Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Prayer about deadly train station fire in Cairo PC: EPA

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

Monday, February 25, 2019

Prayer following historic summit on clergy sexual abuse

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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Thanksgiving for eight miners rescued in Zimbabwe

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Praise for successful crime sweep in Brazil

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

Prayer about polar bear invasion of Novaya Zemlya, Russia

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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

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

Monday, February 4, 2019

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

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Prayer about February Gospel outreaches to Venezuelans

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

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Prayer about mysterious illness striking Canadian diplomats in Cuba

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