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

https://time.com/5712746/japan-sex-trafficking-prostitution/ 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'

https://www.ft.com/content/423bdfb2-f6a9-11e9-a79c-bc9acae3b654 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

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/09/12/753703876/rape-emergency-declared-in-sierra-leone-then-lifted-did-anything-change  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.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Praise for community bringing in harvest of cancer-stricken farmer


Lord, it is so good to hear good news! In fact, this feeling caused by heartwarming stories should remind us to share the ultimate Good News with others. However, at this moment, we thank you for the good deed done this summer in Ritzville, Washington, USA. We affirm Larry Yockey’s neighbors, who banded together to bring in Yockey’s harvest when Yockey’s stage 4 cancer prevented him from doing so. We celebrate the local fire department and mechanics who volunteered their time, and the other community members who brought food and drinks for the workers. What a beautiful picture of community and of your provision—when a harvest that would normally take three weeks takes only eight hours! Heavenly Father, please bless those who served in this way. May they also receive generosity and kindness when their needs overwhelm them. And may the spirit of goodwill continue in Ritzville. Lord, we also pray for Yockey as he fights the cancer. Give him strength, courage, encouragement and wisdom as he moves forward in this battle. Grant him timely access to excellent medical care, and give his doctors keen insight as they seek the best forms of treatment for Yockey. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Prayer about the martyrdom of Angus Abraham Fung

https://www.mnnonline.org/news/fulani-kill-bible-translator-in-cameroon/ PC:Efi Tembon via Facebook

Lord, we have been praying about Fulani herdsmen and their attacks on Christians. We have been praying about the Anglophone-Francophone conflict in Cameroon. Today we pray for one family that was forever changed by these conflicts: the family of Angus Abraham Fung. Lord God, we are absolutely heartbroken that Fulani herdsmen broke into the Fung home and hacked this Bible translator to death, as well as hacking off his wife’s arm before she managed to escape. We are deeply grateful that Fung’s wife, Eveline, survived this terrible attack. We now pray for the healing she will need on so many levels: physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, financially. Lord, please draw near to Eveline, and send your people to rally around her. We pray that the perpetrators will be caught, and that the truth will come out about this attack. We pray for people in positions of influence to make progress in these ongoing issues of the Fulani attacks and the Anglophone-Francophone conflicts. May the Cameroonian government and other governments that are involved press for truth, justice, and reconciliation. May they make sure Eveline is taken care of. Lord, as we think of Fung, we think of Revelation 12:11: “They triumphed over (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” May Fung’s testimony and sacrifice reach many. May Eveline continue the good work of sharing you with others in whatever way is best for her new circumstances. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Prayer for the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/09/04/Dorian-cuts-power-to-Bahamas-several-dead-62K-without-clean-water/7211567511253/?sl=7  Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo

Almighty God, we continue to pray for the Bahamas as its people focus on search, rescue and recovery after having been devastated by Hurricane Dorian. It’s hard to know where to even begin praying, but we find comfort in knowing that the very hairs of our heads are all numbered (Luke 12:7), and that you know the name of each and every star (Isaiah 40:26). With this in mind, we know you see both the big and small needs in the Bahamas. So, Lord, we begin by praying for those in imminent danger. Even this moment as we pray, please direct rescuers and resources toward the imperiled. Give those who are in danger the courage to hang on until help arrives. Draw their hearts toward you, so they may receive your peace, hope and strength. Give rescuers continued vigor, resourcefulness, wisdom, courage and protection, so they may continue with their lifesaving work. Lord, we pray for the tens of thousands of Bahamians without fresh water. Please provide for them so they may stay hydrated. May people look out for each other. We pray against desperation driving people toward greed, harm or foolishness. We pray for those without power, particularly those with acute medical needs. Please grant creativity, determination and grace to people as they figure out how to meet their needs and the needs of those around them while operating without power. We pray for the power companies as they seek to address this great need under crisis conditions. We pray your blessing on the efforts of the City of Miami, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse and Bahamas Red Cross as they lead donation drives for relief efforts in the Bahamas. May people not only give generously, but also be willing to help with the work when the time and circumstances are right. Lord God, there is so much more to pray about. Please continue to bring the Bahamas to our minds in coming days, weeks and months so we will continue to pray. In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Prayer about pregnant woman beaten in India

Heavenly Father, today we pray over the senseless beating of a young woman in Harsh Vihar, India, who is not only pregnant but is also deaf and mute. While the footage is disturbing to watch, we do thank you that the incident was captured on video so that the victim’s family could seek help from police. We are thankful that police were able to identify and detain suspects in the attack. Lord, we thank you that this young woman is in stable condition and we pray that you will continue to watch over her and her unborn child. May they both remain safe and in good health. We pray that the young woman feels valued and loved by you and that she is treated with dignity from this point forward. Father, we ask that the false kidnapping rumors that incited this and other similar incidents will cease. We pray that people do not blindly follow bad leadership but are instead able to use discernment and good judgment. You are the source of all wisdom and we are grateful that you share it freely with those who seek 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, August 30, 2019

Prayer about deadly attack at a bar in Mexico

Heavenly Father, we are saddened by the violent attack at White Horse bar in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, that killed 25 people and severely injured a dozen more. We join the families in grieving the loss of loved ones. We ask that you comfort them and give them peace as they await the outcome of this investigation. Father, we pray for the culture to change in Coatzacoalcos and the surrounding region. We pray against the criminal activity of gangs. We pray that you soften the hearts of gang members and draw them to you. Guide them to authentic community in your church and transform their lives by your grace. Lord, we pray against police corruption and any chance that it may threaten this investigation. We pray that the officers involved in this case are trustworthy and persistent in pursuing the attackers until they are brought to justice. Father, we look forward to the day when we are united with you and free from the pain of this world. Until then we ask that you strengthen us and encourage us as we help one another. We praise you for your goodness and mercy. 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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Prayer for baby born to brain-dead mother in Czechia


Heavenly Father, we celebrate the safe arrival of the baby born to her brain-dead mother in the Czech city of Brno. How tragic that this baby’s mother had a brain hemorrhage early in her pregnancy! We are thankful the mother was able to get medical attention quickly enough that she could be put on life support long enough for the baby to develop. We celebrate the good work of the University Hospital that sustained the mother’s life and delivered her daughter! Now, Lord, we pray for this baby--born prematurely--to continue to develop well. We pray for her father, that he would have all the strength, grace, resources and support needed as he raises this girl alone—all while grieving the loss of his wife. As described in Deuteronomy, Lord, be the eagle that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, bearing its young on its pinions. Care for this father and daughter in ways that they will sense every day. May father and daughter both thrive. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Prayer about high school burned in Dunfermline, Scotland

PC: DC Thomson

Lord, we pray for Woodmill High School in Dunfermline, Scotland, which was gutted by arson Sunday night. First, we give thanks that none of the 80 firefighters on the scene were injured, and that these brave emergency responders were able to largely meet their goal of containing the fire to one portion of the building. Now we think of the 14-year-old who was brought into custody for starting this terrible fire. Please be with him, Lord. Somehow draw him close to you in the midst of this chaos. Surround him with the right people. We pray for Tuesday’s legal proceedings to be fair and effective, so this teen can get the help he needs, and so the community can move forward in recovering from this incident. Lord God, we pray for the school administrators as they solve the problem of temporarily relocating 1400 pupils and staff in a district where most schools are already operating beyond capacity. Grant them great resourcefulness, creativity, and perseverance as they work to solve this problem, while also helping the student body process this event. We pray for the teachers and other staff members who lost valuable supplies in this fire. Give them the courage to press on and start again. We pray for the investigators of this arson attack. May they uncover all that needs to be uncovered. We pray for the families in the school's vicinity who are operating without water. May this vital resource be quickly restored, and may this time of going without be very eye-opening about how much we should treasure our access to water. Finally, Lord, we pray for the family of the young man who acted out in such a destructive way. Give them divine wisdom as they figure out how to best help their son/brother/loved one. Comfort and guide them. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Prayer for Indonesian child jockeys

PC: Adam Dean for The New York Times

Heavenly Father, please watch over the child jockeys in the city of Bima on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa. For people outside of this culture, it is shocking to learn of 5- to 10-year-olds participating in professional horseracing. We are saddened to learn of the injuries, missed school, and deception many of these young boys deal with on a regular basis. We are dismayed that poverty would compel families to risk their children for such seemingly small amounts of money. We pray about the debate over this practice, with child advocacy groups insisting this practice must stop, while others, such as Retno Listyarti, a commissioner at the Indonesian Child Protection Commission, claim this practice is not child exploitation, because the children enjoy what they do. Please bring truth to light to all involved. Lord, we know children are a heritage from you. Please enable these Biman families to raise their children however is best, and help them find healthy means of provision. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Prayer surrounding Google's shutdown of Chinese government YouTube channels

photo credit: DADO RUVIC/REUTERS

Heavenly Father, today we bring before you the responsibilities and complications that are part of Google’s existence. We are thankful that Google is growing ever-diligent in making sure its users are not creating harm through its platforms. We also know that shutting down users and blocking content are gray areas. We pray for wisdom for those who make these decisions at Google, as well as for other massive social media influencers. Today we are thankful that Google was able to prevent the Chinese government from spreading propaganda about the Hong King protests through YouTube. We are also thankful Google is taking action to protect users in Kazakhstan, where the government made attempts to spy on every citizen through a required a government-issued certificate. We are thankful for these positive steps taken, but always wary about privacy, censorship and the other significant issues associated with social media usage. Grant wisdom to us as individuals and to those who exert influence through social media companies. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Prayer about bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49406032 Photo: EPA

Lord, today we are thankful for the resolution of a bus hijacking in in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. After three hours of terror at the hands of their armed captor, we are thankful that all commuters on this bus have been released and that none are physically injured. But, Lord, we know that there is healing that needs to happen. We pray for the dozens of passengers who now have to process this experience and move on with their lives. We pray that their loved ones and coworkers will be understanding, patient, and helpful. We pray that those who need to do so will find professional assistance to guide them through the recovery process. We pray that all of these individuals will eventually be able to make use of public transportation and trust military officers again (after the hostage-taker pretended to be one). We pray that they will quickly return to work and normal activities. Lord, we are thankful for the Rio military police who quickly remedied the situation. We are thankful for the skills of the sniper who “neutralized” the situation. We pray for this officer to also recover if needed. We pray for those who investigate this situation to discern what drove this man to such violent behavior, and we pray for the family of the hostage-taker to find peace and healing as they try to understand and move forward from what happened. Please send extra grace and peace to the city of Rio de Janeiro today. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Prayer about sexual misconduct by former music producer in Mexico

Father, today we pray for Luis Armando Campos, a young singer who was sexually abused and trafficked for four years by his former music producer and mentor, Mario Enrique Miranda Palacios. We are saddened by the deception that led Luis into a harmful situation. We thank you that Luis had the courage to leave and to confide in a fellow singer who influenced him to come forward. We thank you for the organization, United vs Human Trafficking, for offering counseling and legal services for Luis. Lord, we pray for all victims of sexual abuse and trafficking. We pray that those still in dangerous situations are able to escape and get the help they need from trustworthy sources. We ask for healing for those who are now free yet still carry the emotional weight of their former situations. Lord, we desire to see mentoring relationships grow between adults and teenagers. We know that there are great benefits that come from healthy partnerships. We pray that you will protect our youth and give them discernment in knowing where they can place their trust. We praise you, Lord, that even in our sin you desire to have a relationship with us. We have confidence in knowing that you will not abandon us. You are our protector and the source of all hope. 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, August 15, 2019

Prayer about murder of Natalie Crichlow in Barbados

Father, we are at a loss for words as we read about the horrific details surrounding the death of Natalie Crichlow. We mourn for the sin in our world and the acts of hatred that bring such devastation and hurt. Lord, we pray that Natalie is with you and that her suffering is no more. We pray for her three children as they are left to deal with their shock and their grief and a future without their mother. Please be with them in their pain. Wrap your arms around them and give them the strength and peace that only you can provide. Father, we pray for the assailant who is still at large. May this person be found and brought to justice for what they have done. In doing so, Lord, we do pray that they seek your forgiveness and accept you as their Savior. We ask that you provide direction to the police in Barbados who are handling this investigation. We pray that they quickly identify and reprimand the attacker. Father, we seek you in all things and pray that you will sustain us every day. We love you and we pray 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.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Praise for advances in treating Ebola virus

Heavenly Father, today we are once again reminded that you are our living hope. We are overjoyed by the success of two Ebola treatments that may bring us one step closer to a cure. We thank you for the scientists at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and the National Institute of Health who have been working diligently to develop these drugs. Continue to impart your wisdom on them as they fulfill your good work. Father, we pray for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that has been deeply impacted by this virus. Encourage those in need of medical attention to seek it. We pray for every infected person to be cured and for the disease to be eradicated worldwide. We pray that you remove any barriers that would prevent health care workers from reaching those who need this medication. We thank you for their willingness to go where needed and we ask that you protect them from violence as they enter areas of conflict. Lord, we praise you as you reveal your glory to us, and we pray in faith knowing that you are good. 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.