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12
Oct
09

Dear God,

I pray for joy this holiday season. I know that many people are out of work, forced out of thier homes and they feel alone and desperate. Many of them do not have money for a decent meal, much less a holiday feast. Some are just barely getting by and others have already lost it all. I pray that in the midst of poverty, anxiety, uncertainty, unemployment and helplessness your peace and joy would prevail. I pray that you would show me ways that I can be an example of peace and joy to those that are hurting.

I pray for Christians who have family members that do not know you. I pray you would give those Christians perseverance to keep praying for thier family and to keep being an example of your love. Soften the hearts of non believing family members that they would recieve your salvation.

I pray for citizens of Iraq. I pray for Christians that You would give them strength to persevere although the persecution against them gets worse and worse everyday. I pray that You would give them love for thier enemies and remind them that they are not fighting against flesh and blood but against Satan. No matter how strong Satan may seem at times, God is always stronger. I pray for Muslims in Iraq, I thank You for them for they are Your creation and loved by You. Please protect them and send people to minister to them, love them and pray for them. I pray for all soldiers in Iraq. I pray that they get a good night sleep tonight and that they wake up feeling refreshed. I pray for unity amongst the troops that they would support and encourage eachother. I pray that you would bring them home safely to thier families.

I pray for President Obama. I pray that as he struggles with major issues like the war, the recession and health care that You would give him wisdom to do what is best for this country and for the world. I pray that You would protect him and his family. I pray that he would make changes that glorify You and are really the right thing for this country. I pray he makes changes that lay a strong foundation for the future. I thank you for this country, for our government, for the citizens, for the geography and for all the things that make us unique. Please remind all of us, regardless of how we feel about the economy or the president or healthcare, that this country is in Your hands. It was founded on Your principles. You put us here for a reason and for that we are greatful.

In Jesus Name.

Amen

05
Oct
09

prayer prevails

On September 25, Representatives Emmanuel Cleaver and Trent Franks  co-sponsored a letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa State, asking him to address the issue of violence and violation of religious freedom that has been taking place over the past year in Orissa. Prior to the letter being sent out, Open Doors hosted a campaign asking people to contact their congress representatives and ask them to sign the letter. Thanks to your efforts, 21 representatives signed the letter. Pray that the letter is well received by the Chief Minister of Orissa State and that effective, legal action is taken immediately to give justice to victims of the Orissa attacks.

The beautiful islands of Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, are in need of our prayers. There are currently 100 short term missionaries there. Pray that God gives them wisdom when evangelizing and that their short stay is able to make a long term impact. Also pray that God calls long term missionaries to the island to plan churches and share the gospel. Also pray for seafarers from Maldives as they are often lonely and go up to 12 months isolated from friends and family.

the beautiful island of maldives, taken from nationalgeographic.com

the beautiful island of maldives, taken from nationalgeographic.com

This article is a bit old, but still worth mentioning. In early September the State Assembly “approved legislation that would allow courts to seize any property, such as house or automobile, used in the commission of human trafficking. In addition to the courts seizing property, SB 557 would add civil penalties of up to $25,000.”  Praise the Lord! Pray that more advancement is made to stop human trafficking in the U.S. as well as other countries.

Pray for the recent events of persecution in India.

My friend, Jaime, is pregnant with twins and should be delivering in three days, on the 8th. Pray that everything goes smoothly and her two baby girls are healthy.

Keep praying for all who are unemployed. My dad has a second interview this week with a well known publishing company. Please pray that all goes well.

Please say a special prayer for our troops in Afghanistan. I don’t have any details, but my friends fiancé is deployed there now and I know the past couple months the troops have had many brushes with death.  Pray for all their families…strength, love and comfort for the families of those who have already been killed and perseverance, strength and hope for families waiting for safe returns.

afghan troops. picture taken from www.dailymail.co.uk

29
Sep
09

Inspired by Daniel

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.”- Daniel 6:10-11

So many things about this verse inspire me. First of all is Daniel’s passion for prayer. He prayed three times a day every day! And not just little blurbs prayed in the shower or on the commute to work, but serious, set apart pray times with no distractions. Not that I think there is anything wrong with prayers in the shower or in the car, but this verse reminds me of the importance of spending some serious one on one time with God. Something else I love about Daniel is that, when he heard that his government was doing something wrong, he didn’t go complain to his friends or rant and rave on his blog. The first thing he did was pray to God for help. I would say and do a lot less stupid things if my priority was to pray first.

Please join me in having committed prayer every day this week and in praying for the following people/events.

1) Rifqa Barry. I’m sure many of you have heard of this Muslim teen by now, who fled her family in Ohio because she was afraid they would kill her. There is lots of speculation as to whether or not she is really danger. Pray that the truth comes out, that she is protected and pray for wisdom for everyone involved in this case. Pray especially for wisdom for the pastors and Christians involved, as they will probably be scrutinized and be accused of hating Muslims. Pray that the way they handle the situation is a good example of Christ.

2) A tropical storm hit the Philippines this weekend and the consequential flooding has killed hundreds and left thousands without homes. hat same storm, Typhoon Ketsana, hit Vietnam today. Pray for the victims and pray for restoration in both regions. http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090929/typhoon-ketsana-carries-deadly-rampage-over-to-vietnam/index.html

3) Please pray for everyone who is unemployed across the country. I know times are really tough for some people. My dad has been out of work for 6 months and I have many recently graduated friends who cannot get jobs. How about you, readers? Are any of you looking for jobs? Have any of you found jobs recently?

4) Open Doors is hosting an International Day Of Prayer for the persecuted church on Nov. 8. Pray that it helps further educate people about the persecuted church. For more information click on the following link. http://members.opendoorsusa.org/site/PageNavigator/IDOP_2009_LP

5) Please pray for a friend of mine, Jaime, who is pregnant with twins. Pray that she is able to carry them to full term and that there are no complications. I also have a praise report along those lines. My nephew, Logan, was born on Friday night. Totally healthy, no complications, and he’s pretty cute to boot.

Do any of you have prayer requests or praise reports? Let me know and I’ll include them in next week’s Monday=Prayday.

22
Sep
09

Orissa Prayer Campaign

One year ago on August 23, 2008, a leading Hindu activist was murdered. A Maoist guerilla group claimed responsibility, but the assassination was exploited by Hindu extremist forces and violence soon erupted against Christians. According to reports, more than 50,000 Christians were rendered homeless, 315 villages were completely destroyed, 120 were murdered and hundreds more injured. By government estimates, 250 churches were destroyed. The violence continued unabated for more than two-and-a half months. There is only one way to describe what has happened in Orissa; it is not ethnic cleansing but religious cleansing.
Today, on the one year anniversary, more than 4,000 people are still living in relief camps and thousands have been unable to return to the villages for fear of death or of forcible conversion to Hinduism. Churches are being replaced by the building of new Hindu temples, and on the gutted remains of churches it is written “India is for Hindus.” But the Christians of Orissa will not renounce their faith.

Federal soldiers are maintaining a fragile peace. Unable to till their fields, unable to regain their houses and restart life, cut off from schooling and the markets, living in constant fear, the victims of the Orissa violence are caught in a trap and are dependent on the little help they receive. As the months pass, and the tents begin to rot in the 100 heat and the monsoon rain, it’s important that we do not forget them.
Our brothers and sisters in Orissa face challenges and persecution on a daily basis that we cannot even begin to imagine. On this one-year anniversary please join in prayer for an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord in the state of Orissa. Pray each day for seven days…then again…and again, blanketing them with an outpouring of our love letting them know that they are not suffering alone. The following prayer requests have come directly from the field.

Day One – Church
Pray that the Lord will keep the Church steadfast and strong in faith during these testing times. Pray for the bishops and leadership of the various churches and Christian organizations that they will continue to experience the presence of God and His vitality so that they can continue to lead His people.

Day Two – Holy Spirit
Pray against the spirit of fear that threatens to dominate the minds of the Christians in Orissa and in India in general. Pray that the God-given spirit of love, power may keep them from growing fearful.

Day Three – Justice/Healing
Pray for the Christians who have been falsely accused or are held without trial. Pray for justice and for the truth to prevail. Pray also for the sick and injured due to the violence; may they experience the healing hand of the Lord and the loving touch of His people. Pray for the families who have lost their loved ones, in some cases, their breadwinners. Pray for sustenance for them and for the peace of the Lord to guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus.

Day Four – Rebuilding/Relief Organizations
Pray for the various organizations and churches that reach out and provide aid in Orissa. Pray that the Lord would bless the rebuilding efforts and that the lives of the people may be impacted for good. Pray that the victims may sense the Lord’s love for them through these efforts. Please also pray for the efforts of Open Doors in all of this.

Day Five – Peace in the Region/Forgiveness
Pray for peace and harmony in the area which is still very tense. Years of anti-Christian propaganda carried out by Hindu extremists has brought hatred against Christians to the area. Pray that the government, other agencies and especially the church may be successful in fostering peace and reconciliation. Pray that Christians will forgive their oppressors and that this would lead to a witness of Jesus and His love.

Day Six – Government
Pray for the authorities in the state of Orissa, especially the newly elected government. Pray that the government will not forget the plight of the people but will do all it can to alleviate their pain and suffering. Please pray for the various commissions that have been set up to investigate the violence, that they may provide impartial reports so that proper action can be taken. Pray for the Panigrahi and Mohapatra commissions of enquiry.

Day Seven – Evangelism
Please pray for an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord in the state of Orissa. Pray that many, who do not yet know the Lord, will come to knowledge of His saving grace. Pray that the suffering of His people may result in a greater harvest of souls for the Lord’s kingdom.




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