Wednesday, January 02, 2013

International Prayer: January 2, 2013

Happy New Years to you and yours. I pray 2013 is the year you need. I do not pray for you to have a good year, at least not in the sense of a year where things go smoothly. I pray you will have a year where the ups and downs, the challenges of life help you to grow as a person and to better know the Lord. As we join together in prayer let us remember to pray for:

Attitudes towards women around the world – People across India joined in protest today calling upon the government to act following the death of a 23 year-old woman who died following an assault by a group of men in December. In Pakistan six women and one man were killed for their work in distributing vaccines. This follows the shooting of a teenage girl who spoke publically in support of educating women. Pray for a change in attitudes towards women not just in these countries but around the world.

Connecticut, the United States – For the first time since the shooting which robbed them of their peace the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown Connecticut will return to the classroom. A former middle school in a neighboring community has been refurbished for the children allowing them to return to a normal routine. Pray for the children, their families and the staff as they continue the process of healing.

Syria – The U.N. reports over 60,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war. Pray for Syria. Pray for the refugees who have been driven out of the country. Pray for the families being torn apart during the fighting.

We start a new year. Like in the old our neighbors need our prayers. Remember your neighbors both those nearby and those across the seas each one needing you to lift them (and their families) up before the Lord. Enjoy the journey as we walk with the Lord in 2013.

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