Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Victimization of Women

Today's Post-Gazette relates that a "service of prayer and education" regarding the victimization of women will take place tomorrow evening at West Elizabeth United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Today, join them in their prayer for all women who suffer misuse and abuse.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Prayer in Alabama and in Boston

Sylacauga, Childersburg, and Talladega are joining together for their annual prayer breakfast tomorrow morning at Shocco Springs. The story is in today's Daily Home. Please pray for the people of these three towns, that the prayer breakfast will be a time of drawing them closer to God.
The Boston Globe has asked 5 Eastern Massachussets high school althletic directors or football coaches to share their thoughts on prayer and schools. Read what they had to say. Today, please pray for high school students, coaches, and teachers everywhere, but in particular at your local school.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Homosexuality in Jerusalem and a Prayer Vigil in Indianapolis

Jerusalem Open House, the city's gay, lesbian and transgender center, is sponsoring a parade this coming Friday. Israel's rabbis are calling for a peaceful prayer protest on that day. The story is at Today, pray for people on both sides of the homosexual issue.
A week ago, David Cooper, a student at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, IN, was shot and killed at a local gas station, apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time. This past Friday, members of his church, Zion Hope Baptist Church, gathered at the gas station for a prayer vigil in his memory. The story is at the local NBC affiliate. Today, please pray for David's family, for Zion Hope, and for an end to violence among our youth.
You can send an e-prayer to Pastor David Hampton at Zion Hope Baptist.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Letters to God, soccer, Phyllis Tickle and rain in Australia

A shopping bag containing hundreds of prayer letters has been found in the surf off Atlantic City NJ. Read the news bulletin. I'll be writing more about this story on my PrayerWorld blog. For today, please pray for all the individuals who wrote these prayers, that they might receive the peace that comes from knowing that God has heard their prayers and loves them deeply. Pray also for Bill Lacovara, who found the letters.
Also today, please pray for soccer players, coaches and fans.

Phyllis Tickle, author of The Night Offices: Prayers for the hours from sunset to sunrise led a retreat for 100 men and women at St. John's retreat center in Plymouth, Michigan, last week. Read the story in the Detroit Free Press. Today, pray for Phyllis' ministry, for those who attended the retreat, and pray that we, too, might deepen our discipline of prayer.
In Australia, Rev. Fred Nile is calling for a national day of prayer beginning on Nov. 26 for the drought they are experiencing. ABC News Online has a brief announcement. Today, pray for the people of Australia, and pray that they will receive the rain they need.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Prayers to end violence and for medics in Iraq

From time to time, I will post an introduction to the blog... since I don't yet know how to put in a FAQ link:

A few words about what we are about here... each day I will post one or two news stories from the internet and focus prayer requests around those stories. They range from major world events to seemingly trivial items. Where do they come from? They are the top stories relating to prayer that are returned by a search engine when I log on to the computer. In other words, for this group, we don't really "choose" who to pray for. Part of the idea is to stretch our praying to things we never thought we would pray about. We may also be praying for people that we don't necessarily agree with or approve of, putting into practice Jesus' command to "pray for our enemies." Sometimes I will offer a way to send an e-prayer to the person/church/organization being prayed for. Should you choose to send one, I ask that your prayers be uplifting prayers of blessing; never prayers of judgment or that God would "correct" the person.

And now, the news:
In Philadelphia, PA, yesterday, a small but dedicated group of women church leaders led a prayer service outside City Hall. They were praying for an end to violence among the city's youth. The story is in today's Philadelphia Daily News. Today, join their prayer for an end to violence among youth, and give thanks for women who pray.
Today's New York Times has an article about Petty Officer Third Class Dustin E. Kirby, who is a medic serving in Iraq. Please pray for our soldiers in Iraq, and especially for Dustin and all serving as medics.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hospitality in Ohio, plus Pray for President Bush

Happy All Saints' Day!

The Christian Hospitality Group in Lancaster, Ohio, has started hosting a daily prayer breakfast, Mon-Sat, at the Lancaster Inn. The Inn, a former Best Western, was purchased by the Fairfield Christian Church as a hospitality ministry. Read about it at Today, give thanks for the Christian Hospitality Group, the Lancaster Inn, and the Fairfield County Prayer Breakfast.

CBN News correspondent Melissa Charbonneau recently interviewed President Bush. In the interview, he said that having people pray for him was a source of strength, and that “prayer is the greatest gift a person can give the President.” Watch a video of his comments. Today, please pray for President Bush.