Praying Through Lent
Week 2- Healing & Protection
37 [Jesus said,] “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
This week, consider praying that the Holy Spirit may come alongside those serving the Lord in dangerous or broken places or ministering to those who are suffering. Frontier Fellowship suggests we might pray for Central Asian women's shelters ability to bring women and and children who have suffered abuse due to domestic violence to places of safety and healing. Other places and people we might consider to keep in prayer in the news this last week...
-Those who are suffering due their faith. The Voice of the Martyrs invites us to pray for Imran Ghafur from Pakistan who has just been released after more than 10 years in prison on a false blasphemy charge, for 11 in Somalia who were arrested for spreading Christianity, for front-line workers who are sharing Christ with Syrian refugees, and for the family of a Christian unborn baby who was killed in India after a group of Christians were attacked by radicalized Hindus.
-Those suffering due to hunger. World Vision reminds us that today 1 in 9 people in the world still do not get enough to eat.
-In Malawi, you could pray for the Nkhoma Mission Hospital which is now a 250 bed facility serving a rural catchment area of over 64,000 people. Ebenezer School of Malawi is just now in the process of reopening after being closed due to COVID.
-We could pray for Christians in Iraq scattered by the onslaught of ISIS in 2014...who are hoping that the Pope's upcoming visit to Iraq (the first visit ever by any pope) might encourage their faith.
-For Christianity in Egypt. Although isolated persecution in the area against Coptic Christians persist, a recent religious ruling allowing Muslims to contribute toward church construction is a sign of hope.
-For those ministering in Algeria, trying and keep the government from closing churches.
-Closer to home we could pray for churches ministering to the hungry and poor, those dealing with the affects of domestic violence, for those caring for children in the foster care system, or ministering in our prisons, or caring in communities struggling to get by.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.