Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday prayer


Jesus, today the skies are gray in our hearts as we consider the sacrifice you made. If we take even a moment to ponder your horrific death at our hands, we must acknowledge the wickedness of our hearts and flesh. Yet you submitted to our demands. You received the punishment intended for us. You experienced your first-ever separation from your Heavenly Father. And you died. We thank you with all our hearts. We thank you by offering our lives to your service in response. And we say on this "Good" Friday that you are the One who is good. You are the One who let your goodness overflow into our lives, paying for our sins, changing our hearts. And we say with resounding jubilation that we celebrate the victory that is to come! Your death took the bite out of sin, the power from the enemy. Now we can all have HOPE! Thank you for the cross. Amen.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Prayer as Notre Dame burns

https://www.foxnews.com/world/notre-dame-fire-cardinal-dolan-cathedral-rise-again

Heavenly Father, as we watch Notre Dame burn, we agree with Cardinal Timothy Dolan that, “This Holy Week teaches us that, like Jesus, death brings life. Today's dying, we trust, will bring rising.” We are so grieved by this loss to the Catholic church, to France, to history and culture, to the world. That is why we celebrate the words of Christ-followers like Cardinal Dolan, who direct us to the victory found in Jesus, which is highlighted this Easter week. We do pray for safety for all those involved with fighting this fire and then repairing the glorious cathedral. We pray for wisdom for those who lead the efforts. We pray for funding for restoration. And, Lord, we pray most of all that this place will continue to point people to you for centuries to come. And, as Cardinal Dolan pointed out, may we focus on Jesus this week: his death, his sacrifice for us, his resurrection. Rather than the fire bringing only dismay, we trust you will bring rising from this death by drawing more people’s attention to what Notre Dame stands for and the power of Holy Week. In Jesus’ victorious name we pray, amen.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Praise for sex trafficking sting operation in Minnesota

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/minnesota-child-sex-sting-results-in-58-arrests-state-says/ar-BBVOdtL?li=BBnbfcL
Heavenly Father, we praise you for the successful sting operation at the Final Four tournament in Minneapolis that brought freedom to 28 sex trafficking victims. Thank you for the members of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension who executed the operation and for providing a venue that was conducive to carrying it out. Father, we can only imagine what these victims’ lives have been like while in captivity. We pray that you provide them with the full support they need to process through and overcome this difficult situation. For the 58 people who were arrested, we are grateful that they have been detained and are no longer in a position to cause harm. Convict them of their sin, soften their hearts, and draw them to you as they seek redemption for their wrongdoing. Father, we pray for the BCA and local community organizations across the country who are committed to tackling this crisis. We ask that you provide them with the necessary resources and insight to continue pursuing this cause. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Prayer about violence against Rohingya people in Myanmar

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/04/09/UN-fears-as-many-as-30-Rohingya-killed-in-Myanmar-assault/4831554811215/
Heavenly Father, today we pray for the Rohingya people. Last week an estimated 30 Rohingya bamboo workers were killed during an aerial assault by the Myanmar military. This latest attack is just part of a growing conflict in western Myanmar. Over the past few years, nearly a quarter million Rohingya have been displaced from their homes and villages and thousands more have died. Father, this is a people that desperately needs you to intervene on their behalf. They are without a land to call their own, fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh or living along the border. We pray that this violence will end. We pray that the Rohingya people can return to their land and live in peace. We pray that you sustain them and provide for them during this time of crisis. We lift them up in Jesus' name, amen.

Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Prayer about church fires in Louisiana

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/05/3-black-churches-10-days-burned-louisianas-st-landry-parish/3384344002/
Father God, today we pray for the recent string of fires in Louisiana that have either destroyed or significantly damaged three Baptist churches within St. Landry Parish. We are grateful that these churches were vacant at the time and therefore there weren’t any casualties. We pray that as the FBI and ATF continue their investigation that the cause becomes clear very quickly, and should this be a case of arson, that the people responsible are found and stopped from any further attempts. We pray for the congregations of each of these churches, that you give them hope, guard their hearts from fear, and help them to feel safe in you. We pray for the pastors as they continue to lead and as they make decisions about rebuilding and securing their buildings going forward. Lord, as these are predominantly black churches that were affected, we pray that these fires were not based on race. We wholeheartedly pray against racism. Father, we love you and we seek your guidance in all things. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:



Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Prayer for Ugandan man and American woman held by kidnappers

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uganda-usa-kidnapping/american-kidnapped-on-ugandan-safari-500000-ransom-demanded-idUSKCN1RF1LU

Heavenly Father, we pray for American Kimberley Sue Endecott and Ugandan Jean Paul, who are currently being held by gunmen demanding a ransom for their return. Please protect them from violent harm and give them the peace that transcends understanding. Work through them to calm and convict the kidnappers. We pray for the joint American and Ugandan security teams, who have cut off all exit areas on the border between Uganda and the DRC. May they find and safely extricate the victims. We pray against the gunmen harming or capturing anyone else in their desperation. We also pray for the elderly couple that was robbed but left behind in the same incident. We are thankful they were not captured, and we pray for their emotional healing from this trauma. Again, Lord, we pray for Kimberley Endecott and Jean Paul to be freed without violence. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Monday, April 1, 2019

Praise for China's curbing of fentanyl production

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/04/01/China-moves-to-fight-fentanyl-shipments-after-US-request/3251554137713/ and https://www.globalhealthnow.org/2018-12/2018s-biggest-global-health-issues

Lord God, today we rejoice in the Chinese government’s decision to curb the manufacture and export of synthetic forms of the opioid fentanyl, as well as to ban the altering of the drug's chemical structure to circumnavigate the law. We are thankful that all forms of fentanyl will be considered controlled substances within China as of May 1. We do pray China will have great success in limiting the production and exportation of this dangerous, highly addictive substance. Lord, we know America’s opioid crisis breaks your heart. With overdose deaths topping 70,000 in 2017--the most in a single year in US history, we fervently pray for effective measures in curbing this plague among Americans and within other nations that struggle. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.