Prayer Fodder for Your Friday

Paula Hendricks

Paula Hendricks | 08.05.11
Twitter: @PaulaWrites678


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.

Legalizing Polygamy
“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.”


  1. Thanks for giving us some "broader" things to pray about. Sometimes our prayer vision is so local and personal. God wants our personal prayers but He wants us to be concerned with the general evil that abounds and see it as our responsibility as well.
    posted by Susan McCurdy
    on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 9:34 am
  2. Thank you for this, Paula. I was sharing with my best friend the other day that this was how Jesus taught us to pray. Her husband had told her that if she prayed for something more than once, she did not believe God and did not have faith. I told her that Jesus told several parables with people coming again and again back to their source of help, begging and pleading, if necessary, and then, the judge or the sleeping friend would grant them their requests because of their persistance. Then Jesus says.."When the Son of Man returns, shall I find faith in the earth?" He calls this persistance, faith.

    O God, give us diligence and persistance in prayer, knowing that can do above and beyond anything that we can ask or even think...Jodi C.
    posted by Jodi C.
    on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    When 6-year-old C.J. Burford grows up, he wants to be Indiana Jones and "find gold and all that stuff," but for now, he's got his mind set on riding his new bicycle across Forsyth County on Friday.

    He is trying to raise money for missionaries to Kenya by getting sponsorships for a 30-mile bike ride.

    He hopes to collect $15,000, which will build the Kenyan clinic and also stock it with supplies.
    posted by on behalf of C.J.
    on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:08 am
  4. As the darkness of sexual perversion and same-sex marriage takes over our country at a rapid pace, we need to KEEP CRYING OUT to God to change the direction of this nation. School curriculum is changing and children are being taught the gay lifestyle is to be fully accepted and embraced. And more and more Christians are being persecuted as bigots for opposing this in any way. I work at a major university and I'm one of them, because I work in a unit FULL of gay activists in high places and our department head is Hindu and embraces a lot of New Age philosophy. They believe they're enlightened and I'm in the dark, but they are tragically mistaken!!! Satan disguises himself as an angel of light and they are so deceived, thus making my work life miserable! GOD HELP US! Please come back to America! We desperately NEED YOU!
    posted by Barb
    on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm
  5. Barb, God has never moved away from America, America has moved away from God. He is where he has always been, ready to take back any prodigal son, daughter , or country. We need to come back to Him! But I know what you meant!
    posted by Sarah
    on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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