Thursday, April 15, 2021

Prayer celebrating growth of Christianity in Iran

Lord God, we are delighted to hear that Christianity is growing in Iran! We are thankful a secular research group based in the Netherlands confirmed this trend. We pray, Lord God, for the estimated million Christ-followers in Iran. We are thankful that Iran allows Christianity, but we share our concerns about the serious persecution that still takes place there. May your children find ways to grow and ways to practice their faith freely in their daily lives. May they be a positive influence in their communities and nation, helping with concerns such as the high poverty level, opium addiction and prostitution. May they have easy access to your Word and make use of that. May they shine brightly in their part of the world. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Monday, April 12, 2021

Prayer for manhunt happening in Paris PC: Getty Images

Almighty God, please direct and protect police officers as they carry out a manhunt in and around Paris. We pray they will safely apprehend the man who executed another man and shot a woman just outside a hospital Monday. Lord, we are thankful no one else was hurt and that there were witnesses. We pray that the witnesses will recall to mind any and all details that will help police find the shooter. We also pray for civilians to be on the alert for anything suspicious in their communities and quick to reach out to law enforcement if they see or hear something helpful. Lord, we pray for the perpetrator of this crime. We pray he will not feel the need to resort to any more violence and that he will submit to law enforcement when found. We pray for the woman who was seriously injured in this incident. May she receive excellent care at the hospital and fully recover from her injuries. We pray for those who grieve the death of the targeted man. Please grant them peace and hope in this dark time. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Prayer as Beirut evaluates plans to rebuild after devastating explosion PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Heavenly Father, we ask for your wisdom on how and when to rebuild Beirut’s port, which is still recovering from August’s massive explosion. The city is still grieving the loss of 200 lives and entire neighborhoods. The economy is still staggering under not only the losses to the explosion, but the inefficiency of the damaged port. Lord, as French and German companies submit proposals for rebuilding the port, may Lebanese authorities agree upon the plan that will be best for their city and nation. May proposals be accurate or even come in under cost in the end. May the process of rebuilding the port help in the healing journey for those who grieve. May motives be as pure as possible, with those who gain the contract always keeping the best for the Lebanese people at the forefront of their minds as they move forward with their plans. Finally, Lord, we ask that you glorify yourself in Beirut and spread your perfect peace among those who live and work there. We humbly pray, amen.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Prayer for Mozambique and the city of Palma as they deal with terrorist attacks PC: Getty

Lord God, we pray for Mozambique, specifically the northern city of Palma. We know that Mozambique is considered by many to be a neglected humanitarian crisis, but we are thankful that you see all that is happening there—including the thousands who have been killed by terrorists and the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes. We are grieved about Monday’s brutal attack on Palma and the ongoing fighting there. It’s disturbing to hear of the Mozambican army troops, Christians and foreigners who were killed that day, many beheaded, their bodies strewn about the streets. The terroristic practices of the Islamic State Central Africa Province disgust us. Almighty God, we pray that the Islamic State group would be thwarted on every side. Lord, we pray for the efforts of the Dyck Advisory Group, which has already saved at least 220 civilians. We pray for more safe rescues. We pray for the tens of thousands of Palma residents who have fled their homes, that they would find safety and provision. Please bless Doctors without Borders’ work with displaced citizens. We pray for the Mozambican government to regain control of the city, and we ask your blessing on the American military specialists sent to help with training. Lord God, we pray for resolution to the root issues in Mozambique, that the nation may regain order and peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Prayer for peace and justice in Myanmar     Photos: Reuters

O Lord God, we continue to cry out to you on behalf of Myanmar. With Saturday the deadliest day since the coup began, we lament the 90 unarmed protesters shot down by the military in just one day. We lament the 400 who have been killed since this coup began! We deeply grieve the children shot in their homes and yards, dying in their mother’s arms or fighting for their lives in hospitals. Lord, let us not stand by while this injustice occurs! May the military takeover somehow be suppressed. May Aung San Suu Kyi, who was democratically elected, be released from military custody and allowed to lead this nation out of this disaster. May global leaders discern how to stop this tragedy. May the truth come out and compel change. We pray for continued courage, hope and perseverance for those who righteously act on behalf of their people. May your children shine brightly during this time, pointing people to lasting hope as they live in this terrifying situation. We pray for peace in Myanmar. We pray for justice in Myanmar. In Jesus’ powerful name, amen.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Prayer about grounded container ship blocking Suez Canal traffic

Lord God, we ask for your help with the large container ship currently blocking Egypt’s Suez Canal. Knowing that traffic is currently backed up and that lines will only get longer, we are eager for the Ever Given to be refloated and on its way. While a stuck vessel may seem insignificant to some, we are concerned about global trading being delayed and the fact that international oil prices are already rising in response to this situation. We pray for the safety and effectiveness of the eight tug boats that are working to refloat the ship and for the diggers on the ground that are removing sand from where the ship is wedged into the side of the canal bank. We are thankful that no one has been hurt so far and we pray that continues to be the case. We pray for traffic to return to normal on the Suez Canal as quickly as possible. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Prayer for New South Wales amid severe flooding

Almighty God, we pray for Australia, as thousands more people are evacuated from suburbs in Sydney’s west. As they deal with their worst flooding in decades, we remind ourselves that “the Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever” (Psalm 29:10). You still reign, even when we are overwhelmed by torrential rain. We pray that the evacuations will go smoothly and that no lives will be lost. We pray for people to behave wisely, following solid safety practices. We ask that rescues play out as effectively and as injury-free as possible. We grieve with those whose homes, vehicles and businesses have flooded. Help these people trust you and rebuild/repair in good timing. Lord, it has been an excruciating year for Australians, dealing with drought and wildfires, then the pandemic, and now this flooding. Please gird their hearts, encourage them, and woo people to you amid these trials. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Prayer for the Uighur Muslim minority in China or PC: Getty Images

Heavenly Father, we pray for the Uighur Muslim minority in China. It is hard to comprehend that people groups would still be targeted and confined to internment camps. Yet, sin still thrives in the world. Sin leads to prejudice, fear and hostility. Sin leads nation to rise against nation and people group to rise against people group. We pray against this. We pray that we would guard our own hearts from such sin. Specifically regarding the Uighurs, we pray for the truth to come out. We pray that Amnesty International’s report about Uighur children being taken from their parents and sent to state-run orphanages would cause the world to take a good look at what is happening. We pray for separated families to find the help they need, and that their cries would not fall on deaf ears. We pray for special measures of comfort for the children in these orphanages, Lord. Please meet with them there. Lord God, we pray for religious freedom in China. Amen.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Prayer for Libya under new prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh

Lord God, we pray for Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh as he seeks to lead Libya’s new unity government. After a decade of chaos and violence, we are thankful that the main western and eastern factions that split apart in 2014 have publicly accepted Dbeibeh’s government. May these factions cooperate and unite so their nation can move forward under new leadership. Lord, we pray specifically for Dbeibeh’s instruction of the attorney general to open an investigation into the discovery of bodies in Benghazi. After the Security Headquarters in Benghazi initially denied the existence of these bodies, we are thankful Dbeibeh has brought the truth of their discovery to light and now wants to uncover who they are and how they died. We pray that the investigation will be successful and that loved ones can eventually have closure. Again, Lord, we pray for Libya to work toward peace and truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Praise and prayer for newly discovered Dead Sea Scrolls PC: Associated Press

Lord God, we are grateful and excited to learn that dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text have been found in Qumran, Israel. We are delighted to know that these fragments contain Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been radiocarbon-dated to the second century A.D. We pray that this find will be well-used in helping the world better understand the historicity and accuracy of the Holy Bible. May the discovery inspire people to read these books of the Bible and your Word in general. We pray these scrolls will be handled, cared for and utilized by those who are the best fit for the tasks. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but your Word stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). Amen.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Prayer against more suicides within the Korea Land and Housing Corp scandal

Almighty God, we pray that no more Korea Land and Housing Corp officials will commit suicide as their insider property speculation scandal is uncovered. With two officials already dead by their own hand, we pray that no more will find or take this opportunity. Send people to care for and watch over those who might be at risk. May those feeling guilty for inappropriate activity find another way to cope with the error of their ways, starting by turning to you for forgiveness. Lord, we do want the truth to come out about this scandal. We do want people to face justice. However, we do not want deaths. Again, Lord, we pray those involved would choose to courageously face the consequences for their choices, rather than bereaving their loved ones and preventing justice from being carried out. May they find hope in you as they experience the legal process. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Thursday, March 11, 2021

Prayer about revelations of abuse and neglect at Circle of Hope Girls' Ranch in Missouri, USA

Heavenly Father, we pray for all people connected with Circle of Hope Girls' Ranch, as more than 100 criminal charges have been made against its proprietors, Boyd and Stephanie Householder. Lord, as the Householders face charges ranging from statutory rape and repeated statutory sodomy to neglect and abuse, may truth come to light. We pray that the state of Missouri’s legal system will execute justice accurately, swiftly and appropriately. We pray that the Householders will genuinely repent of sin and cruelty as needed, and that they will humbly face the consequences for their actions. Heavenly Father, we are deeply grieved to hear that the Missouri Attorney General said officials had identified 16 victims "so far" and described the case as "one of the most widespread... against young girls and women in Missouri history." We pray for these 16 victims to find healing and hope, and we pray that any other victims will come forward when the time is right for them. Uphold them with your strength and grace as they process their experiences and attempt to speak out within the justice system. Finally, Lord, we pray for legal loopholes that allow no oversight to some faith-based and private schools in Missouri to be closed if that is what is best for everyone involved with these schools. Grant decision-makers supernatural insight into what is best for the children of Missouri. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Prayer for Equatorial Guinea after massive explosion that killed almost 100

Lord God, we pray for Equatorial Guinea as this small nation recovers from Sunday’s massive explosion in one of its largest cities. First, Lord, we pray for those who still need to be rescued, that they would be found as quickly and safely as possible. We pray for those receiving medical care, that it would be effective and efficient. Knowing that almost 100 people are confirmed dead so far, we pray for the grieving, both in this immediate aftermath and along the long journey called grief. Lord God, we pray for blood donations and medical volunteers to quickly arrive where needed—both from within Equatorial Guinea and without. We pray that, when the time is right, there will be answers about why explosives were so carelessly handled that a nearby fire set by farmers could cause such massive devastation. We pray for the president and vice president, who have not always been known to look out for their people more than their own interests, to handle this crushing event within their nation in an above-reproach, prompt, effective manner. We pray for your great mercy to be generously poured upon Equatorial Guinea both now and through the coming months needed for emotional, economic, structural and spiritual recovery. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Saturday, March 6, 2021

Prayer for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be released from her Iranian detention PC: Free Nazanin Campaign

Lord God, we pray for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is due to be released from detention in Iran Sunday. After five longs years of unjust imprisonment, she is eager to be home, and her husband and daughter are just as anxious to see her. Lord, there are doubts that she will actually be released. There are concerns that she is being used as a bargaining chip by the Iranian government. We pray, Lord God, that these concerns will not come to fruition and that Zaghari-Ratcliffe will simply walk free March 7. We pray that both the UK and the Iranian government will be just, true and wise with all aspects of this situation. We pray for the truth to come out about Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s arrest and that justice will be done. We pray that this family will have a joyful reunion and be able to reconnect well. Finally, we pray that Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her husband and daughter will fully recover from this ordeal. Please glorify yourself in this situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Prayer about earthquakes and volcanic activity in Iceland

Almighty God, we pray for Iceland, where people are concerned about a likely volcanic eruption. We pray for peace, and for people to place their trust in you. We are thankful for technological advances that allow for modeling and the mapping of potential lava flows. We are thankful it appears no towns will be impacted by lava. We do pray for scientists to have wisdom in how they monitor the excessive earthquake activity and anticipate scenarios. May they prepare the people of Iceland well for any impending hazards. Lord, after more than 17,000 earthquakes over the past week, we thank you that no one has been hurt, and we pray that no one will be harmed in any upcoming earthquakes. We pray that the earthquakes would remain minimal. Finally, we pray against emissions of dangerous gases. We know you have set the pillars of the earth (Psalm 75:3). Glorify yourself in Iceland we pray, amen.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Prayer surrounding the killing of three female journalists in Jalalabad, Afghanistan PC: Sadaqat Ghorzang/AP Photo

Lord God, we pray against the terrorist intimidation and murder happening in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. With the Tuesday shooting of four female television workers, we see clear terrorization at work. We pray for the loved ones left behind by the three women who died after being shot in the head. We pray that the fourth woman, who is now fighting for her life, will get the best possible care and survive. We are thankful that the suspected leader of the assailants has been apprehended. We pray that he will confess his crimes and confirm the connection to the Taliban if that is the truth that needs to be uncovered. We pray that the other gunmen will also be caught and that all will face justice through a fair legal system. Finally, we pray that the terrorism will fail. May journalists continue to tell the truth in helpful ways, and may freedom of speech flourish in Afghanistan. Most of all, we pray that spiritual freedom will flourish in this nation. Amen.



Friday, February 26, 2021

Prayer for hundreds of girls captured in north-western Nigeria  PC: SANUSI JANGEBE

Heavenly Father, our hearts break over the more than 300 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in north-western Nigeria Friday. Lord, we are so weary of this terrible pattern of girls and boys being taken hostage by terrorists or bandits in order to gain ransom money! We pray that this cycle will be broken! We pray for good plans by the schools, government and communities for how to prevent this from happening. May leaders and parents think creatively and ingeniously about how to prevent this terrible practice. May they find the resources and cooperation from others to implement plans. We pray for powerful working in the hearts of those who resort to this traumatic crime. May they feel convicted of the wickedness of their ways. May they see how hurtful this is to the children. May they choose to take another path in life, finding viable options for providing for themselves and their families. Finally, Lord, we pray for these schoolgirls, who are in the terrifying first hours of their ordeal even now. Guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Protect them. May they escape quickly and safely. We pray for a great work to be done among their captors, which will ultimately lead to the willing release of these captives. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Prayer as Covax vaccine-sharing initiative begins delivering doses PC: UNICEF GHANA

Lord God, your Word tell us that those who are generous to the poor lend to you, and that you will repay them (Proverbs 19:17). You exhort us to look out not only for our own interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:4). With this in mind, we pray that the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative would prove effective and efficient. We celebrate that 600,000 doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University arrived in Ghana's capital Accra on Wednesday. We pray that the vaccinations beginning next week for the highest-priority recipients in Ghana will go smoothly, and that the vaccinations will have a great impact on this nation’s battle against COVID-19. We consider the words of Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said, "We will not end the pandemic anywhere unless we end it everywhere.” Lord, may the vaccines be successfully distributed around the globe, to both rich and poor nations. May we overcome this pandemic through your blessing. Amid all of this, may we look to you as our provider, healer and guide. May we glorify you as we help each other during this trying time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Prayer about confirmation of Ravi Zacharias' sexual misconduct

Lord God, we are devastated by the truth that has been confirmed about international apologist Ravi Zacharias. We do rejoice that the truth has been acknowledged after years of victims’ statements being denied. We pray now that Lori Anne Thompson and her husband will begin recovering from the prolonged slander and mockery they endured after Thompson spoke out about Zacharias’ sexual misconduct. We pray that those who need to apologize to the Thompsons and other victims will do so with humility, sincerity and speed. We are grateful that the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministry has not only apologized to Thompson, but has released a public statement about investigation results, and that they have committed to making things right for victims, as well as evaluating the culture and future of the ministry. We pray that these processes will go well for RZIM, and that they and those they have hired for assistance will clearly discern your leading. Lord, we pray for the known and unknown victims. Our hearts are broken for them. Please grant them the peace that passes understanding and the courage they need to make it through each day, taking one step and making one decision after another. We ask for your redemptive power to transform their lives, and that they will become beacons of hope, healing and light in their spheres of influence. Lord God, we also pray for Zacharias’ widow and children. May they feel your presence, receive your comfort, and heed your leading. Finally, we pray for those whose faith may be shaken, that they will lean in to Jesus, who never disappoints. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Prayer about attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali    PC: Seyllou, AFP

Heavenly Father, we pray for the twenty wounded UN peacekeepers, who took enemy fire at their base in Mali Wednesday. Please comfort them with your presence and grant them hope during this great trial. We pray for the medical professionals caring for them, that you would bless them, grant them clarity, and help them provide the best medical care possible, especially for the seriously wounded who are fighting for life and limb. Lord, may the truth come out about those who attacked the peacekeepers, and may they face appropriate justice for this violent act. We pray for those are fearful in the aftermath of this attack, that their fear may lead to focus rather than sloppiness, and that they may put their trust in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Prayer for journalists detained in China PC: Getty Images

Lord, we are concerned about journalists being arrested in China. We specifically pray for Australian journalists Cheng Lei and Yang Hengjun, who have been detained since August and for over two years, respectively. We also pray for Bloomberg journalist and Chinese citizen Haze Fan, who was arrested in December. Heavenly Father, we know this world is a complicated, broken place. Nations rise against each other. In these cases, deteriorating relations between China and Australia are involved. These journalists are accused of spying. Lord, we do not know the full circumstances; however, we know that you do (Hebrews 4:13). Our concern is that innocent people not be mistreated. So, Lord, we ask you to comfort and meet with these journalists in their imprisonment. We pray that their true condition will be apparent when people are able to visit or talk with them. We pray that the justice system will be fair and swift for them. We pray for truth to come to light. We place our hope in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Prayer for Myanmar amid military coup   Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Almighty God, we are very troubled about the volatile situation in Myanmar. There are so many concerns, it is almost difficult to know where to begin. We are thankful that your Spirit intercedes for us when we do not know how to pray (Romans 8:26). We start where we should always start: with you. Lord, we pray that you will somehow glorify yourself in Myanmar during this time of upheaval. Next, we pray for truth and justice to unfold, and for your peace to descend. May the truth about the election rise to the surface in a way that no one can deny. We pray for justice for and the release of those who have been unfairly detained by the military: elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ousted President Win Myint, Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell, and anyone else being illegally held. We pray for peace to descend upon the protesters and their opponents, so that protests may be peaceful and effective. Lord, we are also gravely concerned about the military’s interrupting of the Internet and social media, including forcing mobile providers to disrupt services. May global pressure force the junta to cease this censorship and allow people to freely access information and communicate with their loved ones. Lord God, we want peace, hope and democracy for all the people of Myanmar. Please work mightily amid the current chaos in this nation. Amen.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Prayer as Daniel Pearl's killers are released from prison PC: Mark Ralston

Lord God, we pray for the peace that passes understanding to guard the hearts and minds of Daniel Pearl’s family in coming days. May they cling to hope as they deal with the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s decision to let Pearl’s killers go free. Even though Pearl’s brutal death was in 2002, the publicly disseminated video of his beheading by terrorists was seared into people’s minds. To know that the cold-blooded killers will be released to live out their lives tears the scab off deep wounds for many. Heavenly Father, please bring healing. Please bring justice. Lord, please grant Pearl’s parents wisdom as they seek fair dealing through the legal system. We do pray for justice to be served. We also pray for the terrorists to turn from their wicked ways to you. May they do no further harm in the name of their God. We humbly pray, amen.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Prayer for the Rohingya as they are transferred to an island refugee camp

Heavenly Father, we continue to pray for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Today we specifically pray for the transfer of thousands to the remote island of Bhasan Char. We pray that all relocations will be truly voluntary and also safe. We pray for accurate information to flow between governments, refugees, citizens and media. We pray that those who settle on Bhasan Char will find the more positive, safer experience they are seeking. May the crime stay low, and may the governmental measures to protect the island from potential flooding prove effective. Lord, we are gravely concerned about the overall Rohingya situation of strong persecution in their home country of Myanmar. We see that this is what drives the Rohingya over the border into Bangladesh by the thousands. May the root problem be solved with the Myanmar government so that Rohingya do not need to flee to refugee camps. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Prayer about sexual violence against Ethiopian refugee women PC: AFP

Lord God, we pray that the raping of Ethiopian women by those with power over them will stop! We are disgusted by the reports of sexual assault perpetrated by Ethiopian soldiers and allied Eritrean soldiers against refugee women…and not only rape, but many other disgusting forms of this kind of abuse! We pray that the government will open its eyes to see what is truly happening under their watch. We pray for women (as they are willing and able) to continually come forward to receive assistance and to share their stories. We pray for military leaders to immediately enact and enforce a zero-tolerance policy regarding sex crimes. Lord God, we know that each of these women is precious in your sight and of great worth. Help them to hear, know and embrace that truth as they heal from these abuses. We pray also that those perpetrating these crimes will have their eyes opened wide, that they may recognize the error of their ways and see these women as those they are responsible to protect and honor, rather than harm. Finally, we pray for aid agencies and media to gain easier access to the region in order to help the hurting and reveal truth that leads to change. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Prayer about significant suicide increases in Japan  (photo credit: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO)

O Lord God, we are grieved to hear of the dramatic spikes in suicides within Japan! Numbers like a 37% increase for women and a 49% rise among children are devastating. With these major increases occurring during Japan’s second wave of COVID-19, we pray for relief from this virus for the Japanese. We are thankful the nation is acknowledging the impact the pandemic has had on mental health through hammering the economy and the increase in domestic violence. We pray for divine wisdom for leaders as they seek to balance managing the economy and managing COVID-19. We pray that individuals who need help will have the courage, strength and awareness to ask for it. We pray that people will look out for one another, even strangers, during this difficult time. Finally, Lord, we pray that those who know you will share their hope and help with others. Amen.



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Prayer as independent panel reveals how the pandemic could have been better handled

Almighty God, we are thankful for the report shared Monday by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. We are grateful that this independent panel was able to investigate the COVID-19 pandemic and determine what can be done better in the future. Lord, they found that both China and the World Health Organization should have taken specific actions earlier in order to save lives. Rather than dodging responsibility or playing blame games, may all involved remain humble and move forward with greater awareness in what to do better. We know, Lord, that this may not be the last time a virus threatens global health. We pray against that, but we also pray that we will be better-prepared. May we put others’ interests before ourselves. May we humble ourselves before you and seek your assistance. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Prayer about hospital fire in India that claimed ten young lives

Lord, you promise to comfort those who mourn. Please comfort the mourning in the western state of Maharashtra, India, as they grieve the loss of 10 babies Saturday. Lord God, we celebrate and acknowledge the courageous hospital staff members who saved seven babies when the fire broke out. Please comfort and uphold them as they deal with not having saved all. Be with the parents, grandparents and siblings of the lost. Give them enough light during this dark time to take the next step forward. Heal their broken hearts. We pray for the injured, that they would recover quickly. We pray for the investigation, that the cause of this fire will be uncovered and addressed. We pray for the patients and staff at the Bhandara District Hospital, that they can continue their duties and treatments with trust in you and the peace that passes understanding. May hospital repairs not hinder anyone’s healthcare. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Prayer for grieving families after tragic California drownings  PC: Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Lord God, we take a moment to thank you for our loved ones. When we hear such stories as what happened to the Michael Wyman and David Reyes Juarez families on the North Coast of California last weekend, we want to hold our loved ones close and cherish the moments we have together. First, Lord, we pray for Sarah Wyman, who lost her husband and both of her children in one tragic coastal incident Sunday. Please comfort, sustain and strengthen her. Surround her with supportive people and helpful resources. May she find purpose and hope as she moves forward after this unimaginable loss. May people remember her husband as a selfless hero who gave his life as he attempted to save his children from drowning. Lord, we also pray for the Juarez family as they grieve their horrible loss. God, it is unclear to us who was present for this incident, but we do know that at least two of Juarez’s children helplessly witnessed their father’s death, despite their best efforts to retrieve help. Please help them recover from this trauma. Grant them the resources they need and a special measure of your grace and presence. We thank you for the example Juarez set as an educator and administrator, and as a hero who at least once directly saved a child’s life. May his legacy continue through those who worked with him and studied under him. Lord, nurture grateful, courageous, wise hearts within us. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.        

Monday, January 4, 2021

Prayer about child labor on Malawian tobacco farms  
Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

Lord God, we pray about the claims against specific British tobacco companies that were filed in London’s High Court in December--on behalf of several thousand poor Malawian farmers and their families. Lord, it is grievous to hear the claims of child labor, modern-day slavery, and coerced prostitution that the farmers mention in their lawsuit. British American Tobacco’s stated commitment to end child labor in its agricultural supply chain by 2025 indicates that at least some of these claims are true. We are thankful that these lawsuits are bringing these terrible practices to the forefront. We pray for the legal process to make the truth clear. We pray for justice and restitution wherever appropriate. We pray for child labor and this form of slavery to end on Malawian tobacco farms. Please rally some of your children to offer healthy alternatives to the farmers trapped in this cycle. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Praise that the pandemic has forced China to address mental illness in a healthier way

Heavenly Father, we thank you for another demonstration of how you can bring good things out of bad circumstances. Today we celebrate that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed China to address mental illness in a healthier way. Having been hidden and suppressed since the time of Mao, mental illness has been denied or stigmatized. With fewer than nine mental health professionals for every 100,000 residents, resources and care are extremely hard to find in China. Thank you that the overall trauma of the pandemic has forced Chinese citizens and government officials to acknowledge that trauma is real and has a genuine impact on people—and that it is OK for the affected to ask for help. We thank you that hotlines have been created and that schools are providing resources for students. We pray, Lord, for continued growth in this area. We pray for stereotypes to be broken, more people to seek training in this field, and for those who struggle to seek help from both you and mental health providers. Lord, we also pray for frontline healthcare workers in China, more than half of whom have been showing signs of depression in the aftershocks of the pandemic. Rally support and resources around them, that they may find healing, even as they bring healing to others. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.