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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer for the African Nation of Zimbabwe

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every day our family prays for the turbulent situation in Zimbabwe. We’ve never been there ourselves, and we don’t know any Zimbabweans personally. And yes, there are crises all over the world, some perhaps even worse than the plights facing this African nation. The difference for us is our 19 year old daughter. She and her team of health care workers have been in Zimbabwe for three weeks, working in schools and small rural clinics.  Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.” How poignantly true! We have no greater treasure than our precious daughter. And now that her heart, soul, mind and strength is invested in Zimbabwe, so is ours.

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The news is dire from this beautiful nation filled with amazingly buoyant people. Once called the “bread basket of Africa,” it has recently suffered waves of famine, epidemics of cholera, and of course the heartbreaking blight of AIDS. The political situation in Zimbabwe is also volatile, with tensions rising between different governmental factions.

Taken together, these troubles seem to be far beyond any human situation. Good people – Zimbabweans as well as internationals – are doing good work there. And yes, God uses his people to provide opportunities for him to do miracles in the lives of individuals and nations. But in the end true healing and restoration requires miracles! And miracles are sparked from prayer.

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Yes, we can pray for crises in the Congo, in Somalia, in Afghanistan, and in 100 other points of concern in the world. Today, I’d like to muster prayer for Zimbabwe. Join me.

“God, today we join our voices and our faith to pray for the African nation of Zimbabwe. You have a destiny for this wonderful part of your world, and for the beautiful people who steward it. We thank you for the work that you are already doing there. We ask that you would build on this. Bless the schools working with children. Bless the medical clinics that bring healing and knowledge of health. Bless those working to bring peace between the many, often competing elements in the government. Lord, you know what you intend for Zimbabwe and her people. Put in place whatever will bring that destiny to light. We pray this in Jesus…”

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If you have a personal connection to a nation in crisis, add that request below. As your read these requests, offer a prayer for God’s involvement. He is a God of justice and peace, healing and rescue.     

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Prayer for a Return to the Intent of “Sweetest Day 2009″

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sweetest Day, 2009 is October 17. It’s celebrated each year on the third Saturday of October. Sweetest Day originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922 when Herbert Birch Kingston a candy store employee organized a group of people who packaged small gifts for the homeless, orphans, and others in dire straits. Today the “holiday” which is most ardently practiced in the Great Lakes and Northeast involves presenting small gifts to family and friends.

Given the financial crises in which many now find themselves, perhaps this would be a good year to revive the original intent and bring some “sweetness” to the bitter pill of unemployment, debt, foreclosures and bankruptcy epidemic in our land. A foodbasket, a new pair of shoes, a Target giftcard… The needs are huge; the opportunities are limitless.

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“God, you are the provider of all good and perfect gifts. You promise too that you will supply all our needs, that we can pray for our ‘daily bread’ and know you will answer. Often, Lord, you answer these prayers through the hands of your children. As we pray for those in financial need today, bring to our minds anyone you would like us to bless in a tangible way. If you be a blessing as we pray this blessing, let it happen! We know that you say, ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good!’ If we can offer a sweet opportunity of someone in need to taste that sweetness, we’re willing. We pray in Jesus…”

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Prayer on National Boss Day 2009

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Friday is National Boss Day 2009, a time for employees to thank their bosses for the job they do. It’s also a time to acknowledge the daily pressures managers have to endure. Patricia Bays Haroski launched this tradition in 1958 to honor of her boss. In today’s economy organizational leaders have to make difficult decisions. Let’s join Haroski’s cause and say “Thanks” to the men and women a few rungs up on the ladder! And recognizing their sacrifice, let’s offer a prayer on their behalf.

“God, you are the ultimate “Boss.” You carry authority and yet also delegate it to men and women who have shown themselves trustworthy. We pray today for those who carry loads of responsibility that make it possible for all of us to carry out our responsibilities. We pray that they will have health and wisdom, opportunity, creativity, insight and courage. We pray that their families. We ask that any stress they bear would be dissipated by your hand. Let them know, ultimately that you are the One in true control. Teach them to speak to you and to trust that you are truly responsible. Bless bosses! We pray this in Jesus…”

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Pray for Falcon Heene, Missing Colorado Boy

posted by nsymmonds

It started as a CNN breaking news alert, “A 6-year-old climbed into a balloon-like experimental aircraft built by his parents and floated into the Colorado sky.” Falcon Heene is the name of the little boy who took flight earlier today in a ballooncraft built by his parents as part of a scientific experiment. At its peak the balloon reached 10,000 feet and then it started it’s descent. At the time it was unclear whether the boy was still in the ballooncraft and as of an hour ago it has landed but the boy is missing. This prayer is for Falcon Heene and his family and friends.

Heavenly Father,

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As the search begins for 6-year-old Falcon Heene I pray for his safe return to his parents. It is my prayer that wherever he is right now you would comfort him and allow him to fear not for you are near. Send angels to protect Falcon and keep him safe until he is found. Speak to him and let him know that help is on the way. And as the “help” is on their way, give them knowledge, wisdom, and discernment to find him quickly. Comfort Falcon’s family and friends in the midst of this time of uncertainty. Help them to be optimistic, patient, and stay encouraged to see what the end is going to be. May every person that will, within their radius, do all they can to not only comfort this family in their time of need, but respond to this call to action to help search for this missing child. May all hearts pray and may all minds send positive thoughts and love to this family. In Jesus’ Name, Amen 

 

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