Monday, June 18, 2012

International Prayer: June 18th, 2012


According to icasualties.org the United States has lost 148 solders in the war in Afghanistan so far this year. In the first 155 days of 2012 154 U.S. solders have committed suicide, according to the Battleland blog at Time.com. Having never worn the uniform I will not begin to try and explain the pressure our solders are under as they serve the nation. This suicide rate is too high, percentage wise exceeding that of the civilian population. Clearly this is a reminder of the need for God’s children to pray for those who serve in the armed forces.

Let us also pray for:

Egypt – The political landscape has taken a number of twists and turns over the last few days. Just last Thursday a court ruling dissolved the newly elected lower house of parliament just days before presidential elections which were held this past weekend. The winner of the election finds his power limited by a constitutional decree from the military government currently in charge. The military says they will allow the newly elected president to take control at the end of the month but reserves the right to step in if the president and parliament are unable to draft a new constitution. Please continue in prayer as this saga is far from over.

Syria – Pray for the people of Syria as violence continues with fighting between government forces and rebels.

Spain and Greece – Following another round of elections, Greece will now try to move forward dealing with its financial problems. Meanwhile Spain saw its bond status lowered, increasing the borrowing costs for a nation already in financial crisis. Pray for the governments of these nations as they try to solve their economic problems.

U.S. – The United States saw an increase in home foreclosure rates in the month of May. Pray for those who face the possibility of losing their homes as well as those who are still seeking jobs.

Across the seas or across the fence, we find neighbors who are facing hardship. Pray and remember to make yourself available in case God wants to use you to help someone else.

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