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Posted 4/24/14 at 7:58 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Phil Robertson - Celebrity Birthdays for April 24

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The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.

  • Shirley MacLaine - actress in the movie Terms of Endearment - 80
  • Barbra Streisand - singer - 72
  • Phil Robertson - actor in the TV series Duck Dynasty - 68
  • Josep Borrell - former president of the European Parliament - 67
  • Jack Kingston - Republican congressman from Georgia - 59
  • Cedric the Entertainer - actor in the movie Barbershop - 50
  • Eric Kripke - creator of the TV series Supernatural - 40
  • Stella Damasus-Aboderin - Nigerian actress in the movie Yankee Girls -36
  • Kelly Clarkson - American Idol winner - 32

Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday.

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Posted 4/21/14 at 5:52 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: 120 Nigerian Female Students Kidnapped

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Nigeria

On April 14th more than 120 school girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Nigeria. According to Premium Times, 32 of the students have been released.

Premium Times reported, "The Christians Association of Nigeria ... announced a three-day prayer and fasting for the immediately release of dozens of secondary school girls still in the captivity of Boko Haram."

The terrorist attacks have caused Christians to flee their homes in southern Borno.

Boko Haram is a terrorist group operating in northern Nigeria. The Prayer Concerns blog has recommended prayer on several occasions for the members of this group.

CNS News reported, "Sometimes known as the 'Nigerian Taliban,' Boko Haram is suspected to have links to Somalia’s al-Shabaab and to al-Qaeda’s North Africa affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb." FULL POST

Posted 4/17/14 at 3:51 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Ferry Sinks, 280 South Korean Missing

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South Korea

The Daily Record is live blogging the recovery efforts off the coast of South Korea after a ferry carrying high school students capsized and now reports 18 passengers are dead. More than 270 passengers are still missing.

According to CBS News, "There were 475 people aboard - many of them high school students on a class trip - and frantic parents have gathered at their school near Seoul and in Mokpo in the south of the country, not far from where the ferry slipped beneath the surface until only the blue-tipped, forward edge of the keel was visible."

 Prayer List

  1. Pray for the rescue of any passengers that might still be alive.
  2. Pray for the safety of rescue crews searching for missing passengers.
  3. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of the missing.

Posted 4/16/14 at 5:57 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Possible Ukraine Civil War

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Separatists recently obtained Ukranian army armored vehicles and equipped them with Russian flags.

According to Reuters, "The Ukrainian government and its Western allies believe Russian agents are coordinating the uprising. Moscow denies it is involved and says Kiev is precipitating civil war by sending troops to put down the revolt."

The Washington Post reported that opponents of the Ukraine government "called for a referendum on May 11 with two questions: whether the populace agreed with the creation of a new 'Donetsk People's Republic' and, if so, whether it should be part of Ukraine or Russia."

Prayer List

  1. Pray for Ukraine's political leaders to have discernment and to act justly during this political turmoil.
  2. Pray for the future elections to be honest and peaceful.
  3. Pray for the Christians of Ukraine to grow in their faith, to share the gospel with their neighbors and be ministers of reconciliation.
  4. Pray for the Ukraine economy to improve and for the unemployed to find work.
  5. Pray for the Ukraine government and opposition to resist violence.


Posted 4/15/14 at 9:56 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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Prayer List: 71 Killed in Nigerian Bombing

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Nigeria

On Monday 71 people died when a bomb was detonated during rush hour. Reuters also reported that "124 were wounded in the first attack on the federal capital in two years." Government officials suspect Boko Haram terrorists planted the bomb.

In March more than 100 people were killed in attacks on three Christian villages in Nigeria. Following the attack this blog called for prayer and reported, "Police blamed Fulani herdsman instead of Boko Haram terrorists for the massacre."

Prayer List

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of the people killed by terrorists.
  2. Pray for healing for the injured victims of violence.
  3. Pray for the terrorist group Boko Haram to put down their weapons and make peace with their opponents.
  4. Pray for Christian leaders to have discernment and to boldly serve Christ in the face of persecution.
  5. Pray for Nigerian Christians to love their enemies and to have opportunities to share the gospel with them.
  6. Pray for Nigeria's government officials to lead wisely.

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Posted 4/15/14 at 2:20 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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Personal Goal: Pray for the Salvation of 1 Million People by Name

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Some people have a life list or bucket list: goals to accomplish in their lifetime. In 2006 I developed such a list and included the goal of praying for one million people by name for their salvation.

The main tool I am using to accomplish this goal is the prayer list.

Prayer lists have played an important role in my spiritual life.

My 4th grade class photo was one of my earliest prayer lists. I would use this photo as a reminder to pray for each of my classmates.

When I was teenager, my church offered the class Survival Kit for New Christians. One of the assignments was to make a list of people and pray for them. This may have been my first written prayer list.

In high school and later college I prayed for everyone in my yearbooks.

One day I realized that I might be the only person in the world praying for the salvation of some of my former classmates.

I have used each of the following as prayer lists: FULL POST

Posted 4/14/14 at 9:37 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Sarah Michelle Gellar - Celebrity Birthdays for April 14

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Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar

The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.

  • Loretta Lynn - country singer - 82
  • Pete Rose - baseball player - 73
  • Ritchie Blackmore - guitarist in the band The Outlaws - 69
  • Peter Capaldi - actor in the TV series The Muskateers - 56
  • Shizuka Kudo - Japanese singer - 44
  • Adrien Brody - actor in the movie The Pianist - 41
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar - acress in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 37
  • Anne Watanabe - Japanese singer - 28
  • Abigail Breslin - actress in the movie Little Miss Sunshine - 18

Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday. FULL POST

Posted 4/11/14 at 5:30 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Ten People Killed in Accident Involving School Bus

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Ten people were killed in a traffic accident in California when a truck struck a school bus carrying high school students.

The Los Angeles Times reporter, "A California Highway Patrol dispatcher told The Times that the 10 victims included five students, three adult chaperones, the driver of the truck, and the driver of the bus."

The Enloe Medical Center announced that two passengers were critically injured.

Prayer List

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of the deceased.
  2. Pray for healing for the injured.
  3. Pray for the safety of truck drivers, bus drivers and their passengers.

Posted 4/10/14 at 8:04 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Shay Mitchell - Celebrity Birthdays for April 10

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Actress Shay Mitchell

The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.

  • John Madden - sportscaster - 78
  • Steven Seagal - actor in the movie Under Siege - 62
  • Yvan Loubier - Canadian politician - 55
  • Kenneth Edmonds - R&B singer goes by the stage name Babyface - 54
  • Tim Alexander - drummer in the band Primus - 49
  • Jamie Chung - actress in the TV series Once Upon a Time - 31
  • Mandy Moore - actress in the movie A Walk to Remember - 30
  • Ayesha Takia - Bollywood actress - 28
  • Shay Mitchell - actress in the TV series Pretty Little Liars - 27

Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday. FULL POST

Posted 4/10/14 at 2:56 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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Prayer List: 2 Million Americans in Jails and Prisons

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According to PBS, "The federal prison population has expanded by nearly 800 percent in the past 30 years, spurred in part by the increasing use of tougher sentences applied to nonviolent drug crimes." PBS also reports that in 2012 there were 217,815 federal prisoners, 735,983 jail inmates and 1,352,582 state prisoners.

For some Christians, the prison is their mission field. Chaplains and prison ministries such as Prison Fellowship serve "the least of these."

The Apostle Paul also reminded us to not forget about Christian inmates: "Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body." - Hebrews 13:3 ESV

Prayer List

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring emotional and spiritual healing to inmates that have been abused, sexually assaulted or struggle with depression.
  2. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict inmates of their need for a Savior and for chaplains to have opportunities to share the Gospel.
  3. Pray for inmates to repent of sinful habits and to admit to the crimes they have committed.
  4. Pray for the families of inmates to be reconciled and strengthened.
  5. Pray for drug addicts to be set free from their addictions.
  6. Pray for the falsely accused and falsely imprisoned to be set free.
  7. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort and empower Christians that are victims of religious persecution and are imprisoned for their faith.

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