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Posted 7/23/14 at 4:43 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: 11 Parents of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Are Dead

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Nigerian man patrols the city of Maiduguri with a stick.

Boko Haram, the terrorist group responsible for kidnapping more than 276 female students in Nigeria, bombed the town of Damboa on Friday. More than 100 villagers were killed in the massacre. The Associated Press reported "that insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and lobbed homemade bombs into homes, and then gunned down people as they tried to escape the fires."

In May the First Lady Michelle Obama promoted #bringbackourgirls to bring media awareness for the victims. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan waited 99 days before meeting with the parents of the kidnapped girls, according to The Independent. At least 219 of the girls are still missing. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 4:30 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Drought Hurting Farmers in California and Texas

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Filtration pond has disappeared in Campbell, California, due to severe drought.

A severe drought has struck the southwestern United States. Cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles have adopted water restrictions as a cost cutting measure. Residents in the drought-affected region are rationing water and some farmers are unable to irrigate their crops.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published this map showing how severe drought conditions threaten California, Idaho, Nevada, Texas and Washington state.

Map: NOAA

The Los Angeles Times recently reported, "California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future." FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 3:13 PM | Prayer Concerns

Praying for Shakira

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Shakira performing in Paris in 2010.

In 2001 Colombian singer Shakira released her first English language album Laundry Service. The single "Underneath Your Clothes" got my attention. The sultry love song starts with the words, "You're a song written by the hands of God."

Soon I started praying for this talented singer to use her talents for God. Since 2001 Shakira has become one of the most famous singers in the world. Last week People Magazine reported, "On Friday, the Grammy-winning Colombian singer became the first person ever to reach 100 million likes on Facebook."

Shakira has spoken publicly about her faith and her doubts. Her 2005 song "How Do You Do" accuses God of making mistakes. (Complete lyrics available here.) FULL POST

Posted 7/18/14 at 5:42 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Israel Troops Enter Gaza

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Gaza building damaged during 2009 conflict.

 Israeli ground troops have entered Gaza, a small territory located between Israel and Egypt. Gaza is ruled by the Islamic political party Hamas and is a "non-member observer state" of the United Nations which means it is not formally recognized as an independent nation.

Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Lt. Libby Weiss told Time Magazine the military objective is "to strike a blow to Hamas’ ability to carry out terror attacks against Israel."

According to Vox, the purpose of the ground invasion is to shutdown tunnels being used by Hamas to smuggle in weapons and supplies from Egypt. FULL POST

Posted 7/16/14 at 12:54 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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Prayer List: 603 People Killed by Ebola Virus

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NIAID: "Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles" *

The World Health Organization has announced that an ebola virus breakout in Africa has killed 603 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to WHO spokesman Dan Epstein, "It's probably going to be several months before we are able to get a grip on this epidemic." Epstein told Reuters and other media, "It's very difficult for us to get into communities where there is hostility to outsiders."

An ebola virus factsheet from the WHO reveals the disease is spread by "close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals." Nurses and doctors sometimes get the virus from their patients. FULL POST

Posted 7/14/14 at 4:45 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Franklin Graham - Birthdays for July 14

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Franklin Graham

The following celebrities, entertainers and politicians 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.

  • Harry Dean Stanton - actor in the movie The Green Mile - 88
  • Yoshirō Mori - former Japanese Prime Minister - 77
  • Maulana Karenga - founder of the Kwanzaa holiday - 73
  • Vincent Pastore - actor in the TV series The Sopranos - 68
  • Tommy Mottola - record producer - 65
  • Franklin Graham - CEO of Samaritan's Purse - 62
  • Susana Martinez - Republican Governor of New Mexico - 55
  • Jane Lynch - actress in the TV series Glee - 54
  • Matthew Fox - actor in the TV series Lost - 48
  • Candela Peña - actress in the Spanish movie Princesas - 41
  • Tameka Cottle - R&B singer in the group Xscape - 39
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden - could become Sweden's next queen - 37
  • Sara Canning - actress in the TV series The Vampire Diaries - 27
  • Sean Flynn - actor in the TV series Zoey 101 - 25

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

Posted 7/9/14 at 3:47 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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How a Pornography Addict Can Pray

a man praying alone
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If you struggle with pornography, consider praying with Bible verses.

Jesus taught his disciples to pray with a model prayer in Matthew 6. For centuries Christians have prayed these verses. Verse 13 is relevant for people with sinful addictions, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

In the Old Testament we encounter the prayers of men struggling with lust and the desire to sin.

In Psalm 51:10 ESV David prayed, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."

Psalm 19:13 NLT says, "Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don't let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin."

Job made a commitment to not look at women for sexual gratification. Job 31:1 NLT shows this commitment: "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman." FULL POST

Posted 7/8/14 at 5:15 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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Prayer List: 82,000 People Live in Refugee Camp

You've heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Sometimes pictures are worth a lot more than that. This photo shows the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, near the Syrian border. 82,000 people live here, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Aerial view of the Zaatari refugee camp. Click on picture for close up.

The New York Times describes Zaatari as a "do-it-yourself metropolis" with a thriving black market. "Most of those businesses and shops are unauthorized."

CNN reports, "According to the United Nations there are now close to 700 shops in the camp and nearly 60 mosques." FULL POST

Posted 7/4/14 at 11:31 AM | Prayer Concerns

10 Prayer Requests for America

United States Capitol building at night.

As many of our American readers celebrate July 4th, please consider taking some time to pray for America. Here is a list of possible prayer requests.

  1. Thank God for America, the people that live here and the opportunities that abound. If you struggle with being thankful, ask God to help you change your attitude from one of self centeredness to an attitude of humility and gratitude.
  2. Ask God to forgive the sins of America and start with your own sins first.
  3. Pray for God to convict the pastors in America of secret sins and to draw them to repentence.
  4. Pray for discernment in the Church so that people will know right and wrong and not be lead astray by false teachings.
  5. Pray for God to give wisdom to America's president Barack Obama, Congress, governors, state legislators, mayors and other elected officials.
  6. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work supernaturally throughout society comforting victims of abuse, people with depression, and everyone grieving after the loss of a family member or friend.
  7. Pray for job opportunities for the unemployed.
  8. Pray for God to remove the idols that get in the way of Americans following Him.
  9. Pray for Americans struggling with debt to find a way to pay their bills or have their debts cancelled.
  10. Pray for spiritual awakening in America and for churches to be revived by the power of God.

Posted 7/3/14 at 5:39 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Hurricane Arthur to Make Landfall

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Hurricane Arthur photo taken on July 2, 2014.

The first hurricane of 2014 is expected to reach land tonight in North Carolina. The National Weather Service is predicting a 3 to 5 foot storm surge.

Rip currents in the Atlantic Ocean could harm surfers and there is the possibility the hurricane could cause tornadoes.

Hurricane Arthur has maximum sustained winds measured at 90 miles per hour. The National Weather Service predicts the hurricane will travel in a northwesterly direction back into the Atlantic but could threaten parts of New England and Canada.

Prayer List

  1. Pray for the safety of people in the path of the hurricane.
  2. Pray for the safety of rescue personnel that will be involved in rescue operations.
  3. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict criminals that break into closed stores and rob empty homes.
  4. Pray for Christian disaster relief personnel and churches to have opportunities to meet the needs of the hurricane victims.
  5. Pray for housing for the homeless.
  6. Pray for government officials to have wisdom in making decisions.
  7. Pray that God would be glorified in the midst of this storm.

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