Today we pray for Attendees: Mariana, Trish, Aiilisha, and Esther
Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1–5
Father in heaven, we ask that Your comfort be felt in tangible ways when these ladies experience loneliness, homesickness, depression, and grief. So often while serving overseas one has to grieve losses long-distance. When news of a loved one’s sickness, divorce, struggles, or death occurs, they can feel trapped, helpless, sad, and maybe even guilty, dealing with pain that those around them may not be able to empathize with. There are times when they experience compound grief, with multiple losses. There may be trauma where they live which they must process alone, feeling distanced from stateside family; processing these losses can be a lonely and long road. Lord, we ask You to be their anchor in the middle of their emotions, and pray for Your loving arms to hold them. May they each meet someone at the retreat with whom they can share their heart and feel heard.
Lord, some of the ladies may have experienced or may now be in the darkness of depression that settles over them like a mantle. They may be having thoughts which descend in varying shades of gray that cover the essence of who they are. We ask You, the true Light, to shine on their value, worth, failures, and lack—breathe into them Your Life-giving Spirit. Create in them the breath of life and a reason for being. May they feel deeply and fully, not reflecting their emptiness. Lord, give them the strength to color their world and remove the shades of gray. May their time at the retreat be one of renewed color, lifting their spirits.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Regional Prayer Focus Nation: Pakistan
Challenges for Prayer
Fundamentalist Islam, driven by the Taliban, is upheld by a minority, but impacts the whole nation. It has escalated violence against religious minorities (including Shi’a Muslims), shattered social cohesion and divided the country. It also disables economic development and keeps millions in poverty through the disruption it causes and the values it endorses. Of particular note for prayer:
a) The violence and war conducted by insurgents, especially in the scenic northwestern Swat Valley, emptied hundreds of villages, towns and schools, cost thousands of lives and disrupted the lives of millions. The militants’ success gave them temporary control over the region and forced concessions by the government, which has largely wrested control back.
b) The imposition of shari’a in the northwest – a result of government compromise with the militants – spells woe for many, epecially non-Muslims. It also invites further aggression from the militants, since such tactics previously yielded significant gains and concessions.
Excerpts taken from Operation World