Posts Tagged ‘Christian Faith

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.

20
Aug
09

Orissa Christians Still Without A Voice

When you visit www.orissaindia.com, you are met with a normal government website. It talkes about upcoming festivals, shares recent news and displays maps of the area. You would never know that in the actual state of Orissa, India there is exreme violence against a religious minority. The site does not talk about the thousands of Christians who have been killed in that region over the past year, simply for being Christian. Nor does it share the stories of thousands of other Christians who are forced to live in refuge camps because Hindu extremists have burned down thier homes and threatened thier lives. Allow me to share thier stories with you now.

22
Jul
09

What if your city banned Christianity?

Earlier this month the official leaders of the Katin village in Laos confiscated the livestock of all the Christians in that village. The Christians felt violated and mistreated, but it was nothing in comparison to what was about to take place.

On July 11th, the village officials called a special meeting for all residents and announced that they had “banned the Christian faith in our village.”

The chief of Katin village, along with village security, social and religious affairs officials, warned all 53 Christian residents that they should revert to worshiping local spirits in accordance with Lao tradition or risk losing all village rights and privileges – including their livestock and homes, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF). The Katin chief also declared that spirit worship was the only acceptable form of worship in the community.

When I read stories like these, I like to put things into perspective with my way of life. What if the mayor of my town took away all the Christians cars? I would feel like it was a violation of my rights, something a mayor should not have the power to do. Then, what if a month later we were all called to a town meeting where the mayor announced that the Christian faith was banned. It would be unconstitutional, and unfair…..something that could never happen here in the US, right?

Actually the Laos Constitution allows for freedom of religion, just like our constitution does. So technically this should be just as unlikely to happen to believers there, as it would be here….yet they are still experiencing this unreal persecution.

When we put ourselves in their shoes, let us pray for them, not only for their protection and encouragement, but to empathetically pray for their rights and freedom.




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To EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN and ENCOURAGE. To be a voice to those who have none, a voice that is LOUDER than their persecution, oppression and pain. A righteous voice that is LOUDER than the enemy.

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