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 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  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 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.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Prayer to eradicate brutal police practices in Bangladesh

Heavenly Father, we are grateful for our law enforcement officials who work to bring peace and protection for all people. We respect their authority and we pray that you protect them as they encounter dangerous situations and risk their lives for the good of the many. However, we ask that you intervene in cases where some abuse their authority and act irresponsibly. Such is the case in Bangladesh where allegations of widespread police brutality have been uncovered by the United Nations. Lord, we pray for the work of the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture as they investigate these claims and work toward changing the culture in Bangladesh. We pray that the authorities in Bangladesh are cooperative and that moving forward they will prove to abide by their zero-tolerance policy on torture. Father, we recognize the importance of law enforcement and pray for success in diminishing crime. We pray that the police in Bangladesh are successful in their work while using methods that are effective yet humane. We praise you as our Creator and we pray that everyone will come to acknowledge the value of every human life. Lord, we have all fallen short and we lean on you heavily. Thank you for your unwavering faithfulness. 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 8, 2019

Prayer for Kyrgyzstan as forces attempt to bring in the former president
PC: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Lord God, we pray for Kyrgyzstan as the nation deals with the chaos surrounding the arrest of its former president. We are grieved and disgusted that at least one of the soldiers was killed, six taken hostage, and dozens wounded as these security officers attempted to simply do their job and arrest former President Almazbek Atambayev at his home Thursday. This terrible behavior does nothing to proclaim innocence as he faces charges now that his immunity has been revoked. We pray that Atambayev will fully cooperate with investigators. If he should be vindicated, let it be so. If he should face consequences for crimes, let that be so. We pray for new President Sooronbai Jeenbekov as he leads this nation. May he move Kyrgyzstan toward stability, peace and hope. Finally, we pray for the families of the soldiers who were killed in action, as well as for the wounded. Bring peace, support, and quality medical care as needed. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Prayer for missing Nora Anne Quoirin

Heavenly Father, please bless the efforts of Malaysian police and others who are searching for missing Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin. If there is anything Nora can be doing to survive or escape, please give her the opening, ability, ingenuity, resources and courage to do so. Bless her attempts. Lord, we cannot imagine the fear the parents of this learning-disabled, 15-year-old girl are facing. In the midst of their terrible situation, please grant them your peace that passes understanding. May they draw near to you to survive this ordeal; and please send loving, wise people to support and encourage them during this time. Lord, we pray for the canine units assisting with this investigation. We pray that conditions would suit their work and that they would be able to catch Nora’s scent. Lord, if this is actually a kidnapping and police are on the wrong track, please thwart the travels and efforts of the kidnappers on every side. We pray that someone would see them and recognize that Nora should not be with them. If there are any other missing factors in this mystery, may they come to light as soon as possible. Lord, we long for this daughter to be reunited with her family. Please bring this about. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Prayer for Old Home Week in Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Heavenly Father, we pray for Old Home Week, being held in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, August 3-10. We celebrate when small communities band together to strengthen relationships, honor their heritage, invest in civic affairs, and seek you together. We pray that this 40th triennial celebration will accomplish just those things. We take a moment to specifically lift up the community worship services happening at 4 and 6:45 PM EST on Sunday. May these services point the Greencastle-Antrim community and its guests directly to you, inspiring hearts and renewing faith. We also express gratitude for the many churches participating in the festivities throughout the week, asking your blessing on them as they welcome people into their circles of fellowship and celebration. We pray that the overall Old Home Week atmosphere would be wholesome and helpful, and that Greencastle-Antrim will be a better place as a result of this special time. We pray for selflessness, safety and hospitality to reign. Bless the seemingly countless people who are leading, serving, hosting and attending these events. May they build each other up and find strength in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Prayer as Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse releases results of Nottinghamshire area investigation

Lord God, we are both relieved and devastated as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse releases the results of its Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County investigation. We are relieved that the truth is finally coming out and that genuine, unguarded apologies have begun. We are devastated that the scope of abuse over decades in this area is "in terms of scale, the most shocking we have seen," according to the secretary to the inquiry. We condemn as evil the extensive, prolonged abuse that thrived within this deeply flawed system. We pray that everyone involved in looking the other way, coddling abusers and/or ignoring victims would genuinely repent and seek to make amends in any way possible. Heavenly Father, we pray for the survivors of this terrible sexual abuse, that they would continue to heal, and that the truth coming out would be a significant milestone in their recovery. We pray that current council leaders will soberly and thoroughly evaluate the existing foster care system to make sure children are now being protected within effective, attentive program. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Prayer about recent arrests of Christians in Eritrea

Almighty God, we pray for the 30 Eritrean Christians arrested for their faith in recent days. We specifically pray that you would sustain them as they are pressured to renounce their faith. May these believers triumph “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11). May government officials recognize and acknowledge their innocence and thus quickly release them from custody. We also express our concern for the 141 Christians, including 23 men, 104 women and 14 minors, who were recently arrested in Asmara's Mai Temenai area. We do not know yet who all has been released, but please continue to bring comfort and healing where needed. Lord, we pray for growth and understanding in Eritrea’s government-church relations. Soften the heart of the president, moving him toward you and toward the awareness that communities of faith add value to his nation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Prayer for missing toddler whose parents were found dead

Lord God, we join with those praying to find missing 2-year-old Aiden Salcido. With his parents both found dead earlier this week, the clock is ticking on finding this toddler. We are thankful for the information detectives have so far uncovered, which leads to the possibility that this family may have been camping or squatting somewhere. We pray for people all over the state of Montana, USA, and the surrounding region to keep their eyes attuned to any sign that might lead to discovering this potentially unattended toddler. Continue to grant investigators clear minds, hope and diligence as they persevere in this search. Sustain little Aiden in any way possible. May he find food, water, and shelter. Lead rescuers to him as soon as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Prayer for Anglo-Irish relations under Boris Johnson

Lord God, today we pray about Boris Johnson’s impending appointment as British prime minister. We know he faces many major concerns, but today we take a moment to specifically pray about how he will handle Anglo-Irish relations. With elected officials such as Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin sharing their doubts about Mr. Johnson’s awareness of Irish issues, we pray proactively that these leaders will be able to communicate well and develop a quick understanding of each other. We do pray that Mr. Johnson and his cabinet ministers will gain (or already have) keen insight into how to best handle the Good Friday Agreement and the devolved Stormont Assembly. Lord, we know you are intimately acquainted with the sometimes-tumultuous and violent Anglo-Irish history. May the words and the acts of the wise bring healing. May Mr. Johnson lead the nation into a very constructive season. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Prayer about traveling-related incidents in British Columbia  PC: Dease Lake RCMP

Heavenly Father, your Word tells us that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without you knowing it. That assures us that you know the exact locations of missing 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky. That also assures us that you saw what happened to Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler when they were murdered last week. With both of these incidents happening in a place that normally feels secure for travelers, Canadians long for answers. So do the loved ones of Chynna and Lucas. Lord, please bring the truth to light. Please reveal Kam and Bryer’s whereabouts as quickly as possible. Please confirm who killed Chynna and Lucas—as well as why. We also would like to know the identity of the body found near Kam and Bryer’s truck, so the loved ones of that man may have closure, and so any link to the missing young men may be confirmed or eliminated. We know you love these young people even more than sparrows, so, again, we ask for truth to come to light. Finally, we pray that travelers will exercise common-sense caution and that British Columbia will not be negatively affected by these sad situations. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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.