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Posted 8/20/14 at 12:02 PM | Prayer Concerns |


Prayer List: Police Kill 400 People Annually

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Yesterday police fatally shot another man in Missouri. TV station KTVI in St Louis reported, "When police arrived, they say the man charged the officers with the knife more than once. The second time they opened fire. Witnesses report him saying, 'Kill me.'"

USA Today examined FBI statistics and reported that during a seven year period ending in 2012, there was an average of 400 people killed annually by police of which 96 involved white police officers shooting black individuals.

"How dangerous is it to be a cop?"

The Freeman, a libertarian publication, answers this question: "In 2013, out of 900,000 sworn officers, just 100 died from a job-related injury. That's about 11.1 per 100,000, or a rate of 0.001%." Out of 100 police fatalities, only 31 were killed by gunfire. "Other causes of death were: aircraft accident (1), automobile accident (28), motorcycle accident (4), falling (6), drowning (2), electrocution (1), and job-related illness (13)." FULL POST

Posted 8/14/14 at 5:53 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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Prayer List: Iraq to Establish New Government

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Have you prayed for Iraq's new President?

Fouad Massoum was elected President of Iraq in July and he is trying to bring back order to a nation split by terrorism.

According to the Press Trust of India, "Iraq‘s new president has charged the deputy speaker of parliament Haider al-Ibadi with forming a new government in the next 30 days."

To maintain peace among rival factions in Iraq, the country's government is headed by representatives of the three largest Iraqi groups.

The Wire reports, "For more than a decade, an informal agreement has held whereby Iraq's President is a Kurd, it's Prime Minister a Shiite, and the speaker of its parliament a Sunni."

The new government is opposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has taken over a large part of the country.

According to the New Statesman, ISIS "is among the fastest-growing and richest terrorist groups of all time. After initially funding its efforts with extortion, smuggling and private donations, it literally struck gold in June when it made off with $400m in cash and gold from the central bank in Mosul" FULL POST

Posted 8/7/14 at 6:26 PM | Prayer Concerns

Nine Prayer Requests for Back to School

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The new school year is beginning for millions of students. Numerous opportunities exist for mission-minded Christians. We can pray for students, collect school supplies for students from poor homes, be mentors and serve as school volunteers.

The Global Week of Student Prayer will be held September 21st through 27th and the 2014 See You at the Pole is scheduled on September 24th.

Here is a list of topics to assist you in praying for this new school year.

  1. Salvation for students and teachers - Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict students, teachers and school administrators of their sin and need for a savior.
  2. Teachers - Pray for teachers to provide excellent classroom instruction and to have discernment in dealing with student conflicts.
  3. Discipleship - Pray for Christian parents, Bible study teachers, pastors and youth ministers to be effective disciple makers and godly role models for the students they encounter.
  4. Resistance to sin - Pray for students to resist the temptation to cheat on school work and tests and to be honest in their relationships. Also pray for teachers and students to resist pre-marital sex.
  5. Friendship - Pray for Christians to not be led astray by bad relationships and for these students not to be unequally yoked by dating nonchristians. Pray for students to develop meaningful relationships that will honor Christ.
  6. Troubled students - Pray for suicidal, depression, and sexually abused students to get emotional support and overcome their painful pasts. Pray for drug, alcohol and pornography addicts to be freed of their addictions. Pray for students with bulimia and other eating disorders to develop a healthy self image.
  7. Student debt - Pray for college students and graduates trapped by large student debt to be able to pay back their loans.
  8. Economically deprived - Pray for students that live in homeless shelters or lack school supplies to have their needs met.
  9. Homeschool parents - Pray for homeschool parents to be faithful in teaching their kids.

Posted 8/5/14 at 6:07 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Earthquake in China Kills More Than 400 People

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According to China Central Television (CCTV), "The death toll from #YunnanEarthquake has climbed to 410, with 12 people missing. 2,373 injured reported."

Thousands of Chinese soldiers have assisted in search and rescue operations following Sunday's earthquake and are clearing roads with backhoes and pickaxes. The Associated Press reported, "Groups of volunteers, meanwhile, used their bare hands." The Chinese government estimates 80,000 homes were destroyed by the earthquake.

According to Sky News, there is the dangerous possibility of flooding from an earthquake-formed lake. A landslide blocked a river and "may burst within days".

The earthquake victims need more than shelter. AFP reported "Drenched survivors wait for food." FULL POST

Posted 7/30/14 at 4:15 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Landslide Destroys Town in India

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According to the Associated Press, 17 people were killed when a landslide caused by heavy rains destroyed the Indian town of Ambegaon. The death toll could increase as rescue workers search the area where 40 homes were demolished.

Reuters reported that 150 people could be trapped by the natural disaster.

Prayer List

  1. Pray for emergency workers to rescue everyone trapped by the landslide.
  2. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort families and friends of the deceased.
  3. Pray for the safety of emergency workers.
  4. Pray for new housing and jobs for the survivors.

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.


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

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