#PraytoendEbola – Day 2 Prayer Update from SIM

September 30, 2014

Via email from SIM USA:

Here is the text of the Day 2 prayer point / update from the #PraytoendEbola campaign

Today is DAY TWO of #praytoendebola, a full week of focused prayer. Please pray today individually, with a friend, in groups, as families, and as an entire Church:

Pray that God would intervene to end the Ebola crisis. Also, pray that courageous health workers who risk their lives to care for Ebola victims would be protected.

The World Health Organization reports more than 6,500 cases and more than 3,100 confirmed deaths due to Ebola since the outbreak in early 2014.

It is time to pray! God has promised that he will hear us. “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” (Psalm 107:28) Please share this prayer effort with your church members and fellow believers.

Please share this and pray!

As a wonderful testimony to answered prayer (and MUCH hard work by doctors and leaders…!) Nigeria has been declared “Ebola Free” all the known contacts of the 21 Ebola cases in Nigeria have been released from surveillance following the end of their incubation periods.  At one time there were 600+ people under surveillance.  NONE of them developed Ebola.  So both Senegal and Nigeria are without any Ebola cases!!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.   Keep praying!

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Various Scriptures Prayed

September 30, 2014

And it happened when he was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” (Luke 5:12)
      Master, if you are willing, you can make me clean and set me free from my sins.

Then he put out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:13)
      Jesus, thank you for your cleansing touch. Thank you for being willing to touch me.

Now it happened on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. (Luke 5:17)
      Holy Spirit, I pray that your power will be present today to heal the sick.

And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” (Luke 5:19-20)
      If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)
      Lord Jesus, bring the leaders, teachers, priests and people of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you.

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O LORD, and teach out of your law, (Psalm 94:12)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to enter into this blessing.

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to him with Psalms. (Psalm 95:1-2)
      Jesus, help us come into your presence with thanksgiving and joyful shouts.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
      Pray for our leaders in this time of crisis!

WORD: Come into my hands; let me hold you in my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Hosea 4:11-19: Acts 21:15-26: Luke 5:27-39

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the thousands of orphans caused Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Extended families are afraid to take in these children because they have been exposed to their dead parents’ illness.

Albany Intercessor


SIM’s Day 1 Update #PraytoEndEbola (from yesterday)

September 30, 2014

Received via email:

Day 1 Prayer to End EbolaDear Friend,

Thank you for answering the call to prayer for the end of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

We are grateful for compassionate friends like you who are joining together for seven days, September 29 through October 5, and crying out to God for the African countries ravaged by Ebola.

Today is DAY ONE of #praytoendebola, a full week of focused prayer. Please pray today individually, with a friend, in groups, as families, and as an entire Church:

Pray that God would intervene to end the Ebola crisis. Also, pray that victims of the Ebola virus who are sick and dying will have access to the treatment they need.

Since the outbreak began in early 2014, more than 6,500 cases of Ebola have been confirmed. More than 3,100 people have died, and the crisis continues. Infections from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone could soar to 1.4 million cases by mid-January according to new estimates released last week by the World Health Organization.

Though this situation seems desperate and frightening, God is in control. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) We can trust Him to intervene with loving care. Please share this entire prayer effort with your church members and fellow believers by every means possible.

Updated prayer requests and other resources can be found at www.praytoendebola.org. Log on today to let us know your church is standing with us in prayer! Pass the word along! #praytoendebola


Ebola

September 30, 2014

Psalm 72:19 (NLT)

Praise his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen!

Yes, Father,

We praise Your  life-giving, glorious name.  Holy is Your name.  We honor You and bless You and extol Your greatness.  We send our praises to the atmosphere over Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.  Holy scripture teaches that You are enthroned on the praises of Your people.  We proclaim a habitation for You over these nations afflicted with the Ebola virus.  Descend upon them and fill them with Your glory.

The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.  Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.  Your glory shall rest on these peoples.

Your glory is heavy; it permeates the seen and the unseen.  Darkness flees from Your glory.  Your glory saves.  Your glory heals.  Your glory delivers.

Let Your glory shine over Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.  Amen.

Habakkuk 2:14


Prayer Diary Sept 30 (10 favorite Tweets)

September 30, 2014

These are some Tweets I “favorited” this morning – situations needing prayer.  Organizations needing support.  Articles that challenge us to love others with Jesus’ love, Scripture verses that helped me to pray…

Click below to see 8 more favorite Tweets.

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Praying for Iraq & ISIS situation – Update from Canon White in Baghdad

September 30, 2014

Although we are focusing alot of attention here at L&B on Ebola, the situation in Iraq desperately needs our prayers as well.

Here is the latest update from Canon White in Baghdad. PLEASE Read it and PRAY.

A key excerpt:

The latest news this morning appears to be that the further advance of ISIS towards Baghdad appears to have been halted. How far they are from here varies according to who is providing the information but they appear to be 5-15 miles away and in the last 12 hours have not got closer. So we live in hope. … We seriously need your prayer.

 


#PraytoendEbola – Praying for Church leaders in West Africa by name

September 30, 2014

(This is a follow up to our post on Praying for various key leaders in the fight against Ebola)

Thanks to US (formerly USPG) for passing along the names of several church leaders in Liberia and Sierra Leone and a suggetion of how we can pray for them.  I’m hoping I can update this post with more names over the course of the next few days.

US has a very helpful Ebola update page.  Check it regularly, along with their daily prayer post for prayer requests from those on the ground in West Africa.

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  • The Most Revd Jonathan Hart, Archbishop of Liberia
  • Ade Renner-Thomas, Chancellor for the Diocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • The Most Revd Daniel Sarfo, The Archbishop of Ghana and Primate of the Anglican Province of West Africa (newly elected in March 2014, following the January 2014 death of his predecessor, Abp. the Most. Rev. Tilewa Johnson)

My contact at US suggested we pray for these men especially to have wisdom in how to help the church in these countries know how to continue show love and respond to the needs, yet  minimize risk. 

In researching this post, I came across an article from George Conger’s blog about a May 2014 clergy conference in Ghana, in which Arcbishop Sarfo exhorted the clergy “to identify more closely with their people, by joining in their sorrows and joys” – that was well before the Ebola outbreak had exploded in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  The Church in West Africa faces a tremendous challenge to show the love of Christ and bring His comfort to those who are suffering and dying because of this outbreak.   Let’s remember and pray for the Church leaders throughout West Africa today using the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

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Here are some links for information about the Anglican Province of West Africa and it’s leadership:

Anglican Communion Office Provincial overview page

Wikipedia page

 

We invite all our readers and contacts to share the names of those working in West Africa or directly involved in the Ebola response so that we can uphold them before the Lord by name.  Thanks!


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