Wednesday, January 09, 2013

International Prayer: January 9, 2013

With the Connecticut school shooting still a fresh wound and with the trial of a man accused in a shooting at a Colorado movie theater, the White House is hosting a two day discussion on how to prevent gun violence. Government may or may not be able to come up with a plan that will work. So while the politicians debate, Christians must remember to pray. No, we will not see a complete end to violence. The goal of our prayers should be to see one or two or even hundreds of hearts changed in hopes that someone who is thinking of hurting others might experience God’s love.

Pray for the Gospel to touch the lives of those who are troubled in your country. Pray also for:

Australia – Extreme heat and dry weather has contributed to over one hundred fires in this country. Pray for the firefighters and for those who are dealing with property loss.

China – One way to change (or to prevent change) in a culture is to control how information is disseminated. When a newspaper was forced to change an article, shifting the tone from critical of to pro government, protestors spoke up challenging the control their leaders have on the flow of information. Some in China are looking for change as their new leaders begin to govern. Pray for the government of China. Pray also for our brothers and sisters in Christ who in general are not free to publically express their faith.

The United States – Flu season started early and is hitting hard. The city of Boston has declared a public health emergency and with 44 states reporting cases the situation has been declared a national epidemic. Pray for a quick end to this epidemic.

Northern Ireland – In December the decision to no longer fly the British flag over city hall in Belfast lead to protest. Over the last week these protests have turned violent. Pray for the people of Northern Ireland as they deal with a debate over national identity.

Prayer is our opportunity to ask God to change hearts. As we align ourselves with Him in prayer we will see where He wants to change culture and how He can use us to do so. We are called to continue in prayer knowing the prayer of a righteous person accomplishes a lot. 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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