Prayer Forum

This forum is dedicated to prayer requests from around the world. I’ll post select ones that come to my attention, but please post yours as well.

30 Comments to “Prayer Forum”

  1. This prayer is part of a novena to St. Jude, the patron saint of the hopeless. I am a seeker; I do not know what to believe yet, but I am trying. In recent weeks I have been praying every day, asking for help because I am alone and running out of time to make anything of my life or to fulfill any of the potential that I believe I have, especially to be a good parent.
    All I have ever really wanted to be is a husband and a father, but I am getting old and I have no resources. I think that I would be a good father, and that that is my central ‘purpose’, if I can put it that way. Also, I feel responsible to my late parents, to continue the chain of life in order to give meaning to their very hard lives. I love them and I miss them.
    My job is menial and low-wage, and I do not have health insurance, so treatment is out of the question. I live in fear of becoming ill. I was raised without community or spirituality, and I do not know how to make and retain friendships. I fear that my chances at marriage, fatherhood, and career passed long ago. I am praying to St. Jude, for assistance in remaking my life into something in which my dreams of family could be made real.
    St. Jude, please help me.

    PRAYER TO ST. JUDE
    Oh glorious apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases–of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded thee of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly social anxiety, social isolation, singleness, childlessness, poor health, lack of career, chronic financial insecurity and unhappiness, and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor thee as my special and powerful patron, and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee. Amen.
    May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us, Saint Jude, worker of Miracles, pray for us, Saint Jude, helper and keeper of the hopeless, pray for us.
    Thank you Saint Jude.
    Tom

    • Tom, I think it is a very courageous thing you did to write this post. As I read your words, I was reminded of the verse in the Bible that says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

      Another Psalm a few chapters later encourages us to “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

      In this difficulty time, a time when you have more questions than answers, I will be praying that God will speak to you in a very personal way and reveal himself to you through his Son Jesus.

      P.S. You may find it interesting to browse the Psalms. I have found many answers and much inspiration there.

  2. My dad has leukemia. After having a bunch of chemotherapy treatments, they thought he was cured but sadly it has returned. I’m praying for him. I’ll really appreciate it if everybody who reads this prays for him also. Thank you for your prayers.

  3. I would love prayer for my son Samuel’s upcoming CT scan scheduled for the 30th of March. We will see if his cancer has returned or has been kept at bay.

  4. Please pray for survivors of devastating floods in the Philippines – result of Typhoon Sendong just before Christmas. Over 1,000 dead and more than 300,000 lost homes. Pray for victims’ families to be comforted. Pray for relief workers who are already responding, especially churches and Christian organizations. Pray that many more will respond and bring much-needed aid, as well as the love and peace of Jesus Christ!

    For more information and how you can help, read CBN News report here: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/December/Philippine-Typhoon-Victims-Face-Bleak-Christmas/

  5. In this new year, let’s commit to partnering with the Lord in prayer for the nations!

    “Prayer is not trying to convince a reluctant God to do something He doesn’t want to do. Nor is it informing an uninformed God about something He doesn’t know. He knows and wants to act, and He is trying to get our attention to pray what is in His heart. As we pray, we enter into the flow of history with Him.”

    (From the book “Taking On Giants” by Joe Portale, YWAM Publishing)

  6. Pray for Pastor Jamal of Kurdistan who was kidnapped a few days ago by armed gunmen. Pray for the safe return of Pastor Jamal, that his captors will be converted to Christ, and that Christians in Kurdistan and throughout the world can freely practice their faith. One of Pastor Jamal’s colleagues writes: “We still have no news about Pastor Jamal or his whereabouts. Dr. Lizney called his daughter and she informed us that her brothers had gone down to the police station to inquire about their father; however, the police denied knowing anything about or being involved. We are not sure if that’s the truth or not, but either way we are doing everything possible to locate Pastor Jamal. Dr. Linzey has connections in D.C and at UNHCR and she’s been emailing everyone she knows there. However, we believe that prayer can break down barriers and set captives free. Therefore, we have faith that Pastor Jamal will not be harmed and will win over his captors in the name of Jesus. I believe that this region will soon be transformed for the Kingdom of God, its already happening and I can see it and feel it. People here are hungry for the truth and most importantly, they’re hungry for something to live for. Thank you once again for all your prayers and your continous support.”

  7. Many Christians have been killed in Nigeria following the election of a Christian president. Some public gatherings have been cancelled, as have the Easter retreats, to protect the lives of believers. Many are being severely persecuted and need our prayers.

  8. Pray for “Dream Conference” in Ireland the week of Monday, April 25-Wednesday, April 27. This is an opportunity for Christians in Ireland to come together, fellowship, worship, hear the word of God, and grow as believer. Over 700 have registered. Conference organizers have requested prayer. More info at http://www.agireland.org.

  9. Pray for Jason Benedict who is flying to Rwanda:

    “I am in the airport getting ready to board the first of several flights to Rwanda. I am sad to leave family, excited to see my friends and students in Rwanda and looking forward to meeting 3 Christian business men from South Africa who will be helping our entrepreneurs for the next couple of weeks.

    Please keep us (me in Africa, Kim and the kids back home) in prayer. The fruit from this effort has been incredible.”

  10. According to the Associated Press, U.S., European, Arab and African officials have been invited to London next week to work out the details of the Libyan conflict. Pray that they will seek God’s wisdom rather than relying on man’s.

  11. Please pray for Tim, a 5th-grade boy in China, who fell several meters and is in a coma. His family are Christians, foreigners working at a school with my friend Lily. Doctors say only “the Great Physician” can help him now. Tim’s mother is taking him to a hospital in Hong Kong. We are asking for a miracle.

    • Thank you for your prayers for Tim, the 5th grade boy from a missionary family in China who had a traumatic accident. He went to be with Jesus after being in a coma in Hong Kong. Please continue to pray for peace for his family.

  12. Please pray for Israel: First-hand report from Michael Z., director of Chosen People Ministries’ work in Israel:

    “We heard the terrible explosion near the Jerusalem Bus Station, which is located just a half mile from our home. The first news from the field showed that it was a suitcase packed with explosives that exploded just outside the bus stop, injuring at least 30 people and killing one.

    …This attack comes after a few days of intense bombing from the Gaza strip. Recently, almost 50 missiles fell in one day in the Ashkelon area, and the next day two Grad missiles landed in Beer Sheva and injured several people. In addition, a week ago Israel was shocked by the cold-blooded murder of five people from one family – a husband, wife and three children were stabbed to death in their sleep. The youngest child was only a few months old.

    We are shocked and saddened by this violence, but we know that there is still a hope for our people despite all the attempts of the enemy – this hope is in Yeshua (Jesus), and we are praying for the day all Israel will recognize Him as Messiah.”

  13. A missionary from Argentina asks for prayer: they are having their annual Latin Missions Leaders event next week in the Dominican Republic and are expecting over 165 leaders from 20 countries. It is an important time of vision, strategy, relationships, and God’s speaking to each country and leader. He requests prayers for this key event taking place March 28- 31st.

  14. This morning there was an 8.9 earthquake in Japan, the worst quake in 100 years, followed by a tsunami with waves 30 ft high.

    This came from my cousins Chris and Abbie in Japan:

    We are about two hours from the center of the earthquake (which they say was an 8.9), so it was really strong where we live… The initial quake was about 3-5 minutes long… Ever since then we have been having a bunch of aftershocks.

    The earthquake also started a tsunami and continued tsunami warnings. We live about an hour from the coast, though, so we aren’t too nervous about that, but please be praying because there is a lot of damage as we are seeing on the TV.

    Please be praying for Japan during this time. Phone lines are down and everyone is pretty scared. Please pray that we can use this opportunity to reach out to our friends and co-workers here.

    • Update: My cousins Chris and Abbie are back in the US from Japan. Thank you for praying! Continue to lift up that nation. May “the Land of the Rising Sun” become “the Land of the Risen Son!”

  15. Please pray for the people of Libya as their country is in turmoil. The military is opening fire in the streets as people are revolting against the oppressive dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi. Hundreds are believed to be dead.

    This report is from a friend who had to flee the violence in Cairo and is has contacts and co-workers in North Africa and the Middle East:

    “While some international Christians live and worship in Libya, there is no know Libyan church in the entire country. …Many have put all their hope in this revolution…no other hope to turn to. Pray for the revelation of the divine.”

    • Keep praying for Libya! Between 100,000-140,000 refugees have now fled the country.

      From the executive director of a ministry in that area:

      ¨Ten workers with our organization are traveling this weekend to the Tunisian-Libyan border to be part of an international team serving and cooking for the thousands of Libyan refugees escaping to Tunisia. My colleagues and workers from several other organizations are going to be serving no less than 10 thousand refugees per day in their area of assignment. – Please pray for them and their ministry to the Libyan refugees.¨

      http://www.pray4libya.net

  16. I would love prayer for my 5 year old son Samuel who has aggressive prostatic rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer).

    Prayer that:

    *His tumor would continue shrinking
    *The long-term effects/damage of chemo and radiation would be minimal
    *His 4 other siblings would not be overlooked during this intense time
    *My husband, Mike, and I’s marriage would be made stronger.

    http://www.caringbridge.com/visit/samuelnapier

    http://www.musingsbyjennifer.blogspot.com

  17. Argentina is having its 20th annual school of missions this week with a total of 79 people on campus. Pray for the week to be one of blessings and for God’s purposes to be accomplished in the lives of the Argentine
    missionaries.

  18. Pray for the upcoming regional and world missions congress in Manila, Philippines, May 24-27. Pray for unity as churches work together to produce this event and that God will move in a powerful way.

  19. I just found out today that one of my friends, Sebrena McBean, died just before Christmas. She was at home recovering from knee surgery. Please pray for her family.

    • I will be praying for Sebrena’s family and friends. I just found out yesterday and I am devastated. She was my roomate for 8 years. I am lost for words and my heart is heavy.

  20. 10.19.10 Pray for Northern Nigeria, especially for the city of Maidugari. There has been 2 weeks of rioting with many killed. The military has been called in to bring calm.

  21. 10.13.10 Pray for missionaries Don & Cyndie Jeter in Spain. They are focused on training ministers in Spanish-speaking communities in major cities in Europe and are also providing leadership for a church plant in Alcala de Henares, a historic university city of 250,000 outside of Madrid.

    They request prayer for the following:

    * Pray for continued health & strength
    * Pray for jobs for a number of people in the church who’ve lost theirs due to the country’s unprecedented financial crisis
    * Pray for Don & Cyndie’s 4 grown children living in the US, their children’s spouses, and 6 grandchildren
    * Pray for God’s provision in their finances, specifically for an increase in monthly support so they can carry out the ministry in Spain

  22. 10.13.10 Pray for the Huelsebuschs, a young family who will be moving to the Ukraine on October 18th. Here are specific prayer needs the family has mentioned:

    * Pray for wisdom and favor concerning shipping issues
    * Pray for a safe trip and “traveling mercies” as they fly out with their two young children
    * Pray for strength as they say goodbye to family and friends
    * Pray for protection for each family member and the church planting team they will be joining
    * Pray for bonding of the team and that God may be the center
    * Pray for the Tatar people to which the Huelsebuschs feel called, that they might be drawn to the message of hope and might open their heart to the Gospel

  23. 9.6.10 Pray for Jason Benedict in Rwanda. In an email today he noted that the program he’s involved with is going well: they have 42 students — tons of potential to change the nation. They recently delivered 15 brand-new soccer balls at the local YMCA, which greatly pleased the children since their balls were in tatters.

  24. 9.4.10 There was a magnitude 7.0 earthquake this morning in Christchurch, New Zealand. Remarkably, no one was injured or killed, even though it hit a highly populated area. Let’s pray that the people in this community will draw closer to God and closer to each other as they rebuild.

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