Middle of May 2021 Prayer

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As is well known I write a prayer at the beginning of each month; however, I am being led to write a mid-month prayer. Hoping y’all will join me.

Lord God, thank You that You are Sovereign and Holy. Lord God, lead us and guide us as so much is occurring already halfway through this month. Lord God make Your presence known in South East Asia. Lord God, You know there are Christian children in a certain country that are in great danger and we ask Lord that You will protect these children. Lord God, I absolutely cannot imagine and I do not even know how to pray. In all this, I praise You Jesus that You are interceding on Your people’s behalf. You are our Great High Priest. Holy Spirit thank You that You are interceding for us with groanings too deep for words, making our prayers align with Your Will (Rom 8:26-27).

Lord God, be with the believers in the Tigray region in Ethiopia who are opening their homes to Eritrean Christian refugees. Lord God, while these brothers and sisters do not have much, they are willing to share what they have.

Lord God, protect Your people in Nigeria. Over 2000 Christians have been abducted so far this year with another 1470 murdered by jihadists. Lord God, I pray that You will strengthen Your people in Nigeria. Lord God, thank You and praise You that when You see fit You will hold these people accountable for what they have done. Lord, open the eyes of jihadis to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Lord God, the peace, tolerance, safety and security the world is offering is a lie. May Your people continue to pray, holding firm to their faith in Christ.

Lord God, as we pray for Jerusalem may we never forget to pray for the Arab Christians and Messianic Jews. So often when we hear about the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts we forget about the Christians on both sides who are caught in the crosshairs of this fighting. Lord God, You did not come to bring peace but a sword. Lord God, stir hearts in the Middle East for Jesus. May we be reminded there will never be peace in the Land until You come and set up Your Kingdom.

Lord God, regardless of what a person’s views are on these conflicts around the world may we NEVER forget that You have chosen/called/elected individuals for salvation from every tribe, nation and tongue. Lord God, there is a lie being told to people today that You are colorblind. Lord God, I ask that Your people learn to see and embrace color biblically. Whether it’s the flowers in the field, the turquoise of the sea or the color of a person’s skin. Lord God, You have created different skin colors. You see skin color NOT to disparage people but because You are a color creating God. You have called color good! Your Tabernacle and Temple were lavish in color, so are our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit. For Your people to dislike or elevate one color above another is antichrist.

Lord God, Philip Ryken says, “The law always reveals the character of the lawgiver” (Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory,2005, p. 525) how true this is. Lord God, as the laws in the West become less and less Christ-centered may we continue to seek You and Your Kingdom. Lord God, prepare Your people in the West for the increase of secular humanist laws that will go against You and put us at odds with the masses.

Lord God, You tell us in the last days that persecution will increase. Lord God, help us to remember our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and in chains for their faith regardless of where we live. Lord God, authoritarianism is growing not just in Turkey but all over the world. For those who think persecution will not happen to them, Lord wake them up by any means necessary.

Lord God, You also tell us that in the last days that knowledge will increase. We have access to more knowledge than ever before, as such help Your people to be wise and discerning. Lord God, may we continue to read and hold firm to the Truth that Your Word is infallible, inerrant and the final authority for our lives. In Jesus’s Holy and Mighty Name I pray. Amen.

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Blue Collar Theologian

My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in Lancaster, PA and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

76 thoughts on “Middle of May 2021 Prayer”

    1. Thank you Kent for including this with your evening prayers! I am praying for you and your country and its rollout. I am look forward to seeing your graphic for tomorrow’s post!!! Love, hugs and blessings to you and your family!

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    1. Thank YOU, Manu! I will admit I was nervous to put out another prayer. People seem more tense lately and I pray for God to open eyes, hearts and hands to Him both in strengthening the believer and saving the unbeliever. Thank you for again for encouraging me!

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  1. You have such a big heart, Mandy 💖 The way you trust the Lord and seek Him is truly inspiring. I love reading your monthly prayers and I often find myself nodding along.

    As you know, I’m not well versed in news and current events (mostly just some history) and it pains me to know there’s so much ugliness going on. I will join you in prayer and in trusting the Lord with everything going on these days ❤️

    Many hugs, my friend!

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  2. Mandy, I read after my core prayer (just now) you’ve covered a lot of areas in the world needing prayer even from the horn of Africa and Nigeria. Of course, including our neighboring country. What strike me most is your prayer for both Arab and Jewish Christians. Yes, we need to pray for them, their safety, and the calming of the storm. I’ve said a lot about it through the previous email. And of course the concern on rise of authoritarians and their enablers is a prayer I also like. Those are my reactions after. May we see the Bible as our number 1 guide!

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    1. Amen to “seeing the Bible as our number 1 guide!” All these places are heavy on my heart and there are more to pray for. I also agree with what you wrote in your previous email! Moderate is key, hard to find. All people everywhere are becoming more polarized less diplomatic, moderate, compromising in regards to politics. I am thankful that God is Just. As we see the Bible coming to life now, more than ever I am so thankful that we are truly on the right and winning side of history! Love and blessings friend! Thank you for your reactions!

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  3. Amen Mandy, it sure feels like the waves are coming over the sides of the boat at times but Jesus is at the helm and He will get us through. I’m really glad you decided to do a mid month prayer, like David said, definitely needed and necessary. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Bruce! I am SO glad that I am not the master and commander of my life in these crazy times. I am praising Jesus that by grace through faith He is at the helm and will see us through, hallelujah! Thank you for this comment and for praying with me! Love and blessings to you and Peggy!!

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  4. Amen to this prayer, Mandy!!! I am mindful and prayerful of /for our brothers and sisters around the world who face oppression and persecution in the name of Jesus Christ.

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  5. Amen!! Beautiful prayer with such wisdom.. I don’t keep up on the news but I appreciate your prayer and trust your concern…thank you for lifting our world up in prayer to Him!!

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      1. I read all different kinds of sources from Reuters, BBC, Aljazeera (has a slant but gives insight), Diplomat. I weigh everything. If I am interested in an event, I will do a search of the event and from reading different sites, I feel like God helps me to discern what is going on for an overall picture, if that makes sense. I will check US mainstream media sites just to see what is being covered (or not covered) and compare it to what is being said around the world. Before covid when I was traveling all the time, I loved watching the country’s local news to see what the had to say about the States! I am the first to admit, that this takes time. I want to be informed to the best that I can without being consumed so when people come to me, I have a bit of an idea what they are talking about (I am NOT on Facebook, Twitter etc so the social media stuff I can’t help folks process!). I have friends who are anxious about current events so I want to help them to see Jesus through it all, if that makes sense?! Also, feel free to contact me anytime als0810@comcast.net if you would like more suggestions, have questions etc.

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      2. That absolutely makes sense, I love that you do that! I’m actually really interested in news and politics and history but honestly with any of those they have their own vocabulary and I can’t understand a lot of it …it’s embarrassing but seriously that’s my hang up!😅

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      3. As Nathan says to me, “know how you eat an elephant?!…One bite at a time!” It’s never to late to start nor practice! Seriously, feel free to email me. I have also been able to connect with fellow bloggers via text, Skype and zoom which has been a massive blessing!

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  6. Mandy, this prayer captures it all. I thank you for publishing it. It should be in our hearts and in our prayers every day. There are enormous, troubling things happening today. We wonder if the Revelation Horses have galloped through the gates. There are different views on Revelation and when Jesus will call His people home. But one thing is for sure, we are in troubled times and need to pray for God’s people. May the Lord bless you today.

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  7. “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body” Heb. 13:3

    Acceptable prayers proceed from hearts which burn with His fire.
    BT

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  8. “Lord God, stir hearts in the Middle East for Jesus. May we be reminded there will never be peace in the Land until You come and set up Your Kingdom.” True! Rather than praying for the world’s version of “peace,” we should be praying that in the midst of all the terrifying circumstances people would run to the Lord and find salvation.
    In one of my favorite books, C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters,” the elder demon scolds the apprentice for his infantile rejoicing that war has broken out. Didn’t he know that more people come to “our Enemy” (Jesus) in wartime than in peacetime?!
    In these dark times, God’s people should be the ones shining the Light and holding out the hope so desperately needed.

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    1. I agree, Annie! “I AM the Light of the World” is the I Am statement I am most clinging to in public and in private. People need light, they need hope, they need the Peace that passes all understanding. I praise God with all my heart that Peace is a Person and His Name is Jesus.

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  9. I join in praying this with you. Persecution is increasing and there is a rise issues the church faces. Thank you for this post. love your prayer about seeing colors in a Christian way

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    1. Thank you for praying with me! My heart is so heavy for the nations. This mid month prayer may become a permanent fixture. I pray people will wake up. We really do need a biblical view of color. So often believers act as if Yahweh is dull, boring and silent. God loves color, He loves instruments, He loves singing. Man, I am so not at a point where I will be singing praises like Paul and Silas in chains. May our Triune God help us to face all these changes glorifying Him. How was the gardens?!

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      1. The gardens went well! Actually read a little bit of a biblical theology book on blessing too. This will be a nice routine post on your blog to have a mid-month prayer

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      2. What book were you reading if I may ask?! Also, I realize you are in a major metro area; however, are drivers attitudes, awareness in your area getting worse? We are suburban to rural and people here are living ever more for themselves, especially behind the wheel of the car. Distratcted driving is NO joke!

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      3. I usually try to walk a pathway that snakes around with as little traffic. But when I get to intersections I do look all ways, always, before crossing all the way across the street! People can be rude and inconsiderate driving where I live at but I think in terms of LA area the worst is actually in West LA area specifically near where the rich live; I feel driving in West LA back in UCLA days people can drive and be in the wrong and they honk at you preemptively before you honk and they get self-righteous and express themselves colorfully about how they feel. The only reason I drove around those area is when I was in college and also when my dad wants to buy a used car in which he looks for people getting rid of their cars because they want to buy a new one since their kids graduated high school and are now embarrassed to drive a corolla and not because there’s anything wrong with them in terms of mechanics with the car. But alas I’m distracted from your original question and went tangent!

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      4. Forgot to answer earlier I am reading a book called Divine Blessing and the Fullness of life which is a biblical theology of blessing, published by Crossway. Have you heard of it or read it?

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  10. Amen and Amen! Thank You Mandy and I’m thanking my Lord for your much needed, in this day and time, ministry! I’m praying with you, and so glad you are faithful to your calling! Had to like a lot of comments to get here the totality say a lot and He hears – The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. -James 5:16

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    1. I haven’t been that sick from a shot since 2010 when they gave me Yellow Fever, Polio and Typhoid on the same day. I am glad it’s over. I am not 100% but a LOT better. Thank you for asking! Were you able to do some sermon prep?!

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      1. He did a really great job! I wasn’t sure what his background was, but I love his passion! If possible, would I be allowed to have the PowerPoint if it’s emailed out! I may very well blog on the biblical theology theme of breath.

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      2. I will ask him! He hasn’t emailed it out yet. A biblical theology of breath would be fascinating. His background if you meant academically is in biochem in undergrad and Pharmacy for grad school and he’s a Pharmacist. If by background his life he’s from China, went to Hong Kong as a kid and came to the US in high school.

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  11. Enjoy your day today with people over! God bless Nathan with that reaching out to someone to hang out with him over fishing! Enjoy the fire! If you can pray I finish prep for tomorrow’s sermon!

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