Bring Back Our Girls Prayer Call

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. – Luke 4:18-19 KJV

Good morning, friends.

Few things disturb me like kidnapping. Someone who doesn’t know you comes into an area where you feel safe and steals your dreams,  sense of security, and whatever else they want from you. How frightening to think that we live in a world where this can happen. And not only can it happen, but it can happen to hundreds of people at a time. This was the case in Borno State, Nigeria. Over 200 girls taking exams at school, probably very nervous about them yet excited about being finished. Then, a group of armed men comes in to abduct them, forcing them to leave. Some of the girls escaped, but most didn’t. Many have likely been married to men older than them that they do not know. The group that has stolen them has said that they will sell them. It’s deplorable, disgusting and scary. This is something that these girls will never forget. In situations like this, I am reminded that Jesus is a champion of freedom. The evil one comes to kill, steal and destroy, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is one who restores, redeems, rescues and sets captives free. Although this situation is bleak, it is not without hope. At 9PM EST, I will be holding a prayer call to pray for the safe return of the girls. There will be several prayer foci tonight and people from many places joining us on the line.

Tonight’s Prayer Foci 

Safe return of the girls
Safety of those trying to rescue them
Peace for the families
Protection for the girls as they are captives
That people would come to know Christ through this situation
Restoration of peace in Borno state and other areas of northeastern Nigeria
For the end of sex and human trafficking

If you would like to stand with us in agreement for the safe return of the girls, please call in. I have seen the power of prayer in my own life, and more than anything, I want to see God turn the ashes of this situation into beauty. To enter the prayer line, simply dial 530-881-1300 and enter access code 121413#. If you are outside of the US, check out Free Conferencing’s website for details about how you can join in.


Praying for praying men

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14 KJV

Good morning friends,

Last night, me and a few friends had a chat about the things we love about men and it quickly turned into us sharing our mutual love for Godly men. While talking, it became obvious that an increased love for prayer is something that we desire to see in the men around us. I knew immediately that today was a great day to begin praying that God would raise a generation of men who desire to pray.

So often, we complain about what men lack, but instead of complaining, we could be appealing to the One who has the power to change things in an instant, our Father. I have blogged about how I love men who pray, but I realize I haven’t spent a lot of time praying for men to love prayer as a whole. God brought that to my attention and today, that changes. I am a firm believer in asking God for exactly what you desire, according to His will. I have appealed to God on so many occasions and I’ve seen Him answer many prayers, when prayed in faith and with a “your will, not my will” attitude. I have faith that He’ll be answering prayers according to His will today. This is what I’ll be asking:

  • That God would make the hearts of men burn with the desire to pray & intercede for others.
  • That God would give men the desire to pray with and for their wives & children (or future families).
  • That God would re-direct their focus from the fleeting things that distract them to the things of God.
  • That God would turn their hearts toward Him and that He would break them for what breaks His.
  • That God would not only make them hunger for prayer, but for the knowledge of who He is and that they would pursue Him wholeheartedly.

My plan for this is to not only ask generally God to raise up a generation of men, but to be very specific by writing out a list with the name of every man I know and pray this over them.

If this is something that your heart burns for, feel free to join me and my friends as we pray today. I’d love to hear about it if you do.