Saturday, October 30, 2021

Prayer as Myanmar's military junta burns Thantlang in Chin State

Lord God, Myanmar continues to be on our hearts, but we know that our concern is only a glimpse of your concern for your imperiled children. We grieve to know that the military junta continues to bring destruction upon its own people and land. We grieve the burning of over 100 homes and two churches within Thantlang, Chin State, this week. We grieve the terror brought on by burning, rocket-propelled grenades and other tactics the junta is using to torment the people of Thantlang. Lord, we think of the prophet Habakkuk’s lament: “Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence” (Habakkuk 1:3). Lord, we long to see you act in Myanmar. We long to see you act in Thantlang. We long for you to do something in our own day that is absolutely unbelievable (v. 5). Reveal your mighty hand in Thantlang, Lord. Bring peace to Chin State, Lord. We humbly plead, amen. Source: The Chinland Post

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Prayer about deadly explosion in Russia's western Ryazan province

Heavenly Father, we grieve Friday’s deadly explosion in Russia's western Ryazan province. We pray for the loved ones of the 17 workers who perished as they worked in the ammunitions disposal plant. We pray for investigators as they seek to discern the cause of the fire that launched a yellow fireball into the air above the building and then resulted in a scattered, charred ruin. We are thankful for Governor Nikolay Lubimov’s verbal commitment to improving safety in this and other “hazardous industries.” We pray that the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation will successfully examine this plant’s history and that all involved will learn what can be done to prevent future accidents. Again, Lord, we think of the loved ones of those who were lost in this tragedy. Please comfort and provide for them. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/22/europe/russia-gunpowder-plant-explosion-death-toll-intl/index.html

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Prayer about Bali island earthquake

Lord God, we pray for those impacted by Saturday morning’s earthquake on Bali. We are thankful that all affected people have been successfully and creatively evacuated across a lake, since the road was covered by the landslide. We are thankful that the search and rescue operation has concluded already. Yet, three people were killed in this natural disaster, including a three-year-old girl. While we are thankful that these numbers are not higher, for the loved ones of these three people, life will never be quite the same again. Please help those who grieve sense your presence and comfort. May they turn to you for complete healing. Rally their support networks to walk the long journey of grief with them. Also, if there is anyone who was missed in the search, somehow bring attention to them for rescue. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. PC: Antara Foto/Fikri Yusuf/via REUTERS Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/earthquake-magnitude-48-strikes-bali-kills-three-2021-10-16/

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Prayer in response to report of extensive sexual abuse within French Catholic church

Lord God, we are overwhelmed by both grief and gratitude as the major investigation released Tuesday revealed the horrific extent of the sexual abuse problem within the French Catholic church. First, we thank you for truth coming out, as well as those who diligently and righteously pursued it. We celebrate the courage of those survivors who were willing and able to share. We are thankful that the commission was established by Catholic bishops in France and worked independently from the church these past several years. Next, Lord, we lament the more than 200,000 children whose abuse over the past 70 years has been uncovered! So many lives! So much brokenness! Lord, we ask for your supernatural intervention as the healing, restoration, redemption, and remuneration process proceeds. May the church’s promise to act come to the most beautiful fruition possible for these circumstances. May pedophiles be removed from all positions of influence and may the scourge of abuse within the global Catholic church continue to be corrected. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/report-finds-216000-children-were-victims-french-clergy-sex-abuse-since-1950-2021-10-05/

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Quick update

I apologize for the lack of prayer posts. I have been sick. I continue to pray for the world and trust you are too. I will get back to posting as soon as I am able. Blessings! Isaiah 40:29

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Prayer about COVID hospital fire in North Macedonia

Heavenly Father, we grieve with North Macedonia over their COVID hospital fire. We are devastated to learn that at least 14 patients were killed when oxygen cylinders exploded in this makeshift hospital. We pray that remains will be found to identify any other deceased patients so families can have closure. We also pray that the investigation into the cause of the fire will be very clear and efficient. Lord, we know people are frustrated by what they feel was an unsafe temporary facility. We also know that many nations have struggled to keep up with the demands caused by COVID-19. We pray for truth to come out and for people to be gracious toward each other while they await the news. We pray for hope and healing for the grieving. We also pray for a new facility to be quickly, yet safely, built. Finally, we pray for the slowing and cessation of COVID transmission in North Macedonia. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58496405 PC: EPA

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Prayer for Indian pastor experiencing ongoing persecution

Almighty God, we pray for Indian Pastor Shelton Vishwanathan, who has been repeatedly attacked by Hindu extremists for his faith and ministry. First, we thank you for his life and work. We are grateful he is alive, despite more than one attempt to kill him. We pray your blessing on the elderly woman who risked her own safety by releasing him from captivity. Please protect and provide for her, and draw her to You. Second, we thank you that his family was restored to him. We are thankful they could be located, despite fleeing the country after believing him dead. Finally, we celebrate that Vishwanathan continues to share the Gospel, despite the persecution he has experienced. Lord, we ask for your protection on him and his family. We pray that they will find transportation, since their last vehicle was stolen by assailants. We pray that the police will pay attention to these incidents, not turning a blind eye to acts of Hindu terrorism. Lord Jesus, we pray that many people will come to know you through Vishwanathan’s family, including some from among his would-be assailants. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen. Source: https://issuu.com/faithandjustice/docs/f_j_14.3_august2021_digital/18 PC: Morning Star News

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Prayer about oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Lord God, we pray about the large oil spill happening in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida’s destructive visit. We celebrate that it is so far not affecting coastlines and we pray that that continues to be the case. We pray for the ongoing efforts of Clean Gulf Associates and the US Coast Guard, as they seek to find the source of this oil spill as quickly as possible. We pray for the safety of divers and all other personnel working to identify, contain, and clean up this problem. Lord, we are concerned about the damage this pollution is causing within the gulf, including the havoc it is wreaking on wildlife. Again, we pray for the source of the problem to be discovered and repaired as quickly as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Source: https://apnews.com/article/business-environment-and-nature-oil-spills-083370b76caf6d4e3099f90eb9ac4a9c PC: Maxar Technologies via AP

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Prayer for Philadelphia and the Northeast after Ida-caused flooding

Almighty God, we pray for the rescues still happening in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded the Northeast Wednesday. We are thankful for the more than 100 people who have already been rescued from this city alone—plus the 41 children rescued from a school bus nearby. With over 500 calls made for rescue in Montgomery County, we know volunteers and emergency personnel are still hard at work. Please bless their efforts and protect them. May they reach everyone before dark. Lord, there will be continued rescues and recovery not only in Pennsylvania, but also in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. Please be with the communities of this region as they look ahead to a long recovery. Please be with those who grieve the at least 23 people known to be dead as a result of this storm. Please grant not only housing, but hope, to those who have lost their homes and businesses. Lord, we know you reign--even over the roaring and foaming waters. May people in need turn to you and experience your provision during this time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/weather/ida-northeast-flooding-thursday/index.html

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Prayer to find source of Japan's contaminated Moderna vaccines

Lord God, we pray about the contamination issues Japan is having with Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine. Contaminated batches of the vaccine come at a particularly bad time, as Japan deals with a spike in Covid-19 cases and hosts the Paralympics. With millions of doses suspended or eliminated due to contamination, we pray that the source of the problem can be quickly uncovered. We are thankful that Spanish pharmaceutical firm Rovi, which bottles the vaccine, came forward with a possible problem that it is investigating. May their investigation be efficient and above reproach. If the problem actually originated elsewhere, may that be quickly uncovered. We also pray that those who received the contaminated doses before the problem was discovered would not have any adverse side effects. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58405210

Friday, August 27, 2021

Praise for record-breaking drug bust in Montenegro

Lord, we are delighted to hear of a large law enforcement victory amid the chaos in today’s world. We celebrate the record-breaking drug bust carried out by police in Montenegro. We are thankful that the 1,000 kilos of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas will not fall into the wrong hands, and, in fact, we pray that it will be entirely, properly disposed of. We pray for the two people who were arrested and charged with unauthorized production, possession and distribution, that they may turn their lives around. We also pray that this huge drug bust will begin a significant disruption to the popular drug-smuggling route to Western Europe. May Montenegro continue to have victory in eliminating drug use and decreasing crime within its nation and region. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Photo courtesy Montenegro Police/Twitter Source: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/08/27/montenegro-cocaine-bust-bananas/6271630079316/

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Prayer about terrorist attacks around Kabul airport

Lord God, we grieve the terrorist attacks around Kabul’s airport! We continue to be disgusted by the Islamic State’s violence! Lord, guard the hearts and minds of those who will be receiving the bad news about their loved ones being killed in such a way. May they be surrounded by help and support when they hear the heartbreaking news. Gird their hearts and souls. We pray this for the families and dear friends of the 60 Afghans and 12 US service members who were murdered through these attacks. We pray for the 15 US service members who were injured. Please help them get to safe and excellent medical care as quickly as possible. May they recover from these injuries as well as possible. While we do not know numbers, there are bound to be dozens of Afghan injuries as well. May the injured receive priority evacuation so they can get to safety and good care as well. Lord God, there are still so many people awaiting evacuation--with their fear now exponentially multiplied. We are frustrated by what is happening in Afghanistan. We lay our agony before you and ask: help decision-makers be wise, considerate, humble and effective. May you somehow glorify yourself amid this mess. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. PC: Victor J. Blue/The New York Times/Redux Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/afghanistan-kabul-airport-explosion-11629976397

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Prayer for Kabul evacuations

Almighty God, we lift our hearts before you about the Kabul evacuations. With the promised evacuation deadline less than a week away, we are concerned for the thousands who are still trying to flee Afghanistan. Lord, we may pray with only a mustard seed of faith, but we ask that everyone who needs and wants to flee will make it out of the country on time. We pray for obstacles to be removed, safe travel to and out of the airport, exceptional behavior by the increasingly desperate masses, and good leadership. We ask protection for the protectors, who are assisting with this emotionally and physically draining event. Lord, please provide essential food and water for those who wait and for those who assist. Prevent further stampedes. Send a supernatural peace over this place. We particularly pray for your children among these masses to shine brightly, distributing hope along with kindness. Lord, reveal yourself among the chaos in Kabul. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. PC: Senior Airman Brennen Lege/Air Force Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-58279900

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Prayer about family's mysterious death in California's Sierra National Forest

Lord God, we ask for your help as investigators seeks answers to why California residents John Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter Miju and the family dog died in the Sierra National Forest early this week. With all four found dead without signs of violence, trauma or suicide, their death is a true mystery. As investigators explore options from toxic gases to carbon monoxide from abandoned mines to toxic algae, please bring clarity. May the toxicology reports also provide insights. Lord, we are concerned not only for closure for this family’s loved ones, but that other similar deaths do not occur. Finally, Lord, we ask for peace as people grieve these mysterious deaths. May joyful memories bring smiles amid the sorrow. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. CREDIT: COURTESY STEVEN JEFFE Source: https://people.com/human-interest/john-gerrish-ellen-chung-miju-family-of-3-mysterious-death-california-hiking-trail-dog-initial-autopsy-no-clues/

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Prayer for Compassion International's work after Haiti's earthquake and tropical storm

Heavenly Father, we are grieved by all Haiti has suffered from its 7.2-magnitude earthquake, closely followed by Tropical Storm Grace. We know that thousands of Haitians have been displaced, but today we particularly pray for the 46 Compassion child development centers that have been affected—15 of which are considered “destroyed.” Lord, we are grateful for the ministry of Compassion International in Haiti and around the world. We are grateful that Compassion serves almost 127,000 children in Haiti. We are saddened by the disrupted ministry, yet grateful that Compassion team members are doing all they can to creatively care for children and their families amid this chaos. We are thankful that over 11,000 food kits have been distributed so far, and we pray that many more reach families in a timely fashion. We pray for the first Compassion Haiti team, celebrating their safe arrival in the affected area, and asking your blessing as they work closely with Compassion church partners to discuss the crisis response and better assess the overall situation. We pray for the safe and efficient arrival of the Compassion Haiti medical team. May they quickly connect with families who need their care. Lord, we know recovery is going to be a arduous process for the nation of Haiti. We pray that Compassion will rebound quickly, in order to continue and even expands its ministry to Haitian children. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. PC: Georges Harry Rouzier Info source and way to give: https://www.compassion.com/crisis/advisory-earthquake-in-the-southern-part-of-haiti-august-2021.htm?referer=623437&j=759000&sfmc_sub=13571542&l=74_HTML&u=12662966&mid=10965948&jb=48&alias=%%linkname%%&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HA_Earthquake_and_Storm_Crisis_Prayer_AUG18_206539

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

How to pray for Afghanistan

With all that is happening in Afghanistan, I know you are likely praying already. Here is a resource that may help: https://www.persecution.com/2021-08-afghanistan/?_source_code=EM21H7.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Prayer about crocodile attack in northern Australia

Lord God, we pray for the Australian soldiers who were attacked by a crocodile while swimming in Queensland’s far north. We are moved by the soldier who endangered his own life in rescuing his colleague from the attacking crocodile. We see this as an example of the kind of love you demonstrate for us (1 John 4:10). We are thankful that the men received prompt enough medical attention that they are both currently in stable condition. We pray that their medical care proves effective and that both men recover. We pray for the wildlife officers investigating the incident Saturday to have wisdom and success in discerning what happened and whether anything needs to be done to prevents future incidents. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australian-soldier-seriously-injured-crocodile-attack-queensland-media-2021-08-07/

Monday, August 2, 2021

Prayer about wildfires in southern Turkey

Almighty God, we ask for your help with the wildfires raging through southern Turkey. Please send rain, redirect winds, drop temperatures, empower and protect firefighters… Lord, please do whatever is necessary to protect people and stop the fires. We pray for safe and efficient evacuations wherever needed, including those conducted by emergency rescue vehicles. We pray against anyone trying to stand their ground in an unsafe location—that they would be aware that their lives are more valuable than any property. We pray for the quick arrival of the water-carrying planes promised by the European Union and that they will make great contributions to the firefighting. We pray for those who grieve the eight people killed so far by the fires. May there be no more deaths. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. AP Photo/Emre Tazegul Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58057081

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Prayer as results from Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination investigation are released

Almighty God, we are thankful that truth is coming out about the death of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. In death, Caruana Galizia continues to accomplish what she did during her long career: expose corruption. We are both relieved and grieved to hear that a public inquiry into her assassination has revealed that the Maltese state is responsible for her tragic death by car bombing. We are thankful that some arrests have been made. We pray for investigators to continue bringing the guilty to justice. And, Lord God, we pray for Caruana Galizia’s family and other loved ones to move toward closure as these events come to pass. Grant powerful comfort, deep sleep, and abiding peace. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Photo and info source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58012903

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Prayer about shipwreck near Crete

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210723-turkey-and-greece-search-for-missing-after-migrant-boat-sinks Heavenly Father, we pray as the rescue operation continues in hopes of recovering all passengers from a sunken sailboat near Crete. We are grateful for the 37 survivors, and we pray for the safe return of the remaining eight passengers who are still missing. We thank you for the efforts from the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Turkish Navy. We pray that these entities will work together cooperatively. Please calm the winds and the waves so that their rescue mission is unimpeded. Lord, we learned that most aboard the boat were migrants from Iraq and Syria. This calls attention to a larger problem: Middle Eastern conflict. Father, we continue to pray for your peace to break through the chaos. For those fleeing the region, please provide safe passage. We pray over the tension between Turkey and the European Union as they disagree on how to best handle this refugee crisis. Drive the leaders toward humility and collaboration; pour out your wisdom on those making decisions. Lord, you hear the cries of those who seek you. We pray for your intervention in this time of great need. In Jesus’ name, amen. Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South: Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Prayer about attack on interim president of Mali


Father God, we are grateful that Mali’s interim president, Colonel Assimi Goita, was unharmed after a man attempted to stab him with a knife. We are thankful for the security members who interceded quickly to disarm the attacker. We praise you that none of the worshippers at the Grand Mosque were harmed. Lord, we are aware of the political unrest in Mali within the past decade. We know that Colonel Goita becoming the country’s president is not without controversy. It is our prayer that the government, pro-government militia, and autonomous groups in northern Mali will abide by the peace agreement they signed, and that they will work together toward stability throughout the country. We pray for collaboration and compromise. We pray that you will work in their hearts and point them to you, the Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South. Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Prayer for rescue efforts in flooded Western Europe

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/15/europe/germany-deaths-severe-flooding-intl/index.html

Lord God, we are appalled by the current flooding in Western Europe. To know that 46 people are already counted among the dead, with many more suspected to be found later, is so grievous! Lord, our immediate concern is for the rescue efforts currently underway in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium. We pray for protection over the rescuers, both official and unofficial. We pray for them to move as quickly and safely as possible. May they rescue as many people as possible. We pray for those who are trapped, that they would be ingenious, courageous and tenacious as they seek to survive, draw attention to themselves, or find their own way to safety. As needed, grant superhuman strength. Bless those who are undertaking this rescue work, including those coming from unaffected nations to help. Lord, there will be grieving and rebuilding in the days ahead. We ask for your guidance, provision, comfort and blessing for those huge needs as well. However, today we focus on the rescues. Lord, we pray for as many people as possible to be saved. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Prayer for Johannesburg amid looting and chaos

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/12/africa/zuma-looting-south-africa-intl/index.html

Almighty God, we pray for South Africa, specifically Johannesburg, as the nation deals with rioting and looting. Lord, you see the grievances of the people as they protest the arrest and imprisonment of former leader Jacob Zuma. You see the concerns they have about their government. However, there is always the line that is crossed from protesting to criminal activity. We are concerned about the businesses that are being sacked, the neighborhoods that are being physically and economically destroyed, and the people who have been killed in the chaos. We pray for peace to descend. We pray for wise government and law enforcement leadership during this time. We pray for enough order to be reestablished that vaccination programs can restart. We pray for the truth to come out about Zuma’s leadership so people can face whatever the facts may be. We pray for safe spaces and healthy outlets for people’s rage and fears. We pray for Johannesburg to quickly recover from this time of destruction before any more lasting damage is done. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Prayer for Indonesia as oxygen supplies run low

 

https://apnews.com/article/business-health-indonesia-coronavirus-pandemic-cc5770f40c607bfcd45d4ad8a97d8fcc  AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana

Great Physician, we pray for Indonesia as COVID-19 cases soar and oxygen supplies fall. Please bless the nations that help Indonesia during this trying time—as Indonesia blessed India when India called for help. We pray for enough oxygen cylinders, concentrators and ventilators. We pray for the creation of additional effective healthcare centers to treat the surging cases of severe COVID. We pray that industries will pause in their use of oxygen in order to put people’s lives first, but that they will be able to get back to business soon. Lord, we pray that Indonesian leaders will find workable solutions to minimize the spread of this illness. May Indonesians live in such a way as to think of their neighbors’ well-being in addition to their own. For those hoarding oxygen, Lord, we pray that they will share their supplies and that they will not find themselves in a position of later need. We pray for a turnaround in Indonesia’s battle against COVID-19, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Prayer about fatal plane crash in Orebro, Sweden

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57774490 PC: Reuters

Heavenly Father, what began as a happy adventure in Sweden has ended in tragedy. Please comfort those who grieve the deaths of the eight skydivers and one pilot whose plane crashed at Orebro airport. Lord, those left behind long for answers. In the days and weeks to come, may the cause of the crash come to light. In the meantime, grant supernatural peace to those who await the information. Lord, we do not know the stories or names of those who died, but you know everything about them. May these nine individuals be remembered for the good they brought to the world and may any services held in their memory be times of unity and the beginning of closure. Walk closely along the path toward healing with those who must make that journey. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Prayer for Haiti after the assassination of its president

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/haitian-president-shot-dead-home-overnight-pm-2021-07-07/

Almighty God, we pray for Haiti as the nation reels from the assassination of its president. We pray for the manhunt underway for the assassins. Lord, whether the perpetrators are in Haiti or abroad, may they be found and brought to justice. May the truth of what lies behind this plot come to light. Father, we pray for the president's widow, Martine Moise, as she fights for her life in a Florida hospital. May she receive exceptional care. May supportive people gather around her to help her recover physically, emotionally and spiritually. We pray for interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has assumed the leadership of the country. May he lead well in this time of crisis or quickly be replaced. Lord God, Haitians have suffered for a long time. We grieve this new tragedy. May a silver lining be revealed in the dark cloud; may this terrible event ultimately lead to the addressing of big-picture, long-term issues. Make yourself known in Haiti in this dark hour. Draw people to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Prayer after mudslide hits Atami, Japan

 

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/07/03/japan-2-feared-dead-20-missing-mudslide-strikes-Japanese-coastal-city/1121625314027/  PC: EPA-EFE/JIJI PRESS

Almighty God, we are awed by the footage of the mudslide that hit Atami, Japan, Saturday morning. For a wave of water and earth to slide through town, taking down houses, cars, utility poles… what power! And to think that this is just one little speck of the huge earth you have created! You are mighty indeed. We ask you, Almighty God, to help the community of Atami as they search for the missing and grieve the dead, as they restore power and eventually rebuild. Give them grace, strength and resources. Bless the efforts of rescue workers, guiding, directing and protecting them. May survivors be found as quickly as possible. May people who have lost homes receive warm and generous hospitality. We also pray that necessary evacuations will happen as efficiently as possible in other parts of the region that are still at risk of mudslides. We pray against any further loss of life due to mudslides in this part of Japan. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Prayer about mistreatment of migrants in northern Mexico

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/nearly-3300-migrants-stranded-mexico-were-kidnapped-raped-or-assaulted-report-2021-06-22/ PC: Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Lord God, we pray about the ongoing border crisis between the United States and Mexico, especially as we learn the results of a recent human rights group report. It is staggering to hear that nearly 3,300 migrants stranded in Mexico since January due to a U.S. border policy have been reportedly kidnapped, raped, trafficked or assaulted. We know that not all statistics are accurate and that these were compiled by independent groups, but we also know that they cannot be completely fabricated. Stranded migrants of a significant number are being gravely mistreated at Mexico’s northern border. Lord God, we pray against the drug cartels, street gangs and human trafficking networks that are active in some areas of northern Mexico near the U.S. border. Thwart their activities. Expose their crime. Keep them from the vulnerable. May they be apprehended. Lord, we know that this overall crisis is huge and that there are refugee crises all over the globe. We pray that Northern and Latin American governments will discern realistic solutions to the issues that cause these crises. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Prayer of lament over 750 unmarked graves found at Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, Canada

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/24/americas/canada-unmarked-graves-discovered/index.html 
PC:THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

Heavenly Father, we lament as we learn of at least 750 unmarked graves discovered on the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, Canada. We take a deep breath and pray as we anticipate many similar tragedies being uncovered at other former Indian Residential Schools in months and years to come. How do we process thousands of children dying early deaths--away from their families and confined within toxic situations? These precious human beings--made in your image--faced malnutrition, abuse of every kind, illness and deep, soul-crushing loneliness. Their blood cries out to us from the ground, Lord. Where were you, they ask of us. We grieve deeply, Lord, wondering how you could allow this suffering. We think of Habakkuk crying out: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?  Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?” (Hab 1:2-3). We ask for what you promised Habakkuk in response to his cry: that we will look at the nations and be amazed, that you will do something in our day that we would not even believe (v. 5). Reveal yourself as truth is uncovered. Bring peace amid the deep sadness. Bring healing to those who grieve. Grant courage and wisdom to those who can begin to make amends. We lay our requests before you with humility and the necessary mustard seed of faith. Amen.  

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Prayer for continued search and rescue efforts after building collapse in Florida, USA

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/rescuers-search-around-clock-survivors-florida-building-collapse-2021-06-26/ PC: REUTERS/Octavio Jones

Lord God, we continue to pray for search-and rescue teams in Miami, Florida, as they work around the clock to find survivors from Thursday’s 12-story building collapse. We cannot imagine the pain felt by those awaiting news of their missing loved ones. Comfort them in supernatural ways as they process this tragic event and helplessly await news of any survivors. Lord, we are encouraged that Mexico and Israel sent teams to help with the effort, relieving local teams. We are encouraged by local officials and others who have provided aid, such as housing and food, for survivors who have been left homeless and for rescue workers. Please bless generosity of resources and generosity of spirit during this time. We do pray for those who search, including the dogs, as they go about their dangerous work. Please protect and guide them. We pray for equipment to work well and to be used well. We pray for any survivors who are hanging onto life amid the rubble to hold onto hope and to persevere. May they continue breathing and doing what they can to attract attention. Direct rescuers to their locations. Lord, there are so many concerns in this situation, including that truth come out about this collapse. Please actively work amid this tragedy in ways that reveal your power and mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Prayer about deadly airstrike in Ethiopia

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/23/world/tigray-airstrike-market-ambulances-intl/index.html

Father, we are heartbroken over the loss of life from the recent airstrike at a market in Tigray. We grieve for the 30 people who were killed. We are even more distraught as we learn that help was available to the injured, yet medical personnel were denied access to them. Lord, the people of Tigray are living in a war zone and are in desperate need of your intervention. The violence in this area has been escalating due to conflict between the current and former government – political adversaries who are mercilessly at odds. In addition, neighboring military forces from Eritrea have contributed to attacks in the region. Father, this is a dire situation. Please make your presence known among the Tigrayan people. Provide for their needs and give them refuge. Bring peace and stability to the area. Help them to focus their faith on you and to remain unshakeable in these turbulent times. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Prayer about deadly gang violence in Mexico

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/21/reynosa-mexico-shootings-kill-14/

Heavenly Father, we seek you for comfort and guidance as more innocent lives have been lost due to gang activity along the US and Mexico border. We pray for the families and friends of the 14 victims as they are left behind to grieve. We pray for the town of Reynosa, that you will protect the residents from further violence and help them through this traumatic event. Lord, we understand that this region is a strategic location for both drug and human trafficking. We pray that it will no longer be this way, asking that you eradicate the criminal activity from this area and revive these towns. God, we pray for leaders at all levels of government who will work together to fight against these drug cartels and gangs. We know that nothing is impossible for you, Lord, and we ask for your intervention. In Jesus’ name, amen. 


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Prayer about attack against Muslim family in Canada

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57474745

Heavenly Father, we continue to be stunned and saddened by the prevalence of hate crime in our world today. You command us to love one another as you have loved us, and we have fallen short again. Lord, we grieve for the four members of the Afzaal family who were killed earlier this month when they were intentionally run over by a truck. This incident has changed the life of a family forever, and it has also taken us a step further from peace and unity.  We pray for the nine-year-old boy who did survive. Please heal him physically, and beyond that, help him to see that there is hope in this broken world through a relationship with you. We pray also for extended family, friends, neighbors, and the Muslim community. Father, we thank you that Nathaniel Veltman was quickly apprehended. We are troubled by the hate in this young man’s heart. He, too, is in need of healing. Lord, we are glad for the attention that is being drawn to this incident. May it serve as another reminder to all of how desperately we need you in our lives: For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Prayer about kidnapping of two sisters in Spain

 

https://news.sky.com/story/body-found-in-bag-in-sea-off-tenerife-confirmed-as-missing-girl-olivia-gimeno-taken-by-her-father-12330293

Heavenly Father, we come to you with great sorrow as we learn about a father – Tomas Gimeno – who has kidnapped his two precious daughters, ages six and one. We are further grieved upon discovering that the oldest, Olivia, has been found dead. Anna is still missing, and the outlook remains grim. We are praying for a miracle that she is found alive. Please lead the authorities to Tomas quickly. Lord, we cannot fathom what would bring a father to do this to his own children. We are deeply concerned for the girls’ mother, Beatriz Zimmerman. Her world has been turned upside down in the most tragic of ways. Father, we ask that you wrap your loving arms around her and keep her close to you. Comfort her through her anger and sorrow and hopelessness. You tell us that those who mourn will be blessed – we cling to this promise. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:


Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Prayer about gang violence in Nigeria


Lord, we are heartbroken as we read about this latest instance of gang violence in Zamfara, Nigeria. We grieve over the 53 villagers who have lost their lives. We pray that there will be a day when the residents of Zamfara can live a more peaceful life without constant fear of attack. Father, we pray against these assailants. Stop them from inflicting further harm and purge the hatred that is within them! Aid the authorities as they work to impede the efforts of these criminals. Lord, we are further dismayed when we learn that children are being targeted; that they are not safe in their homes or in their schools. We grieve deeply for the crisis in Zamfara, yet we know you are good and faithful and just. We seek you and trust you in all things. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer contributed by guest prayer blogger Brandi South:

Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Creative Writing Concentration. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the Connections Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Prayer for Burkina Faso after terrorists kill 132 civilians

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/armed-attackers-kill-100-civilians-burkina-faso-village-raid-2021-06-05/  PC: AFP

Heavenly Father, we pray for comfort to descend in Burkina Faso’s village of Solhan. Almighty God, we also pray for justice. We are disgusted to hear that jihadists attacked this village overnight, killing 132 residents (7 of them children) and injuring 40 more. We are dismayed that they overpowered the civil defense and burned numerous homes, as well as the village market. We join with the nation of Burkina Faso in their 72 hours of national mourning. We cry out with them for peace amid this turmoil, for hope for those who mourn, and that those who killed and destroyed would be found out and face justice. We pray for the wounded to heal physically and emotionally. We pray for the community to rally together to rebuild and support one another. We pray for the nation as it faces continual terrorist attacks, that they would come up with a plan to effectively thwart their adversaries. Lord, we grieve with Burkina Faso today. Amid the sorrow, please make your glory known. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Prayer for Christian couple released after seven years on Pakistani death row

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/04/asia/pakistan-blasphemy-conviction-overturned-intl-hnk/index.html

Almighty God, we ask your protection over Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife, Shagufta Kausar, who were recently acquitted of allegedly sending derogatory remarks about the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a text message to another man. We celebrate that they are free after seven years on a Pakistani death row, but we know many would seek their deaths while they are free. We pray that officials would provide security for this couple and their lawyer and that all three (and any family members) would be relocated if necessary. Lord, we are thankful that a European Union Parliament resolution drew attention to Pakistan’s rising blasphemy accusations and vigilante violence. We pray that Pakistan’s government will move toward freedom of religion for its people and eliminate the death penalty for those accused of blasphemy. Lord, we think of this word of truth: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). Even while we pray for religious liberty, we also pray that your children would continue to stand for you, regardless of the trials that may come. We humbly pray, amen.  

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Prayer of celebration for little boy who saved his family from drowning

 

https://abc7chicago.com/boating-accident-7-year-old-boy-saves-father-sister/10722288/

Heavenly Father, we are so glad to celebrate happy endings! We rejoice that a Florida boating incident turned into a story of courage and perseverance. We are thankful, Lord God, that seven-year-old Chase Poust was able to swim for an hour to shore in order to save his family from drowning. We are thankful that Chase’s father, Steven, was able to stay afloat, and that Chase’s sister, Abigail, did not drift too far in her life jacket. We are thankful for helpful neighbors being home and for the Florida Fish and Wildlife crews that quickly and efficiently rescued Steven and Abigail. We join Chase’s father in thanking you for your grace. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Prayer about mass grave discovered on former British Columbia residential school grounds

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/28/canada-remains-indigenous-children-mass-graves?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1  Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters

Heavenly Father, knowing the truth can both help and hurt, bringing both peace and sorrow. That is how we feel about the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of a former residential school in southern British Columbia. The Tk’emlups te Secw├ępemc people have suspected for a very long time that hundreds of their children were hidden on those grounds; now their “knowing” has been confirmed. Lord, we know that 150,000 children attended such residential schools that were intended to assimilate Indigenous children into a different culture. We now know that abuse of all kinds was common within this educational network. We pray for the recovering adults who once attended these schools to find peace in the knowing, to receive some sort of closure, to be able to move forward in the healing process. We pray that more of the suspected 3201 deaths can be uncovered and accounted for, so more families and communities may find peace. We pray that we will learn from this sorrowful history and avoid making the same mistakes. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Prayer about cable car crash in Italy and surrounding concerns

 

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/26/italy-cable-car-crash-emergency-brake-deactivated/3051622023863/ PC: Italian Fire and Rescue

Lord, we grieve last weekend’s cable car crash in Italy that killed 14 people. Now we grieve what has come to light. Lord, we are thankful to understand more about what caused the tragedy, but so disappointed to learn that these deaths occurred in large part because of the deadly misjudgment of three of the cable car company’s top officers. They allegedly believed that the cable would not break, so they consciously deactivated the emergency brake that could have saved these 14 lives. We pray for these three people as they go through the justice system, that truth would come out, that they would remain humble, and that they would speak honestly. We pray for not only this company, but for all who hear of this to take safety measures seriously in their spheres of influence. We pray for all who grieve these deaths and who live in fear as a result of the accident. Please comfort and support them. Finally, Lord, we pray for the one survivor of the cable car crash: the five-year-old boy whose parents, great-grandparents and sibling died during the crash. We pray for him to recover from this terrible accident. May he receive top care in his hospital. May any therapy he needs for the long run go as well as possible. We pray for his heart and mind as he hears the news of those who have been lost and as he adjusts to a new life with a new family. Please heal this little boy on every level, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Prayer for Arab woman who received kidney from Jewish man killed in Middle Eastern clashes

 

https://apnews.com/article/israel-middle-east-religion-race-and-ethnicity-health-5c53376a1bb1de69bb8120b8d9f5f71e 
PC: Maya Alleruzzo, AP

Almighty God, we pray for Randa Aweis, as she recovers from a kidney transplant that should inspire us all. Lord, we see the irony in Aweis’ story: that a Jewish man killed amid clashes between Arabs and Jews in Israel’s mixed city of Lod would donate his kidney to an Arab woman. As the conflict in the Middle East continues to unfold, we pray that this story would become symbolic to those who rage. We pray that people would choose peace and sacrifice, hope and reconciliation. We pray that the ceasefire would hold. And, Lord, we pray for the loved ones of Yigal Yehoshua, the Jewish man who lost his life amid the chaos and conflict. May those he leaves behind trust you. May they experience the peace that passes understanding. May they serve as beacons of light within their communities. We also pray that Aweis would fully recover from the transplant and develop a meaningful relationship with Yehoshua’s widow. Give her a fruitful life, adding immeasurable value to her family, community and beyond. We humbly pray, amen.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Prayer for unaccompanied minors caught up in Moroccan-Spanish migration crisis

 

https://apnews.com/article/morocco-europe-spain-africa-migration-80180bf9ec520904302b3407a0fa8b76 PC: Bernat Armangue/AP

Heavenly Father, we pray for the current migration crisis unfolding between Morocco and Spain. We are particularly concerned for the unaccompanied minors whose parents are trying to find them. Knowing that authorities have already confirmed the presence of 439 unaccompanied minors in Spain and that 4400 calls have been made by anxious relatives since Thursday, we believe there are hundreds more. Lord, you see them. You know their situations. Please direct them in the way they should go. Send godly and true protectors to guard, guide and comfort them. For those who need to return home, please connect them with the proper assistance and get them home as quickly as possible. Lord, we pray for anxious parents and loved ones, wondering what has happened to these children and youths. Please give them clarity and tenacity in finding those for whom they search. Grant them peace. We pray for Spanish and Moroccan authorities to resolve their differences as quickly and effectively as possible, and to take a good look at immigration practices—both official and unofficial—on both sides of the border. May they enact helpful changes. We pray for your children to bring help and hope to those caught in this stressful, complex situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Prayer for dangerous manhunt happening in Belgian national forest

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57183188 PC: Reuters

Lord God, we pray for the hundreds of Belgian officers and soldiers, as well as Dutch and German police, who are currently searching for a military extremist named Jurgen Conings. Please lead them to this military shooting instructor, who has made threats against a top Belgian virologist and declared his society no longer bearable, before he causes anyone harm. We know the Hoge Kempen National Park’s 46 square miles are a good place to hide, but we also know your “eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). Lord God, we are thankful Conings has already abandoned his anti-tank rocket-launchers and ammunition, but we are concerned about the other intense weaponry in his possession. We pray it will fail him or that he will also choose to leave it behind. Heavenly Father, our ideal situation is that Conings will realize the error of his ways before anyone gets hurt. May he find peace within his mind and heart, may he seek peace with you, and may he turn himself in. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.   

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Prayer about two different attempted abductions in Florida and Ohio

https://people.com/pets/ohio-girl-12-saved-by-her-dog-after-man-chases-her/ and https://abcnews.go.com/US/suspect-custody-alleged-kidnapping-attempt-11-year-girl/story?id=77768011

Lord, our heads are spinning as we hear of two similar, frightening incidents happening in the last week. Two men attempted to kidnap two different preteen girls in two different American states, both reported Tuesday. Fortunately, both girls escaped and one suspected kidnapper has been captured. We pray for the other attempted kidnapper to be arrested as soon as possible. We celebrate the Escambia County deputies who worked quickly to identify and apprehend the Florida suspect. We celebrate the dog that protected the girl from her attempted abductor in Ohio. We pray specifically that the man who attempted to kidnap the Columbiana girl from his 1970s model red Ford pickup would be apprehended or turn himself in. May those who know his vehicle get in touch with law enforcement. Lord, we pray for the preteen girls who experienced this trauma. We are thankful for their clarity of mind and strength of body, which enabled them to react quickly and strongly enough to escape their would-be captors. We know that this is not always the case—even for the quick and strong. May these girls and their loved ones process and recover from this terrifying occurrence. May the incidents compel others to train their children in what to do when a stranger approaches. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Prayer for China's Hubei and Jiangsu provinces after tornadoes cause death and destruction

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/tornadoes-hit-two-chinese-provinces-killing-12-injuring-hundreds-1.4566388

Almighty God, we pray for Hubei and Jiangsu provinces in China as they recover from the death and destruction of Saturday’s tornadoes. First, Lord, we pray for the hundreds of people who sustained injuries during these storms. We pray for quality medical care whenever needed. We pray for medical personnel to not be overwhelmed and to have clear thinking and efficient work amid the post-storm chaos and concerns. Next, Lord, we pray for those who grieve the 12 who died. Give them strength to carry on and rebuild while recovering from these huge losses in their lives. Lord, we do pray for the almost 200 families who need to repair or rebuild their homes, and the businesses, including large factories, that lost their buildings. Help them rebuild as quickly as possible. Direct them to and provide the right resources. Lord God, we pray for these communities to recover. May they seek strength and hope from you as they walk the road to restoration. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Prayer as Israeli and Palestinian conflict escalates

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57110368 PC:AFP

Almighty God, how do we begin to pray for the latest trouble between Israel and Gaza? We start with peace. With Israelis and Palestinians in conflict for generations, we are always concerned for these people groups. Now that armed conflict is underway again, our hearts break. Lord, we all know this situation is complex. We are thankful that you see and know all, and that we can put our trust in you. We also know this: people—including children—are dying and the conflict is escalating. We pray for clear minds, calm spirits, discerning leadership, and hope. We pray for your glorious goodness to unfold before our very eyes amid this conflict. May those involved follow your commands to love you fully and to love their neighbors as themselves. As always, Lord, we pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Again, we ask for peace, and we place our trust in you. Amen.

 

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Prayer about apprehension of "East Valley Rapist" in Arizona, USA

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/05/05/border-patrol-agent-serial-rapist-arizona-arrested-suspected-john-daly/4965259001/

Lord God, we celebrate that authorities have apprehended whom they believe to be Arizona’s "East Valley Rapist." With no previous leads on eight cases of sexual assault in the area between July 1999 and October 2001, we are grateful funding from the Justice Department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative led investigators to John Daly III. With circumstances and DNA pointing to Daly, three of the cases are moving toward closure and one is also making good progress. We pray for the justice system to be swift, accurate and fair in these cases. We pray for final investigations to go smoothly and for people with additional information to come forward quickly and courageously. Lord, we pray for the survivors of these attacks to benefit from the arrest. We pray against flashbacks and fear, but rather for hope and valor. May all who need to testify be safe, secure and clear. Lord, we pray for Daly to repent from any wrongdoing and speak the truth. Lord God, we entrust this entire situation to you in Jesus’ name, amen.