Honestly, I hadn’t heard of the suffering happening in Afghanistan until very recently. Hearing of it broke my heart.
For those of you who haven’t heard, the Taliban has recently taken back control of Afghanistan, changing the civic rules and laws in weeks. This is startingly true in the lives of women who live in Afghanistan.
Women are now unable to leave their homes without a male family member escorting them; they cannot study or go to work; and they are basically told to stay at home.
Just like that… everything women had gained in their time since the Taliban was removed from power in Afghanistan over twenty years ago has come to nothing. And it’s made me think.
We cannot go back to the places that bound us. There are sins once done, and dark places we once inhabited, that bound us completely. Sometimes, we can see those places as more cheery than they once were. We remember all the good, while conveniently forgetting how much anguish it put us through. Jesus has set us free! Why would we want to go back?
We must pray for those in Afghanistan, especially the women and children… and remember the dark habits of our past for what they were. May these women and children find liberation, and may we all live to come to know Jesus, who secures our true freedom.
With Love, in Christ,
Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY
Do you know Jesus?
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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.
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 →
I learned about Pray Oregon and Salem House of Prayer through fellow blogger, Dylan Raines. It is a beautiful place and organization, committed to 24/7 prayer specifically for Oregon.
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.