October 2016 Prayer Guide
Look, I’m standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I’ll come in and we’ll eat together. Revelation 3:20 (God’s Word Today)
When we pray, we are responding to Jesus’ invitation to an experience that will nourish, embolden, and strengthen those who join him at the table.
At the heart of prayer is communion—a shared meal over which we express our concerns and ideas, our thoughts and feelings with one another. When Jesus says, “I with you and you with me,” He’s not expecting to listen silently only to a one-way stream of requests but to participate in an exchange. “Eat with me,” He says. “Listen to my desires, plans, and concern for you as well.” As we leave space for this, we stand to receive the gift of a wider perspective resulting in an enlarged view of the world and a deeper understanding of God’s love for it. In the process of our conversation, our own desires, plans, and prayers change.
After the meal, it’s quite usual for Jesus to invite us to leave the table and cross the threshold of familiarity and safety, to step out and encounter those for whom He shed his blood, to experience goodness beyond our constructs of security. Following Jesus can be dangerous. The early church soon found this out; Paul in his conversion from persecutor to persecuted entered into deep and lasting peril.1
The good news has been carried through the years from person to person by countless witnesses, sometimes through famine, danger, and sword. We at CURE International have not and do not expect to be spared some of the dangers and actual events that wound the world God loves, but we have found that communion with Jesus provides everything needed for us to cross our thresholds of safety to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom.
The invitation to join Jesus at the table is ongoing, and we hope this month that you, too, will hear His voice and open the door to share with Him the concerns mentioned below, to experience the goodness of hearing what He has to share with you.
November 6 is set apart as International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.2 Consider inviting others to pray for those who risk their lives to follow Jesus. Some of the families who have come to faith in Christ through CURE are among them.
We are always so grateful to share the communion of prayer with you each month.
1. 2 Corinthians 11 lists the multiple threats on Paul’s life; in verse 26 alone he lists eight different dangers!
2. You can find more information at http://live.opendoorsusa.org/idop/.
Praise the Lord for the 10 who have heard and responded to the gospel this month. May the word of God continue to spread throughout families and villages of Ethiopia!
Submitted on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:36 am
From Mesfin, our spiritual director at CURE Ethiopia in Addis Ababa: Please pray for us as we are going through challenges to serve children more. Please also pray for peace in the turmoil experienced by some parts of the country .
Submitted on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:34 am
The spiritual ministry staff and leaders at CURE Uganda participated in a three-days prayer retreat, spending the time together seeking God’s direction for the ministry, sitting in the presence of the Lord and “pouring our hearts before Him.” They also interceded for the various CURE communities and returned to their work refreshed and reenergized to serve the Lord. Praise the Lord for the gift of rest and renewal for our Ugandan spiritual ministry staff.
Submitted on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm
This month CURE moms in Uganda are learning about the message of forgiveness in Christ and that when they receive forgiveness they must extend it to those who have sinned against them. Please pray for the spiritual ministry team who are proclaiming the kingdom in a way that if received will change families and communities.
Submitted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm
From some of our CURE Kenya Moms:
Rona—Praise God that my 12-year-old son Elvis has successfully come through surgery—a procedure from which relatives did not expect him to live. He is beginning the healing process.
Eunice—Pray that God will grant grace and peace to my family after learning that even after surgery Christine’s condition will not allow her to walk any more. This is a big blow to the family.
Mary—Thank God for the provision of surgery for my orphaned grandsons. Pray that God will provide for their education, expenses and health.
Submitted on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm
Praises and Prayer Requests from CURE Moms:
Violet—Praise God with me, for after long struggle on my daughter’s treatment (Anastasia, 12 yrs old) in different hospitals, the right treatment has been offered and now we have great hope that she will walk and achieve her dreams.
Scola—Thank God for His provision of finances towards the treatment of my daughter Ruth, 4 yrs old. Pray God to help me forgive Ruth’s father, who abandoned me after my conception.
Irene—Pray for restoration of Gods peace, love, and joy in my marriage, which deteriorated due to Christine’s condition.
Anastacia—Glorify God with me for successful surgery and good progress upon John’s leg. We praise God for granting us life and victory, against words spoken by one of his uncles that he was to lose his life during the surgery process.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 5:09 am
Pray for my daughter, her name is Blessing Mary Ann, 5 months old. She has a tumor on her back.
Submitted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10:00 am
Thank God with us! New Hope Ministries, a local nonprofit in the Harrisburg area, has bought our former headquarters building in Lemoyne. We’re so grateful for God’s faithfulness in our transition to New Cumberlandand and happy that ministry will continue in the Lemoyne neighborhood
Submitted on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm
CURE International headquarters is very sad to say goodbye to David Bell and his wife Christine as they plan to return to Oregon this month after 13 years of faithful service. Please remember them as they prepare to move. Praise God for his life and love extended to CURE.
Submitted on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm
Update on Jana Mead’s sister Marcia: The surgery took place, but the presenting disease was such that it was inoperable. The family is grateful that a specialist in Pittsburgh has taken on Marcia’s case and has ordered chemotherapy. Please pray for the effectiveness of the treatment and for hope to continue for the future.
Submitted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm
Jana Mead’s younger sister Marcia is having surgery this week to treat cancer of the appendix. Dr. Tim, orthopedic surgeon, and Jana have long served abroad with CURE International.
Submitted on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm