Monday, December 10, 2012

International Prayer: December 10, 2012

I’m back! And so is International Prayer. Our theme for this week is government, as we pray for new leaders as well as for a leader who was re-elected. But before we pray for government leaders let us join in prayer for:

The Philippines – Last week the southern part of the Philippines endured Typhoon Bopha. While a new early warning system helped people evacuate, there were still over 600 deaths reported with hundreds still missing at the time of this writing. With many roads destroyed there are people who are cut off, unable to receive supplies. Over a million people were displaced by the storm. Homes were destroyed leaving many living in evacuation shelters. Pray for the people of the Philippines as they begin to rebuild and as they assess the overall cost of the damage, including millions in lost agricultural products.

The United States – Here in the United States we ended a very long and contentious presidential election. In the end President Barack Obama won re-election. With the looming “fiscal cliff” and a nation losing confidence in the federal government, the president must lead during a slow economic recovery. Pray for President Obama remembering he is human. Pray for his spiritual faith. Pray for his family. Pray for him to receive wisdom and direction in leading the nation.

China – In November new members were selected to the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China. Members of this committee change once every decade. In March the new general secretary of the standing committee will become China’s president. What direction will the new leadership take over the next decade? Please pray for China and for the country’s new leadership.

Egypt – Prior to the drafting of a new constitution, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi took on powers which allowed him to override the country’s courts. This lead to a number of protests which intensified when the draft constitution was crafted without input from a number of groups. With the nation preparing to vote on the new constitution this coming Saturday, pray for the people of Egypt as the nation is polarized over ideology.

With the season of Advent upon us we must remember it is truly better to give than to receive. For Christians one of the best ways we can give is to lift up our neighbors in prayer. And when you pray, remember your neighbors both those nearby and those across the seas each one needing you to lift them up before the Lord.

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