Prayer


Pray for those in Japan.  Click on this link (and scroll to the bottom of the page) to find out how you can give to relief efforts through the C&MA.  Also, below is a report from one of our C&MA international workers in Japan.  Praise God that all C&MA international workers are safe.  But keep those in Japan in prayer.

 

The following update was adapted from a communication sent by Harry and Jane Landaw, field leaders in Japan.

Dear Friends,

By now you have probably seen much coverage of the strongest earthquake in the history of Japan, plus the powerful tsunamis that are following. It is really terrible around Sendai and Miyaki-about 200 miles from Tokyo. The destruction is beyond imagination. After the 8.9 earthquake, 25-foot waves of mud came rolling in from the ocean and just cleared away houses and huge buildings, plus of course, many cars and people. Many are still missing.

Sendai Airport has 1,300 people stranded there. The huge tsunami waves came through the airport and totally annihilated everything except the main terminal.  Oh, how sad! As of this writing, 60 people have been reported dead, but the number will increase rapidly, we know, as so many were swept away.

A ship had 100 people on it-maybe a ferry or fishing boat-and it was swept away.  The earthquake in Tokyo measured 7.9.  We thought the building where we live would fall apart. We could see it shake as well as our car.

God protected us all.  Harry called all our C&MA workers, and all are fine. We haven’t heard of any C&MA churches destroyed. Pray that God will keep us all through the night, as more tsunamis are expected. We continue to have major tremors here since the initial quake at 2:40 in the afternoon; ours are minor compared to those in the north. A huge refinery in Chiba City is on fire. We had driven by it many times when we lived there. Trains are shut down in Tokyo, so people are stranded downtown by the thousands.

Thank you for your prayers. We thank God that we still have electricity and e-mail connections. We will keep you posted. God is our shelter in the storm and the comforter for the thousands who are suffering.

Grateful for your prayers,

Harry and Jane

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Jon Bloom from the Desiring God blog writes a helpful article for your discipline of prayer.  It focuses on a desparate need for a deep satisfaction in God.  He calls it praying the 6 “D’s”…

Whatever it takes, Lord, give me…

Delight in you as the greatest treasure of my heart.
        Delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Desire to know you, be with you, and seek your kingdom above all else.
        Delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Discernment that comes from a renewed mind that I might know your will.
        But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

Desperation because when I stop feeling my need for you I tend to wander.
         Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. (Psalm 119:67)

Discipline to plan for what I discern as your will.

        Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Diligence to do your will with all my heart.

        You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

flippingthroughbibleHere’s a helpful link that could improve your prayer life.  I always keep it tucked in my Bible and in my study.

Also, here is a helpful link for a list of great verses to memorize for 2009.  Our church is going to attempt this together.  Pray that everyone exercises diligence!