Elisabeth Elliot’s Daily Prayer (as a prayer card)

June 18, 2015

I turned the prayer by Elisabeth Elliot which I posted the other day into a prayer card that I could print out and paste up by my desk.  I hope it’s a blessing to many.

The photo is my own work and I give free permission for others to copy and share it without restriction, although credit to Lent & Beyond (@AnglicanPrayer) would always be appreciated.

Elisabeth_Elliot_Prayer


Lent prayer theme: Global intercession for the persecuted, for missionaries, unreached peoples… etc.

February 20, 2015

One of the themes in material we plan to post and Tweet here during Lent will be prayer for the persecuted church, missionaries, and for unreached peoples and nations.  We will also post resources for  “spiritual warfare” – praying for God to thwart religious violence and evil.   For those of you interested in such posts, you might want to bookmark our Global Intercession category.

Here are a few of our recent entries from that category:


Praying for Egypt and the families of the 21 Coptic Christian martyrs

February 20, 2015

Although I’ve tweeted a lot of resources and prayers related to the martyrdom by ISIS of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya last week, I never got a chance to post anything here at the blog.  That seems a huge oversight, and I would like to urge continued prayer today in response to the killings.  Prayer for Egypt, and prayer for the families of those martyred for their faith.

Here are some important links & resources, as well as some of the tweets I’ve seen in recent days that included good prayers:

Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Egypt has issued a Statement and a call to prayer for Egypt:

The Anglican Church in Egypt and the world expresses its deep condolences to the families of these men, and also to his Holiness Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Please join me in praying for peace in Libya, Egypt, and the entire Middle East. Please pray the international community will act in wisdom, correctly and efficiently, and support Egypt in its war on terror. Please pray the churches of Egypt will comfort their sons and daughters, encouraging them to resist fear and hatred. And please pray for the perpetrators of this terrible crime, that God would be merciful to them and change their hearts.

Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Such cheer may seem impossible, but it is God’s promise. Please pray for us, that we may live lives worthy of his name, and hold to the testimony exhibited by the brave Egyptians in Libya.

Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America also issued a Call to Prayer for Egypt and the families of the martyrs, which excerpted parts of Archbishop Mouneer’s statement.

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Ramez Attallah, head of the Bible Society of Egypt wrote an update on the situation in Egypt, including a number of specific prayer requests:

As many of you know, these men were simple, Egyptian laborers who had gone to Libya to make a living. They were captured and executed by ISIS for being – as the video caption charges – “People of the Cross”. Egyptians have been shocked by this news and it is the most talked about event in our country at this time.

The purpose of the video was to foment sectarian strife in Egypt between Christians and Muslims. Those Islamic extremists clearly intended to provoke the 10 million Christians in Egypt to rise up violently against their Muslim neighbors.

But the loving and caring response of Muslims all over the nation softened the blow which many Christians felt. Up till now the Christians of Egypt have responded with restraint, sorrowfully calling out to God.

The President and dozens of political leaders personally gave their condolences to the Coptic Pope. The Prime Minister travelled to the small village where most of these men come from, sitting on the floor with their poor relatives to express his concern. All this sends a clear message that Christians are considered an integral part of the fabric of Egyptian society.

Prayer Requests
1. Pray for comfort for the families of the victims who are in a terrible emotional state.
2. Pray for the effective mass distribution of a Scripture tract we have just produced (above left), that God’s Word will comfort and challenge the many who will receive it.
3. As I write, there is news of more Egyptians being kidnapped in Libya. Lord have mercy!

Please pray for Egypt as we pass through this painful period.

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Here is a page where you can find the names of the 21 martyred Egyptian Christians so you can keep their families in prayer.

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Pastor Scotty Smith, one of my favorite prayer bloggers, posted a powerful prayer in response to the martyrdoms at his Gospel Coalition blog:

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony. They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them. Rev. 6:9-11(NLT)

Dear heavenly Father, images of our orange-clad Egyptian brothers, paraded along the seashore before their martyrdom, brought many emotions to play in my heart. I felt a moment of fear, then anger and disgust, and then a tad of hatred for enemies of the cross and a longing for vengeance. I felt all of these things, until I entered the sanctuary of your Word.

     Father, though I don’t fully understand, I rest in the assurance that you are as sovereign over the number of your children to be martyred, as you are in control of sunrise and sunset, seedtime and harvest, the day Jesus entered our world and the timing of his return. You give and you take away, blessed be the name of our Lord.

     The Lamb who was broken for our sins, is alone worthy to break the seals of your unfolding story of redemption and restoration. There’s no consternation or vexation in heaven, just exaltation of the God who does all things well—in your time and in your way. “Stuff” doesn’t just happen; sovereignty is always happening. We believe; help us when we feel weak, Father.

     When will Jesus return, and when will you avenge the glory of your name and eradicate all evil? You delay because you are a merciful and grace-full God. Through Jesus, you have secured a family as numerous as stars, sand, and dust, from all nations and people groups. Perhaps among those who took the lives of our Egyptian brothers is another like Saul of Tarsus, whom you call and appoint another Apostle of Grace (Acts 7:54-59).

     So we pray for grieving families in Egypt, Father, and we join the cry of martyrs in heaven, “How long, O Lord?” Grant us grace and courage, to share the gospel, serve our neighbors, and love our enemies, until this day becomes that Day. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ beautiful and triumphant name. 

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NY Times bestselling author and popular (excellent!) Christian blogger Ann Voskamp has written two amazing blog entries in response to the martyrdoms, challenging us all to be “people of the cross.”  I commend them both HIGHLY.

The Wake-Up Call that is ISIS: Who in the Church is Answering?

The Call for the Next 40 Days: To the Nations & People of The Cross

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Finally, a few tweets I’ve found helpful in recent days:


A new prayer resource, and a great prayer against violence

February 17, 2015

I just got a Tweet from Faith McDonnell, Director of Religious Liberty Programs for the Institute on Religion & Democracy.  Faith is a passionate advocate for the persecuted Church.

She directed my attention to a post at the IRD’s blog, highlighting a new prayer initiative in 2015 for the persecuted Church.

This Day We Fight! is also the title of IRD’s Religious Liberty Program’s new prayer initiative for 2015. Each new entry will appear on Juicy Ecumenism, and then be permanently stored on the IRD website, in a special category under the  International Religious Freedom button.

We will focus on encouraging church members to intense, strategic prayer against the evil that threatens the global Church and that threatens all of civilization.

The same post contains an excellent prayer against violence written by the late Reverend Cecil Kerr, onetime Anglican Chaplain at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Here’s the prayer:

A PRAYER AGAINST VIOLENCE
(CECIL KERR, CHRISTIAN RENEWAL CENTRE, ROSTREVOR)

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You that through Your death on the Cross You disarmed the powers of evil.Help us, we pray You, to enter into Your victory and to stand in Your authority against all evil.Send forth Your light and Your truth, O Lord.Bring to light the deeds of darkness and let plans of violence and murder be revealed.By the power of Your Holy Spirit convict those who have allowed their minds to be dominated by evil.  Lead them, O Lord, to true repentance that they may receive Your new life and rejoice in Your forgiving love.  Amen.

I urge you to read the full entry at the IRD’s blog, where Faith shares about why such a prayer initiative is needed.

 


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.


A prayer for Ebola orphans

December 27, 2014

This article from Voice of America describes the plight of Ebola orphans.

Psalm 84:3-4 (NIV)
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
You are Lord of the generations. Thank You for all the goodness that You have sown in the land, the bloodlines, and the churches in western Africa.

O Lord, we pray, draw the Ebola orphans ever nearer Your altar that they may find a home.

You are enthroned on the praises of Your people. Bless the homes that teach the little ones to love You.

O Lord, we pray, draw the Ebola orphans ever nearer Your altar that they may find a home.

Thank You for teaching us how to sow goodness and generosity and reap a harvest beyond measure. Hospitality begets hospitality. Stir the hearts of Christians to provide homes and aid to the orphans.

O Lord, we pray, draw the Ebola orphans ever nearer Your altar that they may find a home. Amen.


“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.


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