Friday, August 17, 2012

International Prayer: August 17th, 2012

In the midst of one of its worst droughts in years, the United States will soon face higher food prices. Chances are this will also affect global food prices, showing how what happens in one part of the world affects people in other areas. This week let us pray for farmers in the U. S. as they cope with this disaster. Pray also for those around the world who least can afford to pay more for what they eat. Along with those prayers let us pray for:

Iran – Last weekend the northwest corner of Iran was hit by two earthquakes, each with a magnitude around 6.3-6.4. According to 306 people were killed with more than 3000 injured. There were a number of aftershocks, leaving many afraid to go inside. Also, according to USA Today, the government of Iran has said it provided temporary shelter to 50,000 people who lost their homes. A change of heart by the government has opened the door to receiving foreign aid to help with recovery efforts. Pray for the people of Iran as they rebuild.

U. S. Solders – According to a report on 38 U.S. Solders committed suicide in July. This is a new and unfortunate record. Please continue in prayer for our solders.

Firefighters in the U.S. – The drought in the U. S. is not only a problem for farmers. A number of fires in the west are being fueled by the dry conditions. Pray for the men and women fighting these fires. Pray also for those who have lost their homes.

Enjoy the blessings of the Lord as you live each day. Don’t let those blessings distract you from fulfilling the command to pray without ceasing. And you pray remember your neighbors, both those nearby and those across the seas, each one needing you to lift them up before our Lord.

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