Day 18 | 30 Days of Prayer | Colorado
Today we pray for Attendees: Diann, Hillary, Kimberly, Trish
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:18)
Dear Heavenly Father,
No matter who we are or where we live and work, we are broken people. We carry in our hearts regret for things done or undone, said or not said. The women coming to the retreat are no different and their hearts need Your encouragement, healing, and hope.
If there are struggles with their devotional times, if they are wrestling with suffering and pain that seem unfair, if they’ve seen too much, lived too hard, cried into the night, please use this retreat to wrap them in Your love, care and comfort.
Please help them to lay their burdens, their hurts and disappointments at Your feet. Please remind those who’ve forgotten the blessings You’ve showered on them. Please cause thanksgiving to bubble in their spirits as they lift Your name in worshipful praise, listen to godly teaching and enjoy being loved and pampered by the volunteers. Help them meet You right where they are and experience all You have to give them during these special retreat days.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Attendee Country of Service Prayer Focus Nation: Thailand
Challenges for Prayer:
Thailand has been an island of stability and freedom in a troubled region, but “The Land of Smiles” is also awash with difficulties. Pray for these pressing issues and for the wise leadership and reform needed to address them:
a) The political upheaval of 2006-2008 revealed deep fault lines among various political parties, the military and the royalty. Protests brought the country to a standstill.
b) The violent insurgency in the southern areas near Malaysia has claimed thousands of lives. It is a result of some discrimination against the predominantly Malay Muslim minority and the radicalization of the same.
c) Tensions with other neighbors, including disputes with Cambodia and more notably Myanmar, from which over a million have fled disaster and persecution into Thailand.
d) Structures of sin and vice continue to prosper, despite increasing efforts to combat them. Corruption allows unscrupulous men – in business, politics, the military and police – to enrich themselves while oppressing others. The moral blights of the sex trade, drug networks, crime syndicates and ecological degradation will remain as long as they are profitable and tolerated. Pray for the breaking of these structures of sin by God’s power.
Excerpts taken from Operation World
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Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.View all articles by: Linda Swanson
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