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Prayer Concerns

Prayer requests based on news events from around the world.

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.

Posted 7/2/14 at 5:42 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: 2,400 Iraqis Killed During June Conflicts

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Iraqi child looks through classroom window in 2008.

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

Posted 6/17/14 at 2:42 PM | Prayer Concerns

Have You Thanked God for Your Eyes Today?

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Have you thanked God for your eyes today?

Luke 17 tells a sad story. Jesus healed ten people of the dreaded disease leprosy. Only one of the healed people returned to show gratitude, to say thank you.

Often we are so busy or self-centered that we fail to thank God for our friends and families, the food we eat, the talents we have, and the amazing gift of salvation.

Earlier today while looking for a photo to use in another blog post, I discovered this picture of a sunflower and a probing question, "Have you thanked God for your eyes today?" I had not.

So I thanked God.

Here is a prayer list to assist you in thanking God for the blessings in your life and for the painful things that we would rather avoid.

Prayer List

  1. Thank God for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that we could have the gift of salvation.
  2. Thank God for the Bible to guide your steps.
  3. Thank God for your life, the good times and the bad times, and the trials that you've had to endure.
  4. Thank God for the family, friends, coworkers and church members that He has brought into your life.
  5. Thank God for opportunities to serve Him.
  6. Thank God for the air you breath, the food you eat, and the place that you live.
  7. Thank God for teachers and education.
  8. Thank God for the spiritual gifts and talents that he has given you.
  9. Thank God for your health and the ability to see, hear, taste and touch things.

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