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.



Monday, July 27, 2020

Prayer about search for Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez
PC: Fernando Llano / AP

Lord God, we pray about the search for Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez, taking place in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state. Our hearts go out to Juana Pérez, who was selling produce in a market when her two-year-old son was snatched by older children involved with trafficking. Lord, we are thankful for the video evidence that has been uncovered and the other captive children who were discovered in the search for Dylan. We pray that the video will be distributed widely, so that someone will recognize the traffickers and report them to the authorities. We pray for the freed children, that their families will be located, and that they can begin the long recovery from their trauma. Lord, please keep your hand on Dylan. Protect him from lasting harm. May someone around him recognize him and get help. May his captor(s) feel a deep inner conviction that what they are doing is wrong and release Dylan. Please give Juana and her daughter peace as they await word on Dylan and as they steadfastly advocate for him to the authorities. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Prayer for immigrant workers who collect the coronavirus dead in Peru

Heavenly Father, today we pray for Néstor Vargas, Luis José Cerpa, and their colaborers, who collect the bodies of those who die from Covid-19 in Peru. Lord, bless these workers in their determination to provide for their families, taking these jobs that native Peruvians reject, risking their own health and safety. We plead protection for them. We pray that their exhaustion will not dull their sensitivity to precautions. We pray that they will always have the appropriate PPE and the strength they need to make it through another day. We pray that they will not bring home the virus to their families. Lord, we thank you that they embrace the benefits that do come: not only provision for their families, but gratitude for life and health. May they set an example for others in these areas, as well as their hard work and their desire to provide dignity to the dead and to their loved ones. May they draw close to you as they work in these risky jobs. We pray for Peru, particularly the nation’s poor, as they battle this virus. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Prayer about the death of Seoul mayor Park Won-soon PC: Reuters

Lord God, we pray for the residents of Seoul and citizens of South Korea as they grieve the death of mayor Park Won-soon. Having deployed hundreds of searchers, it was a sad ending to find Park’s body on Bukak mountain. We are at least thankful for closure, as well as for the major mark he made on his community and country. Now his loved ones and nation grieve not only the loss of this person, but this loss of a champion on whom they pinned even their presidential hopes. We pray for a respectful period of mourning and for the city and nation to move forward in healthy timing. Lord, we do not know much about the sexual misconduct claim recently filed against him that will now amount to nothing, due to current laws. We pray for peace and closure for all involved with that. If this is something that needs further investigation, we ask you to make a way for that. Again, Lord, we pray for Seoul and for greater South Korea during this time of mourning and confusion. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Prayer about Senegal's Freedom and Human Dignity Square
PC: Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

Lord, we are touched by the renaming of a major square on Senegal’s Goree Island to Freedom and Human Dignity Square. We pray that all who visit and hear of this place will be reminded of the dignity borne by each human being, and that they will work toward freedom for the oppressed. This renaming is, indeed, poignant on an island that once served as a waystation for the Transatlantic slave trade. May we not forget that people are still enslaved around our world today: some literally and some by systems of oppression. Show us what we can do to make a difference. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Prayer about Dutch torture chamber situation PC: POLITIE.NL

Lord God, we are absolutely shocked by the torture chambers discovered in the Netherlands. To know that people intentionally created these places for the purpose of torturing fellow human beings is mind-boggling. We pray against this evil; we pray for your Light to gain access to these networks. We thank and praise you that these were discovered and many of the criminals apprehended before the converted chambers were put to use. We celebrate the Franco-Dutch operation that infiltrated the EncroChat encrypted phone system and led to the arrest of more than 800 people across Europe. Bless investigators with further success and the police with further arrests. May the potential victims who are now in hiding receive the help they need and eventually be able to return to normal lives. Heal their hearts, minds, bodies and souls. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Prayer about massive, deadly landslide in Myanmar

Merciful Father, hundreds of families in Myanmar are grieving the loss of loved ones after Thursday’s colossal landslide at a jade mine in Kachin state. At least 162 people died the horrible death of being smothered by mud. Fifty-four have been taken to hospitals for their injuries. Lord, all survivors and witnesses have a lot to process, having experienced something so traumatic. Please grant them peace as they come to terms with their inability to help during this rapid, massive catastrophe. Be with those who grieve the deaths of loved ones. Grant them supernatural grace as they attempt to sleep at night; keep them from the images that so often plague those who mourn terrible deaths of loved ones. May all involved successfully seek you for comfort and hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Prayer about fatal accident and Pakistan's railway system   PC: AFP

Heavenly Father, we grieve Friday’s tragic railway accident in northeastern Pakistan, and we pray for the injured and mourning. With 21 people from one vehicle killed and 10 recovering from injuries, this was quite an accident! We do give thanks that no one from the train itself was injured. Lord we pray for the overall railway system in Pakistan, as they reckon with more than 100 railway-related incidents in 2019 alone--including one involving 70 fatalities. Lord, we thank you for promising wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). May those who lead this part of the infrastructure ask for wisdom in order to soberly analyze and improve the system. If they need motivation, may others provide that catalyst. We pray for fresh ideas in how to improve safety for those who travel on or near railways in Pakistan. We humbly pray, amen.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Prayer for Amish woman missing from Pennsylvania, USA, community

Heavenly Father, your Word tells us your eye is on the sparrow (Matthew 10:29). We know you see where missing Linda Stoltzfoos is. We find peace in that. Yet we seek your help in locating this 18-year-old Amish woman, who seemingly disappeared without a trace June 21. With no indication she desired to leave the Amish community, it does not seem likely she ran away. However, there are no clues about foul play either. Please reveal truth in this situation as quickly as possible. May clues be found, people step forward, and/or information come to light. If Stoltzfoos is held captive somewhere, please provide a clear way of escape. Lord, amid the fear and concern, we rejoice in the togetherness shown by both Amish and non-Amish citizens in Stoltzfoos’ community as they seek their missing member. May they find Stoltzfoos soon. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

Prayer about foster children being placed with pedophiles in Berlin

Lord God, we know the search for loving foster homes is never-ending. First, we pray for that need. Lord, please compel families even this very moment to consider foster care. May they take seriously your promise that “if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” (Matthew 10:42). Next, we pray about the truth coming to light in Berlin regarding children being placed with pedophile men as foster parents for decades. To say we are grieved is an understatement as we realize the significance of this terrible trend, inspired by Dr. Helmut Kentler’s work. It is baffling that people went along with Kentler’s theory at all, let alone for more than 30 years. We are thankful the truth is now coming to light and pray that all who were harmed will find emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing. We are thankful that the city-state of Berlin is taking responsibility and seeking to help those who were abused. May this public admission of grievous error ultimately result in great improvements to Berlin’s foster care system and many local families stepping up to care for children. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Prayer for homeless tent encampments in San Francisco, USA PC: AP Photo/Noah Berger
Heavenly Father, we pray for the estimated 8000 homeless people in San Francisco, California. You see how vulnerable this population always is, let alone during a pandemic. We specifically pray for the homeless tent encampments the city has authorized during these historic times. We are thankful that the encampments are fenced off to outsiders, monitored around the clock, and that the city provides meals, showers, clean water and trash pickup. We pray that these places will, indeed, be safe and healthy, and that the people who dwell there will feel cared-for. May any non-residents who have interaction with its residents treat them with dignity, and may those who live there look out for each other. Lord, we also know this is a temporary solution to a long-term problem. We pray for government leaders, non-profit organizations and churches to come up with lasting solutions for this population. May those who are homeless find the tools, resources and care they might need to find healthier situations. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Prayer about disrupted vaccination programs in Africa and beyond  PC: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File
Heavenly Father, we lay before you our grave concerns about the 60+ countries that have  reported suspensions of vaccination services during March and April. We know that the coronavirus pandemic has severely reduced available flights for transporting vaccines and that social distancing guidelines have hindered the large campaigns normally required to immunize mass groups of children. Lord, we would grieve if one fatal outbreak was replaced by another, such as polio or cholera. Especially with more than a dozen African countries reporting polio outbreaks this year, we know this is a serious, realistic concern. We pray that the World Health Organization would indeed issue promised advice next week and that the guidance would be doable, effective and quickly implemented. We pray for successful battles against cholera and measles, and we specifically pray for the eradication of polio in the very near future. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Prayer for mid-Michigan in the US as they deal with catastrophic flooding and Covid-19

PHOTOS: Catastrophic flooding in Mid-Michigan after Edenville Dam ...

Lord God, we pray for mid-Michigan in the United States as they deal with catastrophic flooding and breached dams, while also battling increasing cases of Covid-19. First, Lord, we thank you that no lives have as yet been lost. We are grateful evacuation notice was given quickly and effectively. We pray that no lives will be lost as this situation unfolds. Next, we express our grave concern about the Dow Chemical plant sitting on Midland’s riverbank, and the fact that flood waters are mixing with on-site containment ponds. We pray for whatever can be done to prevent dangerous chemicals from mixing with this water and harming people and wildlife. May Dow Chemical’s safety features all hold true, regardless of how severe the flooding may become. Lord, we express our frustration that nothing was done when the Edenville Dam was rated as unsatisfactory two years ago. We know this will complicate the situation as people, businesses and communities attempt to pick up the pieces of their lives and property when they get through the immediate crisis. We pray for truth and justice, and for all necessary lessons to be learned. We pray, Lord, that people will stay safe, including emergency personnel, and that the people of mid-Michigan will get through this double crisis as healthily and hope-filled as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Praise and prayer about apprehension of Rwandan genocide perpetrator

Lord God, we are stunned and delighted that one of the most-wanted criminals from the Rwandan genocide has been apprehended more than 25 years after the fact: Félicien Kabuga. Heavenly Father, it is dreadful and painful to think back on that blight on world history: a brutal ethnic slaughter, running unchecked through Rwanda, killing 800,000 people. But we must face and learn from our past. Please strengthen the survivors as Kabuga’s apprehension and trial bring up painful memories. Lord, we pray for Kabuga. We do not know the current condition of his heart, but you do. We pray he will turn to you, truly repenting for (allegedly) financing the merciless, massive slaughter of minority Tutsis in his nation. We pray for the justice system to move swiftly and above reproach in every way. May this process ultimately contribute to healing for all who need it. Lord, we pray that Protais Mpiranya and Augustin Bizimana, also earmarked for trial, will be found as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Prayer about surrogate babies awaiting pickup in Kiev

Heavenly Father, we pray for the dozens of surrogate babies awaiting their parents in a Kiev hotel, separated and delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The reality is a bit shocking: a surrogate baby industry thriving in Ukraine: infants advertised as a “quality product.” Now the parents of 51 babies face extra hurdles to collect their newly born children as Covid-19 halts international travel. First, Lord, we pray for the children. May they receive the best care possible in the absence of actual parents. Please provide them with the love and attention, nutrition and medical care that they need to thrive. Next, we pray for their parents, who likely struggle, knowing their children are lined up with dozens of others, not receiving the kind of attention a family provides. Make a way for these parents to get to Kiev so they can pick up their children, and grant them peace in the waiting. Third, we pray for the medical personnel and other caregivers in the hotel, that they would have the strength, determination and support they need to care for this many infants under these pandemic conditions. May they embrace the great value in their work of nurturing these young lives, even while suffering under the pandemic in their own, personal ways. Finally, Lord, we pray for a healthy examination of this industry, now that it has come into greater light. If anything should change about how Ukraine handles this situation, may its leaders see that clearly and handle it wisely. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Prayer for Christian camping during the global pandemic

Christian camping is one of the world's most effective forms of evangelism and discipleship. Please join Walt Mueller in praying for this powerful ministry that is uniquely challenged during this time. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Prayer about toxic gas leak at Indian chemical plant

Lord God, we pray about the fatal gas leak in India’s state of Andhra Pradesh. The images and facts are overwhelming. With at least 11 people dying right where they stood or as they drove, having breathed in the toxic fumes, the situation must have been terrifying. We pray for the more than 1000 people who were exposed and the 25+ who are currently in critical condition. We pray for those who are still in the affected area, that they will be able to safely evacuate as soon as possible. We pray for the hospitals, overwhelmed with new patients amid the already chaotic coronavirus pandemic. Heavenly Father, the residents of this part of Andhra Pradesh need your intervention. Lord God, we also cry out for truth and recompense. We pray that any negligence committed by this LG Polymers plant will be revealed. We pray the company will take responsibility for their costly errors. We pray for shelter, food, and other basic needs to be met for those who have fled their homes for an undetermined time. Guide the region’s leaders as they seek to handle this emergency, and may citizens look out for each other, rather than taking advantage of this vulnerable situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Prayer about doctors falling from windows in Russia  (Image: Bloknot Voronezh)

Lord God, we are concerned about the frontline healthcare workers mysteriously falling from windows in Russia. We mourn Elena Nepomnyashchaya and Natalya Lebedeva’s deaths, which resulted from tragic falls from windows. We grieve Alexander Shulepov’s serious condition after his terrible accident, and we pray that he fully recovers and is able to communicate about what happened. Lord, only you know the full story about what happened to these selfless individuals, who have been saving lives during this coronavirus pandemic. We do ask for truth to come out so loved ones can have answers and so necessary steps can be taken to prevent future incidents. We pray for Russia as the nation battles Covid-19. Strengthen their medical workers and emergency responders. Grant wisdom to those who lead. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Prayer about the police abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh and others

Heavenly Father, we pray for the family of Pastor Raymond Koh, who is still grieving his loss and looking for answers, three years after he was purportedly abducted by The Special Branch of the Royal Malaysia Police. Lord, in a country that is known to supposedly offer religious freedom, people are naturally disturbed that not only Pastor Koh, but also Amri Che Mat; Pastor Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu, were abducted in a similar way around the same time – using the same vehicles and the same tactics. Our desire is that these kidnapped people be returned to their families. If they are still alive, may someone free them, or may they find a way to either escape or to make their whereabouts known. If they have passed from this earth, may this truth be soon revealed so loved ones can have closure. And, Lord, we ask for justice! May those who harmed these four activists and religious leaders make an account for their deeds, receive just punishment, and ultimately repent. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Prayer about New Light of God cult and Ngabé Buglé indigenous community of Panama
PC: TVN Noticias/AFP via Getty Images

Lord God, it has been months since we have heard updates on “The New Light of God” cult operating in the jungles of Panama. Yet they still need our prayers. We pray for those who were tortured or whose loved ones were killed as part of this cult’s brutal practices. Please continue to bring healing to them. May they sleep peacefully, learn to trust again, and begin to understand you as the loving God you are. We pray that this cult will not be lumped in with Christianity in this nation, as none of the cult’s horrors reflect how you tell us to live. Heavenly Father, we pray more broadly for this remote Ngabé Buglé indigenous community. With 96 percent of its 214,000 residents living in extreme poverty, with few schools, clinics, and roads, and with little local law enforcement, this is an extremely vulnerable area. We pray for good to come from this tragedy: that Panama as a nation will now turn its eyes to this region to bring healing, resources, education, hope, literacy, medicine, peace. In Jesus’ loving name we pray, amen.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Prayer about shooting rampage through Nova Scotia
Photo: Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via AP

Heavenly Father, we grieve with Canada as the nation processes and recovers from Gabriel Wortman’s shooting rampage through Nova Scotia. With at least 19 known to be dead, others injured and missing, and great damage to property, the nation grieves deeply. Please bring comfort, Lord, to people who are already under the stress of Covid-19 and isolation. Please grant supernatural strength to the victims' loved ones. Lord, we specifically pray about the fact that Wortman impersonated a law enforcement officer. We pray about the damage this caused, the fears it may raise for people in the future, the offense done to those who risk their lives to do good in those same uniforms. Lord, bring healing in those areas. We also pray for investigators as they attempt to unravel and understand the 16 different crime scenes Wortman left behind. We pray for motives to come to light. We pray for Wortman’s loved ones, saddled with this ugly legacy. Finally, Lord, we pray for the nation as they mourn together through a virtual vigil Friday. May that time bring peace and the beginning of closure. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Prayer about persecution concerns and a martyrdom in Turkey

Heavenly Father, we pray for Turkey, where concern is growing about religious freedom. We are incredibly thankful that American missionary Andrew Brunson was freed from his unjust imprisonment in 2018, but we are concerned about the sharp increase in deportations and visa denials for Christian workers. We also grieve the suspicious deaths of other Christian workers around the nation in recent years. Lord, we pray for answers to the questions surrounding these deaths, particularly around the murder of evangelist Kim Jin-Wook. We pray for the teen who stabbed him to death to respond to the Gospel, as Kim’s widow entreated. We pray for the Church within Turkey to carry on Kim’s legacy of sharing the Gospel in daily life, and we pray for courage as the concerns about persecution percolate. Make your glory and love known all over Turkey. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Prayer for revelation of truth and for peace amid purported human rights violations in Nigeria  PC: AFP

Heavenly Father, we pray for the revelation of truth and for peace in Nigeria, where a human rights report appears to have uncovered some abuses. Lord, we are disturbed by the National Human Rights Commission report claiming security operatives killed 18 civilians during enforcement of a total lockdown in major cities over COVID-19. We are also dismayed by the 33 reported incidents of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment; 27 incidents of violation of the right to freedom of movement, unlawful arrest, and detention; 19 incidents of confiscation of properties; and 13 incidents of extortion. We ask for truth to come to light. We pray against human rights violations in Nigeria. We pray that civilians and law enforcement will get along and work together in the battle against COVID-19. We also pray for justice for those who have been wronged. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Prayer to minimize COVID-19's impact on Brazil's indigenous communities

Lord God, we are concerned for Brazil’s indigenous groups, yet we know you are even more concerned for them. After all, you know the number of hairs on each person’s head (Luke 12:7). We lay our worries before you: their more vulnerable immune systems due to their historic isolation, their lack of sanitation facilities and healthcare, the distance to the type of healthcare required to treat COVID-19, their communal lifestyle, the nearest hospitals already being maxed-out, the tens of thousands of illegal miners who traverse through their territory regularly, and more. Lord, we present these concerns to you, asking for your intervention. Please work among the indigenous groups of northern Brazil and southern Venezuela in whatever ways are most helpful in these special circumstances. We pray for successful helicopter transport for those who need emergency medical care, and we pray for the efficient construction of the field hospital in Manaus that is intended for the many nearby indigenous communities. We ask for your help in Jesus’ name, amen.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Prayer about mysterious illness afflicting nomads in Ethiopia  PC: JOEL ROBINE/AFP via Getty

Heavenly Father, we pray for answers regarding the mysterious, highly unpleasant illness killing nomads in Ethiopia. With more than 2,000 nomadic people dying of the terrible disease since 2014, locals and researchers alike are frustrated by the seemingly senseless deaths. We pray investigators will have keen insight and determine the cause. May the medical community find effective treatments. Lord, if this illness is linked to Chinese firm Poly-GCL’s prospecting for natural oil and gas, which aligns exactly with the onset of the illness, please reveal that. If it is unrelated, we also ask you to reveal that, so the tension can be removed. May the issues surrounding Poly-GCL’s gas exploration be resolved. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Prayer for Europe's Roma communities, which are at greater risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19  PC: Mission Without Borders

Lord, we are concerned for the 10-12 million Roma who live in central and Eastern Europe. With their higher level of poverty, more crowded conditions, lack of access to sanitation and healthcare services, and more frequent travel, they are at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Topping off this higher risk, their livelihood has also been stymied by the quarantine requirements, and they are facing more prejudice than usual. Heavenly Father, we ask for your intervention. We pray that those governments that are sealing off Roma communities as higher risk will also provide assistance. We pray for temporary sanitation stations, distribution of helpful information, and access to healthcare. We pray churches will see Romani needs and seek to meet them, bringing hope and help into these communities however is best. Lord, please do a great work among the Roma during this particularly perilous time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Prayer amid global coronavirus pandemic

Lord God, we hear you. We recognize that we are utterly helpless before you. A virus transmitted from your creatures in one small corner of this wide world has brought that same world to its knees. We need your divine intervention. Lord, we pray for the researchers around the world who are exploring solutions to this problem. Bless and protect them. Direct them to answers. We pray for our leaders. Keep them humble, focused and wise. May they lead us in the directions you would have us go. We pray for our healthcare workers, that you would grant them strength, clarity and fortification. We pray for those living in fear, that you would bring hope and peace. And, Lord, we pray for the sick. We desire healing for more of them, and the chance to say good-bye for those who do pass from this earth. On this day, Lord, we also repent. We repent of putting earthly things before you and of not living for you. We repent on behalf of ourselves, our families, our churches and our lands. We declare a desire to learn all that you have for us amid this global trial. And we worship you. Amen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Prayer against increased domestic violence under quarantine in France PC:Reuters

Lord, we pray with the French against the growing domestic violence they are seeing under quarantine. Increases of 36% in Paris and 32% around the country are incredibly disturbing—and we know this is happening in other countries around the world as well. We are thankful the French government is addressing the concerns by setting up pop-up counseling centers in grocery stores so women can seek help when leaving the house to go shopping. May these centers be effective, and may the alert system at pharmacies be set up quickly so that victims can discreetly ask pharmacists for help. We pray that word about these resources will get out to those who need it, as well as the news that the government will provide hotel stays for those who need safe shelter. Again, we pray against further domestic violence in France. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Prayer for Heshima Children's Center in Kenya - during this time of crisis and beyond

Almighty God, today we pray for Heshima, a ministry providing dignity for children with disabilities in Kenya. We celebrate how you are mightily working through this organization, caring for disabled children, as well as providing income for their mothers, clean water for the surrounding community, and construction jobs for others within the community. Lord, we pray for Heshima’s greatly intensified ministry during this global pandemic and locust infestation. We rejoice that the ministry is able to provide washing stations in the area, and that the water they regularly provide is even more helpful (and in demand) than usual. We are thankful Heshima was able to quickly build shelter for those waiting in the long water lines. We are thankful they have been able to provide emergency housing for those who need it. We mourn with them for those in the outlying areas who are dying alone because they cannot obtain medical care. Lord God, we pray for divine stamina and protection for Heshima staff members and families. We ask your most generous blessing on them as they provide emergency housing in these uncertain, anxious days. May donors give generously to their work right now and in the future. May the peace that passes understanding guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. May they be strong and not fear; knowing that you come--that you save. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Prayer about 64 migrants dying in container en route to South Africa

Lord God, we are sickened to learn of 64 men dying in a shipping container as they attempted to migrate to South Africa. We cannot imagine the trauma the 14 survivors endured as the people around them died off, one by one, in stifling heat. First, we rejoice that the 14 did survive, and that they are receiving care at a local Mozambican hospital. We pray for excellent care: physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Next, we pray for the person(s) who facilitated this terrible trip to be found and brought to justice. We pray for the truck driver and his assistant to also receive appropriate punishment and to repent from this incredibly poor judgment that cost dozens of lives. Lord, we pray for the families of the deceased men, that they will be able to learn of their loved ones’ fate in due time. Grant the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration wisdom as they seek to identify these men. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Prayer as life slowly returns to normal in China

Lord God, we are thankful that life is slowly returning to normal in China. After more than 80,000 citizens were infected by Covid-19 and more than 3,000 died, people are eager to reconnect with others and proceed with their previous routines. We celebrate that the country has recorded zero new infections in several days, and that restrictions are being comfortably lifted. We pray for leaders as they seek to restore their nation’s economy and social order. We know that so many people have been taxed beyond measure during this time: medical professionals, janitorial workers, those providing “life-supporting” services, etc. We ask that you restore them. May they find peace and renewal in you. We also pray that medical professionals and researchers will continue learning about this terrible virus so that the entire world can benefit from this knowledge. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Patrick's Day prayer amid the global pandemic

Our dear Heavenly Father, today is St. Patrick’s Day. In the midst of our global pandemic, people are missing parades and parties, fun and festivities. Lord, help us redeem this moment by recalling the true origin of this holiday. Patrick found you in lonely and desperate circumstances. He experienced your miraculous guidance and provision. He willingly left comfortable circumstances to share your hope in a dark and dangerous place. Rather than lamenting our circumstances, may we follow Patrick’s lead on this day—and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Praise that couple held hostage for two years was released

Almighty God, in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, we are thankful for the good news that a couple held hostage in Mali since 2018 has been released! We celebrate Edith Blais’s and Luca Tacchetto’s freedom! We pray for Blais and Tacchetto as they recuperate in Bamako, Mali, and wait for transport to Italy. We know how complicated these steps are amid the coronavirus pandemic. Give them peace and rest as they await next steps. May they ultimately arrive in a safe, supportive environment. May they begin the healing process after the trauma they have endured. Lord, there are so many unanswered questions. May their mystery be unraveled in your perfect timing. We would love to see justice unfold in this situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Praise that Savanna's Act on behalf of Native American women was approved

Heavenly Father, we rejoice that Savanna's Act was unanimously approved by the United States’ House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. With the murder rate of Native American women almost 10 times higher than the national average on some reservations, we are thankful the federal government wants to do a better job protecting these women and gaining justice for them. We pray that the Justice Department will do an exceptional job developing protocols to address missing and murdered Native Americans, training law enforcement to handle these cases, and learning how to better share information. We thank you for this legacy in memory of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. Most of all, we pray for the murder rate to go down among Native American women. We pray for significant progress in the very near future. Amen.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Praise for successful arrests within "fast and furious" European crime ring

Lord God, we are thankful for Romanian and French police’s successful arrest of 37 members of a crime ring that has stolen at least 10 million euros’ worth of merchandise across Europe. With four years of effort and five countries’ help, we are delighted that investigators successfully apprehended over one-third of the ring members. We pray they will successfully apprehend the remaining thieves, and that this group will achieve no additional highway robberies. We pray for truck drivers to be vigilant, and that they will alert authorities as soon as anything suspicious occurs. We pray for the apprehended suspects as they go through the criminal justice system, that they will confess truth and experience fair treatment, including appropriate punishments. May they come to know you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Prayer about missing Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow

Heavenly Father, the search for Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow continues. People across the United States and beyond are bewildered by the saga surrounding these two missing children: a mother whose personality seemed to completely change, suspicious deaths of spouses and relatives, a lightning-fast remarriage, religious zealotry, callous reactions to tragedy, disappearances, precious baby albums left as trash… this is not made-for-television crime, but real life for these families. Lord, we ask for answers; we ask for leads. We desire to find out what happened to these precious young people. We pray for breaks in the case, keen insights for all involved, and for anyone with information to come forward. Today, Lord, we also pray about the FBI’s most recent call-out for help from the public. We pray for the word to spread widely to all who were in Yellowstone National Park on Sep 8, 2019. May that day’s visitors hear of the need and take the time to look through all their photos and videos from that day. May people find clues that will assist in finding these children. Most of all, Lord God, we pray for the children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, who refuses to cooperate with the authorities. We pray for deep conviction on her that compels her to do the right thing. May she speak truth, and may she do it very soon. We fervently pray, amen.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Prayer celebrating the work of Bikers Against Child Abuse

Lord God, today we take a moment to celebrate Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) and their work in 15 countries around the world. It is very heart-warming to hear of these members using their tough image to provide abused children with protection and a sense of security. We pray that they will indeed provide protection and security when needed, and that children accompanied by them into court will feel empowered to share everything they need to share. We pray that the connections made between BACA members and abuse survivors will last longer than the length of a trial, but that lifelong friendships will be made, creating a solid support system for everyone involved. We pray for ongoing funding for this organization, and that their screening and training processes will continue to be effective. We pray for divine connections between children and bikers who will be a good fit for encouraging each other. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Thanksgiving for strides against global poverty  PC: World Vision/Jon Warren

Heavenly Father, today we take a moment to celebrate the strides made in recent history to eradicate global poverty. It is elating to hear that, since 1990, a quarter of the world’s population has risen out of extreme poverty—1 in 4 people! We are delighted that less than 10% of the world’s population now lives in extreme poverty. We know that moving out of poverty helps children around the world—with their overall well-being, health, education, opportunities and more. They have solid hope for the future, and they aren’t as likely to succumb to preventable diseases. While celebrating this good news, we now ask you to help us with further progress. We pray with World Vision and the United Nations to move this final impoverished 10% into more stable living by 2030. We know this will require a team effort of not just global leaders, but global citizens, to make this happen, especially in parts of the world like the Middle East and North Africa, where life is so fragile right now. Show us what to do, Lord. Please show each of us what we can do today. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Prayer about peace treaty signed between US officials and Taliban representatives
PC: Sorin Forcui/Al Jazeera

Almighty God, we pray about the peace treaty signed between US officials and Taliban representatives on Saturday. The possibility of ending the United States’s longest war is thrilling. And Afghans are naturally delighted, having lost more than 100,000 people since the conflict began, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. We take a moment to acknowledge this loss, as well as the loss of over 2,300 American soldiers, and the 22,000 additional American casualties. These are no small losses. Each number represents a soul. Each loss came as the result of sin and war. We express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by these soldiers, who were willing to lay down their lives for their people and nations. We grieve humanity’s penchant toward conflict. We express our doubt that things will go smoothly, but, with the faith of a mustard seed, we plead that they will. We pray everyone involved will follow through with the agreement, and that people’s desire for peace will propel them toward integrity and selflessness. May the United States and Afghanistan have peace with each other, unhindered by the Taliban. Amen.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prayer about destruction caused by locusts in East Africa

PC: Dai Kurokawa/EPA/Shutterstock

Heavenly Father, today we share our concern about the locust swarms devouring crops in East Africa. In a region already plagued by food insecurity, we are very concerned as people lose crops and pasturelands, thus greatly impacting food supplies. Lord, we pray for those who have lost their livelihood during this attack. Please provide them with the resources to care for their families and to move forward. We pray for wisdom for communities and governments as they seek solutions amid this crisis. May their solutions proactively prevent inflated prices, starvation and ill health, which so commonly accompany food shortages. And, Lord, we pray for peace. May people’s desperation drive them to you and to resourcefulness and generosity, rather than to violence or crime. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Prayer about Costa Rican land disputes and murder of indigenous leader

Lord God, we pray for Costa Rica as the murder of an indigenous leader brings land issues to the forefront again. First, we pray for the loved ones of Yehry Rivera, a leader of the Broran ethnic group who was killed during a violent land dispute Monday night. Please grant peace and hope to those who mourn, as well as to the nation as it grieves this situation. We are thankful the man who shot Rivera turned himself in to authorities. We pray that the justice system will work effectively in this case, considering and uncovering how many people were involved in the violence. Of course, Lord, the bigger issue that led to this violence has to do with land occupation, as you know. Rivera died trying to expel landholders who are occupying land granted by law to the indigenous population. From the heavens, you see how national indigenous lobbyists accuse the government of ineffectively protecting the land designated for their ethnic groups, and for providing inadequate security. Please help all parties work together on helpful and agreeable solutions. We pray against further violence as these disputes are settled. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Prayer about coronavirus outbreak from controversial South Korean religious group
PC: Kim Jun-Beom/Yonhap, via Associated Press

Lord God, today we pray about the coronavirus outbreak centered around South Korea’s controversial religious group, Shincheonji. First, Lord, we pray for the 433 South Koreans confirmed to have the virus, 231 of whom are connected with Shincheonji. We pray for excellent medical care and full recovery. Next, we pray for the other 9000 local group members who have gone into self-isolation and are being tested for the virus. We pray that these measures, along with the sanitization of Shincheonji’s facilities, will successfully halt the spread of the virus from this group. Finally, Lord, we pray about this group’s influence. May the extra publicity not draw additional people into any unhealthy situations. And may those who should leave this group have their eyes opened to see the truth about the group’s teachings. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Prayer about recent attack on Christians in Burkina Faso

O God our God, what do we say about the latest attack on Christians in Burkina Faso?! There is so much grief. We are thankful that your Spirit intercedes for us when words fail (Romans 8:26). We may be five or 5,000 miles away, but we should all be impacted when we hear of attackers arriving at a church, separating men from women, shooting to death 24 of them, injuring 18 more, kidnapping three youths, looting the church, and then burning down the church. Lord, bring your peace amid the pain. Please protect the kidnapped youths from further harm and enable them to escape. Lord, we are concerned about the religious leaders being targeted in Burkina Faso. We are concerned about the 1,300+ civilians killed in targeted attacks last year in Burkina Faso, which is more than seven times the previous year. Lord, please show us what to do. Show Burkina Faso’s leaders and people what to do. We pray against the rapidly escalating violence in this nation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Prayer about Boy Scouts of America amid sex abuse scandal and bankruptcy filing
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Trustworthy Father, we bring before you the Boy Scouts of America in the midst of their sex abuse scandal and filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Lord, we are thankful for the immeasurable impact this organization has had on countless boys during its history. We are also thankful that past cases of abuse are now coming to light. It is always devastating to learn about people in authority misusing their trusted roles to harm others. It is also distressing to learn of organized cover-ups. The BSA is in a mess at this moment. They are trying to continue doing good work while also trying to face up to past misdeeds. We pray for truth to come out and wisdom for all involved. However, Lord, it also feels to many of us like this is not the best option for victims. We are grieved most of all for what these boys and men endured, and we now grieve for the delays and complications they will face as they seek justice and compensation for the harm they experienced. Please comfort and heal them in ways that efficient legal proceedings and compensation cannot match. May they experience your healing and transformation. Yet we also want them to receive justice. Give them the strength and support systems to endure. May additional victims feel comfortable coming forward when the time is right for them. Finally, Lord, may the truth come out about both abusers and the falsely accused. In Jesus’ merciful name we pray, amen.