Issue 626 – National Prayer Needs


Additional National Prayer Needs

Pray for America’s Military

According to the Defense Casualty Analysis System, just over 40 percent of U.S. active military deaths are from suicide. Military suicides are a reflection of suicide rates across American society which have also reached unprecedented levels, their highest since 1941. 

Pray for military leaders as they seek to increase the availability of mental health and faith-based services for members of America’s Armed Forces. 

PRAY FOR AN END TO THE WAR IN UKRAINE

Speaking at a year-end news conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there would be no peace in Ukraine until his goals are achieved. “Victory will be ours,” he said. 

Pray for U.S. and allied officials as they evaluate Putin’s goal of extending territorial gains beyond Ukraine. 

Pray for AMERICA’S FOREIGN RELATIONS

Japan and South Korea scrambled fighter jets late last week after Russian and Chinese aircraft were spotted near their countries’ air defense zones, although airspace was not violated. 

Pray for U.S. and allied leaders as they address heightened tensions with China and Russia. 

Pray for AMERICA’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

The Senate held a hearing to discuss Type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 35 million Americans, and obesity. The Senate Health Committee heard testimony regarding the causes of this issue that not only harms the health of Americans but costs billions of dollars each year. 

Pray for members of the Senate as they assess the causes and make decisions regarding food products and the diets of Americans that increase the risks of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. 

Pray for AMERICA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL

Israeli Defense Forces found 5 million shekels ($1.4 million) inside the residence of a senior Hamas terrorists, located in suitcases along with a cache of weapons. In one 24-hour period, IDF forces struck 140 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in assaults from the air, sea, and land. 

Pray for wisdom for Israeli leaders as they experience pressure from members of President Biden’s administration, the United Nations, and others. 

Pray for AMERICA’S ECONOMY

Houses in America are currently less affordable than at any other time in U.S. history. The average monthly mortgage payment runs 52 percent higher than the average cost of renting an apartment and the average age of a first-time home buyer is now 35 years. 

Pray for U.S. citizens as high interest rates and inflation have reduced the affordability of housing. 

Pray for Goodness in America

At a time when pornographic and other questionable books are being placed on school library shelves, the officials of one school district in Florida voted unanimously to keep the Bible in its libraries. 

Pray for more students across America, and their parents, to become well acquainted with the Bible and come to faith in Jesus as a result. 

Pray for Needs Across the States

A committee of the Wisconsin legislature is proposing two election bills that would hasten the counting of absentee ballots by beginning the day before the election. Some oppose the proposal, saying the programs are more about speed than about the security of the election. 

Corrections officials in Virginia have decided to close four prisons over an array of safety factors. They are also ending a contract with the only private prison operator in the state. A combination of staffing struggles and a drop in the state’s inmate population since COVID were also cited as reasons. 

Pray for state officials as they seek to implement election reforms.

Pray for America’s Faith Community

“The uniqueness of the Christian faith is that we believe in a God who came to us before we went to Him. Every other theology, philosophy, every other approach to God says, ‘Do this and maybe God will notice you or accept you.’ It’s a relationship based on performance. … Given what the world is going through right now, don’t we need a reminder of a God… who comes looking for us?”  – Max Lucado, pastor and author, December 2023 

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