"The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with." James 5:16b (The Message Bible)
Today, I was priviledged to take part in our local National Day of Prayer service in front of our county courthouse.
I am thankful to live in a country where such public assembly is legal. There is something powerful about people coming together with a determination to call on Jesus to save, rescue, forgive, cleanse, and empower. I believe with all my heart that the Lord was with us and heard us today. I am honored to have the chance to respond to His invitiation to partner with Him in bringing lasting change to our community (and beyond) through prayer.
Prayer makes a difference. It changes us, and it changes our world.
Did you pray today? It’s not too late!
Lord knows, we all need it.
Today, while at Denny’s, I was introduced to a woman named Barbara.
Barbara has been diagnosed with breast cancer and recently underwent surgery. This morning, she received her "port" for chemotherapy.
She maintained a brave face, but I could see the worry in her eyes. I joined hands with her, and together with some friends, we prayed for God’s peace, strength, confidence and healing. I believe that Jesus is our healer. I believe He heals cancer. I believe He works through prayer.
I asked permission to mention her story online and she readily agreed. Would you join with me in prayer for her healing and recovery?
The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. James 5:17 – The Message Bible
The 52 year old son of some friends at church was found dead this morning. Heart attack.
Spent the afternoon and early evening with the family.
Please pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength to surround them in this season of tremendous and unexpected heartache.
Guinea is currently experiencing a coup and the nation is in chaos following the death of the president this morning. Whether that chaos is short-lived or escalates into mass violence remains to be seen.
Please pray for God’s peace to come to this nation and also for the specific safety of some folks I know who are missionaries there. They tried to leave the country this morning after learning of the situation, but all border check points have been closed.
The effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous avail much!
CNN.com recently posted an opinion piece decrying the human rights horrors taking place in the Congo.
Here’s an excerpt:
Over the past decade, waves of violence have continuously crashed over eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in the world’s deadliest war.
A study by the International Rescue Committee says the war has led to the deaths of 5.4 million people…
…The perpetrators and orchestrators of this violence do so primarily in a mad scramble for one of the richest non-petroleum natural resource bases in the world.
All kinds of minerals are mined in the Congo that end up in our computers, cell phones, jewelry, and other luxury and essential items of everyday use. Because there is no rule of law in the Congolese war zone and no ethical code impacting the international supply and demand for these minerals, the result is that anything goes.
In Congo, this means the vampires are in charge.
Vampires take many forms in Congo. They are the militia leaders who control the mines, and who use mass rape as a means of intimidating local populations and driving people away from areas they want to control.
For the complete article, CLICK HERE.
Let’s keep this before the Lord in prayer, and spread the information to those we know. Together, we can raise awareness, hopefully with a growing voice that becomes loud enough for the world to take notice and stand against this atrocity…and others like it. Anybody else have an idea about what we can do?
Even so…come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Would you be willing to pray about a specific situation?
Very shortly, I am going out to talk to someone about some very heartfelt issues. They are significant, entangled, destructive and dangerous, and will certainly need more than what can be accomplished today.
But today could also be the beginnings of a real break through in this situation.
And that’s as specific as I can be!
Father hear our prayer today…come rescue and redeem!
As part of our Healing In The Streets ministry currently happening on Saturdays, we began taking requests for continued prayer.
If you would like to join us in praying for needs, here are some given to us during yesterday’s outreach.
- Tammy – veins in her legs to be healed.
- Karen – recent cerebral hemorrhage, currently unresponsive.
- Lloyd – diagnosed with brain cancer, given three weeks to live.
- Darrell – Brain cancer.
- Walt – traumatic brain injury from a car accident 17 years ago, has limited mobility and motor function. Has become agnostic.
- Rita – fell off back porch and broke her leg in three places.
- Melanie – had a massive heart attack on July 4th and is currently in the intensive care unit.
Thanks for graciously lifting these folks before the Lord in prayer!
I’ve received late night phone calls the last two nights from this guy I know.
Two nights ago, he called at 3:45 AM. I didn’t hear the phone ring, but called him back when I found the message the next day.
Last night he called again at 10:30 PM and we talked for quite a while.
Nine months ago, his wife left him and moved to the other side of the country. He’s having significant health issues. He’s self-employed, and the job opportunities for him have radically dried up over the last several months. He’s experiencing equipment failure, massive bill overload, grief, lonliness, and more. Emotionally he is drained, desperate, and completely overwhelmed.
He can’t get past repeatedly asking "Why is this happening to me???"
This fellow needs a real change, real hope and real direction.
I believe prayer makes a real difference.
Would you join me in praying for this situation?
Just got a call that the father of one of my parishoners just had a stroke. I’m getting ready to go to the hospital. Any prayers you might offer at this time are appreciated!