Prayer Thought: Intercession

Our church is praying for 60 countries in 60 days (operationworld.org) and the past few days have been difficult.  A few days ago, the country to pray for was Thailand.  While 68 million people live there, there are less than 1 million Christians.  It’s no wonder that sex trafficking runs rampant with an estimated 2.8 million people being involved in the industry.  Imagine, parents sell their children into this lifestyle!

Yesterday, the country was Uganda.  A group called “The Lord’s Resistance Army” has been terrorizing the country for over 20 years, having displaced over 2 million families.  There are many church organizations in Uganda and yet they fail miserably at maintaining unity with one another, thus limiting their effectiveness in helping.

My Bible labeled Psalm 10 as “Helper of the Helpless.”  It says, “Arise, Lord!  Lift up Your hand, O God.  Do not forget the helpless. … You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them and You listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order than man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more” (vv. 12, 17-18).  Like the psalmist, we must pray and intercede for people who are being oppressed and terrorized.  “Lord Jesus, hear our prayers and crush the plans of wicked people.  Help the helpless who cry out to You.”

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