Posted 7/22/14 at 4:30 PM | Prayer Concerns
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.
Posted 7/21/14 at 3:13 PM | Prayer Concerns
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."
Posted 7/18/14 at 5:42 PM | Prayer Concerns
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."
Posted 7/16/14 at 12:54 PM | Prayer Concerns |
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
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.
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 |
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 |
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.
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."
Posted 7/4/14 at 11:31 AM | Prayer Concerns
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.
Posted 7/3/14 at 5:39 PM | Prayer Concerns
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.
Posted 7/2/14 at 5:42 PM | Prayer Concerns
2,417 Iraqis were killed in June, according to a United Nations report. 2,287 people were also injured by the violent conflicts occuring across the nation.
The Los Angeles Times reported, "It marked the deadliest 30-day period in Iraq since mid-2007, the height of the country’s sectarian war, when well over 2,000 civilians were killed every month, according to statistics compiled by Iraq Body Count, an independent website."
ISIS, the terrorist group, is purposely targeting Shi'ite Muslims and destabilizing the nation. ISIS recently attacked a Shi'ite shrine. According to Business Insider, 9 people were injured in the attack. FULL POST