Psalm 126: Bring Back Our Girls

Yesterday, I was reading Psalm 126. I found it to be incredibly similar to the cries of so many hearts right now for the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu when reading the footnotes of the Psalm. What those footnotes say are in the brackets so that one can see its alternate meaning.

Please continue today to pray for the soon return of Chibok’s girls, as well as Leah Sharibu. Thank you. ❤

“1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion [brought back the captives to Zion],
we were like those who dreamed.[b] [restored to health.]
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord, [bring back our captives, Lord,]
like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow;
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.”

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Rest for the Weary: Praying for Nigeria’s Soldiers

Have you ever just felt discouraged and exhausted?

More deeply than from just a big day at work, or an annoying detail of your day… a deep, profound discouragement, an exhaustion that is not far from both rage and hopelessness?

It was reported on August 15th that Nigerian soldiers are protesting against the heads of the Nigerian military and government, claiming that they have been treated with disrespect and cruelty. The Nigerian military has treated many of its soldiers as if they were not people with loved ones and lives. News24 reports a soldier saying, “We should not have been here for more than a year but this is our fourth year and still they are asking us to move to Marte… We need some rest, we are war-weary and need to see our families.”new1

 

While things have seemingly gotten better in neighboring countries like Cameroon, Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen continue to fight the Nigerian military without relief. These men, women, and children—as well as people like them– need rest, in the truest sense of the word. It is a peace and rest only Jesus Christ can give. Please pray with me for these people; that Christ would show them who He is, that they would be born-again and saved, and that they would find real rest in Him alone. After all, Jesus says, “’All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’” (Matthew 11:27-28, NIV).

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“Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the many men and women who have taken up fighting for their countries, especially in Nigeria. Father, we pray that You would bring these weary soldiers to Yourself, would save them, and would comfort and strengthen them. Please give them favor and morale to fight and win against Boko Haram, and any hostile Fulani Herdsmen there are.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.”

Take a Moment to Write a Note of Encouragement to those in Nigeria!

Hi everyone,

I wanted to stop in quickly to let you know about an amazing little opportunity to write notes directly to those in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is offering this service to encourage and comfort those in Nigeria facing extreme persecution from Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen.

It doesn’t take too long– write one today!

With Love,

Annalee of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

 

The Compassion of God

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.”
(Psalm 86:15-16, NIV)

There is no compassion like our God’s.

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