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Friday, January 15, 2010“The LORD reigns! Let the peoples tremble. He is enthroned above the cherubim. Let the earth quake. …Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at His footstool. He is holy” (Psalm 99:1, 5, HCSB). Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the Office of Global Prayer Strategy, joining you in heartfelt prayer for the people of Haiti. What is different about us? About Christians? Just like our neighbors this week, we have heard numerous stories about the horrendous events in Haiti. We watch news clips, read twitter and blog reports—we gather information to be aware of what is going on in the world. Just like our neighbors, our hearts have been broken for the people of Haiti. But what is different about us? The difference is that we know the One who is able to help. We all have opportunity to give and many will be able to assist physically by going. But we Christians do not have to wait a single minute to send aid. We don’t have to look in our wallets to see if there is any money to send. We can talk to our Lord immediately, begging for His mercy throughout these days of recovery. Please take every opportunity to lift the Haitian people to our heavenly Father, asking in these earliest days that He will fill the people with a sense of calm and unity of purpose. Gunshots have been heard on the streets, but violence will obviously not improve the situation. Ask the Lord to comfort the frightened. Many are sleeping on the streets even though their homes have not been damaged. They sense no hope for the future. Intercede for the initial responders who have worked diligently through the long hours, praying that they will find rest in Him. Ask God to provide unexpected ways for aid workers to get through the destroyed roads so that they can provide necessary supplies. Lift up Haitian Christians who are striving to serve others while grieving their own losses. Plead for them to have God’s mighty endurance and vision as they love their neighbors through the power of the Holy Spirit. Exalt the Lord our God and pray that His holiness will be demonstrated throughout Haiti.
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