This Christmas Eve, 7 people were killed by Islamic militants in Nigeria, and one young girl was kidnapped by the group (source).
Fear is an odd thing. It is a liar and cheat, a common tool of the enemy to bog down Jesus’ People. If you’re anything like me, you know the signs of fear and anxiety: knots in your stomach, sweaty palms, trouble sleeping (and sometimes sleeping too much!). Continue reading
What I am about to say could offend some people, but it is the truth. Continue reading
There a lot of singles here in the WordPress community that has been created around ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY. Hearing Joseph Solomon’s words, I felt that this was a word for many singles– including me! No matter your relationship status– Whether you’re widowed, divorced, it’s complicated, or you’ve never been married, I pray these words bring comfort, rest, and encouragement to your soul, as you remember and keep your eyes on Christ, the lover of your soul!
I read this post over again and felt that while this news is old, the message in it is very relevant to the craziness happening in this world, today. I wanted to reblog it to remind us of these truths, and to come back, in a way, to the original focus of this blog.
Do you ever ask God, “Please show me what you’re doing in all of this?”
Yeah. That has been me, lately.
It’s not been without cause. Recently, Ahmed Salkida reported that more of the Chibok schoolgirls are alive than what was first thought; yet, little to no news has been shown about their whereabouts. And I’m not the only one craving more information on the girls; the president of the Nigerian senate, Mr. Bukola Saraki, wants regular updates on the rescue efforts of the Chibok girls, simply so that speculations like the ones journalist Ahmed Salkida is making.1
It’s hard to be in the dark about things that you care so much about.
But, that is precisely where one needs to trust Jesus.
“Everything in this world requires patience and prayer,” said Bashir Wasai, a leader in Northern Nigeria, when speaking about the remaining Chibok girls in this video (at 2:07). He is exactly right.
I have no idea what Jesus is doing, here. I’m starving to see, to understand, and to know.
And while I do that, I pray knowing who Jesus is; knowing that He knows, cares, and is actively involved in this situation, though no one outside of it may see it, yet. I know that He hears my cry, and cares for my request.
Jesus will make all things clear; but, for now, we must wait—and trust Him in all of the details. It is in this place where we will learn to love and trust Him, more.
When we pray for Christ to move, it is a prayer that opens our eyes and keeps us sensitive to where Christ has already been leading.
Please pray with me that Christ would make what is happening in the Chibok girls’ situation, clear. He is faithful, a Promise-Maker and Promise-Keeper! ❤
This post is in tribute to the countless mothers and fathers of those kidnapped by Boko Haram. May Jesus save and comfort their souls.
Do you know Jesus?
3,000 years ago, a man stepped on the scene who was, and is, like no other. He gathered good friends, disciples, and went around healing the sick and preaching the coming of the Kingdom of God. His name is Jesus.
At the time, the people who saw and knew Jesus thought He would set up His kingdom on earth in their presence; they thought He came to give freedom from the oppression of Rome. But He didn’t.
Instead, He died on the cross for the people’s sins—yours and mine. This didn’t make sense to anyone; yet, it was what God, Jesus, had planned to do, all along.
Jesus once told His disciples, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7, NIV). Later on, after His death and resurrection, they finally did understand. Jesus is not a God who can be fit into our boxes of presuppositions and our own logic; He is beyond our reasoning (though to believe in Him is not unreasonable!). Learn more about Him, and who He is, here.
Please pray for (you can find the prayer sheet for this post, here)…
- Jesus to show the public what is truly going on in the Chibok girls’ situation.
- That the remaining Chibok girls are not hurt/harmed in any way, and that they come home soon. You can find their names and pictures, here.
- That Leah Sharibu, part of the “Dapchi Girls,” would also be freed, soon.
- That the family members of these girls would not lose Hope, but would be renewed in Hope.
Thank you for your prayers!!! ❤
As I was praying yesterday over what this post should be about, I felt a nudge towards writing about something I have never really talked about candidly and at length before: how this blog has changed and grown me as a person.
Sure, I have talked a lot about where the Chibok girls have been, as well as new developments in their story—and that is how it should be. After all, that is one of the core values, or goals, of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY: to keep people in the know about the Chibok girls, Boko Haram, and Nigeria as a whole, while also asking for prayer for their situation. Continue reading
Although I do not live in Oregon, I still wanted to share it with anyone who might be in the area and is interested in being an intercessor (one who prays for others’ needs) through Salem House of Prayer and Pray Oregon.
Also, Dylan Raines is now walking the entire Oregon Coast to advocate for National Foster Care Month and to support EveryChildOregon. Learn more about them by clicking here on Dylan’s facebook fundraiser for the event!
As always, thank you for lifting the Chibok girls, and so many others, up in prayer.
With Love in Christ,
Twenty-one. Twenty-one people, no longer on this earth. It was reported Monday that because of Boko Haram violence, twenty-one people lost their lives1. Whether shot, or blown up by a landmine, these are people who will never see the light of day on earth, ever again. Continue reading
I read in this report that 86% of displaced peoples in Northern Nigeria, approximately 1.2 million people, are currently afraid of going back to their home towns and villages in Northeast Nigeria. This letter was written to these people, in response.
To the People in Northeast Nigeria, Beloved by Christ:
Hello. You may never know me; and I may never know you. Living halfway across the world from you, I have not experienced your culture, and I do not truly know the world you live in.
I will not pretend that I understand the pain you have experienced; I cannot.
I look at pictures of your children, and I cry at their gaunt, fragile bodies.
I hear about the land you once inhabited, your homestead, where you once grew your wheat, making a living. I have heard that those people, those locusts with human flesh on, stole it, stole it all, after stealing the lives of your loved ones– those who tried to escape.
I hear about these things. But how could I ever know them? It seems trite, even insulting, to write such a letter to you.
So much, so many has been stolen from you. Your fathers. Your mothers. Your children. Your lovers. Your husbands, your wives. Your innocence. Your homes and villages, wrecked by these locusts with human skin on.
And the miles you walked, ran, and hid to get away. As scorching as the heat that once made Hagar cry out in the desert, you walked your weary bodies across the highest of temperatures to get away from those locusts– those men who rob, and kill, and destroy.
You may have almost died… maybe some of those closest to you did die. I could never be able to understand this feeling: the horror you experienced as they slipped away.
All I can do is cry, when I think about it. Cry for you, cry for them. Cry for the pain that now keeps you awake at night.
By now, millions of people, in the same predicament as you, have found some sort of shelter. An internally displaced people’s camp, a friend’s house. Maybe even an old school building, one similar to the one your children learned in, before it was all taken away.
Maybe you have been there for one week. Maybe it’s been six months; maybe it’s been whole years, since you once saw your homeland. And they want you to go back.
The government, who, for many of you, did nothing to protect you, and nothing to disarm your enemies– they now say it is okay to go home.
I cannot imagine how you feel; I know that probably everybody feels something different. But according to this report, it says that most of you are afraid. Afraid of the known; afraid of the unknown. Afraid of the past; afraid of the present. Afraid of the future.
Friend, if this is where you are, I want to encourage you.
I know that I could never fathom the many atrocities you have been forced to experience.
But there was a time in my life, where much of what I held dear was stolen, too.
Food did not enter my mouth. My “homeland” of friends had to be left. For a time, I felt I had lost my own family.
The details of this story are for another day. I went through the most painful, heartbreaking time of my life, and let me tell you: I was a desert. I was dry bones. At times, I literally lacked even water; my own hands would not give it.
Fear enclosed me on all sides. I was afraid of the past happening again, and was afraid of what my future would hold. Friend, I was terrified.
But this is the Truth: even when I did not, could not see Him, Jesus Christ– the Lord of Heaven and Earth– was working for my good. Even when I felt, even when I was, alone, He was there, with me, in the darkness, chaos, and confusion.
When I was thirsting, spiritually and physically, Jesus quenched my thirst with His Promise: “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV).
Friend, His Presence, according to Hebrews 13:5-6, makes Him your Helper. The Hand you hold during this trial, this storm. And when you are on the other side of this?
I pray that you will be saying, “Because He is near me, I will not fear.”
Jesus is Your Helper. Sounds trite, doesn’t it?
Especially coming from the mouth of a person who doesn’t know the first thing about your tragedy.
But I do know about mine.
It’s been three years later, and I can promise you this: If you place your trust in Jesus Christ, none of this will be wasted.
And He, being Your Good Shepherd, will give you life. Life, abundantly.
He will restore back all of what those locusts stole. He will restore you.
So, don’t be afraid. Be wise. Be cautious. But, with Christ on your side,
Don’t be afraid.
We are praying for you. You matter; You are Loved.
I want to bless you, by praying for you, here.
“Dear Jesus, Thank You for each and every one of these people. Thank You for keeping them alive.
Please let them hear, today, of Your Unfailing Love.
Please help them to dream again. Help them to flourish, and restore ALL that these locusts stole from them.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Again, we love you.
Yours in Prayer to Christ,
Annalee (of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY)
“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.”
(Joel 2:25-26, NKJV)
Jesus came, that we might have Life, and have it abundantly.
In fact, He paid the ultimate price for us to have eternal life.
Learn more about this God, who lost everything, that we might gain everything in Him, here.
Please continue praying for those who have been internally displaced from their homes, in Northeast Nigeria.
We are called to be Jesus’ Hands and Feet, being the practical way others can claim that Jesus is their Helper. You may find a great resource for charities to give to that are currently involved in aiding IDPs in the Boko Haram insurgency, here.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support!