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:
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.