July 16, 2015
A few weeks ago, handbills were passed out on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (and left in other parts of “East Jerusalem”) warning Christians that they will be targets of destruction if they do not leave before the close of Ramadan, which is today.
Psalm 146:5,9b,10 New Living Translation
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
The Lord frustrates the plans of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever.
He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.
Praise the Lord!
Our Father in heaven,
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
May all who love this city prosper.
O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls
and prosperity in your palaces.
For the sake of our family and friends, we will say,
“Peace be with you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
we will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.
O Father, You will be to Jerusalem a wall of fire all around and the glory in her midst. You, Lord God Almighty, frustrate the plans of the wicked. We bless Your holy name. Amen.
Psalm 122:6-9, Zechariah 2:5
March 21, 2015
From Christian Post:
Christianity was born in the east, not the west, and we are witnessing a once-in-a-thousand-year attempt at destroying it in the place of its birth.
Exodus 2:2-3 (ESV)
The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.
O Father, hide the Christians from the eyes of ISIS who would kill them.
Joshua 2:6 (ESV)
But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.
Raise up assistance to the Christians being persecuted.
2 Corinthians 11:32-33 (NIV)
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.
Provide a means of escape when they are hunted. Amen.
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:
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.
January 18, 2015
Psalm 7:9 (NIV)
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
Our Father in heaven,
You indeed are righteous. You indeed are omniscient. Guard the United States from terrorism, we pray. Amen.
January 18, 2015
Awaiting results of litigation.
Joshua 2:10-11 (NIV)
We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
Lord, You are indeed God in heaven above and on earth below. You are King of kings and Lord of lords.
Rahab acknowledged Your greatness, and You delivered her and her family from destruction. You have delivered the Diocese of South Carolina thus far, and we thank You.
Rahab tied a scarlet cord in the window of the city wall. The fibers of Rahab’s cord (interlacing, twisting pennants of red, overlapping and knotted at the window) were a token of salvation for her, her family, and all that they had. Likewise, we apply the Blood of Christ Jesus as a token of salvation for the Diocese of South Carolina. Christ Jesus has been, is, and will continue to be their strong Deliverer. Amen.
January 11, 2015
2 Kings 6:10-12
Then the king of Israel sent to the place of which [Elisha] told and warned him; and thus he protected and saved himself there repeatedly. Therefore the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing. He called his servants and said, Will you show me who of us is for the king of Israel? One of his servants said, None, my lord O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.
The king answered Daniel, Of a truth your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a Revealer of secret mysteries, seeing that you could reveal this secret mystery.
Our Father in heaven,
You are the God of gods and the Lord of Kings and a Revealer of secret mysteries. We magnify Your holy name.
Let the prophetic voice of God be heard in the United States. May every hidden thing be revealed to the US government, and every terrorist attack and wicked device be exposed and stopped. Amen.