Prayer for Memorial Day Weekend

Hi everyone!

Being an American, I wanted to wish everyone a happy Memorial Day weekend!

I have a very sad confession: I had no idea what Memorial Day celebrated until I googled it tonight. I hope I am the only one.

But it’s true; with many people graduating around this time, and the reasons for many national holidays taking a back seat, it is more important than ever to remember why we get these days off, and to pray for our nation.

With also learning about how some things in the military can be—as some things are dark, and many things are traumatic, I wanted to say a quick prayer over the men and women in our military. Will you join me?

“Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank You and we praise You for allowing the creation of the United States of America, and for giving us favor for centuries.

Thank You for the men and women who have lost their lives keeping the USA free, dear Jesus. Thank You for your grace, as we have come away from You in recent decades, Lord. We pray today for our country to come back to You… and we pray that the men and women currently in our military would turn their hearts toward You, amidst all of the evil and darkness they see on a daily basis.

I pray that our country, and it’s people, would come back to You… and that Your Justice, Righteousness, and Sovereignty over us would shine down.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen!”

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Learn more about Jesus, how He is God, and why it matters, here.

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The Key to Resilience

“They snapped our photos and told us not to return to school, but I came back because I want to learn,” said Maryam, when asked about returning back to her school after being abducted by Boko Haram as a part of the “Dapchi schoolgirl kidnapping.”1

According to Maryam, Boko Haram took pictures of each and every girl they abducted, threatening to show up at their school and kill them if they returned to school.1 After having their pictures taken, Boko Haram members unusually dropped off all but one girl in their town. (In other situations, such as the Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping, this happened to none of the girls.)

What these girls have gone through is complete and utter hell. But even on the “outside” of captivity, life proves incredibly tough for these women, and others who have escaped or been freed from Boko Haram. Amnesty International has reported that Nigerian troops have perpetrated “vile abuse” on the women they have helped liberate and rescue; some women have been reported trading sex for food, while it has been reported that other women have been insulted and called “Boko Haram wives.”2 This kind of treatment is abhorrent.

Yet, the remarkable thing about these young women is how they, though they are victims, choose not to bow down to fear, current trials, or past tragedy. While there is much to fear—Boko Haram’s threats to kill them if they return to school are real—many students are not letting it keep them from doing what it is they want to do.LEARN.jpg

Though they carry around mental, emotional, and physical wounds, these girls do not let their fears of the future or the pain of the past define them. They resiliently press on.

How to Go On

But that does not mean that these girls are immune to fear. It can be easy to see these girls as tough and unbreakable; and that kind of tenacity is definitely seen in these beautiful young women. However, it is important to note that they are still human. Many of the girls, coming back to the school they were abducted from, were nervous, staying together in groups as they walk around campus, as All Africa reports.

It is important to see how these girls have found the strength to do such fearless things. Many girls cling to Jesus; they also cling to each other.

And as I am writing this, one thing becomes clear:

They need Christ, and they need each other.

Isn’t it the same with us? In conquering any fear, the key is knowing that we are not alone in that fear. That we have God, who Loves and Protects us as Sovereign over all; and we have each other to rely upon. This is how Christ created us.

With such faith in Christ first of all, and with a supportive community second, no one can get in these girls’ way. As Maryam so powerfully said, “I want Western education to improve my future. I came back to this school because I don’t want to change my environment. I have already started school here and I want to finish here.”through.jpg

Through everything from Boko Haram captivity, to the oppression of evil soldiers and people in authority, the Love, Compassion, and Strength of Jesus Christ will see them through. May Christ deal with those who trample upon his precious creation; and may we find resilience and strength in Jesus and in each other, too.


Do you know Jesus?

God made us to know Him, and to know eachother. Unfortunately, when Adam and Eve both chose to partake of the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the problem of sin entered this world.

Sin keeps us from knowing God, and from the true community we were meant to be a part of and enjoy. Yet, Jesus was the remedy to our sickness.

Learn more about Jesus, and how He came to fix this problem of sin, here.


Please pray for (you can find the prayer sheet for the blog post, here):

  • The Chibok & Dapchi Girls. As these girls continue to go through hell on earth, please pray that they would come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and would trust Him to heal and restore their lives. Find their names and pictures, here.
  • These people have gone through unspeakable, horrific things. Things that deserve Justice. May Christ bring them Justice both on earth and in the life to come.
  • The Nigerian military. The news that such revolting acts have been done by those in the Nigerian military shows that Justice needs to be served, and that the military must be changed!

Thank You for your prayers!!!

 

1 http://allafrica.com/stories/201805220171.html

2 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/23/charity-accuses-nigerian-troops-abusing-boko-haram-wives/

 

Video Share: The End Times & A Nigerian Church Attack

Watch this video created by “Two Preachers” on Youtube for more news on what is happening all over the world. At 8:05, the guys speak about a Nigerian church attack that occurred on April 25th, 2018, leaving 19 people dead– including two priests.

As these people continue to suffer, let’s remember who never changes, the God who is in all places, ready and willing to help comfort and strengthen us, if only we look to Him. He is coming back soon!


Do you believe on Jesus?

John 3:16 speaks of a God who Loves us so much that He died so that we could be with Him. Learn more about Him, and how you can come to know Him, here.


Please pray for (get the prayer sheet for this, here)…

  • Those who continually are persecuted for their faith. The Voice of the Martyrs May of 2017 magazine asks that people pray for:
    • The courage and faithfulness of Somali believers who share the love of Christ despite difficulties and death threats.
    • For open doors given by Christ to share the Gospel, even in the most hostile mission fields.
  • That Jesus would continue to strengthen and comfort those going through some of their darkest days.
  • For the release/return of Leah Sharibu and the Chibok girls. You can find their names and pictures, here.

Thank you for your prayers!!! 🙂

“God cares for the weak and the needy. …We should identify with God’s attitude. His work is not done until we care for the needs of the poor.”
(Commentary on Psalm 12:5, in the Life Application Study Bible)

Hi friends,
Christ has a passionate heart for those who are marginalized, oppressed, and victimized. With this in mind, I wanted to highlight and bring into focus different charities that help those being oppressed and displaced in Northern Nigeria. Please, do not give out of obligation or burden; if you do feel led to give to one of these charities, please let me know so that I can observe how helpful this resource is to readers. You can find the link here.

As always, thanks again for all your support, and most importantly, prayers!!!

Blessings,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


Do you know Jesus?

When speaking about how we should be generous, I think it is important to not fill people with a sense of religiosity or obligation; after all, the Bible even says we should not give under compulsion, but what the Believer decides in their hearts to give (2 Corinthians 9:7).

When keeping in mind the principle of giving, it is also important (much more so) to remember what we have been given, through Jesus giving His Life for us. Learn more about how Jesus gave His Life, and what it means for you, here.

4 YEARS LATER (UPDATED): Articles highlight the frustrations of freed Chibok girls; President Buhari shares why the girls are not yet free

Read the article  concerning the freed Chibok girls, From News24, here.

Read the article about Muhammadu Buhari, here.

Please pray with me:

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for the young women who are currently still in captivity. Lord Jesus, You see exactly what is going on; we pray, in Your Name, that You would cause there to be a breakthrough in negotiations and behind-the-scenes, so that these girls can get home, quickly.
Thank You for freeing these beautiful, precious 57 girls. Please bless them; bring them to You, and show them what You would have them do when it comes to school, life, and plans.

In Jesus’ Name we pray,

Amen.

31 Days of Prayer: It Starts Here

Dear Friends and Fellow Bloggers,

I am SO, SO blessed, beyond belief, to have had you guys going with me on this journey of focusing our time and prayers on these precious young women. I pray that this has not been another mere “tradition” for you, void of any real meaning, but that it has been a time where you have grown in your walk with Jesus.

Because friends, it does not end here. 

Just as the power of the Gospel did not stop when the stone was rolled away from Jesus’ tomb, but rather, only started many people on this amazing journey of being saved by Jesus from sin and hell, I pray that this would be the beginning of something beautiful between you and Jesus. No matter who you are– from someone who has called themselves a Christian for a long time, to those just now seeking–I pray that this time of prayer has become the start of something new and fresh, both in your prayers for the Chibok girls, as well as in your relationship with Jesus.

Do you want to learn more about the Gospel, and this amazing God, Jesus? Read more here.

I love you all.

With Love, in Christ,

Annalee

PS: What has stood out to you during this time of prayer? Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns? I would love this to be a safe place for dialogue. Comment away 🙂

Resource: Christian Non-profit Organizations working directly in Nigeria/the Boko Haram Crisis (UPDATE: additional secular organizations added)

Now updated! A resource full of aid organizations, Christian and secular, that are helping Northern Nigeria.

ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

As a follow up to the last post, this quick post is to help equip you, as readers, in practically living out what was written, and encouraged in this post.

A lot of the time, money– or another physical contribution– is one of the most valuable things we can give, especially in a fight that includes poverty, and extreme physical need. But, it is sometimes difficult to choose a target for a donation, that is reputable, financially accountable, and actively working in the region one feels led to give to.

After much prayer, and searching, I have found a couple of non-profits that are working directly in Nigeria, and/or especially pertaining to the Boko Haram insurgency, all for Jesus’ glory. Praying that this blesses you as you choose where to give, Here it is:

  • CHRISTIAN AID MISSION

Founded in 1970 by a man named Dr. Robert Finley, Christian Aid Mission focuses…

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