You know the story Jesus tells . . . an annoying person knocks on his friend’s door at midnight asking for food. His friend tells him to GO AWAY, but he just keeps knocking and knocking. Because of this man’s shameless persistence, his friend gets out of bed and gives him food. Jesus tells us to pray like that. I love that. Let’s do!
“Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” –Jesus (Luke 11:9).
Spiritual and Physical Rain in Texas
The drought in Texas is causing people to cry out to God. In fact, Governor Rick Perry has called a day of united prayer and fasting tomorrow, August 6, at Reliant Stadium—over 30,000 individuals have registered. They’re asking the entire nation to join them in fasting and praying for spiritual and physical rain. Let's pray for a downpour! "He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills" (Ps. 147:8).
Famine in East Africa
With East Africa facing its worst drought in sixty years, affecting more than eleven million people, the United Nations has declared a famine in the region for the first time in a generation. Overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia are receiving some 3,000 new refugees every day, as families flee from famine-stricken and war-torn areas . . . (You might consider giving here.)
“My Eyes Shed Streams of Tears”
Pastor John Piper writes about “the new calamity.” Here’s an excerpt:
My sense is that we do not realize what a calamity is happening around us. The new thing—new for America, and new for history—is not homosexuality. That brokenness has been here since we were all broken in the fall of man . . . What’s new is not even the celebration of homosexual sin. Homosexual behavior has been exploited, and reveled in, and celebrated in art, for millennia. What’s new is normalization and institutionalization. This is the new calamity.
“The revolution in the institution of marriage continues, as the legalization of polygamy is now being taken up by the courts.”
Study: Indian Women Are the Most Stressed on Earth
"As women around the world enjoy broader opportunities and expanding roles, they're also experiencing one other increase in their lives—stress.”