Thursday, October 29, 2020

Prayer for couple on trial for their Christian faith in Somaliland

 

https://news.barnabasfund.org/Christian-couple-to-face-trial-as--apostates-and-evangelists--in-Muslim-majority-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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-malnutrition/child-malnutrition-at-record-highs-in-parts-of-yemen-u-n-survey-idUSKBN27C0Q9 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

 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-protests/burned-out-buildings-and-armed-gangs-in-lagos-despite-presidents-plea-idUSKBN2781I9 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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-greece/greece-orders-night-curfew-for-worst-hit-covid-19-areas-idUSKBN2772OA        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

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-54627270 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

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-online-sex-abuse-caught-charged-20201017-fepiggml2bcopkduhoaqmpcofi-story.html
 

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

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/new-blood-test-predicts-which-covid-19-patients-will-develop-severe-infection-1.4380968 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

 

              https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/12/africa/kilimanjaro-tanzanians-fight-fire/index.html

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

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54465180 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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-board/covid-19-vaccine-may-be-ready-by-year-end-says-whos-tedros-idUSKBN26R2BZ

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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-armenia-azerbaijan/azerbaijans-leader-says-no-end-to-fighting-until-armenia-sets-pullout-timetable-idUSKBN26P08I?il=0  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

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/01/asia/dalit-woman-killed-india-rape-ruling-intl/index.html

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

 

https://wtop.com/maryland/2020/09/twin-girls-struck-on-i-70-near-hagerstown-1-killed/   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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-human-rights-ayotzinapa/mexico-issues-arrest-warrants-on-sixth-anniversary-of-disappearance-of-43-college-students-idUSKBN26H0RP                                                                                                         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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-canada/canadas-biggest-provinces-seek-clampdown-on-social-gatherings-as-coronavirus-cases-top-150000-idUSKCN26G2K9

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

                               https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54139112 PC:AFP

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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-mining/congo-gold-miners-scour-rubble-for-bodies-after-cave-in-idUSKBN2630H2?il=0

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

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-brazil-vaccine/brazil-trials-of-sinovac-covid-19-vaccine-show-promising-results-governor-idUSKBN2602O1

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

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54012885 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

 

https://www.africanews.com/2020/08/25/who-declares-africa-polio-free/  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


https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/2020-hurricane-laura-facts-how-help and

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/08/29/Hurricane-Laura-Trump-visits-areas-hit-death-toll-rises-to-15/6611598702198/


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

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53428863 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

 

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/08/24/5-story-building-collapses-in-India-dozens-trapped/7091598286228/

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

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53655118 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

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/08/04/3-mariners-rescued-on-Pacific-island-after-writing-SOS-in-sand/1121596532009/ 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

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-chile-dogs/dont-sweat-it-chilean-dogs-sniff-out-coronavirus-in-early-stages-idUSKCN24W30A  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

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexican-tourist-city-scandal-widens-over-abducted-children-forced-labor-n1234697
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

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/20/americas/peru-venezuela-covid-19-bodies-intl/index.html

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

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/09/asia/seoul-mayor-missing-intl/index.html 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

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/moved-george-floyd-s-death-senegal-slave-island-renames-europe-n1233146
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

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53325388?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world&link_location=live-reporting-story 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

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/02/886963705/landslide-at-myanmar-jade-mine-kills-at-least-162

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

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53278578   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

https://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/2020/06/28/missing-lancaster-amish-teen-we-have-no-answers/3275104001/?fbclid=IwAR32jE3C8s1cY0kVbKRhPMTStcxwTuuPvBug8CAtN2uOqPv4hAsRPhl1rcY

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/berlin-paedophile-foster-parent-hermut-kentler-a9573026.html?fbclid=IwAR2Wr5O1I_HHDDWjzdXEN5QZE_SjyaT3Q1kMe0FRNUUUIvQDs_hXLo0cxCE

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

https://apnews.com/a1acce66bedb3310f39a5c389d849461 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


https://apnews.com/0bd1cbc809fca0f2118896bc3f146e16  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 ...
https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/2020/05/20/catastrophic-flooding-evacuations-in-mid-michigan-as-dams-fail-what-to-know/

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

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52690464

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

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-dozens-of-babies-stranded-without-parents-due-to-border-closures-11988587

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

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/07/asia/india-gas-leak-death-intl-hnk/index.html

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

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/04/europe/russia-medical-workers-windows-intl/index.html  (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

https://world.wng.org/2020/03/abduction

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

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/16/panama-burial-pit-children-exorcisms-religious-sect
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

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/americas/nova-scotia-shooting-monday/index.html
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.