10 Ways Christians can Pray to Stop Ebola (#PraytoendEbola)

October 1, 2014

Today while browsing Twitter looking for Tweets related to Ebola and prayer, I came across a blog post by an intercessor named Lee Ann Rubsam entitled What Christians can do to stop Ebola.  The answer: pray, of course!

Here are Lee Ann’s first five prayer points:

(Note: I have never visited Lee Ann’s site before today and haven’t clicked on all the links she includes, so, I can’t guarantee all she writes is sound, but I like her attitude of faith and her boldness in prayer, and her commitment to call intercessors to pray & fast.  I *KNOW* God works miracles, and I too believe we need to fast & pray on a much larger scale about this crisis.)

Today, now that Ebola in the U. S. has become a reality, I would like to follow up with a few more thoughts about how to go about stopping this plague from running rampant — through prayer. Here are some specific steps that all praying Christians can take:

  1. Know that, biblically, God has given us authority to receive answers to prayer. That is what prayer is for. I have for you two links to specific Scripture verses which promise that He will answer us: Our God Is a Listening God and The LORD Answers My Prayers (both at my website).
  2. Understand that we have biblical precedence to intercede  for plagues to be stopped and to receive God’s intervention.  Moses and Aaron did this in Numbers 16:42-50, when plague had entered the Israelite camp.
  3. Have faith, not fear. This is a time to watch over our words carefully, and to speak what is in alignment with the desires of God. For me personally, I understand from the Ebola dream I had that it is God’s will to stop this disease from spreading if His people will partner with Him by taking authority against it in prayer. So I will speak in oneness with the revelation I believe He has given to me, and not wring my hands in fear.
  4. Begin now to pray and fast — and stay at it. The sooner we get started, the sooner we may see our answer. I cannot promise you that it will not get worse before it gets better. Ideally, we want to see this nipped in the bud, but whatever happens and however long it takes, we must persist in prayer until we see results. Stay at it!
  5. Spread the word to other intercessors. The more people who pray, the more we can expect a speedy answer. Leviticus 26: 8 tells us, “And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.”

The rest of the entry is here.

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#PraytoendEbola DAY 3 – Latest Update

October 1, 2014

Here’s the expanded version of the Day 3 #PraytoendEbola update.

Please note the livestream prayer event that will be held tomorrow, Oct 2 at 12 noon Eastern.

Today is DAY THREE of #praytoendebola. 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 grieving families who have lost loved ones to Ebola would know God’s comfort.

Thousands have died and the crisis continues. Infections from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone could soar to 1.4 million cases by mid-January according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though the situation seems hopeless, there is power in prayer!

Join Joshua Bogunjoko, SIM International Director, and thousands across the globe in a livestream prayer on Thursday, October 2nd at 12:00 noon, Eastern Time. Log on to www.praytoendebola.org at 12:00 EDT on Thursday to join a livestreaming of Joshua as he leads Christians all over the world in a moment of prayer for God to intervene to end Ebola.

Go to www.praytoendebola.org for livestreaming prayer at 12:00 noon tomorrow. Pass the word along! #praytoendebola


Autism

October 1, 2014

Isaiah 64:8-9 (ESV)

But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
and remember not iniquity forever.
Behold, please look, we are all your people.

Behold, please look, O Lord, at the those who suffer from autism spectrum disorders, especially _____.  You are their Father!  They are all the work of Your hand.  Remember not their iniquity and the iniquity of their ancestors forever.  Have mercy.  Amen.


Ebola

October 1, 2014

Isaiah 65:10 (ESV)

Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
for my people who have sought me.

The Valley of Achor was the place where Achan was stoned for defying God’s covenant by taking Canaanite spoils of war.  It is also called the brook Cherith and is the place where the ravens fed Elijah bread and flesh twice a day (1 Ki 17:3-5). Hosea foretells that in the regathering of Israel, the valley of Achor will be a door of hope, a place of song, as in the days of her youth, when she was delivered from Egypt (Hos 2:15).

Our Father in heaven,

It is our hearts’ desire for Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to become a door of hope and a place of song, a place for herds to lie down.  Have not the Christians been crying out to You in prayer?  Just as You fed Elijah by supernatural means, we humbly beseech You to supernaturally intervene in the fate of these nations.  From death to hope, Lord.  From death to hope.

Your Son Jesus is our door of hope.  We cry out for Jesus to go to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.  Amen.


Resources for St. Francis Day and Blessing the Animals (Oct 4)

October 1, 2014

Godspace has posted a collection of prayers and resources for use in celebrations of St. Francis’ Feast Day (Oct 4).

There are some good resources there.  As always, I greatly appreciate the various friends and blogs that help us remember and celebrate the church year.  Thanks Christine for your work on this collection!


“Hold Tight to God” a timely prayer for the Ebola crisis #praytoendEbola

October 1, 2014

Christine Sine at Godspace blog has recently begun posting a series of original prayers and contemplative exercises each Monday.  A few weeks ago, she posted a beautiful prayer Hold Tight to God.  I happened across it again yesterday, and it struck me that it is a very timely prayer for our brothers and sisters in West Africa in the face of the Ebola Crisis.

As we join in prayer with the #PraytoendEbola campaign this week, I hope this prayer will be useful to many.  Thanks so much to Christine for giving me permission to share it here, image and all.

Hold Tight to God

Please check out Godspace each Monday for a new prayer and contemplative exercise.


#PraytoendEbola Day 3

October 1, 2014

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