Fantastic list of 16 Daily Ebola Prayer Points

October 14, 2014

The Christian and Missionary Alliance website has a fantastic list of Ebola prayer points I just discovered.  16 in all.  How about praying 1 a day for the next 2 weeks (and 2 on Sundays!)

PLEASE FORWARD THIS WIDELY!!!

The original entry is here.

As the number of people infected by the Ebola virus increases in Africa, Alliance workers are there—providing preventative education as well as spiritual guidance. But they need your prayers! CAMA worker Stephen Albright, who serves at Hope Clinic in Guinea, submitted the following prayer guide (compiled by Women of Hope International) to assist in specific intercession for this humanitarian crisis. “The Ebola situation is continuously on our hearts and minds,” says Stephen. “Please join us in praying for a stop to this virus.”

  • Saturday, October 11: Pray for safety for relief workers who are trying to help others and that they won’t be targets of violence and theft.

  • Sunday, October 12: Pray for wisdom, discernment, and integrity for the leaders of the affected nations as they make decisions that will impact millions of lives.

  • Monday, October 13 : Pray for the international community to respond not with fear but with compassion, urgency, and perseverance, assisting those in need.

  • Tuesday, October 14: Pray for the safety and wisdom for community health educators who are working to dispel the lies surrounding Ebola.

  • Wednesday, October 15: Pray for provision and care for women and children who now are widows and orphans because of Ebola. Often, they are ostracized and rejected by remaining family members.

  • Thursday, October 16: Pray for physical and emotional protection for health care workers treating Ebola patients.

  • Friday, October 17: Pray for comfort and a deep sense of God’s love for those in isolation and under quarantine.

  • Saturday, October 18: Pray for the Lord’s comfort for family members who have lost loved ones to the virus but have been unable to say goodbye or hold funeral ceremonies for their family members.

  • Sunday, October 19: Pray for wisdom and revelation for the scientists who are working to find a vaccine and cure for Ebola. Pray that safe, effective solutions will be found soon.

  • Monday, October 20: Pray for adequate food supplies for quarantined people.

  • Tuesday, October 21: Pray for additional aid workers and agencies to answer the call for assistance in the affected areas.

  • Wednesday, October 22: Pray for the power of fear to be broken globally and for people around the world to respond properly to people from these affected areas and to victims of the virus.

  • Thursday, October 23: Pray for protection and emotional support for the teams who collect bodies and bury them. Pray they will have increased sensitivity to the needs and concerns of family members when responding to a call.

  • Friday, October 24: Pray that communities will willingly assist in reintegration of people who have recovered from the virus, welcoming them with open arms.

  • Saturday, October 25: Pray for God’s peace and comfort for the families of foreign humanitarian aid workers and medical professionals while their loved ones serve in high-risk areas.

  • Sunday, October 26: Pray that people in crisis would be open their hearts to the gospel and turn to Christ.


A good Ebola prayer – from Caritas in Guinea

October 14, 2014

We just discovered and Tweeted this prayer.


Meditative Prayer for the Weary and Burdened

October 14, 2014

Being on Twitter has allowed me to discover some new blogs with good prayer resources and helpful reflections for spiritual encouragement.  One such discovery is the blog Knoxpriest by Anglican priest Jack King, in Knoxville, TN.

He’s posted an excellent reflection / prayer resource:  Meditative Prayer for the Weary and Burdened

Here’s an excerpt:

Some of the most comforting and beloved words that Jesus ever spoke in the Gospels are found in Matthew 11.28-30.

Jesus said:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

One of the reasons these verses speak comfort to the heart is the invitation that Jesus extends to us. Christ calls us to accept this invitation in exchange for the peace and rest he gives.

I believe the best way to read the Bible is to pray the Scriptures. These well-loved words of Jesus can become a form of meditative prayer for us, a way of presenting our troubles to Christ as we learn the Lord’s way of bearing burdens.

Here’s a suggested rhythm for meditative prayer adapted from Matthew 11.28-30.

1. Place all circumstances and situations that burden you before the Lord

The first step is actually accepting the invitation to approach Christ with honesty about our heaviness of heart. Just as Hannah ‘poured out her heart’ before the Lord when she was burdened about having a child (1 Sam. 1.15), so we are invited to pour out our hearts before the Lord. A sense of rest may come instantaneously, it may not. Receive Christ’s promise regardless: ‘I will give you rest.’ Receive that promise in faith, whether or not you have accompanying emotions or feelings of peace. The peace of Christ is present even when we don’t feel it.

Read the whole entry!


Shocking #Ebola headline of the day: there could be 5,000 – 10,000 cases PER WEEK by December

October 14, 2014

I wish this headline came from some extremist untrustworthy source. But unfortunately it’s the World Health Organization who announced these numbers today:

Of course, that shouldn’t surprise me too much given the recent graph I posted showing the exponential increase of Ebola in recent weeks.

There are so many links I could share as I continue to follow Ebola in West Africa very closely.   Articles from the frontlines help inspire my praying, providing a real sense of immediacy of the need and the urgency for prayer.

Two articles from The Guardian I found particularly helpful:

3 nurses caring for Ebola patients in West Africa describe the horrific reality of life on the Ebola frontlines.

Ebola through the eyes of a 13 year old in Sierra Leone – what life is like in her village.

Please keep PRAYING and GIVING.   From my earlier post, here are key prayer suggestions and ways you can give:

At this point, three prayer requests seem critical:

1) A vaccine.  Without one, I can’t imagine this disease can be contained now.

2) Effective medicines and treatments that will dramatically decrease the mortality rate of Ebola.

3) PROTECTION, GRACE, WISDOM and STRENGTH for all who are fighting Ebola:

  • Those who are sick, fighting for their lives.
  • Those in the affected communities, fighting for their families, their livlihoods, their future,
  • the healthcare workers, fighting to save patients,
  • the government, NGO, and military  leaders fighting to get resources where needed
  • the scientists and researchers fighting to find a vaccine and a cure
  • AND the intercessors, fighting this battle on their knees in prayer, crying out to God for mercy

Lord, we look to You.  You are our only hope.  You alone can rescue.  Come in our hour of need and save us from this peril.  In Jesus mighty name.   Amen.

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I urge you all to not only PRAY, but to GIVE and ACT as well.  The New York Times published a good list of charities on the frontlines of the battle against Ebola.  From personal experience, I have a lot of confidence in the work of Doctors Without Borders (aka MSF) [note, not an explicitly Christian NGO], and Samaritans Purse.

Update:  I’ve never personally worked closely with anyone from Partners in Health (PIH), but from all I know of them, they’re another excellent organization I would recommend supporting.  The history of PIH shows how a few people can make a tremendous difference in tackling even the toughest challenges of poverty and disease in the developing world.

Update 2:  This article from the NYTimes gives an excellent overview of the work of MSF in West Africa, and will help readers understand why I’m enthusiastic about their work.  They are excellent at overcoming even the worst logistical and bureaucratic challenges.

Update 3: And while I’m providing more details about the orgs I’m recommending as worthy of support, here’s a really excellent social media overview of the work of Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia in the fight against Ebola. Or you can read about their initiative to fight Ebola, here.

[And no:  I don’t work for MSF, Samaritans Purse or PIH, so there is no personal benefit for me to recommend these organizations!]


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