Prayer, Plain and Simple

Nigeria is in the midst of its worst cholera outbreak in many years. Nearly 40,000 cases and more than 1,500 deaths have been reported in 2010. The number of cases this year is nearly three times the total for all of last year and 7 times the number in 2008. The Red Cross estimates that women and children account for 80 per cent of these cases.

“God, stem the tide of cholera in Nigeria. Give officials wisdom to aid the process. Purge the nation of this dreaded disease. In the name of Jesus, the Healer.”

Powerful storms are raging across much of the country today. Rain and powerful winds, flooding and even snow storms are forecast.

“Peace, be still! God, we pray today for all those caught in the path of powerful storms today. Keep people physically safe. Give them peace and calm in the midst of it all. Steady the winds and rain. Show yourself as God to all those dealing with fear and frustration and the risk of loss. In Jesus.”

A powerful, 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that pounded villages on remote islands off western Indonesia today. The waves killed at least 113 people and scores more are missing.

Indonesia suffered a second major natural disaster today when Mount Merapi, the country’s most volatile volcano erupted. Scientists had warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. At least 20 people were injured by hot ash spewed from the eruption.

“God, we pray for Indonesia dealing with the wake of three natural disasters. Settle the fears of people. Give wisdom and strength to officials working on relief and rescue efforts. Settle the forces of nature itself. You are God. There is no other. Be the Lord of Indonesia and use these events to shine a light on your intent for this nation and her people.”


Brian and Lisa are ready for a child. Like many couples they expected to bring a boy or girl into the world in the conventional way. That didn’t happen. Now, some years later they’ve embraced the option of adoption and they’re running full speed into process. It’s a long, grueling, costly, emotionally dangerous quest.

The cost of adoption is staggering.  Recognizing that their friends and family want deeply to be part of their adventure, Brian and Lisa invited them to help. This month they held a monster garage sale packed full of donated goods. Amazingly, they raised more than $4,000. Jesus once said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The friends and family who have invested their “treasures” with Brian and Lisa have also naturally invested their hearts as well. The coming adoption has become an extended family affair!  

Another way we can lend a hand to those seeking to adopt is to commit to pray for them. That too is a treasure we can invest. We can offer our spiritual blessing, asking for provision, protection, and the perfect match. Everyone reading this probably knows some family seeking to adopt a child. God loves adoption and he loves to answer prayers to favor the process.

“God, you do love adoption. You’ve adopted us into your family, giving us all rights and privileges of family. We are heirs and co-heirs with Jesus of all your treasures. We pray today for those seeking to adopt a child. Many children in the world do not have mothers and fathers. Many men and women do not have children. God, bring them together. Create the perfect match. Provide resources. Provide perfect timing. Give endurance and emotional strength through the grinding details. Give wisdom for them to anticipate ahead how to prepare practically for the coming change. Strengthen their marriage ahead of this coming gift. Heal any past disappointment. Parental love is nature. Adoptive parental love has to be SUPERnatural. Give a miracle of love and bonding. May nothing stand in the way of you accomplishing a completion of this match – child to parent. In Jesus!”