He Alone Saves: A Word of Encouragement for Those in Law Enforcement

As brought up before in a former blogpost, Northern Nigeria has seen great success as it endeavors to capture, imprison, and/or deradicalize Boko Haram members1.

As mentioned in Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry’s “The Story” page, Jesus gave me hope, not only for the Chibok girls, but for their abusers to be brought to Justice, through Isaiah 49: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob” (Isaiah 49:25-26).

“Woah,” one might say. “Those verses seem a little… intense. Are you sure these can apply to the current situation in Nigeria?!” While it is VERY important to realize and know that these verses, in context, were about Israel, I do believe that Jesus gave me these verses as a promise.

Matthew Henry gives interesting, and applicable insight on what “oppressors eating their own flesh” can look like. He says, concerning the enemies of Israel, “The proud Babylonians shall become not only an easy, but an acceptable, prey to one another. God will send a dividing spirit among them, and their ruin, which was begun by a foreign invasion, shall be completed by their intestine divisions.” This interpretation actually fits what has happened to Boko Haram: Being split into two factions by two leaders, Abubukar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi, these factions of Boko Haram are almost pitted against each other, and there is definite tension between the two “groups” of Boko Haram that has actually been helping to win their defeat2.

But, Isaiah 49—and the general Law and Order that God desires for the Earth– is also being manifested through the hard work of the Law Enforcement community. Who else would “take captives from the warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce?” The brave men and women serving as soldiers and law enforcement officials, not only in Nigeria, but all over the world, are called to do something that is both noble and Godly (Romans 13:1; 1 Corinthians 14:33).

Though what I am saying is biblical, I understand that it is something very risky to write in the current political and societal climate I am in (that being the Western United States of America). Police officers near and far have been called to do a selfless, dangerous job; but many have completely, and horrifically, failed to do their job in a God-honoring way, as seen in the many unjust shootings of African American people that have happened in the past, for example.

But there is another profound reason for why this subject of Law Enforcement is very raw and depressing. Since the start of 2018, the flags in Colorado (where I live) have basically stayed at half-staff, largely due to police shootings, and to the mass shooting that horrifically happened last Wednesday. Here, two police officers have been killed; nationwide, the death toll has come to 14 police officers at the time of writing this post. It is sadly safe to say that our law enforcement community is deeply hurting.

With increased racial and political tension, as well as many African-American and Law Enforcement deaths occurring, there seems to be much to fear. It is with this in mind that I want to encourage those on the front line in our societies—and their families & loved ones. Continue reading


What the Enemy Meant for Evil

Hi Friends & Readers,

While this may sound random and/or irrelevant to the Chibok girls, I felt today that Jesus wanted me to pray for Talinda Bennington, the wife of the late Chester Bennington, lead singer of the rock band called “Linkin Park.”

Talinda Bennington spoke a lot about her late husband’s passing, as well as about his mental and emotional health, at an event called Canadian Event Safety Summit, which was created in wake of Bennington’s passing. my knowledge, Chester did believe in “the next life,” but he never confessed to knowing Christ, and his wife Talinda has also not confessed Jesus. As Talinda Bennington is now dealing with, and grieving for, her husband Chester on a daily basis– while raising their three kids– I know that Christ hurts for her. If she has not already come to Him for Help, I know that He yearns for her to do so.

With this in mind, I read through John 6, where Jesus says that He is the Bread of Life.

I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
(John 6:35, ESV)

Reading this, I think of how hungry this world is for Jesus. How thirsty it is for Him, His Presence, for His Salvation. Chester Bennington committed suicide; and while we may never know what exactly was going through his mind as he made this awful decision, Talinda Bennington spoke to many people about how Chester’s struggle with addiction and depression caused him a lot of shame. Perhaps he desperately wanted to be better, but did not have the power to truly overcome his addictions.

While Chester Bennington– and so many others– may not be physically bound and in captivity to the darkness and to evil, Chester was, in many ways, bound emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. As spoken about in this post, we, as Believers in Christ, not only have the duty, but the amazing honor, to tell others about Christ– the only One who can set them free.

It is obvious, in a very literal and serious sense, that Chester Bennington had his own share of demons. He, and all of us, had an enemy that loves to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10)– which is exactly what happened to Chester.

And now, the lives of the rest of his family, friends, and truly, everyone who loved him, have been destroyed, too.
Let that soak in for a second; take to heart the damage the enemy has done in the life of Chester Bennington, and so many other people.
It is real.
It is dark.
It is painful.

But even out of something so dark and painful as this, Christ can bring life and beauty.

It reminds one of Genesis 50. It tells an incredibly important part of Joseph’s story. Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, who told his own father he had died; after this, he is wrongly accused of raping a woman and spends two years in prison– spending thirteen years in slavery and in prison, in total.1

After all of his suffering, he interprets a dream of Pharoah that foretells a major famine happening in the lands of Egypt and Canaan, today’s countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Israel2 (Genesis 47:14). Joseph, greatly favored by the LORD, is made second in command because of this interpretation and foretelling– and gets ready for the seven year famine. Led by the LORD to collect enough food for the nation and the land of Canaan to get through the famine, Joseph reunites with his brothers, who have come to Egypt seeking food for their starving family in Canaan.

Here, Genesis 50 tells of the reuniting Joseph has with his brothers. When they find out that the second person in command in all of Egypt is the brother they sold into slavery and lied to their father about, they expect him to be vengeful. Yet, his reply to their apology is profound.

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
(Genesis 50:20, NKJV)

Christ used Joseph’s suffering to save hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people from starvation– including his family, who would later be the ancestors of the nation Israel. Like Joseph’s story, Jesus can even use the death of someone to bring others to Himself, the Bread of Life. And this is my prayer.

Because Jesus also says something very encouraging and profound, right after proclaiming that He is the Bread of Life, in verses 37 and 38: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” Those who come to Christ– no matter who they are, where they have been, or how ungodly they may have acted– will NEVER be “cast out,” rejected by Jesus. EVERYONE who comes to Jesus Christ will be saved. Simple as that.

So, as we pray for Talinda Bennington– and so many others who may not know Christ, and think that “knowing Him” is only for those whose lives and pasts aren’t “messy” or “dark”– let’s show all those around us the Love that Jesus has for them– and that Jesus will never cast them out, if they come to Him. For, He is mighty to save, and is the only One who can do so.

1 https://amazingbibletimeline.com/blog/q27_joseph_how_long_in_prison/
2 https://www.ancient.eu/canaan/

Do you know Jesus?

In a world where the name of Jesus is more common as a expletive than as a Name treated with reverence, many people believe they do not need Christ: either because they don’t believe they are sinners in need of a Savior, or because they feel that they have “gone too far” as a sinner, and could never possibly receive such a gift.

Both sides of this pendulum are dangerous lies. All have fallen short of God’s standard, as Romans 3:23 says. “Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins” (Romans 3:24, NLT).

There is no valid excuse. We all have a choice. Whether or not we believe we need Jesus, it is the Truth. Learn more about this Loving, Compassionate God– who wants you to come to Him, just as you are– here.

Please pray for…

  • Talinda Bennington, Chester Bennington’s wife. Pray for her salvation; for her to be able to come to know Christ personally, and deeply. Pray this knowing Christ will change her entire life.
  • Each of Chester’s children. Please pray that his children would come to know Christ, and that Jesus would walk with them through the process of grief and emotional healing after their father’s death.
    • Lila Bennington
    • Lily Bennington (twins with Lila Bennington)
    • Isaiah Bennington
    • Jaime Bennington (his first born son)
    • Draven Sebastian Bennington
    • Tyler Lee Bennington
  • The rest of Chester’s loved ones.

A great, evil darkness is controlling many of these people’s lives, especially Chester’s fellow musician-friends. Please pray that the darkness surrounding them would be flooded with light as those who know Christ love and share the Gospel with these lost people.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

The People of Northern Nigeria: Fed, Clothed, Housed, Healed

Hi, friends. I have some important news.

In case you haven’t heard, a new video from Boko Haram came out around a week ago.

In it, 13 Chibok girls– along with at least two young children– sat before the camera, and told us, the public, something shocking.
“We are the Chibok girls. …We are the ones you are crying about for us to come back. By the grace of Allah, we are never coming back. …These people are taking care of us and we are grateful to them. …We are happy here — we have found our faith.”

Just like that.
Just like that, everyone who has prayed, cried, fasted, marched, and rallied for their return– every mother and father holding on to their last bits of hope for their daughters– seemed to be silenced.

And so was I. Until a few days ago.

Honestly, just as I didn’t really process the news of the Chibok girls’ kidnapping the first time I heard it, I didn’t fully stop and process this news for a couple of days.

But as I looked at that headline, there was sadness. “Really?” my brain thought. “They’re really going to refuse freedom like that? After everyone who loves them has tried so hard to get them free? …My Dear Jesus, please don’t let this be the Truth. Please.”

Last night, I prayed… and words can’t really explain how I feel. There is a crying, a desperation for this to not be the Truth; for this to not be the end. Not the end of this blog, and certainly not the end for these still-captive young women– if not physically, anymore, then spiritually.

As I prayed and struggled, Jesus prompted me to look at the very first blog post ever written on this blog.

Guess what it was on? Home.

It was on how, even in the midst of displacement and being ripped away from one’s home on this earth, the Believer knows that their true Home is found in Jesus.

Through the tears, and through the pain, this initial blog post– written 3 1/2 years ago, by a person who I can safely say is pretty much entirely different than me, today– spoke to me. 

It gave me Hope: that even if these beloved young women never make it out of Boko Haram’s clutches and return home, in a physical way, that Jesus Christ, the One and Only Lord and Savior of all (1 Timothy 4:10), is still able to save the men of Boko Haram, these precious women, and their entire families. He is still what true home looks like.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’”
(Deuteronomy 33:27, NIV)

Because of this, I felt it apt to reblog this initial post, today. Because it’s words ring truer than ever: Jesus is Home.

I can’t say with 100% certainty that I know exactly what the future looks like for this blog. But, I am seeking Christ in it. I ask that you, the amazing readers of this blog, please pray for me, for guidance, wisdom, and vision concerning what the future of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY looks like.

No matter if this report is truth or not– and please be praying with me, that it is not the truth– these young women can still come to Christ. They can still truly come Home, to the One who loves them most. Let’s pray that they do.
Do you know Jesus?

“No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—eternal life.”
(1 John 2:23-25, NIV)

Everyday, we make choices. Choices on what to eat, what to say, what to do, and perhaps most importantly, what to believe.

It seems, right now, that the Chibok girls– much to our heartbreak– have chosen bondage instead of freedom. Harm instead of healing. Lies instead of the Truth. But everyday, we all do the same thing, if not to a much lesser extent.

It’s painfully simple: Either we can choose to believe that Jesus is who He said He is– the One who took on our sin debt for us, and paid it in full– or not.

We can stay in bondage, or be free. It’s all up to us– and to not make a choice for Jesus is to say “no.” I implore you, that if you are thinking about who Jesus is, and about if what the Bible says of Him is true, that you read here. Meet the One who came to save you. Believe, and say yes.


Home.  I reflect on how many times I’ve longed for it in the past. As a child on her first day of school, scared; as a tired traveler, after a long road trip; as a distressed teenager, needing to be alone with the Lord in my room. I think of how many times I’ve come to my bed, my kitchen table, my sofa, to find rest and sustenance– both spiritually (bible studies, family prayer times, listening to the radio) and physically.  It is a word that conjures up images of comfort, safety, family, and even bonds to one’s personal identity.

Home is a place that houses the material possessions we hold dear– more than that, it holds our precious memories. Home is supposed to be a place where we can be our absolute selves, a place where we can “tell it like it is.” The thought and feeling of…

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18 year old Salomi Pogu was freed from Boko Haram after her, and a friend she made while in captivity, Jamila Adamu, aged 14, determined to escape. While the girls had tried to escape many times before (while never being caught), they succeeded in escaping when they left at 12 or 1 o’clock in the morning, making a run for it from their settlement to a soldier’s security post that, in terms of distance away from their settlement, “was not much” (source). Though the girls have little to nothing in common when it comes to religion and background, they became fast friends, who relied on each other for friendship and, quite possibly, the courage to escape.

You can read more about it, as well as view a video of her, here.

Let’s all continue to pray for, and celebrate, this amazing work of Jesus!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for freeing both Jamila and Salomi!!! We praise You and we thank You for being such a good, good Father, a God who has saved us and wants to free us! 
Thank You for bringing these two young women together, in friendship. We pray that as they have now become physically free, You would bring the both of the girls into a personal relationship with You if they do not have one, already. We pray they would believe on You, as Lord and Savior, and that as they both seek You, You would bless them. Thank You for this, Lord Jesus!

In Jesus’ Name I pray,




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Hi Friends,

When I started this blog a little over three years ago, I would never have imagined the amazing things Jesus would do, in and through ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY.

I also would have never imagined the amazing community He would surround ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY with. 

While this blog isn’t insanely popular, I believe Christ has led those who follow this blog, to it. I wanted to take more steps to involve you all, more!

Because of this, I am opening this blog to any questions, comments, constructive criticism, etc. for the next 3 days, until the night of December 13th, 2017, so that I can answer anything I deem appropriate and relevant in a blog post 🙂 (You can send in comments, questions, or constructive criticism at any time, of course, but it might not be included in the blog post for writing/time purposes.) Please keep all questions, comments and constructive criticism relevant to these general themes: how Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry came about, any blog posts you have found interesting, the Chibok girls, Boko Haram, and terrorism. You may ask questions about me (Annalee, the steward of Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry), but note that I may or may not answer those questions depending on if I feel it’s appropriate, necessary, and somehow relevant to the Chibok girls/Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry.

Feel free to contact me in the comments of this post, or via the contact form! If you would rather send something to me and have me reply privately, I can do that too, via the contact form.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

Please pray for the families of those missing, this Holiday season.

Please kiss and hug your loved ones, and say a prayer for those who don’t have their loved ones, this year.

Please pray for the families and loved ones of the 113 Chibok girls still missing, held captive by Boko Haram.

Please also pray for the families of other boys, girls, men and women who have been captured by Boko Haram and terrorist organizations. Please pray for others who have kidnapped people for ransom, in general.

And, finally, please pray for those who have lost their loved ones to the Boko Haram insurgency. Pray for those who have lost their loved ones, in general.

Thank you! ❤

Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.

(Isaiah 12:2, NIV)


“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

(Isaiah 41:10, NLT)

Jesus is our Victory, Friends. Let Him come and save you today. ❤