Lord God, we pray about the mystery
and obsession surrounding the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput. First,
Lord, we grieve his untimely demise, most likely by his own hand. It is devastating
when anyone is hopeless enough to take his own life. Please be with his loved
ones as they grieve, particularly with a media circus pushing countless private
details into the public domain. We do pray for his fans, that they can find
peace, cherishing his memory and grieving appropriately, but still moving forward.
We pray for investigators to diligently complete their work, that truth may
rise to the surface and rumors dissipate. We also ask for protection for those
who have been accused of bringing about Sushant’s demise. We again ask for
truth to come to light. Finally, we pray that this tragedy can bring about some
good, including a greater understanding of depression and a more accurate portrayal
of it in Bollywood films. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we are warmed by a successful rescue story amid stories of trials around the globe. We are thankful for bright moments to celebrate! Indeed, we celebrate the successful rescue of three mariners who went missing in the Federated States of Micronesia several days ago. We rejoice that U.S. and Australian military service members worked together to locate the missing mariners, and we are so pleased that those mariners not only thought to write “SOS” on the beach of the small island where they found themselves stranded, but that their signal was sighted in the final moments of that day’s search maneuver. Finally, we are thankful that the seafarers are uninjured and have now been returned home. Lord, we pray for your blessing on the Australian and American servicemen and women who helped in this rescue. We pray that this success will encourage and motivate them and their fellow servicemembers as they continue to serve their nations and the communities around them. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we are excited about the progress being made in
training sniffer dogs to detect early-stage coronavirus in people’s sweat. We
pray for the programs in Chile and the UK to move forward with success and
efficiency. We pray for wisdom and insight for those who are training the dogs
and creating the programs. We ask that it will soon be clear whether this program
is truly effective and worth expanding. On a broader level, we pray for
continued creativity for researchers, scientists and others, as we seek
solutions in this battle against Covid-19. May we use the gifts you’ve given us
to protect each other from this harmful disease. We particularly pray for the quick
development of a safe and effective vaccine. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we pray about the search for Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez,
taking place in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state. Our hearts go out to Juana
Pérez, who was selling produce in a market when her two-year-old son was
snatched by older children involved with trafficking. Lord, we are thankful for
the video evidence that has been uncovered and the other captive children who
were discovered in the search for Dylan. We pray that the video will be
distributed widely, so that someone will recognize the traffickers and report
them to the authorities. We pray for the freed children, that their families
will be located, and that they can begin the long recovery from their trauma.
Lord, please keep your hand on Dylan. Protect him from lasting harm. May
someone around him recognize him and get help. May his captor(s) feel a deep
inner conviction that what they are doing is wrong and release Dylan. Please
give Juana and her daughter peace as they await word on Dylan and as they steadfastly
advocate for him to the authorities. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, today we pray for Néstor Vargas, Luis
José Cerpa, and their colaborers, who collect the bodies of those who
die from Covid-19 in Peru. Lord, bless these workers in their determination to
provide for their families, taking these jobs that native Peruvians reject,
risking their own health and safety. We plead protection for them. We pray that
their exhaustion will not dull their sensitivity to precautions. We pray that they
will always have the appropriate PPE and the strength they need to make it through
another day. We pray that they will not bring home the virus to their families.
Lord, we thank you that they embrace the benefits that do come: not only
provision for their families, but gratitude for life and health. May they set
an example for others in these areas, as well as their hard work and their
desire to provide dignity to the dead and to their loved ones. May they draw
close to you as they work in these risky jobs. We pray for Peru, particularly
the nation’s poor, as they battle this virus. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we pray for the residents of Seoul and
citizens of South Korea as they grieve the death of mayor Park Won-soon.
Having deployed hundreds of searchers, it was a sad ending to find Park’s body
on Bukak mountain. We are at least thankful for closure, as well as for the
major mark he made on his community and country. Now his loved ones and nation
grieve not only the loss of this person, but this loss of a champion on whom
they pinned even their presidential hopes. We pray for a respectful period of
mourning and for the city and nation to move forward in healthy timing. Lord,
we do not know much about the sexual misconduct claim recently filed against
him that will now amount to nothing, due to current laws. We pray for peace and
closure for all involved with that. If this is something that needs further
investigation, we ask you to make a way for that. Again, Lord, we pray for Seoul
and for greater South Korea during this time of mourning and confusion. In
Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord, we are touched by the renaming of a major square on
Senegal’s Goree Island to Freedom and Human Dignity Square. We pray that all
who visit and hear of this place will be reminded of the dignity borne by each
human being, and that they will work toward freedom for the oppressed. This renaming
is, indeed, poignant on an island that once served as a waystation for the
Transatlantic slave trade. May we not forget that people are still enslaved around
our world today: some literally and some by systems of oppression. Show us what
we can do to make a difference. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord God, we are absolutely shocked by
the torture chambers discovered in the Netherlands. To know that people
intentionally created these places for the purpose of torturing fellow human
beings is mind-boggling. We pray against this evil; we pray for your Light to
gain access to these networks. We thank and praise you that these were
discovered and many of the criminals apprehended before the converted chambers
were put to use. We celebrate the Franco-Dutch operation that infiltrated the EncroChat
encrypted phone system and led to the arrest of more than 800 people
across Europe. Bless investigators with further success and the police with
further arrests. May the potential victims who are now in hiding receive the
help they need and eventually be able to return to normal lives. Heal their
hearts, minds, bodies and souls. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Merciful Father, hundreds of families in Myanmar are grieving
the loss of loved ones after Thursday’s colossal landslide at a jade mine in
Kachin state. At least 162 people died the horrible death of being smothered by
mud. Fifty-four have been taken to hospitals for their injuries. Lord, all
survivors and witnesses have a lot to process, having experienced something so
traumatic. Please grant them peace as they come to terms with their inability
to help during this rapid, massive catastrophe. Be with those who grieve the
deaths of loved ones. Grant them supernatural grace as they attempt to sleep at
night; keep them from the images that so often plague those who mourn terrible
deaths of loved ones. May all involved successfully seek you for comfort and
hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Father, we grieve Friday’s tragic railway accident in northeastern
Pakistan, and we pray for the injured and mourning. With 21 people from
one vehicle killed and 10 recovering from injuries, this was quite an accident!
We do give thanks that no one from the train itself was injured. Lord we pray
for the overall railway system in Pakistan, as they reckon with more than 100
railway-related incidents in 2019 alone–including one involving 70 fatalities.
Lord, we thank you for promising wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). May those
who lead this part of the infrastructure ask for wisdom in order to soberly
analyze and improve the system. If they need motivation, may others provide
that catalyst. We pray for fresh ideas in how to improve safety for those who
travel on or near railways in Pakistan. We humbly pray, amen.
Father, your Word tells us your eye is on the sparrow (Matthew 10:29). We know
you see where missing Linda Stoltzfoos is. We find peace in that. Yet we seek
your help in locating this 18-year-old Amish woman, who seemingly disappeared without
a trace June 21. With no indication she desired to leave the Amish community,
it does not seem likely she ran away. However, there are no clues about foul
play either. Please reveal truth in this situation as quickly as possible. May
clues be found, people step forward, and/or information come to light. If
Stoltzfoos is held captive somewhere, please provide a clear way of escape. Lord,
amid the fear and concern, we rejoice in the togetherness shown by both Amish
and non-Amish citizens in Stoltzfoos’ community as they seek their missing
member. May they find Stoltzfoos soon. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we know the search for loving foster homes is
never-ending. First, we pray for that need. Lord, please compel families even
this very moment to consider foster care. May they take seriously your promise
anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my
disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward”
(Matthew 10:42). Next, we pray about the truth coming to light in Berlin regarding
children being placed with pedophile men as foster parents for decades. To say
we are grieved is an understatement as we realize the significance of this terrible
trend, inspired by Dr. Helmut Kentler’s work. It is baffling that
people went along with Kentler’s theory at all, let alone for more than 30
years. We are thankful the truth is now coming to light and pray that all who
were harmed will find emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing. We
are thankful that the city-state of Berlin is taking responsibility and seeking
to help those who were abused. May this public admission of grievous error ultimately
result in great improvements to Berlin’s foster care system and many local
families stepping up to care for children. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the estimated 8000 homeless people in San Francisco, California. You see how vulnerable this population always is, let alone during a pandemic. We specifically pray for the homeless tent encampments the city has authorized during these historic times. We are thankful that the encampments are fenced off to outsiders, monitored around the clock, and that the city provides meals, showers, clean water and trash pickup. We pray that these places will, indeed, be safe and healthy, and that the people who dwell there will feel cared-for. May any non-residents who have interaction with its residents treat them with dignity, and may those who live there look out for each other. Lord, we also know this is a temporary solution to a long-term problem. We pray for government leaders, non-profit organizations and churches to come up with lasting solutions for this population. May those who are homeless find the tools, resources and care they might need to find healthier situations. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, we lay before you our grave concerns about the 60+ countries that have reported suspensions of vaccination services during March and April. We know that the coronavirus pandemic has severely reduced available flights for transporting vaccines and that social distancing guidelines have hindered the large campaigns normally required to immunize mass groups of children. Lord, we would grieve if one fatal outbreak was replaced by another, such as polio or cholera. Especially with more than a dozen African countries reporting polio outbreaks this year, we know this is a serious, realistic concern. We pray that the World Health Organization would indeed issue promised advice next week and that the guidance would be doable, effective and quickly implemented. We pray for successful battles against cholera and measles, and we specifically pray for the eradication of polio in the very near future. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we pray for mid-Michigan in the United
States as they deal with catastrophic flooding and breached dams, while also
battling increasing cases of Covid-19. First, Lord, we thank you that no lives
have as yet been lost. We are grateful evacuation notice was given quickly and effectively.
We pray that no lives will be lost as this situation unfolds. Next, we express our
grave concern about the Dow Chemical plant sitting on Midland’s riverbank, and
the fact that flood waters are mixing with on-site containment ponds. We
pray for whatever can be done to prevent dangerous chemicals from mixing with
this water and harming people and wildlife. May Dow Chemical’s safety features
all hold true, regardless of how severe the flooding may become. Lord, we
express our frustration that nothing was done when the Edenville
Dam was rated as unsatisfactory two years ago. We know this will
complicate the situation as people, businesses and communities attempt to pick
up the pieces of their lives and property when they get through the immediate
crisis. We pray for truth and justice, and for all necessary lessons to be learned. We pray, Lord, that people will stay safe, including emergency
personnel, and that the people of mid-Michigan will get through this double crisis
as healthily and hope-filled as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we are stunned and delighted that one of
the most-wanted criminals from the Rwandan genocide has been apprehended more
than 25 years after the fact: Félicien Kabuga. Heavenly Father, it is dreadful and painful to think
back on that blight on world history: a brutal ethnic slaughter, running
unchecked through Rwanda, killing 800,000 people. But we must face and learn
from our past. Please strengthen the survivors as Kabuga’s apprehension and
trial bring up painful memories. Lord, we pray for Kabuga. We do not know the
current condition of his heart, but you do. We pray he will turn to you, truly
repenting for (allegedly) financing the merciless, massive slaughter of minority Tutsis in his nation. We pray for the
justice system to move swiftly and above reproach in every way. May this
process ultimately contribute to healing for all who need it. Lord, we pray
that Protais Mpiranya and Augustin Bizimana, also earmarked for trial, will
be found as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the dozens of surrogate babies
awaiting their parents in a Kiev hotel, separated and delayed by the
coronavirus pandemic. The reality is a bit shocking: a surrogate baby industry
thriving in Ukraine: infants advertised as a “quality product.” Now the parents
of 51 babies face extra hurdles to collect their newly born children as
Covid-19 halts international travel. First, Lord, we pray for the children. May
they receive the best care possible in the absence of actual parents. Please
provide them with the love and attention, nutrition and medical care that they need
to thrive. Next, we pray for their parents, who likely struggle, knowing their
children are lined up with dozens of others, not receiving the kind of attention a family provides. Make a way for these parents to get to Kiev so they can
pick up their children, and grant them peace in the waiting. Third, we pray for the medical personnel and other
caregivers in the hotel, that they would have the strength, determination and
support they need to care for this many infants under these pandemic
conditions. May they embrace the great value in their work of nurturing these
young lives, even while suffering under the pandemic in their own, personal
ways. Finally, Lord, we pray for a healthy examination of this industry, now
that it has come into greater light. If anything should change about how
Ukraine handles this situation, may its leaders see that clearly and handle it
wisely. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we pray about the fatal gas leak in India’s state of Andhra Pradesh. The images
and facts are overwhelming. With at least 11 people dying right where they
stood or as they drove, having breathed in the toxic fumes, the situation must
have been terrifying. We pray for the more than 1000 people who were exposed
and the 25+ who are currently in critical condition. We pray for those who are
still in the affected area, that they will be able to safely evacuate as soon as
possible. We pray for the hospitals, overwhelmed with new patients amid the
already chaotic coronavirus pandemic. Heavenly Father, the residents of this
part of Andhra Pradesh need your intervention. Lord God, we also cry out for
truth and recompense. We pray that any negligence committed by this LG Polymers
plant will be revealed. We pray the company will take responsibility for
their costly errors. We pray for shelter, food, and other basic needs to be met
for those who have fled their homes for an undetermined time. Guide the region’s
leaders as they seek to handle this emergency, and may citizens look out for
each other, rather than taking advantage of this vulnerable situation. In Jesus’
name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we are concerned about the frontline
healthcare workers mysteriously falling from windows in Russia. We mourn Elena Nepomnyashchaya and Natalya
Lebedeva’s deaths, which resulted from tragic falls from windows. We
grieve Alexander Shulepov’s serious
condition after his terrible accident, and we pray that he fully recovers and
is able to communicate about what happened. Lord, only you know the full story
about what happened to these selfless individuals, who have been saving lives
during this coronavirus pandemic. We do ask for truth to come out so loved ones
can have answers and so necessary steps can be taken to prevent future
incidents. We pray for Russia as the nation battles Covid-19. Strengthen their
medical workers and emergency responders. Grant wisdom to those who lead. In
Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the family of Pastor Raymond Koh, who is still grieving his loss and
looking for answers, three years after he was purportedly abducted by The
Special Branch of the Royal Malaysia Police. Lord, in a country that is
known to supposedly offer religious freedom, people are naturally disturbed
that not only Pastor Koh, but also Amri Che Mat;
Pastor Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu, were abducted in a similar way around the
same time – using the same vehicles and the same tactics. Our desire is that
these kidnapped people be returned to their families. If they are still alive,
may someone free them, or may they find a way to either escape or to make their
whereabouts known. If they have passed from this earth, may this truth be soon revealed
so loved ones can have closure. And, Lord, we ask for justice! May those who
harmed these four activists and religious leaders make an account for their
deeds, receive just punishment, and ultimately repent. In Jesus’ name we pray,
Lord God, it has been months since we have heard
updates on “The New Light of God” cult
operating in the jungles of Panama. Yet they still need our prayers. We pray
for those who were tortured or whose loved ones were killed as part of this
cult’s brutal practices. Please continue to bring healing to them. May they
sleep peacefully, learn to trust again, and begin to understand you as the
loving God you are. We pray that this cult will not be lumped in with
Christianity in this nation, as none of the cult’s horrors reflect how you tell
us to live. Heavenly Father, we pray more broadly for this remote Ngabé Buglé
indigenous community. With 96 percent of its 214,000 residents living in extreme poverty, with
few schools, clinics, and roads, and with little local law enforcement, this is
an extremely vulnerable area. We pray for good to come from this tragedy:
that Panama as a nation will now turn its eyes to this region to bring healing,
resources, education, hope, literacy, medicine, peace. In Jesus’ loving name we
Heavenly Father, we grieve with Canada as the nation
processes and recovers from Gabriel Wortman’s
shooting rampage through Nova Scotia. With at least 19 known to be dead, others
injured and missing, and great damage to property, the nation grieves deeply.
Please bring comfort, Lord, to people who are already under the stress of Covid-19
and isolation. Please grant supernatural strength to the victims’ loved ones. Lord, we specifically pray about the fact that Wortman
impersonated a law enforcement officer. We pray about the damage this caused,
the fears it may raise for people in the future, the offense done to those who
risk their lives to do good in those same uniforms. Lord, bring healing in
those areas. We also pray for investigators as they attempt to unravel and
understand the 16 different crime scenes Wortman left behind. We pray for
motives to come to light. We pray for Wortman’s loved ones, saddled with this
ugly legacy. Finally, Lord, we pray for the nation as they mourn together through
a virtual vigil Friday. May that time bring peace and the beginning of closure.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, we pray for Turkey, where concern is
growing about religious freedom. We are incredibly thankful that American
missionary Andrew Brunson was freed from his unjust imprisonment in 2018, but
we are concerned about the sharp increase in deportations and visa denials for
Christian workers. We also grieve the suspicious deaths of other Christian
workers around the nation in recent years. Lord, we pray for answers to the
questions surrounding these deaths, particularly around the murder of evangelist Kim
Jin-Wook. We pray for the teen who stabbed him to death to respond to the
Gospel, as Kim’s widow entreated. We pray for the Church within Turkey to carry
on Kim’s legacy of sharing the Gospel in daily life, and we pray for
courage as the concerns about persecution percolate. Make your glory and love
known all over Turkey. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the revelation of truth
and for peace in Nigeria, where a human rights report appears to have uncovered
some abuses. Lord, we are disturbed by the
National Human Rights Commission report claiming security operatives killed 18
civilians during enforcement of a total lockdown in major cities over COVID-19.
We are also dismayed by the 33 reported incidents of torture, inhumane and
degrading treatment; 27 incidents of violation of the right to freedom of
movement, unlawful arrest, and detention; 19 incidents of confiscation of
properties; and 13 incidents of extortion. We ask for truth to come to
light. We pray against human rights violations in Nigeria. We pray that
civilians and law enforcement will get along and work together in the battle
against COVID-19. We also pray for justice for those who have been wronged. In
Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord God, we are concerned for Brazil’s indigenous
groups, yet we know you are even more concerned for them. After all, you know
the number of hairs on each person’s head (Luke 12:7). We lay our worries
before you: their more vulnerable immune systems due to their historic
isolation, their lack of sanitation facilities and healthcare, the distance to
the type of healthcare required to treat COVID-19, their communal lifestyle, the
nearest hospitals already being maxed-out, the tens of thousands of illegal
miners who traverse through their territory regularly, and more. Lord, we
present these concerns to you, asking for your intervention. Please work among
the indigenous groups of northern Brazil and southern Venezuela in whatever
ways are most helpful in these special circumstances. We pray for successful
helicopter transport for those who need emergency medical care, and we pray for
the efficient construction of the field
hospital in Manaus that is intended for the many nearby indigenous communities.
We ask for your help in Jesus’ name, amen.
Heavenly Father, we pray for answers regarding the
mysterious, highly unpleasant illness killing nomads in Ethiopia. With more than 2,000 nomadic people
dying of the terrible disease since 2014, locals and researchers alike are
frustrated by the seemingly senseless deaths. We pray investigators will have
keen insight and determine the cause. May the medical community find effective treatments.
Lord, if this illness is linked to Chinese firm Poly-GCL’s prospecting for
natural oil and gas, which aligns exactly with the onset of the illness,
please reveal that. If it is unrelated, we also ask you to reveal that, so the
tension can be removed. May the issues surrounding Poly-GCL’s gas exploration be
resolved. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Prayer for Europe’s Roma communities, which are at greater risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19
Lord, we are concerned for the 10-12 million Roma who live
in central and Eastern Europe. With their higher level of poverty, more crowded
conditions, lack of access to sanitation and healthcare services, and more
frequent travel, they are at greater risk of contracting and spreading
COVID-19. Topping off this higher risk, their livelihood has also been stymied
by the quarantine requirements, and they are facing more prejudice than usual. Heavenly
Father, we ask for your intervention. We pray that those governments that are
sealing off Roma communities as higher risk will also provide assistance. We
pray for temporary sanitation stations, distribution of helpful information,
and access to healthcare. We pray churches will see Romani needs and seek to
meet them, bringing hope and help into these communities however is best. Lord,
please do a great work among the Roma during this particularly perilous time.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we hear you. We recognize that we are utterly
helpless before you. A virus transmitted from your creatures in one small
corner of this wide world has brought that same world to its knees. We need
your divine intervention. Lord, we pray for the researchers around the world
who are exploring solutions to this problem. Bless and protect them. Direct
them to answers. We pray for our leaders. Keep them humble, focused and wise.
May they lead us in the directions you would have us go. We pray for our
healthcare workers, that you would grant them strength, clarity and fortification.
We pray for those living in fear, that you would bring hope and peace. And,
Lord, we pray for the sick. We desire healing for more of them, and the chance
to say good-bye for those who do pass from this earth. On this day, Lord, we
also repent. We repent of putting earthly things before you and of not living
for you. We repent on behalf of ourselves, our families, our churches and our
lands. We declare a desire to learn all that you have for us amid this global
trial. And we worship you. Amen.
Lord, we pray with the French against the growing
domestic violence they are seeing under quarantine. Increases of 36% in Paris
and 32% around the country are incredibly disturbing—and we know this is
happening in other countries around the world as well. We are thankful the
French government is addressing the concerns by setting up pop-up counseling centers in grocery stores so women
can seek help when leaving the house to go shopping. May these centers
be effective, and may the alert system at pharmacies be set up quickly so that
victims can discreetly ask pharmacists for help. We pray that word about
these resources will get out to those who need it, as well as the news that the
government will provide hotel stays for those who need safe shelter. Again, we pray
against further domestic violence in France. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Almighty God, today we pray for
Heshima, a ministry providing dignity for children with disabilities in Kenya.
We celebrate how you are mightily working through this organization, caring for
disabled children, as well as providing income for their mothers, clean water
for the surrounding community, and construction jobs for others within the
community. Lord, we pray for Heshima’s greatly intensified ministry during this
global pandemic and locust infestation. We rejoice that the ministry is able to provide washing
stations in the area, and that the water they regularly provide is even more helpful
(and in demand) than usual. We are thankful Heshima was able to quickly build
shelter for those waiting in the long water lines. We are thankful they have
been able to provide emergency housing for those who need it. We mourn with
them for those in the outlying areas who are dying alone because they cannot
obtain medical care. Lord God, we pray for divine stamina and protection for
Heshima staff members and families. We ask your most generous blessing on them
as they provide emergency housing in these uncertain, anxious days. May donors give generously to their work right now and in the future. May the peace that
passes understanding guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. May they be strong and not fear; knowing
that you come–that you save. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we are sickened to learn of
64 men dying in a shipping container as they attempted to migrate to South
Africa. We cannot imagine the trauma the 14 survivors endured as the people
around them died off, one by one, in stifling heat. First, we rejoice that the
14 did survive, and that they are receiving care at a local Mozambican hospital. We pray
for excellent care: physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
Next, we pray for the person(s) who facilitated this terrible trip to be found
and brought to justice. We pray for the truck
driver and his assistant to also receive appropriate punishment and to
repent from this incredibly poor judgment that cost dozens of lives. Lord, we
pray for the families of the deceased men, that they will be able to learn of
their loved ones’ fate in due time. Grant the United Nation’s International
Organization for Migration wisdom as they seek to identify these men. In
Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we are thankful that life is slowly returning to
normal in China. After more than 80,000 citizens were infected by Covid-19 and
more than 3,000 died, people are eager to reconnect with others and proceed
with their previous routines. We celebrate that the country has recorded zero
new infections in several days, and that restrictions are being comfortably
lifted. We pray for leaders as they seek to restore their nation’s economy and
social order. We know that so many people have been taxed beyond measure during
this time: medical professionals, janitorial workers, those providing “life-supporting”
services, etc. We ask that you restore them. May they find peace and renewal in
you. We also pray that medical professionals and researchers will continue
learning about this terrible virus so that the entire world can benefit from
this knowledge. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Our dear Heavenly Father, today is St. Patrick’s Day. In the
midst of our global pandemic, people are missing parades and parties, fun and festivities.
Lord, help us redeem this moment by recalling the true origin of this holiday.
Patrick found you in lonely and desperate circumstances. He experienced your
miraculous guidance and provision. He willingly left comfortable circumstances
to share your hope in a dark and dangerous place. Rather than lamenting our
circumstances, may we follow Patrick’s lead on this day—and every day. In Jesus’
name we pray, amen.
Almighty God, in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, we
are thankful for the good news that a couple held hostage in Mali since 2018
has been released! We celebrate Edith Blais’s and Luca Tacchetto’s
freedom! We pray for Blais and Tacchetto as they recuperate in Bamako, Mali,
and wait for transport to Italy. We know how complicated these steps are amid
the coronavirus pandemic. Give them peace and rest as they await next steps. May they ultimately arrive in a safe, supportive environment. May they begin the healing process after the trauma they have endured. Lord, there
are so many unanswered questions. May their mystery be unraveled in your perfect
timing. We would love to see justice unfold in this situation. In Jesus’ name
we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, we rejoice that Savanna’s Act was unanimously approved by the United States’ House
Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. With the murder rate of Native
American women almost 10 times higher than the national average on some
reservations, we are thankful the federal government wants to do a better job
protecting these women and gaining justice for them. We pray that the Justice
Department will do an exceptional job developing protocols to address missing
and murdered Native Americans, training law enforcement to handle these cases, and learning how to better share information. We thank you for this
legacy in memory of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. Most of all, we pray
for the murder rate to go down among Native American women. We pray for
significant progress in the very near future. Amen.
Lord God, we are thankful for Romanian and French police’s
successful arrest of 37 members of a crime ring that has stolen at least 10 million euros’ worth of merchandise across
Europe. With four years of effort and five countries’ help, we are delighted
that investigators successfully apprehended over one-third of the ring members.
We pray they will successfully apprehend the remaining thieves, and that this
group will achieve no additional highway robberies. We pray for truck drivers
to be vigilant, and that they will alert authorities as soon as anything
suspicious occurs. We pray for the apprehended suspects as they go through the criminal
justice system, that they will confess truth and experience fair treatment,
including appropriate punishments. May they come to know you. In Jesus’ name we
Heavenly Father, the search for Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow continues.
People across the United States and beyond are bewildered by the saga
surrounding these two missing children: a mother whose personality seemed to
completely change, suspicious deaths of spouses and relatives, a lightning-fast
remarriage, religious zealotry, callous reactions to tragedy, disappearances,
precious baby albums left as trash… this is not made-for-television crime, but
real life for these families. Lord, we ask for answers; we ask for leads. We
desire to find out what happened to these precious young people. We pray for
breaks in the case, keen insights for all involved, and for anyone with
information to come forward. Today, Lord, we also pray about the FBI’s most
recent call-out for help from the public. We pray for the word to spread widely
to all who were in Yellowstone National Park on Sep 8, 2019. May that
day’s visitors hear of the need and take the time to look through all their
photos and videos from that day. May people find clues that will assist in
finding these children. Most of all, Lord God, we pray for the children’s
mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, who refuses to cooperate with the authorities.
We pray for deep conviction on her that compels her to do the right thing. May
she speak truth, and may she do it very soon. We fervently pray, amen.
Lord God, today we take a moment to celebrate Bikers Against
Child Abuse (BACA) and their work in 15 countries around the world. It is very
heart-warming to hear of these members using their tough image to provide
abused children with protection and a sense of security. We pray that they will
indeed provide protection and security when needed, and that children
accompanied by them into court will feel empowered to share everything they
need to share. We pray that the connections made between BACA members and abuse
survivors will last longer than the length of a trial, but that lifelong
friendships will be made, creating a solid support system for everyone involved.
We pray for ongoing funding for this organization, and that their screening and
training processes will continue to be effective. We pray for divine
connections between children and bikers who will be a good fit for encouraging
each other. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Heavenly Father, today we take a moment to celebrate the
strides made in recent history to eradicate global poverty. It is elating to
hear that, since 1990, a quarter of the world’s population has risen out of
extreme poverty—1 in 4 people! We are delighted that less than 10% of the world’s
population now lives in extreme poverty. We know that moving out of poverty
helps children around the world—with their overall well-being, health,
education, opportunities and more. They have solid hope for the future, and
they aren’t as likely to succumb to preventable diseases. While celebrating
this good news, we now ask you to help us with further progress. We pray with
World Vision and the United Nations to move this final impoverished 10% into more
stable living by 2030. We know this will require a team effort of not just global
leaders, but global citizens, to make this happen, especially in parts of the world
like the Middle East and North Africa, where life is so fragile right now. Show
us what to do, Lord. Please show each of us what we can do today. In Jesus’ name we
Almighty God, we pray about the peace treaty signed between US
officials and Taliban representatives on Saturday. The possibility of ending
the United States’s longest war is thrilling. And Afghans are naturally delighted,
having lost more than 100,000 people since the conflict began, according to the
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
We take a moment to acknowledge this loss, as well as the loss of over 2,300 American
soldiers, and the 22,000 additional American casualties. These are no small
losses. Each number represents a soul. Each loss came as the result of sin and
war. We express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by these soldiers, who
were willing to lay down their lives for their people and nations. We grieve
humanity’s penchant toward conflict. We express our doubt that things will go
smoothly, but, with the faith of a mustard seed, we plead that they will. We
pray everyone involved will follow through with the agreement, and that people’s
desire for peace will propel them toward integrity and selflessness. May the
United States and Afghanistan have peace with each other, unhindered by the Taliban.
Heavenly Father, today we share our concern about the locust
swarms devouring crops in East Africa. In a region already plagued by food
insecurity, we are very concerned as people lose crops and pasturelands, thus greatly
impacting food supplies. Lord, we pray for those who have lost their livelihood
during this attack. Please provide them with the resources to care for their
families and to move forward. We pray for wisdom for communities and
governments as they seek solutions amid this crisis. May their solutions proactively
prevent inflated prices, starvation and ill health, which so commonly accompany
food shortages. And, Lord, we pray for peace. May people’s desperation drive
them to you and to resourcefulness and generosity, rather than to violence or
crime. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Lord God, we
pray for Costa Rica as the murder of an indigenous leader brings land issues to
the forefront again. First, we pray for the loved ones of Yehry Rivera, a leader of the Broran ethnic group who
was killed during a violent land dispute Monday night. Please grant peace and
hope to those who mourn, as well as to the nation as it grieves this situation.
We are thankful the man who shot Rivera turned himself in to authorities. We
pray that the justice system will work effectively in this case, considering and
uncovering how many people were involved in the violence. Of course, Lord, the
bigger issue that led to this violence has to do with land occupation, as you
know. Rivera died trying to expel landholders who are occupying land granted by
law to the indigenous population. From the heavens, you see how national
indigenous lobbyists accuse the government of ineffectively protecting the land
designated for their ethnic groups, and for providing inadequate security. Please
help all parties work together on helpful and agreeable solutions. We pray against
further violence as these disputes are settled. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord God, today we pray about the coronavirus outbreak
centered around South Korea’s controversial religious group, Shincheonji. First,
Lord, we pray for the 433 South Koreans confirmed to have the
virus, 231 of whom are connected with Shincheonji. We pray for excellent
medical care and full recovery. Next, we pray for the other 9000 local group
members who have gone into self-isolation and are being tested for the virus.
We pray that these measures, along with the sanitization of Shincheonji’s
facilities, will successfully halt the spread of the virus from this group. Finally,
Lord, we pray about this group’s influence. May the extra publicity not draw
additional people into any unhealthy situations. And may those who should leave
this group have their eyes opened to see the truth about the group’s teachings.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
O God our
God, what do we say about the latest attack on Christians in Burkina Faso?!
There is so much grief. We are thankful that your Spirit intercedes for us when
words fail (Romans 8:26). We may be five or 5,000 miles away, but we should all
be impacted when we hear of attackers arriving at a church, separating men from
women, shooting to death 24 of them, injuring 18 more, kidnapping three youths,
looting the church, and then burning down the church. Lord, bring your peace amid
the pain. Please protect the kidnapped youths from further harm and enable them
to escape. Lord, we are concerned about the religious leaders being targeted in
Burkina Faso. We are concerned about the 1,300+
civilians killed in targeted attacks last year in Burkina Faso, which is more
than seven times the previous year. Lord, please show us what to do.
Show Burkina Faso’s leaders and people what to do. We pray against the rapidly
escalating violence in this nation. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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