undergone this ordeal. Please bring healing. Help her to return to her family soon and to be received with great love, support and encouragement. May she find employment she will enjoy and that will provide for her financial needs. Finally, Lord, we pray for ourselves, that we may be attuned to our surroundings and that we will become familiar with warning signs. May many more trafficking victims be discovered and freed. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Prayer for Georgia under newly appointed prime minister

Dear Lord, we pray for the nation of Georgia under the new leadership of Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. With a tumultuous summer behind Georgia and anti-government protests happening outside the parliament as Gakharia’s government was approved, Gakharia will need great wisdom and fortitude as he leads his country. Please surround him with wise, godly leaders to assist during this transition, and help them lead well up until next year’s elections. Grant Gakharia wisdom in the areas where he intends to focus: security as he addresses Russian occupation of part of the nation, and growth as he focuses on a strong partnership with the United States and a newly designated reputation as the easiest nation in Europe for doing business. Most of all, Lord, we want to see you do a great work in Georgia—among the nation’s leaders and regular citizens. May your Spirit move mightily in this land during this time of transition and into the future. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Prayer after doctor performed abortion on wrong woman in South Korea

Lord, our hearts drop as we learn of a doctor and nurse performing an abortion on the wrong patient in South Korea. While this event happened last month, word is now getting out as police investigate this incident. Heavenly Father, we are thankful the doctor and nurse acknowledged their horrible mistake. We pray for them as they come to terms with how they negatively impacted this family forever. May investigators and everyone else involved make the right decisions about consequences for these two, as well as improving practices so this never happens again. But, Lord, we think mostly of this woman, whose baby was intentionally killed and removed from her while she was under anesthesia. It is hard to imagine her recovery process. Lord God, please lavish her and the baby’s father with extra comfort as they heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and in whatever other ways they need to heal. We pray they will have no problems conceiving again in the future when the time is right. We pray they will relinquish their lost baby to your care with eventual peace. Lord, may they draw strength and hope from you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Prayer after earthquake in Albania

Lord God, we pray for the Albanian towns of Durres and Tirana as they recover from Saturday’s earthquake. First, we rejoice that the most powerful quake in decades to hit Albania led to no loss of life. We are so thankful! Second, we pray for the injured, with estimates ranging from 30-some people to almost 70 having gotten hurt during the quake. Please help the injured recover and return to regular life as quickly as possible. Third, we pray for the emotional effects of such an event. Please help residents of these communities find peace after such a terrifying experience. May they reach out for help in this process if needed. Finally, Lord, we pray for the infrastructural recovery from the incident. We are primarily concerned for those whose homes (whether standalone or apartments) are inaccessible due to safety issues. Please provide them with shelter and help for as long as they need it. May buildings be repaired or rebuilt as needed—with as much efficiency as possible. Again, we celebrate that this earthquake did not lead to any deaths. May people all across Albania take comfort in that, as well as your promise that, “though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed” (Isaiah 54:10). In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Prayer for the blessing and protection of Rachael Denhollander, her family, and her book

Lord God, we are people who desire that our prayers and actions make a difference. We believe that you, the God of the Universe, hear and respond to our prayers. Even when the problem seems beyond conquering, we believe it is worth praying for, believing in, and moving toward victory. So today we pray for Rachael Denhollander, her family, and her recently released book, What is a Girl Worth? Lord, thank you for giving Denhollander courage and success as she shared her story of sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar. Thank you that her action motivated hundreds of other survivors to share their stories, see justice unfold on their behalf, and experience a certain level of closure. We know that Nassar’s conviction was not the end of this journey. We pray that you will continue to bless and protect Denhollander and her family as she speaks out against sexual abuse and the systemic mishandling of it across the United States. We pray you will use her good work to bring about conviction and motivate change. We pray that What is a Girl Worth? will reach an audience that is yet unreached. As a result of this book, may more survivors seek help, may partners support more effectively, and may parents respond better, quicker, and with greater consequence. Lord, we pray against sexual abuse, which is a grotesque form of evil. We pray it will not be condoned, but brought into the light. We pray for both perpetrators and survivors to receive the kinds of help they need. May the current momentum of addressing sexual abuse within the United States not lessen, but may it grow and actually bring about lasting change. And may other nations follow suit. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Prayer as Air Peace evacuates Nigerians from South Africa

Lord God, we pray for Air Peace’s efforts to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa during the current crisis. We are so disturbed by the recent outbreak of attacks against foreigners in South Africa! We pray against this hateful behavior. May South African authorities get this rash of violence in hand as quickly as possible. We are thankful for those willing to do their part, including Air Peace, which offered to return any volunteer Nigerians to their home country. We are thankful that 187 citizens, including 87 children, were able to safely return to Nigeria Wednesday. Lord, we do not know the rationale behind the South African government’s suspension of further evacuation, but you do. You made our hearts, so you understand everything we do. You see both our good and bad motives and choices. We pray for the South African government to make the best possible choices for all foreigners feeling threatened in their nations right now—Nigerians and all others. Bless Air Peace’s efforts to safely bring Nigerians home. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Prayer of lament over violence against women in Brazil

Lord God Almighty, we are stunned to hear the findings released Tuesday by non-governmental organization Brazilian Forum of Public Security. We know you see and know of these horrors for women in Brazil, but we want to acknowledge them before you. We want to pause from our somewhat secure lives and lay these facts about Brazil before you:

·        Four girls under 13 are raped every hour.
·         Every two minutes police receive a report of violence against women.
·         Femicides -- when a woman is murdered for being a woman -- increased by 4% last year on the previous year.
·         In 88% of those cases, the perpetrator was the woman's partner or former partner.
·         Over 263,000 women suffered serious injuries at the hands of their partner.
·         The country saw the largest ever number of reported rapes, and almost 54% of the victims were girls under 13 years old.
·         Each year, thousands of cases are not properly investigated.
·         In 2017, 23 shelters for victims of domestic violence were closed in Brazil due to budget cuts.

We need your help. We need your intervention. We need a change of culture in Brazil. We need domestic violence to become unacceptable. We need the president to speak words that edify, rather than denigrate, women. Heavenly Father, despite all this ugliness, this sin, this suffering, we do still declare our trust in You. We humbly ask, please do a great work in Brazil on behalf of women and girls, that their suffering may be relieved. Work through women, men, leaders, regular citizens, organizations, the government, your church—through us! We praise you as the God Who Sees. In Jesus’ name, amen.