Prayer for Our Nation

Hey friends,

I was just going through my Facebook feed, and what I saw sickened me. Video after video created by both sides of the political spectrum showed merciless anger toward the other side, making fun of everything from women crying over Kavanaugh being appointed, to a video of a young woman punching a conservative man’s sign out of his hand. Has it really happened—have we really lost all our humanity?

I don’t want to go on and on in preaching about this. We all know how divided and evil this nation has become; how intense the need is for Christ to come back, and make all things right.

What I do want to say, though, is that this reminds me of what God says in scripture:

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7:14)

And,

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
(1 Timothy 2:1-2)

What do both of these verses have in common? They both declare that prayer to Jesus—not mere signatures on a petition, or signs from both political parties waved in the air—is what will truly save and change this country.

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It is with this in mind that I ask we take some time out of our busy schedules, and really spend some time in prayer with Jesus. He sees and knows exactly what is going on. Only He can bring such a fractured state of affairs to wholeness.

With Love, in Christ,

Annalee

Random as it may seem, I want to dedicate this blog post to those who are especially hurting right now: mothers and fathers who have lost their children in utero or as babies. This month is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and if you would keep those hurting in prayer, that would be wonderful. Go over to Katy’s post for more on pregnancy and infant loss.


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In Jesus alone, there is real, true Peace. Learn more about Jesus, the Prince of Peace, here.


Please pray for…

  • The United States of America. We need prayer now more than ever.
  • Other governments and nations in the world. We are not the only broken ones.
  • Since it is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, please pray for those who have lost their children and are commemorating them this month.
  • Please keep the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu’s freedom in your prayers, as well.

Thank you for your prayers!

 

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Let Leah Go!

It has been 235 days since Leah Sharibu was taken, along with 110 other girls, into captivity by Boko Haram.

While 105 of these girls were freed, some passed away, and only Leah was left behind– all because of her unwaivering faith in Christ as she refused to convert to islam.

Let’s pray for this beautiful young woman’s release!

 

REMEMBERING THOSE IN THE 9/11 ATTACKS

Today, on such a painful, painful day, I wanted to say a prayer for the family members and loved ones of those 2,977 people who passed away 17 years ago. Would you agree with me in prayer?

“Dear Lord Jesus,
You know better than anyone the pain, anguish, and grief so many people are going through today. We praise You and thank You for each and every life of those involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack, and we thank You for those on Flight 93 who fought back against the terrorists.

We pray now that You would comfort those who are, once again, grieving those closest to them. Show them that You are near, Lord Jesus, and give them vision of You.

Hold these people, Lord Jesus, and draw them to Yourself. Give them the strength they need to continue living through this tragedy.

Please end this war, God. Come back, and bring the Peace that only You can.

In Jesus’ Name we pray,

Amen.”

A list of the names of all 2,997 people lost in 9/11 can be found here.


Do you know Jesus?

God, Jesus, is “the God of All Comfort,” holding the hearts of all the broken (Psalm 34:18); Jesus offers rest to the weary (Matthew 11:28). Learn more about Christ, and how He can heal and comfort you in your brokenness, here.

 

 

Rest in Peace, Claire Wineland

Claire Wineland, a young woman with cystic fibrosis, past September 2nd at the age of 21.

Claire was a cystic fibrosis activist who was very popular on social media, and I was a YouTube follower of hers. She lived life knowing that she would die “faster than everyone else,” yet did not let that stop her from living. While I don’t know about if she had a relationship with Christ, I pray that she did know Christ—and that her family and loved ones do come to know Him.

Rest in Peace, Claire. May we live life as daringly as you did.

“Death is inevitable, living a life you are proud of is something you can control.”
–Claire Wineland

Rest in Peace, Andrew Stoecklein

Screen-Shot-2018-08-28-at-10.11.52-AM-1024x617In another heartbreaking story, it was reported by the Christian Post that Pastor Andrew Stoecklein of Inland Hills megachurch committed suicide over this past weekend after battling depression and anxiety. This man of God, whose life was dedicated to sharing Jesus with the world, was undergoing extreme emotional pain that only a select group of people, if any at all, knew about.

My heart breaks at the news of this; it seems to not make any sense. But before we all start speculating and giving our two cents about his passing and what led to it, let us not forget that there are hundreds, if not thousands of people grieving his loss right now– especially his wife, 3 beautiful sons, and other family and friends. They need prayer and support right now more than other people’s speculations.

Let us also not forget that mental illness can affect anyone. If you are feeling depressed, isolated, and/or suicidal, please reach out for help. The suicide hotline number is 1-800-273-8255, and it is open 24/7. Please, please please, as a person who has lost a best friend to suicide, take it from me: there is always something to live for.

Please join with me in prayer and support this week for those closest to Pastor Stoecklein, as well as for the elders of the church, as they move forward in the wake of such tragedy.

Day of the African Child & World Refugee Day

June 16th was the Day of the African Child. June 20th was World Refugee Day.

Though time has passed since both of those days, I wanted to shine the spotlight on these two very important people groups, both of which are important to this blog. Continue reading