URGENT PRAYER needed for those in Boston

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Please join American Psalms in prayer. There is very little information right now, but there have been two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with dozens of serious injuries. We do not have any additional information as to the cause or injuries, but clearly prayer is needed at this hour. 

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Prayer Needed Today for Continued Tensions with North Korea

Prayer Point: Tensions on a North Korean Holiday

North Korean troops pay tribute to the Kim statues in Pyongyang, April 2012.

North Korean troops pay tribute to the Kim statues in Pyongyang, April 2012.

With tensions continuing to rise between North Korea and the Republic of Korea in the South, we especially need to be in prayer today. For those who have followed North Korea’s M.O. in the past, you know they have a tendency to make aggressive military moves on days of historical importance to them. Since today is the birthday of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather (who they consider their “eternal president” and a diety) their actions will be unpredictable. This could be a difficult day, and we want to be sure we keep our allies in prayer. The United States has sent ships and planes to the area. You may remember at the end of March North Korean state-run media released information indicating that Kim Jong Un had placed his nation’s missiles on combat-ready status in response to the United States cooperating with South Korea on military training. Their government-run television station also showed a U.S. Strike Plan in which they threaten to attack Hawaii, Los Angeles, Austin and Washington. As tensions continue to rise between North and South Korea, and Kim Jong Un threatens to “settle accounts with the U.S.”, we must be in prayer for our Administration and specifically for our Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. We should also be in prayer for Secretary of State John Kerry as he meets with our allies in the Republic of Korea as well as surrounding countries like China. Pray also for our friends in the Republic of Korea and their president, Park Geun-hye.

For those using our weekly devotional, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot, there’s a prayer for the Secretary of Defense on page 63 and for the Secretary of State on page 61 (Also available on Kindle).

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Praying for our Military Chaplains as a Hero is Recognized

Prayer Point: Praying for our Chaplains

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Chaplain Kapaun (right) helps pull an injured soldier off the battlefield.

Later today President Obama will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to an incredible man of selflessness named Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Joseph Kapaun.    The brave Army Chaplain served in both World War II and Korea. Chaplain Kapaun exemplified what it meant to serve—he served his God, his country and especially his fellow soldiers. In November 1950, Kapaun was taken as a prisoner of war along with hundreds of other soldiers. The Chaplain put himself at great personal risk, but  moved under the cover of night to offer prayer and encouragement to the his fellow POW inmates. He also organized able-bodied soldiers to sneak out of the camp to steal food and firewood at night, saving many of the captives. Before he died in the POW camp, the men he had saved watched Chaplain Kapaun bless and forgive his captors. Mike Dowe, a young Lieutenant at the time, reported that when he began to cry at the Chaplain’s side Kapaun said,  “Hey, Mike, don’t worry about me. I’m going to where I always wanted to go and I’ll say a prayer for all of you.”

We often talk about praying for our soldiers; we even talk about praying for our pastors. Let us not forget that there are men and women out there serving as both. Our military chaplains put themselves in harms way to bring the gospel of peace to men who only see war. They bring hope into areas surrounded by hopelessness, and they bring comfort where there is only fear. Please consider adding our chaplains to your prayer list.  Here is a list of the current commanding chaplains:

Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun

Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun

Executive Director,
Armed Forces Chaplain Board:
Chaplain Colonel Jerry P. Pitts
Army Chief of Chaplains: 
Chaplain Maj. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford
Air Force Chief of Chaplains: 
Chaplain Maj. Gen. Howard Stendahl
Navy Chief of Chaplains:  
Chaplain Rear Admiral Mark Tidd
Marine Corps Chaplain:
Chaplain Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben
Coast Guard Chaplain:
Chaplain Captain Gary P. Weeden

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For those using our weekly devotional, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot, you may also want to consider A Prayer for America’s Pastors on page 49 and A Call to Workers in the Harvest on page 53 (Also for  Kindle and NOOK).

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Story Sources: U.S. Army and Fox News
Photo Credit: U.S. Army

Prayers for the family of U.S. Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff

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We at American Psalms and Kingdom Knight Productions join Secretary of State Kerry in mourning the death of Anne Smedinghoff. The 25-year-old U.S. Diplomat was killed by a suicide bomber while bringing books to a school in Afghanistan yesterday. Please join us in praying for her family and friends. We are specifically in prayer for her parents, Tom & Mary Beth Smedinghoff.

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Prayers for Rick Warren and His Family

American Psalms joins the Christian community in mourning the loss of Pastor Rick and Kay Warren’s son, Matthew. Their son died yesterday at the age of 27 after a life-long battle with mental illness and depression. It is a devastating loss for any family, and a reminder that none of us are immune to the pain of a fallen world. Our hope is in the grace of Jesus alone. Please pray for the Warren family, their friends and church community. We grieve with you, and pray the Holy Spirit will encourage, strengthen and comfort you.

You can read the letter Rick Warren sent to his staff requesting prayer at this site.

Prayer Point: Tensions with North Korea

Prayer Point: Tensions with North Korea

North Korean troops pay tribute to the Kim statues in Pyongyang, April 2012.

North Korean troops pay tribute to the Kim statues in Pyongyang, April 2012.

Shortly after midnight in North Korea, state run media released information indicating that Kim Jong Un has placed his nation’s missiles on combat-ready status in response to the United States cooperating with South Korea on military training. The North Korean government-run television station also showed a U.S. Strike Plan in which they threaten to attack Hawaii, Los Angeles, Austin and Washington. Whether or not they can actually deliver on such a threat may be questionable, but the threat is real. As tensions continue to rise between North and South Korea and Kim Jong Un threatens to “settle accounts with the U.S.”, we must be in prayer for the Administration and specifically for our Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. We should also be in prayer for Secretary of State John Kerry as he meets with our allies in South Korea as well as surrounding countries like China.

For those using our weekly devotional, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot, there’s a prayer for the Secretary of Defense on page 63 and for the Secretary of State on page 61 (Also available on Kindle).

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Prayer Points: Anti-American Demonstrations Around the World

President Obama and Secretary Clinton honor those who were killed in Libya as their remains are brought home.

Since the first anti-American demonstrations started in Cairo, Egypt last week, the situation has escalated to violent protests against the United States and Israel in more than twenty countries including Australia.

Four embassy workers have been murdered including the US ambassador to Libya, and the protests continue to grow in number and violence. This is a critical moment for our country and it is vital that Christian patriots come together in prayer. Please join American Psalms in praying for the families of those who were lost in the attacks and for the safety of those still serving at our embassies across the Middle East and around the world.

AS WE PRAY TOGETHER, CONSIDER THESE PRAYER POINTS:

  • Pray for the families of those who have been killed in the attacks, and that the Holy Spirit would be sent to comfort them. Be sure to pray for them by name:
    Sean Smith, retired Air force. He leaves behind his wife, Heather and two children.
    Tyrone “Rone” Woods, former Navy Seal. Rone is survived by his wife Dorothy and three sons.
    -Glen “Bub” Doherty, former Navy Seal. He leaves behind his parents, Barbara and Bernard, along with his sister and brother.
    -J. Christopher Stevens, US Ambassador to Libya. The Ambassador is survived by friends, family and co-workers.
  • Pray for the safety of Americans and Israeli citizens and embassy workers who are in countries seeing violent protests.
  • Pray for Secretary of State Clinton as she addresses the tensions and unrest in the Middle East toward the United States.
  • Pray for President Obama, that he might seek God’s wisdom above his own and be granted discernment when the difficult decisions, which are sure to come, are placed before him.
  • Pray that America might be seen as a light of compassion and forgiveness, but with unwavering strength.
  • In these difficult days, pray for the American church to rise up and represent Christianity with the true will of God, not our own.
  • Pray also for Israel as the anti-Jewish sentiment rises in these protests.

Please post your prayer points and prayers in the comments below.

 

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