Praise report

September 29, 2015

We have posted many prayers for neuropsychiatric illnesses. The ketogenic diet has been proven beneficial for pediatric epileptics. In addition, there are anecdotal reports of patients with migraine headaches and psychoses improving on the diet.

To God be the glory!

Ebola virus mutation–a prayer

January 31, 2015

From the BBC:

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious. . . .

“We know the virus is changing quite a lot,” said human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai. . . . A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of” . . . . “We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,”

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
O Lord, You are the Author of salvation. Write the words

contrite spirit

over Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali.

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.
O Lord, You are the Author of salvation. Write the words

contrite heart

over Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
O Lord, You are the Author of salvation. Write the words

contrite ones

over Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Amen.

Ebola crisis prayer

January 24, 2015

Job 13:15a NIV
Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.

Dear Father,
We place our hope for Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali in You. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy. Amen.

Ebola–the children of West Africa

January 19, 2015

This commentary outlines the ways the Ebola crisis is impacting the children of west Africa.

The questions are from Eliphaz, one of Job’s three friends who visited him in his affliction. The response is from the psalms of the ascent, the songs pilgrims sang as they ascended to Jerusalem.

Job 4:17,15:14, Psalm 123:1-2(NLT)
Can a mortal be innocent before God?
I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven.
Can anyone be pure before the Creator? Can any mortal be pure?
We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy,
Can anyone born of a woman be just?
Just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.

Our Father in heaven,
We proclaim Your majesty, Your purity, Your justice, and Your mercy over west Africa. We are fallen creatures; even our children fall short of Your glory. But You are enthroned in all majesty, all power, all wisdom, all love. We keep our eyes on You in the midst of the suffering from the Ebola epidemic, and we look for Your mercy. Amen.

How to pray for Guinea

January 9, 2015

Received via email from SIM–
Pray for God’s intervention in Guinea to stop Ebola and heal the land.
Pray for the safety of those living in and around Kankan
Pray that supplies would be able to reach the store shelves in Kankan
Pray for the provision of those employed by the school system which has not yet begun
Pray for Guinean believers to have many opportunities to share the hope in Christ during this time of fear
Pray for Daniel as he carries much of the responsibility at the SIM office and also as he is dealing with grief over the recent loss of a friend to Ebola
Pray that efforts to educate people about the dangers of Ebola would be well received
For people to come to Christ during this crisis.

Ebola prayer–sound frequencies

January 8, 2015

Genesis 1:3a AMP
And God said . . .
Our Father in heaven, You spoke creation into being. You are the Author of sound.

Joshua 6:20 AMP
So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. When the people heard the sound of the trumpet, they raised a great shout, and [Jericho’s] wall fell down in its place, so that the [Israelites] went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
We thank You that You gave Jericho to the Israelites with the sound of the trumpets and the shouts.

1 Samuel 7:10 AMP
As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the Lord thundered with a great voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel.
We thank You that You delivered the Israelites from the Philistines by Your great thunder.

1 Samuel 16:23 AMP
And when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, David took a lyre and played it; so Saul was refreshed and became well, and the evil spirit left him.
We thank You that You anointed David’s music.

1 Chronicles 15:28 AMP
Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, sound of the cornet, trumpets, and cymbals, sounding aloud with harps and lyres.
We thank You for the gift of praise.

Matthew 3:16-17 AMP
And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!
We thank You for Your proclamation of the Messiah.

Revelation 5:8 AMP
And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God’s people (the saints).
We thank You for the sounds of heaven.

O Author of sound, we humbly beseech You to release sounds of healing, deliverance, and restoration over Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.  Amen.

Ebola–bloodline prayer

January 3, 2015

The genealogy is from Genesis 5 and 1 Chronicles 1:1-4. This article from Koinonia House helped me to recognize God’s plan of redemption hidden in the names.

Adam– Man
Seth– Appointed
Enosh– Mortal
Kenan– Sorrow
Mahalalel– The Blessed God
Jared– Shall come down
Enoch– Teaching
Methuselah– His death shall bring
Lamech– The despairing
Noah– Rest, or comfort

Yes, Father, the men, women, and children of western Africa are mortal, frail, and miserable. Their bloodlines, like all of mankind, are filled with sorrow.
But Your Son Christ Jesus redeemed their bloodlines by the shedding of His Blood. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
We thank You for the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. We lift to You the sorrowful bloodlines of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and cry out for the wonder-working power in the precious Blood of the Lamb. We cry out for healing!  Amen.
1 Chronicles 16:36, Revelation 13:8

Ebola prayer–Roll on Jehovah

December 28, 2014

Psalm 37:5 Young’s Literal Translation
Roll on Jehovah thy way, And trust upon Him, and He worketh,

Jehovah God,
We thank You for the work You are doing in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Amen.

Prayer for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s healing

December 26, 2014

Just noticed on the BBC news page that Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has pneumonia.

Please pray for him and his family today:

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve Archbishop Justin, and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that Justin may bestrengthened in his weakness and have confidencein your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Ebola prayer–seeds of hope

December 26, 2014

Zechariah 8:12a (NLT)
For I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you.

O Lord,
We yearn for a display of Your splendor–people throughout the population of West Africa established like oaks of righteousness. In a good year, an oak tree produces between 70,000 – 150,000 acorns. O, for hundreds of thousands of seeds of righteousness, peace, healing, hope, and prosperity throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea! With You, nothing is impossible. Let it be! Amen.


December 4, 2014

Psalm 123:1-2 (NLT)

I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven.  We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.

O Lord God,

You are enthroned in majesty and glory in heaven.  The heavens are yours; Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali are yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.  You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand.  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

We lift our eyes to You, O God, for Your mercy in the Ebola virus epidemic.  Amen.

Psalm 89:11-14

Veni Emmanuel and the Ebola crisis

November 30, 2014

It is interesting how many of the verses of the famous Advent hymn are fitting for the Ebola crisis.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.


O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.


O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.


O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.


O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.


O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.


O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.


Insights from Shiloh for the Ebola crisis

November 29, 2014

When the Israelites arrived in the land, they set up the ancient wilderness tent shrine (the Tent of Meeting) in Shiloh and there Joshua divided the land among the tribes. Subsequently, Shiloh became the capital of Israel before the first Temple was built in Jerusalem. The Tent of Meeting was in Shiloh 369 years.
Shiloh means place of rest. The word Shiloh is also generally understood as denoting the Messiah, “the peaceful one.” Today, the community Shiloh is surrounded by farms and vineyards.

Jesus, You are “the peaceful one.” You are our place of rest. In You, we live and move and have our being. May the fruit of Your presence be abundantly manifest in the lives of the Christians in Mali, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
Shalom over the Christians in these nations, Lord. Shalom! Shalom! Shalom! Amen.

Ebola aid–inefficient coordination

November 28, 2014

Ebola aid efforts are plagued by inefficiencies.

Tabgha (“seven springs”) is situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally regarded as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after his Crucifixion.

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

Our Father in heaven,
You are enthroned in heaven in manifold splendor. From Your throne come flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne are burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God.
When Jesus presided at “seven springs”, did he not look to heaven, bless the food, break it, and multiply it? When the resurrected Jesus appeared on the shore, did he not instruct the disciples to cast their net on the other side of the boat? Did he not serve them breakfast?
O Lord, may the seven spirits of God flow to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Mali! Flow over this land, O Holy Spirit, that western Africa may become a place of miracles, instruction, and provision from Jesus. Amen.

Ebola vaccine development

November 27, 2014

Trial vaccine seems safe.

Our Heavenly Father,

We give You thanks for the scientific advances being made in the development of this vaccine.  Amen.

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