Issue 635 – National Prayer Needs

Additional National Prayer Needs

Pray for America’s Military

The U.S. Navy recently commissioned its newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, the USS John L. Canley, in Coronado, California. ESBs are highly flexible platforms that provide critical access infrastructure that are used across various military operations to support deployment, equipment, supplies, and warfighting capability.

Pray for discernment for U.S. military officials as they assess the need for equipment and commission new vessels and ships.


The U.S. vetoed a resolution of the United Nations Security Council for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “Demanding an immediate, unconditional cease-fire without an agreement requiring Hamas to release the hostages will not bring about a durable peace.”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the U.S. president and American diplomats as discussions take place to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that results in the release of the remaining hostages.


The CDC has resumed its campaign against smoking, running ads nationwide that feature the health dangers the habit entails. “Many of this year’s new ads include messaging about the harms of menthol cigarettes, which can contribute to tobacco-related health disparities,” the CDC stated. “Menthol in cigarettes can make it easier to start smoking and harder to quit.”

For U.S. health officials as they broadcast messages to reduce the likelihood of smoking and prevent diseases associated with it.


The Federal Reserve is reconsidering its optimistic anticipation of reducing interest rates in March due to the recent rise in consumer and producer prices. The U.S. central bank is now projecting a rate cut could occur in May or June.

Pray for wisdom for Chairman Powell and Federal Reserve members as they evaluate inflation and the cost of living in their meetings.

Pray for Needs Across the States

The Mississippi State Legislature is considering two bills that would increase the pay for state law enforcement agencies. The state’s Commissioner of Public Safety noted that they are seeing “fewer and fewer people choosing the career of law enforcement.“ He added that, to get the best and the brightest, they need compensation that “brings them into the profession.“

Governor Jeff Landry of Louisiana called a special session of the state’s legislature to address new policies on crime. The bills seek to strengthen the Louisiana justice system by creating public databases for all court hearings, increasing immunity for law officers, and raising minimum sentencing for certain violent crimes.

Pray for state legislators as they consider ways to support law enforcement and reduce crime. 

Pray for America’s Faith Community

“This is the nature of idols, they’re a cheap imitation, they are not the real thing. … We distract ourselves while infinite happiness, joy, and beauty are on offer. … Our idolatry may be more subtle than a golden calf but that doesn’t mean it is any less present or any less powerful. How often do we find ourselves content to fool around with gods of our own making, gods that can never satisfy the desires or the longings of our hearts, when infinite joy is offered to us? … The result of idolatry is corruption and decay. … This is what happens when we give our hearts and our minds to these cheap imitations.“ – Reverend Dan Hutchinson, First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, February 2024

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