January 2017 Prayer Guide
God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine…
My brother recently prayed an interesting if not shocking prayer. We had been discussing some difficult family issues with potentially grievous consequences. Admitting our feelings of helplessness, we renewed our commitment to trust God. My brother ended our conversation with these words: “Bring it on!”
At the time I didn’t like that prayer and didn’t even recognize it to be prayer (maybe you don’t either). Today I realize that “bring it on” belongs to a family of prayers: “Not my will but Yours,” “Your kingdom come, Your will be done,” “Let it be to me as You have said,” and “I put my life in Your hands” are such prayers. They reflect an understanding that God knows better than we do and has a long view, infinite perspective, and perfect understanding of all that concerns us. Still in all, they are brave prayers.
But here’s the truth: I am childishly resistant to releasing control my life, sometimes reacting to what is “beyond my ability”* to see or understand as I did when my terrified third-grade self entered a barn-turned-funhouse one Halloween night. Encountering the dark space and frightful noises, I grabbed hold of a nearby cow stanchion and refused to move. My dad heard my shrieks and immediately ran to lead me out but couldn’t pry my fingers loose from the bars. Rather than trust myself to this worthy man, I felt safer staying put and scared rather than moving ahead with dad into (what seemed to me) the great unknown. Similarly, I often clutch, white-knuckled, to what I know rather than trust what faith and experience has taught me about God’s kindness and wisdom.
We need courage to pray beyond what we know, but if God answers only requests that rise from my desires or my pain, my want or suffering, I’m left with what I can only ask or imagine. Here’s another truth: I really, truly want to affirm God’s ability to do immeasurably more than I ask or imagine. “Bring it on” prayers demonstrates my willingness to open the door to see what God is able to do.
Thank you for your continued prayers as we continue to move forward into a new year and new day for CURE. As you read the prayer guide, remember that God is able to do immeasurably more than we’ve asked you to pray, and please remember that you are welcome to share your prayer concerns with us as well, at cure.org/prayer-request.
Have a blessed and happy new year!
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
Na Haamumba’s mother passed away while she and Harold were enroute from the directors’ conference. Please remembered Na, Harold, and their extended family in this loss. Harold is Spiritual Director for CURE Zambia.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm
Please pray for our need for a Spiritual Director for Oasis Hospital.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm
Remember patients who have been through traumatic experiences; pray for good preparation among the spiritual ministry staff as they desire to work effectively with these patients.
Pray for male staff needed to minister to fathers of patients.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm
Please remember the CURE Niger community as they go through a guided process together that will help members gain perspective concerning strategic, financial, spiritual, and operational aspects of the hospital. Pray for deep support and guidance for all involved.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm
Praise the Lord for the provision of Pastor Jose, new Spiritual Director for CURE Dominican Republic. He will begin his service at the hospital on February 1. Please remember him as he begins his ministry.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Please pray for those who will be filling the position of Executive Director, recently vacated. Pray for the Zambia hospital community as they adjust to temporary leadership and trust God for a new director.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:06 pm
Pray for a resolution to the national government doctors’ strike, which has affected some of our mobile clinic operations.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm
Mbita Choocks Mbao, the head chef at CURE Zambia, died suddenly of kidney failure on January 16. Please remember the hospital community and Mbita’s family in this loss.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 8:53 am
Continue to pray for a child who has been delivered from darkness into God’s glorious light.
Praise God for the clubfoot children in treatment who now are experiencing finding a place in society.
Continue to pray for children who have committed their lives to the Lord.
Pray that the groups we have rearranged will experience spiritual growth.
Submitted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm
Please pray for the bedside evangelism follow up. We want to make sure all patients who express faith are followed up to be discipled after they leave the hospital.
Pray for the ministry that is being planned at the rehab center. Pray that we have the right ministry model for patients and their families who stay for a longer period of time.
Pray for peace in the country, cities, towns, and villages.
Please pray for favor for the Spiritual Ministry Team as we reach out to staff, patients, and families with the gospel.
Submitted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm
Please pray that those the Lord draws to Himself will grow roots in Him to serve the Lord
We also need more grace as the work is complex and can only be done when God is at the center.
Pray that everyone here may grasp the mission and work towards achieving at it.
Pray that even as we expect great things to happen in the New Year, the Lord may help of us to follow His will and
Submitted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Dr. Wajahat Kaiser’s passport issue seems to have been resolved after three years of separation from his family in Pakistan. We thank God that the family will soon be together in Malawi, serving with CURE. Please pray for the Kaiser family as they make arrangements to live in Blantyre.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:48 am
Today, January 10, around 3 PM, there were two explosions outside the CURE hospital in Kabul. The hospital has suffered damage, but no one was injured. Please pray for our friends today in this trauma; pray that they will be in peace and that God will keep them safe.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:42 am
Please pray for the ongoing work of CURE as we go to many places in the world to find and heal children with clubfoot. This month, please pray for the various states of India where awareness about CURE is growing. Praise the Lord for the success many coordinators and counselors are having in spreading the news, for the children who are in treatment, and for more and more families to have endurance to complete the process of healing. Please pray for us as we look for more children to treat, for the need for more space in some of the clinics from which CURE operates, for funding needed, and for opportunities for families that live too far from clinics in operation.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm
Mission Support Center
Praise the Lord for our wonderful conference for CURE directors and mangers that took place in Hershey, PA, during the first week of our new year. Pray for continued fruitfulness as we serve those in the field for the sake of gospel proclamation and healing of children and their families. Pray that through those who experience God’s love and healing entire communities will be drawn to our Lord Christ—that our world will see a deep change in our attitudes towards disabilities.
Submitted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm
Gladson from Malawi has asked us to pray that God will provide a particular surgery needed to repair scar tissue.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:00 am
Please pray for unity and love for one another for the CURE team.
Please pray that we will have revival in prayer, evangelism, and staff discipleship.
Pray for Joy Plaga, newly-hired CURE Care Coordinator for the hydrocephalus program in Manila, who will be traveling to CURE Uganda for her training.
Pray for the spiritual team to have wisdom and discernment for the year 2017.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm
Please pray for a friend who is struggling with health issues.
Submitted on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 8:04 am