Prayer Update: 7/28/2016
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
(Isaiah 55:11, NIV)
I am incredibly happy to announce that Christ has shown a visible answer to this urgent prayer request– if not fully, then in part.
The UN has announced that, “In a cross-border humanitarian operation, a total of 31 metric tonnes of food and some non-food items” have been delivered to approximately 15,000 internally displaced people, in the town of Banki, Nigeria. Banki, located on the border of Cameroun and Northern Nigeria, was captured by Boko Haram in September of 2014.
In light of this, Christ not only answered prayers about bringing food relief to Northern Nigeria, but He also has visibly answered countless prayers for the freeing of towns, in Northern Nigeria. Just like the food fed to these malnourished men, women, and children, Christ’s Word went out in answering these prayers!!!
As written in this blog post, please continuing praying, not only for physical bread to be had for these people, but that Jesus, the Bread of Life, would be received by these men, women, and precious children. Pray for revival, not only in Northern Nigeria, but in every land thirsty for Jesus!
Jesus hears you!!! Take heart, and continuing praying!! ❤ 🙂
7/20/2016: Dear Readers,
I have become aware of an urgent prayer request.
As of July 19th, 2016, UNICEF has shared that “close to a quarter million children in Northern Nigeria are malnourished” (source), and are severely in need of humanitarian aid.
In places that have only been newly freed by the Nigerian military, and vigilantes, UNICEF and other humanitarian aid organizations, have just realized, and been able to report such figures of malnutrition to the public. In their report, UNICEF has claimed that “Some 134 children on average will die every day from causes linked to acute malnutrition if the response is not scaled up quickly” (source).
The aid must be “scaled up quickly,” but sadly, UNICEF has not received even half of what it initially needed in funds for the Boko Haram insurgency. What’s more, UNICEF has said that 2 million Northern Nigerians are incapable of being reached by aid, because of such poor infrastructure.
Humans might not be able to reach them, but make no mistake: here, even now, no one is outside of Christ’s ability to save.
Will you please pray with me, for each of these unique, precious children, and their families?
“Dear Father God,
I thank You for hearing every prayer Your children speak, think, and express to You (Psalm 116:1).
Father God, I just want to thank You, and praise You, for releasing thousands, upon thousands, of men, women, and children from Boko Haram captivity, and placing them in the freedom, that they have needed, longed for, and prayed for, for countless hours, days, and months. Dear Father God, thank You for hearing our prayers over these precious people! Forgive me, for not celebrating these beautiful victories, more.
Father God, I thank You for everything You have, are, and will be doing. Dear Father God, when hearing that over a quarter million children, whom You have formed in the womb of their mothers, are dying– or close to dying– because of malnutrition, my heart breaks, Father God.
Father God, You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to save us, who were once spiritually dead. Not only did You save us– You continually make us new, as we feed upon You, Jesus, the Bread of Life (John 6:35).
Father God, You know our fragile frames; You know how much we need You, in every way (Psalm 103:14). we now come to You, and ask that, in Jesus’ Name, You would draw these men and women to You, the Bread of Life– and would not only feed their souls, but also their fragile bodies, supernaturally.
Father God, I pray for increased humanitarian aid and resources. Not only this, but I pray, Lord Jesus, that You would supernaturally feed those who are unable to be reached by human contact; and that, Father God, You would do this for Your Glory, and Your Glory alone– let all people know that You have saved, and fed, these people, so that Your Name may be glorified. May others know You as their Lord and Savior, Father God, because of all You have done!
I praise You for this, Father God. In Jesus’ Name I pray this. Amen!”
Please pray for these newly freed people– that they would receive bread, and most importantly, the Bread of Life, Jesus!
If you would like to donate to UNICEF, you can do so, here.
Jesus bless all of you!
Do you know Jesus?
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
(Matthew 11:28, ESV)
When Jesus said these words, two thousand years ago, He knew just the kind of “heavy laden” life those who were listening, lived.
Those who surrounded Christ were most likely Jewish men and women following the Mosaic Covenant– a covenant, or promise, outlining how the Israelites were to come to, and have a relationship with, YHWH. Because mankind sinned against God in the beginning, God created the Mosaic Covenant for how the Israelites, and any who wanted to follow YHWH, were to atone for their sins, and be acceptable to God.
This included a set of rules and regulations that had to be rigorously kept, as well as a set of strict laws concerning how to atone for one’s sin, when one did sin. The thing is, these people did sin against Christ, again and again. As Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”. These people were constantly trying to keep the law, but could never fulfill– or fully atone for– their sin (Hebrews 10:1-4).
Something more had to be done. Then, like no one else, God Himself came to save mankind– from their own sin, and from a heavy-laden life of religion.
Learn more about this amazing God of true rest, here.