Friday, May 17, 2019

Prayer about French doctor charged with suspicious deaths
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Heavenly Father, today we pray for the mystery surrounding Dr. Frederic Pechier and his clinical work in the French eastern city of Besancon. It is quite disturbing to learn that investigators have found evidence linking Pechier to 24 out of 66 suspicious surgical incidents that have occurred at the clinic where he works. It is also distressing to learn that Pechier may have deliberately poisoned patients in order to heroically snatch them from the claws of death—and that nine patients have so far been determined to have died in the process. We pray for the truth to be clearly revealed in this situation so that Pechier’s guilt can be more firmly determined or so he can be exonerated. As this investigation unfolds, please provide clarity to investigators, conviction to those who need to come forward with more information, and comfort to those who grieve. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Prayer about cult-related deaths uncovered in Bavaria, Germany Photo credit: AFP

Lord God, today we pray about the deaths uncovered in Germany that appear to be the result of cult activities. It is so sad and disturbing to learn of the bodies of one man and four women being found, and to learn of their circumstances. We pray for the families of Torsten W, Kerstin E, Farina C, Gertrud C and the unnamed 19-year-old woman as they process not only their loved ones’ shocking deaths—some by cross-bow—but also how they got entangled in such unhealthy circumstances. We particularly pray for the family of the unnamed young woman, who has not yet officially learned of their daughter’s death. Prepare them for this blow, and have a network of support ready to surround them in their time of need. We pray that the truth about this group can be uncovered not for shock value but for the prevention of future similar tragedies. We also pray for the room maid who discovered three of the bodies to recover from her trauma. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Continued prayer against corruption in Romania

Heavenly Father, we continue to pray for the nation of Romania and its battle against corruption. We are thankful for the European Commission’s consistent efforts to expose and end the corruption currently festering within Romania’s judicial system. We pray that the warning letter sent to the Bucharest government last Friday would not fall on deaf ears, but that Romanian leaders will reverse measures that undermine the independence of its courts. Lord, we pray against Romania’s ruling Social Democrats’ efforts to protect corrupt politicians from legal action. May the truth come out about previous corruption, and may future corruption be prevented as much as possible. May the European Commission’s threats to keep Romania from becoming a member of the EU’s passport-free Schengen travel area and possibly limit the distribution of billions of euros in cohesion funds be the teeth needed to force government officials to act. As much as possible, please protect the ordinary citizens of Romania from the harm caused by greedy leaders. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Prayer against teen prostitution in Minnesota, USA
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Lord God Almighty, we are absolutely heartbroken to hear the stories of teen prostitution in the state of Minnesota, USA. We are stunned to hear that pimps in Las Vegas call Minnesota “the factory,” because at least one in 10 prostitutes picked up by police in Vegas is from Minnesota. Lord, we pray for the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as they seek to eradicate this scourge, feeling like they have few success stories and comparing the problem to a termite infestation. Grant them the conviction, courage and determination to persevere in their work. Give them keen insight and wisdom as they connect with people within the network, and as they seek creative, effective solutions to this massive, entrenched problem. We specifically pray for Special Agent Quinn-Robinson, detective Wendy Lehner and Minneapolis vice officer Matt Wente as they press on with their work. Protect them and grant them success. We pray for parents in Minnesota, that they would not deny this issue, nor convince themselves that their children are not at risk. May they effectively communicate and connect with their children, as proactive means of protecting them. We pray for the St. Paul recovery center Breaking Free--that this organization and others like it would help women of all ages escape from this abusive, destructive cycle. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Prayer celebrating journalists' release from prison in Myanmar  Photo by Ann Wang/EPA-EFE

Lord God, we celebrate the release of prize-winning journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Seo Oo from Yangon's Insein Prison. Having prayed for these journalists since December of 2017, we rejoice that they have finally been released from their unjust imprisonment by the government of Myanmar. We are so happy to see them looking well after their 511 days in prison. And we are delighted that they are ready to get back to work, sharing the truth of what is happening throughout the world. We continue to pray for the terrible situation for the Rohingya in Myanmar—the story these courageous reporters were attempting to tell. Please grant Wa Lone and Kyaw Seo Oo a successful transition back to “normal” life, and bring healing wherever it is needed. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Prayer surrounding trial of French telecom company Orange
AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Lord God, we pray for the French telecom company Orange, its former chief executive, and five other former Orange executives as they go on trial in Paris this week. Estimated at taking two months to complete, we know this will be a complicated and highly emotional legal process. Lord, these executives are accused of creating an "anxiety-inducing work environment" that drove 31 employees to suicide, with 19 workers successfully killing themselves. It is hard to imagine a workplace intentionally creating such stress, pressure and harassment. However, we also know the power of greed and sin, and that 19 people are dead. Lord God, we fervently pray for truth to come out throughout this trial—truth about the overall corporation, as well as each individual. May no individual who should be convicted avoid that, and may no individual who is innocent be unjustly punished. May this process be as efficient and honorable as possible. We also ask for protection, peace and strength for the grieving as they watch this process unfold and even, in some cases, participate. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Prayer surrounding the murder of Alan Culverwell at the hand of pirates

Heavenly Father, we pray for the family of Alan Culverwell as they grieve his death at the hand of pirates and move forward through the legal process surrounding his murder. Lord, we are thankful that three suspects have been apprehended and charged not only with Mr. Culverwell’s murder, but also with robbery, criminal association and mistreatment of a minor. We pray that the legal process will make very clear whether or not Leandro Herrera, Avelino Arosemena and the minor accompanying them are guilty of these terrible crimes. We pray that these men will repent and turn to you, and that they will apologize to the Culverwell family. We pray for Derryn Culverwell and her children to fully recover from both their physical and emotional injuries. Please raise up for them a loving, supportive network of people to help in the months and years of recovery that lie ahead. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Prayer about shooting at UNC Charlotte (USA)

Heavenly Father, today we pray for the UNC Charlotte community after Tuesday’s shooting on campus. We join the student body, the educators, and the families as they mourn the loss of two students, Riley Howell and Ellis “Reed” Parlier. We thank you for Riley’s bravery in confronting the shooter, Trystan Terrell, and for sacrificing his life to protect everyone else. We pray that you will be with the UNC Charlotte community as they process through their grief and move toward healing. Father, we are grateful for the first responders, for the increased security measures that schools have implemented, and for the targeted training they provide to educate people on how to respond in these situations. We are saddened by the increased gun violence in not only America’s schools but at places of worship, entertainment venues, and in the workplace. God, we pray for your protection and for your wisdom. Encourage our leaders to work together on solutions that will eradicate this violence. 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.