A Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane with 104 people on board crashed today as it made its approach into Tripoli’s airport. Officials are reporting that at least 96 people have died. A 10-year-old Dutch boy was the only known survivor. Many international travelers were on board. Let’s pray for Libya, for the families of those all over the world who have lost loved ones, for officials working through the crisis, and for this 10 year old boy who has survived.
“God, we live in a dangerous world. You do not promise that we will always be kept from danger. You do promise to be with us when we face things like this. We pray today that you would show yourself in and through the aftermath of this horrible airline disaster in Libya. God, comfort those around the world who have lost loved ones. In their shock and grief give them the grace to turn to you to find what no one else can give. Give the officials in North Africa who must investigate this tragedy the strength and wisdom to not only find the truth in this crisis but to know what to do to avoid future disasters. Thank you that one 10 year old boy survived. Heal him completely, physically and emotionally. And give him a sense of his destiny, to find now the special purpose you have for him here on earth. God, we trust you. We do not and cannot understand these things. But we know and trust you. And that, while not always satisfying to our desires, is always deeply and fully enough. We pray for peace, your peace for all those affected by this plane crash. In Jesus we pray…”
Violent storms tore through the southern Plains yesterday killing five people and injuring many more. Several tornadoes and numerous thunderstorms with powerful straight-line winds flattened homes, toppled semitrailers and downed power lines and trees. The storms ravaged Oklahoma and Kansas, dumping hail as big as baseballs and leaving tens of thousands of people without power. Let’s lift prayer for those walking through the aftermath of these torrents.
“God, we pray a blessing of peace and courage for all those struggling now in the wake of these powerful storms in Oklahoma and Kansas. We pray for healing for those who are injured. We pray for comfort for those who have lost loved ones. We pray for courage and peace for those who have lost property or have been displaced. We pray too for settled weather and ‘peace on earth.’ In Jesus name…”
Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino is expected to win the presidential election in the Philippines when as many as 85% of the Philippines eligible voters go to the polls today.
It’s been a rocky final few days in the presidential campaign. There have been technical problems in the voting system, shootings and bombings in some remote areas, and allegations of vote buying against some of the leading candidates. In addition the financial crisis in Europe has seriously impacted the Philippine economy.
Reports this morning indicate that despite all these risks the election is progressing peacefully and with fewer glitches than some feared. Let’s pray today for the election in the Philippines and for peace and God’s blessing in this nation.
“God may your regime prevail today in the Philippines. As this nation goes to the polls to elect a new president we ask that in and through this process your perfect peace would reign. We know that no human government is perfect. We know that until your Kingdom comes in total we will always fall short of your glory. But there are degrees of goodness that are possible here and now and we ask the by your Spirit you would guide the decisions made today in this great nation. We ask that godly and good men and women would be entrusted with authority there. We ask that truth would triumph, that the light of honesty and integrity and generosity would win the day. Lord, root out corruption and greed in the Philippine government. Bring instead a spirit of humility, servanthood, and gratitude. Lord, prevail there. May your people across every island, in every city and village rise to speak your voice in their vote. Unite those who have faith in you, and build your Church in part by giving them a good and just government that will protect them from the waves of human and demonic evil. We pray for the Philippines in Jesus’ great name!”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.” Phillipians 4:6-7
Yesterday afternoon at around 3:00 the Dow Jones Index dropped nearly 1,000 points and the financial world was sent into a tailspin. Many started scrambling to look after their stocks, their 401Ks and their savings account. Pandemonium abounded on Wall Street and some parts of Main Street. I say some parts because the great majority of us didn’t pay this news any mind. I can say that because when the news came across my desk, I waved it off. I just didn’t feel like feeding the media monster at the moment and I didn’t. A few hours later the Dow experienced a slight recovery and a few hours after that we would find out that the drop was because of a technical glitch (or human error) and not necessarily because the drop was warranted–at least this was the understanding I got from CNBC. This morning it was still the talk of the newsroom on every channel, so I decided to turn on Good Morning America instead. Unfortunately I didn’t escape it, but I did hear something that confirmed my lack of worries about the situation. GMA financial contributor Mellody Hobson told viewers that they should not worry about yesterday’s hiccup, but that they should instead focus on the long-term growth of their investments. What stuck out to me most is the fact the she said we should focus on long-term investments, which reminded me of how very temporary crisis is.
Things like yesterday’s Dow plummet comes to pass. It reminded me that we can’t get frantic and start running around like chickens with our heads cut off every time a crisis takes place. We just have to take a deep breath and evaluate the situation for what it’s really worth. We have to focus on the long-term and not the short-term blips. To that end, I wanted to offer a prayer in these times where we are tempted to be anxiety prone.
We thank you that according to your word things come to pass. They come into our lives to pass through, not to stay. And one of those things which has come to pass is the state of our economy. Yesterday we were struck with a heavy blow when news broke that the Dow plummeted nearly 1,000 points but then that passed and it is passing over us now. In the midst of news that seems crippling to us, help us to not be anxious for these short and momentary afflictions, but let us instead always make our requests to you. Let us remember that we make these requests only after we have given you thanks for all you have done for us. We are thankful that we–some of us–even have enough money to worry about the market crashing when there are people who only have the money in their pockets. We pray that we would not be so caught up in the growing of that wealth that we forgot about the needs of the least of these that are right in front of us. You told us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) Let our hearts be fully found desiring eternal treasures in heaven and not fretting over these very temporary treasures on earth. For as your word says, “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things that are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) Surely God you want us to prosper and be in good health, so help us to consider that prosperity beyond the financial aspect of it and not endanger our health by worrying so much about it. You, God, are Jehovah Jireh, our provider. We put no weight in rollercoaster that is Wall Street, but we put all of our weight and our burden on you for you said you could bear it. As you are the God of all creation, so also continue to be the God of all provision. Give us our every need in this day and beyond and help us to always remember to be not anxious for anything, but in everything through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let our requests be made known unto you so that your peace may come upon us.
In Jesus’ Name,
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