Prayer Alert: Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean

Embed from Getty ImagesLet us remember to pray for the people in Central Mexico and Puerto Rico who are recovering from natural disasters that devastated their lands.  

On Thursday, September 7, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck  in the Gulf of Tehuantepec off the southern coast of Mexico, near state of Chiapas. More than 100 people were killed and many others injured.

Nearly two weeks later, on Tuesday, September 19, a 7.1 earthquake struck in central Mexico, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. According to media reports, the quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000 people.  

The following day on Wednesday, September 20, Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico with a vengeance. Relief efforts are slow in coming and much of the island’s infrastructure has damaged. Many people on the island still lack food, water, and electricity. Getting around the island remains difficult because of the debris that still remains from the winds of Maria that destroyed buildings.

In all three natural disasters, lives have been lost, and many survivors are still in need of new homes, food, jobs, and mental health assistance. Piles of rubble from collapsed buildings remain in both Mexico and Puerto Rico. More has been lost than has been reported in the media. 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria also wreaked havoc on the Caribbean Islands, such as Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Government officials are still appealing for help from the international community. On some islands residents still have not returned to their homes. Barbuda’s mandatory evacuation order was recently lifted. Only a few construction crews and relief workers had been on the island. Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, said the evacuation meant “that for the first time in 300 years, there’s been no one living on Barbuda full time.”

Let us pray the following prayer points those who suffered losses due to these natural disasters: Continue reading

God Is Speaking. Are we Listening?

God has been speaking to His Church through recent events and the question is: “Are we listening?”  As the herald of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Church has not represented the Kingdom of God well in this world system. Our ears are deaf to the voice of God and our commitment to Him is lukewarm, at best.

God is using the elements—wind, rain, and fire—to wake up His Church in America because we have fallen asleep. The Church has been fairly quiet about the Opioid crisis and has not condemned racism or spoken out against the division and violence that permeates this country, as witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia in August. While a few voices have spoken up to repent on behalf of the country, overall the American Church has been silent.

Thankfully, some local churches are stepping up to help hurricane victims in the Caribbean Islands, Texas and Florida, where the harsh winds, hard rains and epic flooding destroyed church buildings, houses and other structures. Additionally, calls for prayer have come for the wildfires to come under control in parts of Oregon and California, and for Mexico after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit on September 8.

God is raising up new voices that are starting to be heard. These people not afraid to speak judgment over the Church for forsaking the ways of God—as spelled out in The Holy Bible—and creating its own way to worship while enjoying this world system. (Click HERE to read warnings for America given by God to Pastor Benjamin Faircloth.)

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Prayer Alert: USA in Crisis!

United in Christ Ministries of Canton issues a call to all Believers in Jesus Christ to pray that the United States of America will withstand the shaking that is going on across the land at this moment. 

To say that this country is in crisis is an understatement. News reports on any given day show suffering, hurt, anger, violence and even murder—seemingly without any consequences. We have truly become the Divided States of America! Yet, our country is still one nation under God who loves us and will do whatever He deems appropriate to bring us back to Himself .

It’s up to the Church—not the denominational, brick-and-morter building that Christians visit on the weekend, but those who name the Name of Jesus Christ—to step up and do our part and pray for this country.

We are witnessing the devastating effects of what happens when the Church and its leaders take their focus off of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to conform to societal norms and enjoy the pleasures the world’s system has to offer. We commend those local churches and leaders who are not ashamed or afraid to promote Jesus Christ for fear of being called, “traditional” and “religious.” Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Hurricane Harvey Crisis

Embed from Getty ImagesHurricane Harvey survivors begin the daunting task of re-establishing their lives after an epic and unprecedented flood devastated life as they once knew it. 

On Friday August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast and was downgraded to a tropical storm that left a path of destruction in the Houston area. 

Photos of boats on flooded streets rescuing residents, and helicopters airlifting men, women and children to safety will be etched in the memories of the American public for quite some time. 

In 2005, another great American disaster—Hurricane Katrina–displaced thousands of people. Many never returned to New Orleans and it appears as if we are about to see the same scenario in Texas. 

Where are displaced residents whose homes were destroyed going to go? And how will uninsured homeowners pay for repairs? Even homeowners who have flood insurance through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program may be willing for a while to get money from the program that is $25 billion in debt. Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

The U.S. Senate is attempting to vote in July on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the healthcare bill that would replace the  Affordable Care Act. 

There has been much debate among the politicians and media about the particulars of the bill, which this post will not address. There are plenty of media reports on television, radio, and the Internet on the subject in the event that gives updates on the issue.

We are issuing this prayer alert because this proposed measure could leave a many Americans, particularly lower-income Americans, without any health coverage because they will not be able to afford it. In addition, people with pre-existing conditions may also find themselves without coverage.

While the health care bill is expected to save billions of dollars and help reduce the U.S. budget deficit, it is also designed to phase out the expansion of Medicaid which provides health care for those who cannot afford it. Seniors would also pay higher premiums while  the bill would “repeal or delay” $541 billion in taxes, particularly on higher income Americans and insurers. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law.

Please pray that unless the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is fair and equitable to all Americans, that God would intervene and not allow this bill—or anything similar to it—to pass. 

A Prayer on this Day of Shock and Heartbreak

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Editor’s Note: We found this prayer by Ravi Zacharias to be the most appropriate for these tragic events that have recently occurred. This prayer was posted on his blog on July 8, one day after the death of five Dallas police officers:

As we mourn this week’s tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and now Dallas, it is evident that we need God now more than ever. My prayer on this day of shock and heartbreak:

“God, our heavenly Father, our minds go back to the day when Jesus knelt beside his beloved city and wept, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42)

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Pray For America and Orlando | Unite the USA

By Carrie Stoelting

061216orlandoshooting_1280x720ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Orlando. 50 people were killed and 53 more were wounded. It was the largest mass shooting in our nation’s history. This evil must be stopped once and for all.

Families are grieving. People are hurting. Please pray for those hurting and grieving in Orlando. Pray that all will personally know Christ and His comfort.

We think of Psalm 34:18 which says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Click HERE to read more: 

Prayer for Lahore, Pakistan

IMG_5881As families in Lahore, Pakistan, celebrated Easter Sunday, March 28,  in a public park, a suicide bomber entered into a public park and blew himself up. The blast killed more than 70 people, mostly women and children, and injured hundreds of others.

The next day, a Pakistanti Taliban group claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying that it deliberately intended to target Christians. However, Muslims were also caught in the blast. Pakistan’s army detained more than 200 people in connection with the bombing. Continue reading

Prayer for Brussels, Belgium

IMG_5881Four days after the arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris bombings in November, bombs were detonated at the airport and subway stations in Brussesls on Tuesday causing multiple deaths and serious injuries. Salah Abdeslam is one of 10 men suspected of planning and terrorist attacks in and around Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people.

Confusion and panic dominated the area before Brussels officials shut down the entries and exits to the city. All flights to Belgium have been diverted and all trains to and from Brussels have been cancelled. Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Prayer for the United States of America

IMG_5881The 2016 presidential race is unlike any political race we have seen in recent history. The candidates’  personal attacks on each other, insults hurled at different groups in society with no consideration of how these negative comments affect them, physical violence at political rallies, and strife encouraged between supporters of rival political candidates have news reporters, political analysts and voters saying, “We have never seen anything like this before.” There is even a division among some Christian leaders in this election season, according to news reports.

This post is not to discuss political views but to call on believers in Jesus Christ to appeal to God to have mercy and compassion on our country. As we humble ourselves and come before God with repentant hearts (2 Chronicles 7:14), we must ask Him for His strategies and tactics on how to pray against the demonic activity in the spiritual realm that could potentially bring total anarchy to our country. Continue reading