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

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

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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Posted 4/9/14 at 9:44 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Hugh Hefner - Celebrity Birthdays for April 9

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Hugh Hefner

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.

  • Hugh Hefner - founder of Playboy - 88
  • Valerie Singleton - host of the TV program Blue Peter - 77
  • Dennis Quaid - actor in the movie - 60
  • Iain Duncan Smith - British Conservative politician - 60
  • Brian Alexander - fashion designer - 51
  • Joe Scarborough - MSNBC news commentator - 51
  • Cynthia Nixon - actress in the TV series Sex and the City - 48
  • Jenna Jameson - porn actress - 40
  • David Gordon Green - director of the movie Pineapple Express - 39
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam - actress in the TV series The Cosby Show - 35
  • Leighton Meester - actress in the TV series Gossip Girl - 28
  • Kristen Stewart - actress in the Twilight movie series - 24
  • Isaac Hempstead-Wright - actor in the TV series Game of Thrones - 15

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

Posted 4/9/14 at 3:58 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: 20+ Injured in High School Stabbing

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Today a 16-year-old Franklin Regional High School student stabbed fellow students and injured a school security guard.

The Chicago Tribune reports, "A total of 21 people, most of them 14 to 17 years old, were transported to area hospitals, four by medical helicopters. Several had life-threatening injuries, with nine in critical condition, hospital officials said."

Prayer List

  1. Pray for healing for the injured.
  2. Pray for the student attacker's mental health and for his recovery from whatever lead to this violent attack.
  3. Pray for an end to violence in schools.
  4. Pray for teachers, guidance counselors and students to have discernment and to recognize emotional problems before they become severe.
  5. Pray for students that are bullies and for their victims.

Posted 4/8/14 at 3:36 PM | Prayer Concerns |

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Prayer List: Three Pakistani Christians Sentenced to Death

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Pakistan

According to the London Telegraph, three Pakistani Christians have been recently sentenced to death for alleged insults against the Prophet Mohammed.

Please remember the accused in your prayers:

  • Shafqat Emmanuel
  • Shagufta Kausar
  • Sawan Masi

The Lahore High Court heard an appeal today on behalf of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar. The Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement is defending this couple and claims the allegations are a sham, that the couple is illiterate and could not have sent the offending text. The cell phone was reported stolen, according to The Tablet.

Prayer List

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the accused as they go through the appeal process.
  2. Pray for the judges to overturn the convictions and set the accused free.
  3. Pray for the accusers to be convicted of their sin and to repent by admitting when they lied about the Christians.
  4. Pray for Christians in Pakistan to live boldly for Christ as they endure persecution.
  5. Pray for Christian girls that are forced to marry Muslim men.

Posted 4/4/14 at 3:31 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Gay Rights Activists Pressure CEO to Resign for Supporting Traditional Marriage

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Mozilla Foundation CEO Brendan Eich resigned yesterday after gay rights activists protested his recent appointed to lead the non-profit corporation responsible for the Firefox web browser. The gay rights activists were supported by dating website OKCupid which called for Eich's removal.

The Christian Post reported, "In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8 that sought to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The bill passed with 52 percent of the vote in the California state assembly and was approved by voters, but the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013."

Some gays and lesbians opposed the campaign to remove Eich. Blogger Andrew Sullivan wrote, "If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us." FULL POST

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