NEWS: 14 MORE WOMEN ABDUCTED

Though it happened on June 30th, 2017, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY has just heard the news that 14 women have been abducted in Borno State, while on the way to taking the late Police Sergeant Rahila Antakirya to Lassa in Northern Nigeria for burial. (Source and Video of the women is in this article.)

Please be praying with me, tonight, and in the coming days, for these 14 women.

“Dear Father God,
While we were not aware of this atrocity at the time it happened, we thank You that You were. Jesus, You have seen every abduction, and every oppressed individual that Boko Haram has taken hostage. We now pray that You would please set these women free; please crush Boko Haram, so that those who have been doing this in the name of allah see their wrong, turn to You, and live.

Please, Lord Jesus,
Hear their cry. Hear our cry. And please free these women, soon.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.”

Please pray not only for the Chibok girls, but for all those who have been abducted! Thank you!!!

Being Honest with God

Today, to be honest, I am hurting. I am in pain. I am angry. I am grieved.

“Indifference is no reaction at all.” Today, that quote stood out at church. Studying the story of Jonah, Jonah 1:1 says, “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.'” What was Jonah’s response? Anger.

“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.”
(Jonah 1:3, NIV)

Jonah had a reason for his anger. The people of Nineveh were evil– the embodiment of evil, in fact– so much so that “it’s wickedness has come up before [God]” (Jonah 1:1). Jonah’s anger turned into something toxic, as the Pastor commented today (read Chapters 3-4 to see his anger take a turn for the worst). But it brought up the concept of being “real” with God. Of coming to Him with everything– even when “everything” includes screaming at him, and/or crying out in pain.

Honesty with Christ

There are still 113 Chibok girls who are not free. While news reports could be wrong, many say that some of these 113 Chibok girls have said they do not want to come home. This hurts. To know that 113 young women may be so brainwashed, that freedom for

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Rejoice Sanki, one of the 113 Chibok girls who need to be freed.

them looks worse than their bondage, breaks my heart. I pray that it isn’t true… that what keeps these young women from freedom and healing is not their own will.

But it could be true. And it is okay to come to Christ with this pain, anger, frustration, and longing for these remaining Chibok girls to become free.

In fact, in the Psalms, King David regularly cried out to Christ.

 

 

“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. 10 My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. 11 Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends— those who see me on the street flee from me. 12 I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. 13 For I hear many whispering, ‘Terror on every side!’ They conspire against me and plot to take my life.”
(Psalm 31:9-13, NIV)

Not too many have felt what King David felt. Theologians and Bible Readers alike speculate that this Psalm was written as David was narrowly escaping assassination attempts by Israel’s king at the time, King Saul (source). “In distress,” King David was overcome by sorrow and grief, and did not hold back in crying out to Christ about his situation. But he did not stay there.

From Pain to Praise

While crying out to Jesus about his struggles and anguish, King David drew close to Christ; and, it was in this honest encounter recorded in Psalm 31, that King David’s heart, mind, and perspective were transformed by the Lord. This can be seen in verse 14, as King David’s tone changes.

But I trust in you, LordI say, ‘You are my God.’ …Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. 22 In my alarm I said, ‘I am cut off from your sight!’
Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. 23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. 24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
(Psalm 31:14, 21-24)

It is obvious that as King David ran to Christ for help, he found it. While we do not know if his circumstances really changed for the better, this is the Hope for all people who put their trust in Jesus; He will never let them be put to shame for seeking Him.

There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, NIV). And, when it comes down to the honest truth, even when that joy doesn’t come, the Comfort and Joy of coming to Christ in the pain is our Strength.

113 Chibok girls still remain in bondage. This horrific Truth is cause for much pain, but approaching Christ in this pain makes all the difference. In our pain, may He hear our prayers, and may these precious young women come home soon.

This post is dedicated to the 113 young Chibok girls who are still not freed, as well as those in Mosul, which is modern-day Nineveh.



Do you know Jesus?

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
(Psalm 34:18, NIV)

Some people may see Jesus as some distant, feeling-less deity– yet, as one Pastor has said, He is anything but.

He can be grieved. Jesus said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” (Matthew 23:37, NIV)

He wept. “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35, NIV)

He sings with Joy. “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV)

He cares deeply for every detail of the Believer’s life.The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psalm 37:23, NIV)

Jesus is not some distant deity, or a made-up man. He is real, alive, and He deeply loves you. Learn more about who Jesus is, and why He came to earth, here.


Please pray…

For the remaining 113 Chibok girls who are still in bondage. Please pray that what has been said about the remaining girls is not true.

Please pray that if the news reports are true, that Jesus would reach and save these young women. 

Please pray for those in Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi soldiers are trying to push out ISIS. Please pray that they would have Christ’s favor, and that members of ISIS would be defeated– so that they can come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Please pray for Annalee, the writer of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY. Pray that I would continue to be effective in this ministry, by the power of the Holy Spirit– and that I would be faithful in my service to the Lord, even when it hurts. Thank you.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

Lament, and Hope (Reblog: Permission to Feel)

It has been 3+ years since 276 young girls have been free. On the eve of July 4th, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY wanted to remember and lament the bondage of the Chibok girls. 

But, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY also wanted to offer this thought: it is okay to lament the three years that have been stolen from the 163 young Chibok girls freed, and the 3+ years and counting that 113 Chibok girls still are experiencing of bondage. 

But there is Hope in Jesus. In Joel 2:25-27, Jesus promises to restore.

This is the Hope for the Chibok girls.

Maryam Ali, and her son, both found by the Nigerian Military on November 6th, 2016.

That He will repay, and is repaying, what the enemy has stolen. As we pray for the Chibok girls this week, may we keep this Hope in mind. ❤ 
Read the post from BeautyBeyondBones that inspired this post: https://beautybeyondbones.com/2017/07/03/permission-to-feel/.

Happy Fourth of July, All. 

Prayer Request: House on the Rock Church Burned Down

Imagine: Your home church, the place where you have spent and “done” life with one another in Christ, goes up in flames. The rafters come down. The sanctuary is no longer there.

This very thing is happened today in Southern Nigeria, in the capitol of Abuja, to House on the Rock Church. It is leaving behind a displaced body of Christ– still intact, but without a place to worship. The source of the fire is not yet known (source).

This place burning down is not the end of the Church– because in reality, according to scripture, the Church is a body of Believers, not just a building.

“‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’
16 Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’
17 Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.”
(Matthew 16:15-20, NIV)

The people, like a family, make up the Church. But like a family without a home, this body of Believers and their servant-leader, pastor Paul Adefarasin, are without their meeting place.

Our God, Jesus Christ, is a God who hears prayer. Will you pray with me, over this pastor, and the congregation?

“Dear Lord Jesus,
You are God alone, and You are Sovereign over all that is happening right now. Thank You for who You are. 
Dear  Jesus,
We pray over our brothers and sisters within House on the Rock Church. As their Church Building burns down, and as Pastor Adefarasin does not know what to do, we pray that You would be with this grieving church family. Please continue to keep the Church, as a body of Believers, together… and please grant them a new place to meet and be with each other.

Hold their hurting hearts, Jesus. 
In Your Name we pray,
Amen.”

Sharing Christ: The Path to True Peace

They have done it again.
Again, Boko Haram has pillaged, stolen, and de-stabilized.

On Wednesday, June 7th, Boko Haram razed parts of Maiduguri, killing “at least 14 people,” according to VOA News’ news article. In the attack, gunned Boko Haram members and suicide bombers attacked the innocent men and women of Maiduguri. It is the first attack made by Boko Haram in 18 months, almost 6 months after President Buhari claimed that the group is “technically defeated.”

Abubukar Shekau, the leader of a faction of Boko Haram, had shocking words for those watching the video Boko Haram published not long after.

“We are hale and hearty, contrary to claims that we have been killed… God has enriched us with the arms and ammunition on display, and we shall deploy such weapons we seized against you… There is no dialogue between us, only fire for fire.”
(source, VOA News)

These people believe that God has given them victory. And they have killed again.

 

As if this violence were not enough, a horrific mass shooting on republican representatives was had yesterday, on June 14th, 2017. The shooting, happening in Alexandria, Virginia, has left Congressman Steve Scalise in critical condition.

 

The violence in Northeast Nigeria causes one to ask… who is God to those who believe these things? Who is God to a muslim?

To muslims, God is almighty, but far off. While one can know His Will, they cannot evercannot know him truly know Him, Himself (source). This fact, in and of itself, is a thing to be deeply pitied for those who believe in “allah.” But when one thinks about it, everyone who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ does not know God, and cannot ever know God apart from Christ. 

Jesus is the One who taught that to hate someone in one’s heart is to kill them; and, sadly, the horrific shooting had in Virginia has displayed just how angry and violent a person can be. People’s need to know Christ is, now more than ever, a very heavy, relevant, real subject.

Every person reading this, including even those publishing it, knows at least one person who does not know Christ. While the islamic religion is a very false, sad one in that it keeps people from knowing God personally, the idea that many people– not just those with hijabs on– are being kept from knowing God by faulty religion, sin, and/or simply their own unbelief is cause for much sorrow, too.

The only real solution to this violence has always been, and will always be, Jesus Christ. People NEED to know Him. And for people to know Him, He must be shared by those who already know Him.

It was the apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, who wrote in Romans, “How, then, can already know himthey call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them” (Romans 10:14)? We are the Light of the world; a city on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14-16).

When a person shares Christ, they are sharing the ONLY way to Peace with God the Father, through Christ: the only way to true Peace.

Amidst the violence happening, in both Northeast Nigeria, America (and the rest of the world, for that matter), who is Christ putting on your heart to reach out to with the Gospel? Let the Holy Spirit do His Work in and through you, and reach out to that person, today. After all, no one knows when it may be too late.



Do you know Jesus?

2,000 years ago, Jesus stepped on the scene of a very lost and broken people.
Crippled by the law, and lost, without a hope in the world as the Apostle Paul says (Ephesians 2:12), mankind needed a Savior from the mess they had gotten themselves into.

Jesus was, still is, and will forever be, that Savior. Read more about Him, and meet Him today. Click here.


Please pray with me…

“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for the ability to know You. Thank You that You did it all, so that we might live, and know You personally.
Dear Jesus, we pray that you would fortify Northern Nigeria, and keep it from harm– both physically and spiritually. We ask that You would please bring Your Good News to those in Norther Nigeria who have never heard it, and are in bondage to false religion, sin, and unbelief.
Please fortify the soldiers in Northern Nigeria as well; they can only truly win life’s battles with You, dear Jesus. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7). We pray this over the soldiers in Nigeria, and all over the world, Father God.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Please defeat the members of Boko Haram– not so that they would die in their sin, but so that they would be humbled and come to know You, the One, True Living God.

Dear Jesus, we also pray over America. Father God, America, Nigeria, and the entire world needs to come back to You. Please forgive us for our sin and turning away from You; we now ask that You would give us another chance, and that there would be mass revival! Send us out, Father God. Help us to be Loving and Brave as we share You with our neighbors.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.”

Thank you for your prayers!!! Please continue to pray for the Chibok girls, that they would be found, as there are 113 young women left in captivity.

 

National Day of Prayer: What You Can Be Praying for Nigeria

Hello all! As many of you know, today is National Day of Prayer in the United States of America. It is a beautiful day where the people of America– especially Christians– gather in many different places to pray for the government, for the President, and for the many different prayer needs facing America today.

While the Chibok girls are not in America– and, apart from the few Chibok girls who have come to American boarding schools, there seems to be little to nothing that they have to do with America,  the Chibok schoolgirls– and all of Nigeria, for that matter– are a huge point of prayer that I, Annalee, pray many Believers would pray over.

To highlight each aspect of prayer needed, I have decided to compile a few blog articles previously written on ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY here, so that readers can read (or re-read) these articles and agree on the prayer requests each article is focused on.

  • The Government

It is no secret that much of Nigeria is corrupt. Not only is Boko Haram waging war against Nigerians; there is corruptness in the oil industry, and Fulani herdsmen are also antagonizing many people in Northern Nigeria.  This article sheds light on the Nigerian government; it’s corruptness, and it’s need for Jesus, the ultimate Doctor, to take away and change the corruption and sin so prevalent, not only in their society, but also in their own individual lives.

“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for creating Nigeria as a nation, and for each person apart of their government. Please, bring those who are corrupt and do not know You to repent of their corruption; may they come and know You, Lord Jesus, so that they might truly Live.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.”

  • Pain and Suffering

Millions of people, all over the world, are currently in painful, sorrowful conditions. Millions of those people currently live in Nigeria, where Northern Nigeria, because of the insurgency and corruption, is having one of the most acute cases of famine people have ever seen. This article speaks about the famine, as well as the pain and suffering had in the Nigerian military, extensively, encouraging us to put our Hope in Christ alone during such overwhelming times.

Although this famine is both vast and horrific, the mainstream media has largely failed to report any of it. Because of this, aid is not coming in as quickly as it could be. Please pray, with ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY, that this pain and suffering found in Northern Nigeria specifically would receive the attention and aid it so desperately needs– and that these people would be given Jesus’ Bread of Life and Living Water.

“Dear Lord King Jesus,
We cannot understand why there is so much pain and suffering in this world. But Lord Jesus, our Hope is in You. 
We pray over those in Northern Nigeria, that You would grant them the aid needed– from wherever– to live another day, and to live through this insurgency. 
You are near to the Broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18); please, let these people draw near to You, and let them receive Your comfort, Love, and ultimately, Salvation.
We long for the day when suffering is no more. Come soon, Lord Jesus!
In Your Name we Pray, 
Amen.”

  • The Chibok Girls

While this whole blog is dedicated, in large part, to the Chibok schoolgirls and their freedom, there are a few articles that come to mind for the Chibok girls specifically: “Freedom Fighters,” “Free To Dance: The Importance of Sharing the Gospel,” and “21 CHIBOK GIRLS FREE!!!”.

These three articles were chosen, because of their hopeful nature, and vast scope. “Fighters for Freedom” speaks about how the Chibok girls run the risk of accepting that they live in captivity under Boko Haram, making it their new normal; “Free to Dance: The Importance of Sharing the Gospel” is about how we, as Believers, have THE power tool to set people free, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically: The Gospel. “21 CHIBOK GIRLS FREE!!!” celebrates the freedom of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls freed from negotiations between The International Red Cross, the Swiss Government, and Boko Haram. Please pray for Hope and the desire to leave captivity would stay firmly in the girls’ hearts; that they would be freed, spiritually and physically, by the Gospel, and would be free from Boko Haram very, very soon.

“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Gospel, which sets us free from the bondage of sin, and of religion.
Thank You for Loving us so much, that You came to be the ultimate Sacrifice, so that we may experience Life and Life abundantly. 

Thank You that Your Scars have healed us. 
Dear Jesus,
I pray, in Your Name,
for each and every one of the 195 Chibok schoolgirls left. Please, Lord Jesus, 
bring each one of them to know You personally, as Lord and Savior, and please keep them from being brainwashed into believing that this is the “new normal” for them. Please rescue and free them soon, dear Lord Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name I pray, 
Amen.”

  • The Nigerian Military

     

Last, but definitely not least, the Nigerian military is an aspect of prayer for Northern Nigeria that tends to get overlooked. While the deaths of civilians may seem more shocking, the fact that the Nigerian military is still losing lives to Boko Haram is something to stop, and grieve over.

While not very many posts on ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY are about the Nigerian military, “The Nigerian Military: Rest & Strength in Jesus Christ” is one that sheds light on the fact that without Christ, one can only fight something in their own strength– leaving them wearied, tired, and broken. While their circumstances have gotten better, please pray that these Nigerian troops (and the civilian task forces as well) come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and that they would be empowered: not to only fight this physical fight against Boko Haram, but to also fight the spiritual one, the roots of Boko Haram, which are demonic forces.

“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for being Sovereign, having power over even demonic forces, which are no doubt behind Boko Haram.
Dear Lord Jesus,
We call to You, and we pray that the soldiers and civilians currently fighting Boko Haram would come to know You personally, as their Lord and Savior. As King David once wrote, “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall” (2 Samuel 22:30). May this be the heartcry of every soldier and fighter, fighting against Boko Haram. May they fight in Your Strength, not their own. 
We thank You for this, Lord Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.”

 

Today, on National Prayer Day, I ask that you would take some time– even if its only a bit of time– to pray for, and over, these four things. As you press into Christ, may He bless you and keep You in Himself, and may You find Joy, Strength, and Power in His Presence. 🔹


In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
(Romans 8:26, NIV)

Do you ever feel like you don’t have the words to say, or that you cannot pray “eloquently enough”? The Apostle Paul himself said, “We [including himself] do not know how to pray.” But, as one pastor pointed out from this verse in Romans, the Holy Spirit does!

He will help you, as you pray today for the different things that come to mind and heart. May you enjoy this time of seeking our Savior through prayer: open dialogue with the King! ❤

Please like this post and/or comment on it to share that you will be praying for these things– today, and/or in the future! 🙂

“A Stream of Water”: Praying for Leaders in the Syria Situation

This post, though not about Northern Nigeria, Boko Haram or the Chibok Girls specifically,  was written the day that President Trump decided to launch airstrikes against Syria, for their use of chemical weapons against the people of Syria. It was literally written as the news was coming in. Now, weeks later, may we continue to pray for all those involved– and always realize that praying to the King of Kings is the most powerful thing that could ever be done, during times such as these. 🔹 



When looking at recent world events, there are no words.

As the Syrian chemical attacks, reportedly perpetrated by the Syrian government against its own people, were plastered on main-stream media, one could not help but be mortified. Dead children were held in their father’s arms; he buried them along with his wife, as he wailed. People were found gasping for air, as Sarin gas kept soft muscles from working properly and tightened their chest cavities. “No one is doing anything to stop these gas attacks,” said Dr. Shajul Islam, a doctor on the front lines, in a video documenting the treatment of those who had been attacked (viewable here).

“I would show you the evidence again and again, but you know what, the world doesn’t care, and no one is doing anything. We urge you to put pressure on your governments, put pressure on anyone to help us,” pleaded Dr. Islam, as gurney upon gurney poured into their hospital.

Believers, these victims of Sarin and Chlorine gas attacks are people whom other people love deeply.
Most of all, these are people Jesus Loves more deeply than anyone else. People Jesus died for.

445px-Consumed,_Jennifer_Hansen

“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed” (Lamentations 3:22). “Consumed” by Jennifer Hansen.

Upon watching and listening to this heartbreaking event, the painting, “Consumed” by Jennifer Hansen, came to mind. It evokes feelings of desperate rage… of humankind, and all of Creation’s need, for someone to save them.

We need healing. Restoration. To be freed from the decay that sin has brought, and is bringing.

Yet, just as the painting above expresses, we are helpless to save ourselves, being consumed by this evil, suffocating contagion that we all have. Sin.

It is easy to get angry. It is easy to It is easy to play the blame game– and those who are responsible MUST be brought to full Justice.

As the United States has decided to do something– to send airstrikes on Syria, in the regions where the chemical weapons have been stored–

We, as Believers, can do something. Something that will absolutely do the most good.

We can pray.

Why Pray?

While many may read the above line and scoff in annoyance at the “cliched Christianness” of it all, it is true, none the less.

When King Solomon prayed to God over the Temple the LORD called him to make, he said some profound, famous words (1 Chronicles 6:21, 32-33), asking God to hear every Israelite who called upon the name of the LORD in the Temple, and to forgive them (1 Chronicles 6:21). King Solomon even asked the LORD to hear and answer foreigners who prayed to God in His Temple.

Solomon knew the power of God, and called upon Him to listen to anyone who prayed toward Him in His Temple– because, at that point, that was where His Presence was. Think about it: Because of what Jesus did on the cross, Believers can now “Approach God’s throne of grace with confidence” themselves, to “receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NIV). We, as Believers, sons and daughters of the King, can come to the Creator of it all– the One who is Sovereign over the highest Kings and Rulers– and He listens to us.

Not only this, but one must remember that Christ is indeed Sovereign, even over the affairs of Presidents and Kings. “In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him” (Proverbs 21:1, NIV).

It was Solomon himself who said, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31), and it was his father, King David, who declared, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7, NIV).

He, the King, prayed.

During a tumultuous time such as this, let us, too.



Do you know Jesus?

Events like this point to humanity’s brokenness in obvious, heartbreaking ways. We are in deep need of saving.

But unlike what much of the world likes to think, humanity cannot ultimately heal, or save themselves– or one another, as ages upon ages of failed societies, centered around false gods, have proven (Isaiah 41:5-7).

But the situation is not hopeless. There is a God in Heaven– a God who decided, because of His deep Love for the world He created– to enter the brokenness humans created, to suffer the ultimate consequence that humanity deserved– all so that they would be set free. Saved.

He is, always has been, and always will be, the ONLY One who can save.
Read more about, and meet Him, here.


“Dear Lord Jesus,

We come to You. Thank You, that we can come to You. Run to You.

We run to You, today, Lord Jesus, and we pray over each person who has been suffering from the effects of war. We know that You are in control, dear Jesus.

So, as Your Children, we pray in Your Name that You would relieve these people of their suffering, soon. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, NIV). As the suffering in Syria continues, we pray, in Your Name, that those suffering from the death of their loved ones would hear Your Voice; we pray that they would know that You are who they need, and that they would come to You, and know You as Lord, and Savior.

Lord Jesus, we pray over President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian bases that hold chemical weapons. As this incredibly complicated, even shocking event has happened, we pray that those who are witnessing these events would run to You, and would know You as their Lord and Savior, as well. “In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him” (Proverbs 21:1, NIV). Dear Jesus, YOU are the One who is Sovereign over President Trump, Putin, Assad, and every other major leader who is apart of this string of events. Please give President Trump, and Vice-President Pence, a heart for You, as well as Putin and even Assad. Please, lead and guide these men… and keep them close to You, as we await the (prayerfully, soon!) day of Your Return.

Please protect, guide, and calm Your Children. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV). Keep Your Words of comfort, said in a time of extreme distress, deep within the hearts of Your People, dear Jesus.

Dear Jesus, we also thank You for the people working with non-profits, helping refugees on the ground. Please, Lord Jesus, continue to sustain the work of these people; please bless those refugees in other surrounding countries, with the spiritual nourishment they need in knowing You personally, as well as whatever they need physically. 

Thank You, Oh Lord Jesus!

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen.”

After prayer, and as we continue to pray, there is another thing we can do: Give. The suffering in Syria still continues. And as this whole thing has unfolded, and continues to unfold, there will no doubt be a HUGE need for donations to aid organizations and hospitals. Oxfam America, Catholic Relief Services, and Bibles For Refugees are working with Syrian & Iraqi Refugees, or are directly in Syria, and are all reputable organizations. Thirsty Ground International, a smaller non-profit based in Texas, is also working with refugees, and is a non-profit ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY highly recommends.

Thank you for your prayers and support! Please continue to pray for Syrian refugees, and those currently in Syria.