A call to prayer

BönDear faith family,

Let’s pray.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’m inviting everyone who reads this to fast and pray for the many needs we are witnessing around the world, including here at home. It’s easy to be overwhelmed and disengaged amid media reports of wars, and disease, racial and ethnic conflict, and corrupt governments, but Believer, you are anything but powerless to bring change! The prayers of the righteous avail much.

  • Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters being persecuted to the point of death in Iraq and Pakistan.
  • Pray for unity, neighborly love, and peace in Ferguson, Missouri and the entire United States.
  • Pray for the citizens of Israel and Palestine.
  • Pray against the ebola plague in West Africa.

On one hand Scripture tells us that we are citizens of heaven. And yet on the other, it describes us as residents of this earth. Jeremiah 29:7 tells us to “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” The best evidence of being a citizen of heaven is making a difference on earth.

There is evil in this world that loses power when we fast and pray. Prayer is not the only thing to do; but without it the other things to do always fall short.

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

Mike Patz

8 Replies to “A call to prayer”

  1. Blessed to see you have grown so deeply in Gods Word since the “Hill of Hope”. God bless you.

  2. Prayer Warriors – Just came into my email @1;45pm 8/27/2014 Dear saints pray!
    Bart Peacher is a part of the MorningStar pastoral team, and oversees our Moravian Falls retreat center. He received this urgent prayer request today.
    – Rick Joyner

    Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.

    “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it’s staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!”

    Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.

    May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Send it to friends and Christians you may know.

    VLewis

  3. I would be remiss if I didn’t point this out in the hopes that we can be more conscious with our prayer and pray while awake and aware. I was moved to read your prayer request and fast today, and I am with the spirit of the request. I said this prayer but I made one change. In the prayer for West Africa, I removed the negative connotation of the prayer. Our prayer shows our heart and our hearts are praying for a positive in each prayer, except the prayer for West Africa. Let us pray “for” healing and restoration in West Africa. Let us not pray “against” but show our faith by praying “for” something positive. Be well and stay blessed, Mike.

  4. Agreed wholeheartedly and will join in this tomorrow. Is the sanctuary still open for prayer early Wed mornings?

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