Prayer Alert: Praying for Colorado Shooting Victims

It’s time for a call to prayer!

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The May 7, 2019, shooting at a K-12 STEM school in Colorado serves as an important reminder to consistently pray for our children. 

Two students, one 18 and an unnamed juvenile, were arrested by police in the shooting death of one student and the injuries of eight more students at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. The 18-year-old student has been charged as an adult. Three students, including Kendrick Castillo, who died, stopped the shooter. 

In his book, Praying Circles Around Your Children, Pastor Mark Batterson says that parents will never be perfect parents but they can be praying parents. Praying for their children is the one thing that parents cannot afford to get wrong.  Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Remember the National Day of Prayer

The following information comes from the National Day of Prayer press release:

Americans nationwide will gather in churches, local businesses, the steps of city halls, schools, neighborhoods and public gathering places for a day of public prayer for the United States of America. 

Thursday, May 2, is the National Day of Prayer. While the National Day of Prayer has occurred since 1952, 31 years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed a law designating it as always being the first Thursday of May. 

This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “Love One Another.” The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” 

“We tend to forget that Jesus didn’t say we would be known by our creeds or by our knowledge or how much we know about the Bible — He said we would be known only by our love,” Dr. Ronnie Floyd said when revealing the 2019 theme at a leadership summit last fall. “And love has been painfully absent in America in so many ways.” 

Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which mobilizes Americans to participate in prayer gatherings on the day of the observance. 

  1. Ask God to bless the United States of America. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord—the people He has chosen to be His own possession!” Psalm 33:12
  2. Pray for Americans to love one another, beginning among Christ’s followers. “Love one another. Just as I have loved you…” John 13:34 
  3. Pray for the centers of influence in America. “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, forkings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:12
  4. Ask God for the National Day of Prayer to become a catalytic spiritual movement across America. “They all were continually united in prayer.” Acts 1:14

For the specific prayers to pray for each priority, visit the National Day of Prayer’s website.

 

Prayer Alert: Shootings in San Diego and Sri Lanka

On Saturday, April 27, a 19-year-old gunman opened fire in a San Diego synagogue on the last day of Passover. Meanwhile on April 21, Easter Sunday morning, coordinated suicide bombings took place at three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Officials in Sri Lanka say this was the worst violence since the civil war between Sinhalese and Tails ended 10 years ago. 

Sri Lanka’s Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the Easter Morning terrorists attacks that killed 321 people and wounded hundreds of others were carried out in retaliation for the shootings by a white supremacists at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March. 

SEE ALSO: Prayer Alert: Pray for Mosque Shooting Victims in New Zealand

The defense minister further stated that an Islamic extremist group called National Thowheed Jamaath claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings, the defense minister said. The Islamic State (ISIS) later claimed responsibility for the bombings. 

San Diego police authorities said the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed one person and injured three others, including the Rabbi of the synagogue, was arrested shortly after the shooting. In what police believe was a “manifesto” posted online before the shooting, the shooter wrote that he was inspired by shootings that killed numerous people at a Pittsburg synagogue in 2018 and at two New Zealand mosques last month.

Needless to say, prayer is needed for survivors of the San Diego shooting. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka continues to mourn for the bombing victims and the survivors. Please join us in prayer that:

• The God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) to comfort the families of the bombing victims and survivors in Sri Lanka and those who were killed and injured in the synagogue shooting in San Diego.

• God will give the police and civil authorities wisdom to know how to pursue and prosecute those responsible for planning the attack in Sri Lanka and San Diego.

• Another religious or other extremist individual or group will not retaliate and set off more terrorists attacks in another location. 

• God will expose other terrorist attacks that may be planned in Sri Lanka. 

• People will not live in fear in anticipation of another suicide bombing or shooting during any religious services.

Book Review: More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overwhelming Grace

God Helps Us When We Have More Than We Can Handle

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So many times after we experience a personal tragedy or we watch others suffer a traumatic event, we often hear a common phrase: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” 

While people who say this mean well, it it not always comforting to those who have experienced the death of a loved one, a bodily injury or another traumatic event. 

What’s more, those who express emotions in their overwhelming pain are sometimes shamed for doing so by those who believe they remain strong no matter what happens. This is because of the unfounded belief that if you are a Christian, you should have the “faith” to immediately shake off your grief and get back on your feet.  

The phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” does not offer help to people going through loss, according to Nate Pyle, author of, More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overwhelming Grace. For instance, how do you say this to a young girl sold into prostitution or a Holocaust survivor or an Iraqi Christian whose life was devastated by ISIS? Pyle writes that people who use this Christian cliché may do so as a reason not to offer help because they believe God in His “divine omniscience” gave this tragedy to them. Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Flood Victims in Africa and United States

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Imagine seeing everything you possess get destroyed in a storm. Imagine seeing your relatives, neighbors or friends get swept away in a flood and there is nothing you can do to save them. For some people, it is not hard to imagine because this has actually happened to them. 

This same scenario occurred on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Central United States and across the globe in Mozambique and parts of Zimbabwe in southeastern Africa. 

In Africa, Tropical Cyclone Idai brought strong winds and torrential rains that killed over 240 people in Mozambique, 250 people in Zimbabwe, and at least 56 people in Malawi, according to a Reuters news report. In addition to the deaths, the tropical storm displaced thousands of people, some of whom are now suffering from cholera, a bacterial disease of the small intestine. The impassable roads are making it difficult for rescue workers to bring flood victims food and clean water. 

Meanwhile, in the United Sates, a bomb cyclone of strong winds, snow and rain hit states, including Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming. The melting snow and rain caused historic flooding in Nebraska and Iowa that destroyed farms, ruined crops and killed livestock.

According to a Reuters report, at least 1 million acres of farmland from Missouri to the Dakotas were flooded. The floods will likely reduce the production of corn, wheat and soy  this year, the report said. Continue reading