Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Prayer for post-landslide rescue operation happening in Gjerdrum, Norway

Lord God, we pray for the rescue operation happening after the huge landslide in Gjerdrum, Norway. First and foremost, we pray for the missing to be found. If they are away on holiday, prompt them to call the authorities to inform them of their whereabouts. If they are trapped in the debris, sustain them with courage and hope, and grant them the resourcefulness to lead rescuers to their location. Please protect the rescuers as they search. Lord, we also pray for the injured. Grant them quick and full recovery. We know many people are afraid right now. Please bring the peace that passes understanding. We pray for those who have lost homes and businesses. May loved ones provide them secure accommodations and encouragement as they process this loss and eventually look toward what lies ahead. Lord, please do a great work in Gjerdum in coming days, weeks and months. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Prayer about Honduran activist Felix Vasquez's murder

Lord, we are distraught about the brutal killing of human rights and environmental activist Felix Vasquez before his family’s eyes. We pray that Honduran authorities will have great success and diligence in their investigation, so the killers will be found and brought to justice. Lord, we pray about the questions raised by the Coalition against Impunity—questions about whether the government neglected Vasquez’s previously shared concerns about being persecuted over his activism. If corruption is involved in this scenario, please bring it to light. We also lay before you our concerns about how dangerous Honduras is for activists—listed as among the world’s most dangerous places for activism. We pray for courage and protection over those who stand up against injustice and mistreatment. Above all, Heavenly Father, we pray for supernatural comfort and healing for Vasquez’s family members, who witnessed this horrific act. Please bring them deep peace as they process this tragedy and deal with the terrible imagery of their loved one’s murder. May justice come as part of their healing journey. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Prayer for missing climbers and sailors in Iran PC: Reuters file photo

Lord God, we lay before you our concerns over those missing in Iran: up to 12 climbers and seven maritime crew members. With all of these people going missing on Christmas Day due to storms and wind, we are greatly concerned about their safety. We know that you look out from your dwelling place on all the inhabitants of the earth (Psalm 33:14). You see these missing men and women. We pray that survivors will be rescued as quickly as possible. Sustain them until help arrives. We pray for those whose souls have already passed from this earth to also be found, in order to bring closure for their loved ones. We appeal for your protection over rescuers, as they risk their own safety in the search for others. Finally, Lord, we request comfort for those who grieve. We entreat you for mercy in this situation. Amen.



Saturday, December 19, 2020

Prayer for conjoined twins in Yemen who need international intervention to survive PC: Reuters

Heavenly Father, we pray for the conjoined twins in Sanaa, Yemen, who need medical intervention from outside their war-torn country in order to survive. We are thankful for the care they have received so far in the al-Sabeen maternity hospital, including the discovery that they have separate, functional hearts. We pray that they can quickly be transferred to a hospital with the equipment needed to examine their other organs and assess surgical options. If the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre is the best fit for them, may their intention to help the twins be quickly translated into effective action. If others should be involved, compel them to come forward quickly. We pray for the parents of these twins as they await miraculous intervention. Give them peace and hope. Thank you for watching over these twins, Lord God. We humbly pray for the best possible outcome for these children. Amen.   

Friday, December 18, 2020

Prayer for boys rescued from kidnappers in Nigeria

Lord God, we pray for the hundreds of Nigerian school boys who were rescued from kidnappers in northwest Nigeria and arrived back home Friday. After experiencing severe beatings, hunger and dehydration all week, we pray they will get the medical, emotional and spiritual help they need as quickly as possible. We also pray for prompt reunions with family members. Lord God, it sounds like not all of them have been rescued. We pray that the final boys will be saved as quickly as possible. We even pray for kidnappers to willingly release them. Lord, we pray that the truth will come out about who is behind this kidnapping and that justice will be served. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Pray for Honduras as the nation recovers from back-to-back hurricanes  PC:Jose Cabezas/Reuters

Merciful Heavenly Father, we pray for your help and hope in Honduras, which is still recovering from being slammed by two back-to-back hurricanes. With the storms having destroyed bridges, roads, schools and health clinics, and with families losing their homes, farms and businesses to floodwaters, the impact is staggering. Multiplying the concern is Covid-19 making it harder for emergency relief teams to get to their destinations, as well as the spread of Covid-19 in shelters. Lord, we pray for a beautiful confirmation of Honduran President Juan Orlando’s declaration, “You are not alone.” We pray that people would band together nationwide to recover together, and that the world would come to Honduras’ aid however possible. We pray that people would sense your presence as they navigate this time of tribulation. During this Christmas season, may people witness Christmas miracles of kindness, generosity, healing and hope. May celebrations in shelters be unique in their own way, creating positive memories to last a lifetime. We pray that Honduras will recover from this massive setback as quickly as possible, and with the knowledge that they are not alone. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Monday, December 7, 2020

Prayer about helicopter crash in NSW, Australia

Heavenly Father, we ask for your deepest, richest comfort to surround the loved ones of the two men who died in a helicopter crash Wednesday in New South Wales, Australia. May the families and friends of instructor Nicholas Brink and learner pilot Andrew Goldman find hope in you during this dark hour. Lord, as of now, only you know what caused this helicopter to crash in bushland with a highly experienced instructor in charge. We pray for anyone who may have seen the aircraft in any phase of its flight, or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage, to make contact with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as soon as possible. We pray for the investigation being conducted by the ATSB and the NSW Police Force, that it will uncover what it needs to uncover so that everyone involved can have a greater sense of closure and so similar accidents are less likely to happen in the future. Lord God, we declare our trust in you, we pour out our hearts before you, knowing that—even in our darkest hours—you are our refuge (Psalm 62:8). In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.



Friday, December 4, 2020

Praise for rescue of 30 captives in Houston, Texas  PC: Mark Mulligan

Lord God, we celebrate that 30 people were rescued from captivity in a Houston, Texas, home. We are thankful this human trafficking operation has been brought to light, and that the 30 rescued people now have their temporary needs met and are cooperating with authorities in order to find out what happened. We rejoice that one man was able to bravely escape and yell for help in the surrounding neighborhood, and that neighbors responded and provided immediate assistance. We do pray that the authorities will uncover what needs to be uncovered, apprehend those who need to face justice, and have wisdom in what to do with the captives. Lord, if home is best, may the newly freed be safely returned home. If they need new homes, may those quickly and safely be found for them. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Thursday, December 3, 2020

Prayer for Swedish man locked by his mother in apartment for 28 years  
(Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP)

Heavenly Father, we are sickened and saddened to learn of the man who was locked by his over-protective mother in a Stockholm apartment for 28 years. First, Lord, we are thankful a relative went to check on the apartment when learning the mother was hospitalized. We pray your blessing on this relative, and that she would recover from the ordeal of finding this unexpected relative in deplorable conditions. Next, Lord, we pray for the 41-year-old man, that he would get the medical, psychological, spiritual and every other kind of help he needs to move toward as healthy a life as possible. Lord, we also pray for the mother. We know deep grief over the loss of another child contributed to this tragedy. May this Swedish mother get the help she needs, and may she face justice as appropriate. Finally, Lord, we pray for authorities as they investigate, handle and recover from this situation. Bless their efforts; grant them peace and wisdom. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Prayer about COVID-related riot at Sri Lanka's Mahara prison

Lord God, we pray about Sri Lanka’s COVID-related prison riots, particularly the one that happened Sunday and Monday at Mahara prison. Heavenly Father, we understand the prisoners’ frustration with increasing Covid-19 cases in their crowded conditions, and with more infected prisoners being transferred there. We understand the frustration of officials as they try to solve one very difficult problem on top of another, on top of yet another. But, Lord, we grieve that this situation has become violent and that at least eight prisoners were killed and 50 injured during the rioting. We pray for the many prisoners in critical condition at Ragama Hospital, that they would receive excellent care, that a loved one can visit each one, and that they will recover. We pray for the prison to regain order and to quickly and effectively address the multiple issues in play within this conflict. May both prisoners and those in authority choose wisdom. We pray, Lord, that your peace would descend upon that place. We also ask for your peace upon those who grieve. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Prayer on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Lord God, on this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we particularly pray about the domestic violence that has increased during the pandemic. With shelters around the world at capacity and helplines in some places seeing a five-fold rise in calls, we are very concerned. It’s shocking to hear that so far in 2020 30 women have been murdered in Portugal--half of them victims of domestic violence, and that, statistically, a woman in Germany is attacked by her current or former partner every 45 minutes. Lord, please continue to bring awareness to these issues. Motivate people of influence to act. We pray that Portugal’s video campaign called #ISurvived will effectively get out the word about resources available for those caught in domestic violence. We pray that other nations and communities will come up with creative ways to help those in need. Most of all, we pray for those in unsafe environments. Be with them. Give them courage. Help them to escape or find needed assistance. May those who endanger admit their problems and also seek help. In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.



Saturday, November 21, 2020

Prayer celebrating rescue of 7-year-old Russian boy

Lord God, today we celebrate the rescue of a seven-year-old boy by Russian special forces. With thousands of people having searched for this child, who has been missing since September, it is awesome that he was found, saved, and returned to his family. We are thankful that multiple countries and Interpol worked together to rescue this Russian child from a suspected pedophile. Lord, we pray now for his and his family’s full recovery from the trauma they have endured. Please work through the psychologists who have been sent to provide support, and please help this family find healing in you. And, Lord, we pray for the other kidnapped children in Russia and beyond. Meet with them wherever they are. Comfort them. Compel their captors to release them. Lead people to find them. Almighty God, we want as many of these children as possible to return home. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Prayer about escalating migrant situation in Bosnia PC: Elvis Barukcic/AFP via Getty Images

Lord God, we pray for the migrant situation escalating in Bosnia as winter approaches. We know you see the thousands of migrants sleeping in parks, forests and empty buildings, trying to survive the approaching winter weather. You also know the fears of locals, especially after a local man was recently stabbed to death. We pray for the government as it navigates an unfolding crisis that involves thousands of human lives. May they assess the situation accurately, well, and compassionately for all parties involved. Grant leaders great wisdom as they discern solutions to the problem of housing those passing through and waylaid in their country. We ask blessing on those organizations and individuals who are helping those in need. May your children bring true hope as they bring needed help. We also pray for the European Commission as it examines border operations. May they do their job with excellence, justice and mercy, bringing inappropriate situations to light and promptly implementing helpful measures. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Prayer about baby black market in Kenya

Heavenly Father, we are immeasurably grateful that BBC Africa Eye exposed Kenya’s baby black market and motivated change! We are thankful that the government has begun an investigation with the intent of bringing the full force of the law against both buyers and sellers of black-market babies. Lord God, it’s hard to imagine that a hospital, which we should consider a place of help and safety, might employ people who are secretly selling babies. We pray that these illegal operations will come to light and be stopped. We pray that the vulnerable mothers who are being targeted will find needed help, support and protection. We pray, Heavenly Father, that babies will be returned to rightful parents wherever possible. Finally, we pray that improvement will happen within Kenya's child protection services as needed. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.



Thursday, November 12, 2020

Prayer about helicopter crash that killed eight peacekeepers

Heavenly Father, please be with those who grieve the loss of the eight peacekeepers who died in a helicopter crash in the Egyptian Sinai. We are grieved that a mechanical problem turned their routine mission into the end of their time on earth. We pray for the loved ones of the six Americans, one French national and one Czech national who died on this mission. May their familial and social circles rally around them to comfort and support them during this dark time. Lord, we pray for the one American who survived and is receiving medical care in Israel. We pray for the best medical treatment possible and a quick recovery not only from physical injury, but from the trauma of being the only survivor. We pray investigators will quickly discern the source of the problem and that this will not happen again. We pray for fellow servicemen and women to find reassurance in each other and primarily in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Prayer for the Seoul Digital Foundation’s efforts to instruct South Korean seniors in technology usage PC: Thomas Maresca/UPI

Heavenly Father, today we pray about the Seoul Digital Foundation’s efforts to instruct South Korean seniors in technology usage. Lord, with South Korea on the cutting edge of digital connectedness, we know elders are at risk of falling behind and losing significant contact, especially as the global pandemic has made technology even more essential to daily functioning. We are thankful the Seoul Digital Foundation’s programs are so far proving effective and even pleasant for those who take the lessons from friendly robots like Liku, as well as custom touchscreen educational kiosks. We pray that the programs will be available to those who most need them and that they will be tweaked and improved as appropriate. Lord, we always have concerns with technology as well, and you in your infinite wisdom know more than we can even imagine about these potential issues. Please bring legitimate concerns to light, that they may be addressed. And, Lord, we pray that no one will believe the lie that robots are enough. May human beings look out for the senior adults in their lives, making sure they are receiving the human interaction they need to thrive and have their needs met. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Monday, November 9, 2020

Prayer against terrorism in Mozambique after latest atrocities  PC: AFP

Lord God, we pray against the Islamist militancy in Mozambique as we grieve their latest atrocities. To hear of 50 people beheaded and chopped to pieces on a local football pitch is disgusting. To know they also destroyed homes, raided the town, and took women captive reveals the level of their depravity. Lord, please thwart their efforts on every side. Create internal dissension so they are unable to execute their plans. Provide the captive women opportunities to escape. Grant the government of Mozambique great wisdom in finding their hiding places and capturing these criminals. Motivate other nations to help train Mozambique’s military and law enforcement to handle this type of terrorism, if that would help. Lord, we also specifically pray against the group’s exploitation of poverty in recruiting vulnerable young people who see this group as a viable option. May potential recruits see this entity clearly for what it is: a terrorist group bent on destruction and death. And, Lord, we pray for the grieving and the terrified. Grant them the peace that passes understanding. May they find hope in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Thursday, November 5, 2020

Prayer about Hurricane Eta damage in Nicaragua and Honduras PC: Orlando Sierra/AFP via Getty Images

LORD, we know you are enthroned over the flood; you sit enthroned as king forever. Lord, please give strength to your people in Honduras and Nicaragua! Please bless your people with peace! [See Psalm 29:10-11.] With life-threatening flash floods, tens of thousands of families losing their homes, and whole cities without power, this part of the world is in dire straits as they deal with Hurricane Eta. Lord, we pray about the evacuation of more than 600 inmates in El Progreso, that these prisoners would be treated humanely and that their behavior would be above reproach during this emergency. We pray about the immediate need of getting food and water to northeastern Nicaragua's remote communities, many of which may now be cut off by floodwaters. We pray against disease from the floodwaters and against any further deaths from landslides or flash flooding. And we pray that Nicaragua and Honduras will be able to rebuild even better roads, homes, and buildings to replace those that were damaged or washed away. Lord, please reveal yourself amid these difficult circumstances. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Prayer after earthquake in Turkey PC: Turkish Gendarmerie via AP

Almighty God, we continue to pray for Turkey as they conclude rescue efforts from Friday’s massive earthquake and change to cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Even with Turkey’s earthquake-riddled history, the sadness is very raw and real. We grieve the 116 who died in this frightening way. Please make your presence real to those who mourn. We pray for the 1,035 injured, particularly the 137 still being treated. Please direct them to the best possible medical care, and grant them an efficient recovery. We pray for the massive recovery efforts, asking extra grace and resources for those who lost homes and livelihoods. We pray for generous hearts from neighbor to neighbor, citizen to citizen, and nation to nation. And, Lord, we take a moment to celebrate the dramatic rescues that occurred in the days following the quake, with 106 people pulled alive from the rubble, including a young girl four days later. Heal their hearts, minds and bodies. May they live their lives in meaningful, hopeful ways after being saved from the jaws of death. Amen.  

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Prayer for couple on trial for their Christian faith in Somaliland

Heavenly Father, we pray for the unnamed couple in Somaliland that has been arrested and will soon be tried for their Christian faith. Please protect them and give them a strong sense of your presence as they undergo this adversity. May your Light shine through them as they choose persecution over denouncing their faith, and, in fact, may they continue to choose you, regardless of what the justice system throws at them. Lord, we pray for other believers in this nation, including those who have already fled. Please give them courage, tenacity and faith. We know that suffering is a gift (see James 1:2-3). May they be able to recognize the fruit of their suffering very clearly so they know it is worthwhile. Indeed, may others come to you as a result of this couple’s testimony and example. We pray that officials in Somaliland would recognize the value of religious freedom in their nation. We humbly pray, amen.



Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Prayer for the starving children of Yemen Photo by Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua

Heavenly Father, we pray for the children of Yemen, who are facing acute malnutrition and possible starvation as a result of their nation’s six-year civil war. What a year 2020 has been in Yemen, with the coronavirus pandemic, economic decline, floods, escalating armed conflict and underfunding of this year’s global appeal for aid all leading to 100,000 children now at risk of dying of starvation. Lord God, we pray for the United Nations as leaders attempt to revive stalled peace talks so this nation can begin to recover. We pray for humanitarian aid to arrive and be effectively used—without corruption—for the most urgent needs. We pray for good natural conditions to allow for bountiful crops. And, Lord, we pray for your Holy Spirit to move through Yemen, drawing people to you and compelling your followers to make a great difference during these desperate days. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Friday, October 23, 2020

Prayer amid protests and rioting in Lagos, Nigeria PC: Getty

Almighty God, we pray for peace in Lagos, Nigeria, as violent protests escalate. What a mess we make, Lord! Protests about police brutality allegedly led to the killing of protesters by soldiers, which then led to violent reprisals and destruction. Only you see the full truth of this situation, but we ask that the truth be revealed and that justice be done. We pray that President Muhammadu Buhari would exercise great wisdom and integrity as he leads during this time. We pray for the protection of innocent bystanders and their property. We pray against people making choices that will ruin their futures. Lord, please do a great work in Lagos. Glorify yourself. Work through your people to bring both calm and solutions. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Prayer for Greece as battle against Covid-19 intensifies        AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Lord God, we pray for Greece, which was initially less impacted by Covid-19, but now is seeing numbers rise at a concerning rate. We pray for wisdom and protection for all involved as night curfews are imposed and enforced. We pray for the businesses that will feel the loss of income, that they would find ways to survive this time. We pray that the curfews will not have to be long, because people will quickly adopt helpful practices on their own. We pray for peace and order, and for a commitment to navigating this pandemic well as an island nation. We pray for excellent medical care for those who struggle against this virus. We continue to ask two big things: 1) that we will learn what you want us to learn as we battle this global threat, thereby glorifying you, and 2) that we continue to come up with more effective ways of treating and ultimately eradicating this virus. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Prayer about visa chaos and stampedes in Afghanistan PC: Reuters

Lord God, today we pray for Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of citizens are seeking visas to visit neighboring Pakistan after that service was disrupted for seven months. We grieve about the eleven or more women who were trampled to death as they sought their visas. May this not happen again! We pray for local authorities as they seek to facilitate this massive number of requests. We pray for wisdom in setting up an orderly, fair, safe process. Motivate genuine concern in leaders as they seek the best for their citizens amid this chaotic time. We pray for those who most urgently need the visas to acquire them as quickly as possible. Finally, we pray against the transmission of Covid-19 in these massive crowds. We humbly entreat you, Lord God. Amen.



Saturday, October 17, 2020

Prayer about sexual abuse revealed during Chicago e-learning livestream

Lord God, we are sickened and also thankful when we learn of what happened during a Chicago e-learning situation. Now the truth is out about the sexual abuse one 7-year-old had been experiencing for the past year. We are thankful the perpetrator has been arrested and is facing both justice and help. We are thankful for the teacher’s quick and sound response when the sexual abuse began to happen during an online learning session. We are thankful both police and school officials responded promptly. Now, Lord, we pray for the healing to begin. We pray first and foremost for the victim, that she would find the help she needs to recover from this extended abuse that has now been vividly revealed to her peers. Next, we pray for her classmates who witnessed this event. May they be able to safely ask questions and find adequate answers as they process this confusing and frightening experience. We pray for the teacher as she, too, processes this incident. Bless her for her quick thinking and grant her a quick recovery. Bless her career as an educator. Finally, Lord, we thank you that, amid all its challenges, e-learning has provided a glimpse into situations such as this that need to be brought to light. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Prayer about new test that may predict severity of Covid-19 cases Photograph: NIAID

Almighty God, we pray about “the Dublin-Boston score,” which is the recently developed scoring system that can predict which coronavirus patients will advance into severe cases. We celebrate this breakthrough developed by researchers at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dublin and in the United States. We are thankful that doctors can now determine a prognostic score for Covid-19 patients. Lord, may this tool be used far and wide in ways that will save lives. May further benefits of the test be quickly discerned, including learning which Covid-19 treatments are helpful and which are not. Lord, we continue to pray for researchers around the world—for continued strength, creativity, resources, and additional breakthroughs. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Prayer about wildfire battle on Mount Kilimanjaro



Lord God, we pray for the firefight happening on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania right now. We thank you for stopping the winds that spread the fire Sunday, and we pray that the fire is contained before any winds pick up again. We also celebrate that there are no known injuries or deaths at this point. We are asking for this to be case throughout the entire firefight. Specifically, we ask protection for the Tanzanian residents, students and firefighters battling this fire. We also pray for protection of property. We ask for effectiveness in delivering food and water to those who need it, and we pray for protection against Covid-19 as precautions are likely set aside in this state of emergency. Lord, glorify yourself amid this challenge. We acknowledge that the mountain peaks belong to you (Psalm 95:4). In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Thursday, October 8, 2020

Prayer about rape and murder of Chaïma and violence against women in Algeria PC: Chaïma

Heavenly Father, we pray for Algeria, where people are highly disturbed about a terrible rape and murder that happened earlier this month, which has highlighted failings in the justice system. Lord, we grieve the rape of 19-year-old Chaïma, who was burned alive after her assult. We grieve even more when we learn that the suspect, who has confessed to the crime, had already been charged with attempting to rape this same young woman years ago and yet the case was dropped and he went free. Lord, we pray for those handling the case this time to have great wisdom in each aspect of the process. May justice be served and larger questions asked about how the legal system handles violence against women in this culture. We pray about the additional woman whose charred body was found last night. May her identity be quickly discerned and her killer apprehended and charged. Finally, Lord, we pray for the loved ones of these two women, that you would give them supernatural peace amid this heartbreaking time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Prayer for Covid-19 vaccine after WHO suggests it could come by the end of 2020

Lord God, we find encouragement in WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ words about a potential Covid-19 vaccine being available by the end of this year. We know that a huge variety of organizations and individuals are working to find a vaccine around the world, evidenced in part by nine experimental vaccines in the pipeline of the WHO’s COVAX global vaccine facility. Lord, we ask that you grant success and that a breakthrough comes soon. We pray in advance that the vaccine will be distributed fairly and wisely, with minimal to no corruption in the process. Lord, Ghebreyesus promised hope. We know you are the true source of HOPE. May researchers humble themselves before you, seeking your help as they apply their best knowledge, experience and resources to this effort. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Prayer for peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan  PC: EPA

Almighty God, we pray for peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia. We know the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh has been in dispute since the 1990s, but we are alarmed by the military escalation happening now. We grieve over both the soldiers and civilians lost in this conflict, and we pray for resolution before more lives are lost. We pray against full-out war between nation and nation, and we pray against other countries being drawn into the conflict. May Azeri and Armenian leaders choose peace, resourcefulness, perseverance and creativity as they solve this conflict as quickly as possible. We pray against greed and pride. Lord, we want to see peace in the South Caucasus region. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Prayer about alleged gang-rape and murder of Dalit teen in India

Lord God, we are sickened to learn of more Dalit women being raped and murdered by men of higher castes in India. We are particularly concerned about the current case involving four high-caste men who allegedly gang-raped and murdered a 19-year-old woman. Lord, the fact that her body was cremated around the time rape charges were removed from the case (possibly) without her family’s consent does seem suspicious. Now we cannot find that evidence, but you know the truth. These men will stand before you someday for whatever they may or may not have done. Lord, if anyone witnessed this crime or overheard talk about it, compel that person to step forward to the right authorities. Even better, Lord, we would love to see at least one of these men fully confess to what happened, choosing justice and truth over deceit and guilt. We pray for this young woman’s family, for healing and protection. Give them supernatural strength to survive their grief and the painful legal process. Lord, we want truth to come out in this situation. Please magnify yourself and draw people to you in the midst of this tragedy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Prayer about accident involving four-year-old girls struck on Maryland interstate   PC: Skytrak7

Gracious Heavenly Father, we plead for your mercy and strength for the family that experienced a horrific accident in Washington County, Maryland, Monday night. Lord, the layers of sadness are overwhelming. To imagine those twin four-year-old girls chasing their older cousin onto an interstate, only to both be struck down before their mother’s eyes… Lord, the pain is great. We pray for the living sister, who is fighting to recover from her injuries and also the loss of her sister. We pray about the guilt plaguing anyone involved. We pray for those who grieve, particularly asking for extra grace on those who witnessed the event. We pray for investigators as they do their work. We pray for the emergency personnel who handled the devastating scene. Lord, your mercy is needed over all layers of this tragedy. We pray for healing and hope, in Jesus’ name. Amen.



Saturday, September 26, 2020

Prayer about mysterious disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico                                                                                                         PC: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Heavenly Father, we pray for truth to come out regarding the disappearance of 43 teachers-in-training in Guerrero, Mexico, six years ago. As the anniversary of this terrible event is marked, we are thankful Mexican authorities have issued dozens of arrest warrants for police and soldiers whom they believe may have participated in the crime. As people are apprehended and interviewed, we pray for clues and information to come out about this disturbing mystery. Please compel participants to share the truth, relieving themselves of any burdens they have carried. We pray for peace for the loved ones grieving their losses and longing for closure. May 2020 be the year this mystery is solved and justice prevails. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Prayer as Canada attempts to halt a second wave of COVID-19

Almighty God, we join in prayer with Canadians as they seek to halt a second wave of coronavirus cases in their country, particularly within their two most populous provinces. With most of the new cases among those aged 40 and younger, we know the people are concerned. We pray for those who have been asked to honor the special measures over the next 28 days to do so whenever and however possible. We pray for people who need medical attention to be able to secure it safely and efficiently. We pray against any tensions that may flare up as people are asked to limit their activities again. Finally, we pray that the government’s significant efforts to secure vaccines for its people will ultimately benefit the entire nation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Prayer about liquid oxygen shortage in India


Heavenly Father, we pray about the oxygen shortage in India. With the second-highest Covid-19 cases in the world—climbing daily—India is at a crisis point. May influencers discern how to best manage liquid oxygen supplies. Lord, we know it’s complicated: the pull between industrial and medical needs, the regulation, the desire to preserve resources for your own state even when another state is in a desperate situation, the transportation challenges. These can be overwhelming and complicated concerns, but we know your ways and thoughts are higher than ours and that you can see this all very clearly. We pray for government, medical, and industry leaders to hone in on effective solutions soon. We continue to pray for increasingly effective treatments and a safe vaccine as the world battles Covid-19. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Saturday, September 12, 2020

Prayer about unofficial mine collapse in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Lord God, we feel sick to our stomachs to hear of a gold mine collapsing on 50 miners in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday. We know the gold mine was informal and the miners unofficial, so there were few, if any, safety measures in place. Lord, we grieve the fact that these mostly young men were buried alive as they strove to make a resourceful living. Please bless the rescue efforts so anyone still living may be pulled from the rubble as quickly as possible. Bless the people who are working so hard to pull their friends and colaborers from this pit of death. Lord, gird their hearts and minds as they process and grieve this horrible experience. May they be able to sleep without terror and eventually move forward in life with hope. Please guide them in any decisions they may need to make about how they provide for themselves and their loved ones. And, Lord, if the DRC government needs to address this common yet dangerous practice, direct them to do so—and to do so effectively. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Prayer about vaccine trials in Brazil

Almighty God, we pray about the vaccine trials happening in Brazil. With volunteers trying two potential vaccines and a third slated for trials in coming months, we pray for protection for volunteers. We ask for effectiveness to become quickly clear—that good options will rise to the top and that bad options will be quickly eliminated. With Brazil recording the third-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, we pray that these trials will help contain the virus. Lord God, we continue to pray for researchers who are working hard and fast to find not only an effective vaccine, but continually more effective treatments for this virus. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Thursday, September 3, 2020

Prayer about killing of several children in a German flat PC: Reuters

Lord God, we feel the despair when we hear of a young woman throwing herself before a train after likely killing several children. What depths of pain drive someone to such terrible acts? We pray for some sort of redemption in this atrocious situation. We pray for the mother, recovering in a hospital from severe injuries. May she be able to communicate soon, and may she fully cooperate with investigators and with doctors. We pray about the long journey she will undergo in order to process and receive justice for what she has done; please meet with her somewhere along the way. We pray for the 11-year-old boy who survived after five younger children around him were murdered. We cannot imagine the depths of healing he will need; we are thankful that you can. Please bring the right people and resources around him to provide hope, care, support and recovery. We pray for emergency responders as they process what they found at the scene. May they, too, receive the care and encouragement they need. We pray for the community as they grieve this event. May your people bring hope in a dark situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Prayer celebrating the eradication of polio in Africa  PC: AP/Ben Curtis

Almighty God, today we rejoice that the World Health Organization has officially declared the continent of Africa to be polio-free! With the COVID-19 pandemic discouraging the world throughout this year, it is uplifting to hear that polio has finally been eradicated in Africa. We are thankful for the diligent, 30-year effort to eliminate this disease that kills and maims primarily children. We celebrate this tremendous milestone for the continent. May the same be declared regarding COVID-19 in coming years. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Monday, August 31, 2020

Prayer for recovery efforts for Hurricane Laura victims and

Dear Lord,

We lift up our prayers for the residents of the Gulf Coast area that were impacted by Hurricane Laura. We pray for the 500,000 people of this region who were ordered to evacuate their homes and ask for your provision for their immediate needs. We pray for the families of the 15 people who died, for your comfort and strength for them. Father, we lift up the disaster relief crews that are flowing into the region to bring aid and comfort, that you will bless the work of their hands. Lord, we ask that you will provide wisdom for these relief workers as they seek to help residents restore power, rebuild their homes and lives, and that you will help them while they are doing all of this in the midst of the COVID crisis. Father, we pray for shelter, clean water, clothing, medicines, food and finances for those who have suffered loss of property and provision. Help those in need to get connected to the organizations that can meet their needs. Finally, we pray for the wisdom of federal, state and local government officials as they work in cooperation to meet the immediate needs of the people. In Jesus' name, amen.

This prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Jeanette Biesecker. Jeanette is a daughter of the King of kings, the wife of Kevin, the mom of Gerry, in that order. She’s spent numerous years working as a marketing professional and writer in Christian ministries and businesses. Recently she heard God’s call to “walk on water” and follow Him into a new adventure and desires to encourage others to do the same.  


Friday, August 28, 2020

Prayer about exploring and eliminating racism in Japan PC: Reuters

Heavenly Father, we celebrate that the Black Lives Matter movement is increasing awareness of racism in Japan. Within this mostly homogeneous nation, we are thankful that this moment in history is raising questions and stimulating helpful conversations among Japanese citizens and residents. We are glad to hear that people are primarily receptive to these conversations and to exploring racism within the nation’s history, including long-held prejudice against Chinese and Koreans. Lord, we know that racism and prejudice are sin. We know you have clearly charged us to do nothing out of favoritism, and that you look at hearts, rather than at outward appearance. Please help the Japanese continue growing in these areas, and may the rest of the world follow suit. May Japan prove to be a fine example of confronting, addressing and working to eliminate racism. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Prayer about large building collapse in India

Lord God, we pray about the rescue operation happening at the five-story building that collapsed in India Monday. We are thankful for the dozens of people who have already been rescued and pray that they will receive the necessary medical treatment as efficiently as possible. Lord, we pray that any more people who are trapped will be found as quickly as possible. Guide the rescuers. Sharpen their hearing. Show them where to look. We pray also, Lord, for those who grieve the loss of the one life that has been discovered and the loss of homes. Comfort and provide for them. May friends, neighbors and even strangers help the hurting quickly and enthusiastically. Finally, Lord, we pray that the truth of this situation will be uncovered. With this building constructed only nine years ago, it seems likely there are ethical questions. Please guide investigators as they explore these possibilities. May no person or influence of any kind corrupt the investigation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Prayer about mystery and obsession surrounding death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput PC: Hindustan Times

Lord God, we pray about the mystery and obsession surrounding the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput. First, Lord, we grieve his untimely demise, most likely by his own hand. It is devastating when anyone is hopeless enough to take his own life. Please be with his loved ones as they grieve, particularly with a media circus pushing countless private details into the public domain. We do pray for his fans, that they can find peace, cherishing his memory and grieving appropriately, but still moving forward. We pray for investigators to diligently complete their work, that truth may rise to the surface and rumors dissipate. We also ask for protection for those who have been accused of bringing about Sushant’s demise. We again ask for truth to come to light. Finally, we pray that this tragedy can bring about some good, including a greater understanding of depression and a more accurate portrayal of it in Bollywood films. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Praise for successful rescue of lost seafarers in Micronesia PC: Australia Department of Defense

Lord God, we are warmed by a successful rescue story amid stories of trials around the globe. We are thankful for bright moments to celebrate! Indeed, we celebrate the successful rescue of three mariners who went missing in the Federated States of Micronesia several days ago. We rejoice that U.S. and Australian military service members worked together to locate the missing mariners, and we are so pleased that those mariners not only thought to write “SOS” on the beach of the small island where they found themselves stranded, but that their signal was sighted in the final moments of that day’s search maneuver. Finally, we are thankful that the seafarers are uninjured and have now been returned home. Lord, we pray for your blessing on the Australian and American servicemen and women who helped in this rescue. We pray that this success will encourage and motivate them and their fellow servicemembers as they continue to serve their nations and the communities around them. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Prayer for sniffer dog coronavirus detection programs  PC: Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images

Lord God, we are excited about the progress being made in training sniffer dogs to detect early-stage coronavirus in people’s sweat. We pray for the programs in Chile and the UK to move forward with success and efficiency. We pray for wisdom and insight for those who are training the dogs and creating the programs. We ask that it will soon be clear whether this program is truly effective and worth expanding. On a broader level, we pray for continued creativity for researchers, scientists and others, as we seek solutions in this battle against Covid-19. May we use the gifts you’ve given us to protect each other from this harmful disease. We particularly pray for the quick development of a safe and effective vaccine. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.