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Prayer Concerns

Prayer requests based on news events from around the world.

Posted 9/1/14 at 4:32 PM | Prayer Concerns

Selecting a Prayer Calendar

In one of the most challenging Bible verses about prayer Christians are told to "pray without ceasing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV

The only way we can "pray without ceasing" is by turning prayer into a lifestyle. This blog recommends using prayer lists and prayer calendars.

Operation World is both a resource book and website for praying for each nation of the world. Each day of the year prayer topics are listed for specific countries. Some highly populated countries receive multiple days of attention. During the month of September the Operation World guide will focus on 555 million people in 25 countries.

Photo: Operation World

Open Doors, a ministry to persecuted believers, also produces a monthly prayer calendar. During the first week of September we are encouraged to pray for the Palestinian Territories. "Pray for long-lasting relationships to be built through the reconciliation ministry, Musalaha, which brings together
Palestinian and Messianic believers." FULL POST

Posted 8/29/14 at 6:17 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Warning of Terrorist Attack on U.S. Border

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Judicial Watch is reporting that a terrorist attack could be imminent. The watchdog organization claims that a warning bulletin has been issued based on government sources.

Judicial Watch reported, "Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). "

Informants revealted that intercepted communications show "ISIS and Al Qaeda" are planning to "carry out an attack on the border."

Last week the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to remind U.S. law enforcement of potential danger. CBS reported, "The bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI cites no known threat to the U.S. homeland, but reminds law enforcement to be alert and aware of the ISIS threat." FULL POST

Posted 8/27/14 at 11:56 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Five Leaders of Terrorist Group ISIS

Map: The World Factbook
Iraq

The terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has killed Christians, destroyed Christian churches and Shiite mosques, and robbed the Iraqi Central Bank of $425 million. The Washington Post describes ISIS as "the richest terrorist organization in the world."

In February the Iraqi Interior Ministry identified the following five men as field commanders leading ISIS. A sixth field commander (Haji Bakr) identified by Iraq was killed.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • Abu Ayman al-Iraqi
  • Abu Ahmad al-Alwani
  • Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi
  • Abu Fatima al-Jaheishi

Sources

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

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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

Map: The World Factbook
Iraq

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

Map: World Factbook
China

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

Map: World Factbook
India

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

Photo: Flickr/Jordi Bernabeu Farrús - CC
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

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