My friend Randal Matheny, who ministers for Christ in Brazil, is calling for a National Prayer Writing Month (NaPraWriMo). See this link for more information. Some people disdain written prayers. I have heard people suggest that to write a prayer is to quench the Holy Spirit. My reaction to such statements is that these people should read the prayers in the Bible and consider the implications of their statement for those prayers.
I will incorporate NaPraWriMo into Call for Fire Seminar for the rest of November. There is much to pray for our world. War, terrorism, and disease tear apart numerous nations. Elections, often accompanied by hatefulness, corruption, and lies, sometimes expose more problems than they solve. However, elections also may bring hope and needed reform to desperate situations. Unemployed people struggle to pay bills, and wonder how to keep on going. Families struggle with illness of loved ones, with abuse, and with keeping promises. Millions need to know more about hope through Jesus Christ. We have much for which to pray.
O Lord our God, we pray today for wisdom to discern your will. Open our eyes to the mission you have for each of us. Help us to hear the cries of the hurting. We tremble when we consider your patience with our pride and rebellion; we cower in shame before you when we remember our anger with those who have offended us. Thank you for your grace and your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.