December 2016 Prayer Guide
…when the son of man comes will he find faith on earth?
During this month I’ve been mulling over Luke’s prelude to the Christmas story and pondering the childless priest Zechariah’s response to Gabriel’s words “your prayer has been heard.”1 Upon hearing that he and his aged wife Elizabeth can expect to have a son, Zechariah asks how he can know that for certain that this will happen.2 His question makes it clear that he has lost his grip on his prayer; that he is at the mercy of what he believes to be possible. As the very first person to hear that the day seen by prophets was dawning on him, Zechariah reveals a flagging faith..
Thankfully for both Zechariah and us, heaven does not disqualify him but graciously gives him time and space to renew his faith. For the nine months Elizabeth carries their miracle son, Zechariah carries and nurtures his tiny faith in mute silence. When his son John is born, Zechariah also gives birth to a new, joyful faith that sings of God’s great power to do all he says he will do.
Though Zechariah will in all likelihood not live to see his son’s rise to greatness, he sees his dreams as already coming true. Because of God’s tender mercy, he sings, the great light promised is already rising.3
While the world prefers certainty, heaven searches for faith that believes that what is impossible for men and women is possible for God.4
When he returns, I want Jesus to find faith in us. So if we find that we are doubting God’s ability to keep his word, let’s allow Zechariah’s story to encourage us to hold tight to our prayer and, when needed, give ourselves quiet and reflection to remind our souls that heaven still hears our prayers. The world needs our faith and Zachariah’s song is especially encouraging for us when our faith is flagging.5
As Advent passes into the celebration of the miracle of the Incarnation, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.6
Thank you for your faithful prayers for the work of CURE International.
Kenya CURE Moms – Praises and Prayers
Milkah: Celebrate with me as we glorify God, for my son Samuel has given his life to Christ. Pray God to connect him with friends who will help him attain his destiny as well as serving God’s purpose.
Carren: Praise that my son Shadrack had a successful surgery on his harm. Pray with me for spiritual boldness, for I have decided to yield my life to Christ and live for Him.
Everlyne: Praise God and rejoice with my family for the spiritual transformation of my husband after giving his life to Christ during a fellowship meeting.
Submitted on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 7:03 am
We are so grateful for the opportunity to be present in Kabul, and in this Christmas season remember the families of those who have suffered martyrdom. Please join us in praying for the families of those who have been taken, among them the Umanos, Little, Terry, Gable, and Groenwald families. Pray that the lives of our friends will continue to be a testimony of the grace of Christ among the Afghan people.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Please pray for our Oasis community as they negotiate changes. Pray for wisdom as they continue the wonderful ministry to mothers and babies in the name of Christ.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm
Praise the Lord for the development of the bereavement ministry. This past month the team had the opportunity to minister to a family who did not have funds to transport their two-month-old baby back home after she passed away from hydrocephalus, a witness of love to neighbors of the grieving family. As a result, eight members of the community gave their lives to Christ.
Please pray for CURE Uganda’s Spiritual Director Fred Wangwa, who is unable to join us at the directors conference in January. Pray that he will be kept close to the spiritual ministry community even in his absence.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm
We are excited for the opportunity to welcome a new spiritual director, hopefully in time for the conference in January. Pray for his good integration into the commmunity of CURE DR and the spiritual ministry he will be leading there.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Please pray for the new coming spiritual ministry team member, Tamirat, a clubfoot counselor for the last seven years who we believe will be a great addition to our spiritual ministry team.
Please pray for CURE Ethiopia directors who will be traveling to the US at the end of the year for the directors conference in Hershey. Pray for our safety and refreshment and for strengthening of relationships across the network.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 2:57 pm
Pray that God will meet our need for resources in a fragile economy.
Pray that we will trust God to meet our needs for AV equipment.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm
Pray for us as we counsel with families for whom we can do nothing medically. Pray that we will be given wisdom to share the hope that is given through Christ, no matter what the circumstances.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 2:51 pm
We are thankful to God for many people who share His love every day with people in the hospital. Please pray for the teams who offer themselves and their service to the hospital.
Pray for hospital leadership as they serve; pray for wisdom.
Pray for the kids in the country who could be healed, but who can’t be reached.
Pray for resources needed to run the hospital and for good health for our staff and their families.
Pray for Zambia’s president and his leadership group; pray that they will be unified and that our country will prosper and enjoy peace.
Pray for rains. In the last three years we have not received enough rainfall, which has reduced the operation of the hydroelectric plans, resulting in power outages in the hospital.
Submitted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11:50 am
Pray for peace and unity among members of the hospital staff.
Praise God for the opportunities given each day to present the gospel.
Praise the Lord for the way our lessons last month strengthened us to do follow up.
Praise the Lord for new believers who are now receiving encouragement to follow Jesus. Continue praying for their faith.
We praise God for the provision of a projector. Pray for us as we learn to use it.
Pray for our CURE Niger managers; may God give them wisdom, patience and discernment.
Pray for people who are staying at our patient guest house; pray that God will open their spiritual eyes.
Pray for new believers as they return to their homes; pray that they will grow in the Word, especially in villages where there is no church and no evangelist. Pray for us as we develop partnerships with churches.
Pray for our patients—especially the children—who have little to keep them warm when it’s cold.
Pray for us as we prepare for our Christmas event for staff and families on December 18. We will be inviting patients and children in our CURE neighborhood to share the reason for our Christmas celebration.
Submitted on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm
Please pray with us as we wait on God to supply personnel needed to minister to men and women who come to the Tebow CURE Hospital for treatment.
Submitted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 2:24 pm
Praise the Lord for the rains for which we have prayed.
Praise the Lord for the upcoming celebration of our 10 years as a hospital. Please pray for us as we prepare for the celebration this month.
Submitted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm
From some of our CURE Kenya Moms:
Milcah—Rejoice with me for the long waited day of Fredrick’s surgery. Pray that he will have God’s help to forgive those who told him he was good for nothing due to his disability.
Ann—Pray that God will help me reconcile with relatives who told me that I had bewitched my son, causing bitterness in my heart.
Submitted on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 4:38 am
Please remember those who serve in Burundi with CURE and are concerned about security. Also remember the people they serve, many of whom live in deep poverty.
Submitted on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm
Mission Support Center
We look forward to our semi-annual directors conference, which will take place in Hershey, PA, on January 2 through 6. Please pray that we will experience the presence of the Holy Spirit as CURE members from all hospitals and many of the countries where our clubfoot and hydrocephalus programs operate gather for encouragement, worship, prayer, planning, and great fellowship. Pray that we will, as a result, bring deep enthusiasm to supporting and doing the work of proclaiming the kingdom and healing the sick.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm
Praise the Lord for the many men and women who give away their lives to serve God and people God loves in the various fields. Praise the Lord for Tim and Jana Mead and their family who have served the Lord through CURE for nearly 20 years. Praise the Lord for their commitment to continued service in their retirement years.
Submitted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 2:29 pm
Please pray for Dr. Belinda, Chairperson of the CURE International India Trust Board, whose 20-year-old daughter recently passed away.
Submitted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 8:38 am
Grandpa is in the hospital in ICU and has been there for over 2 weeks now with no improvement.
Submitted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm