Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Missing Nigerian Girls

Several days ago (5/7/14), I wrote about the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls that had been abducted by a terrorist group, and asked you to join in prayer that the girls be found and released. Praise God, He has answered the first part of that prayer. The girls have reportedly been found, but (according to news reports today) they are not in a place where the Nigerian military can rescue them without getting them killed. I have no idea what that means, but there are some things I do know. 

God is omniscient. He is all knowing and He knows both where those girls are and how to get them out. 

God is omnipotent. He has unlimited power. He can handle getting the girls out without getting them hurt. 

God is omnipresent. He is everywhere, including wherever those terrorists are holding those girls. 

Once again, we need to intensify our prayer efforts. (Feel free to refer back to the previous post for that guide as well.)

1) Pray that our Omniscient Father will reveal how to safely rescue the girls to those who can perform the rescue. Pray, too, that it would be done in such a way that God would be glorified. 

2) Pray that our Omnipotent Father would  bring the girls out without harm to the girls or to the Rescuers. Pray, too, that the ravages of their abduction would be quickly healed and that there would be no long-lasting sequelae from their captivity. 

3) Pray that our Omnipresent Lord would reveal Himself to the girls (and to the captors, for that matter) and that they would be strengthened and filled with peace. Pray especially for those girls who are reported to have renounced Christianity and converted to Islam and for those who have been forced to marry terrorists. 

Guns and swords may be needed in the fight to bring these girls safely home, but this is at its root, a battle against evil that must first be fought on our knees. Scripture is clear on this. 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:12, 18 NASB)

Pray, dear ones. More than two hundred schoolgirls are in harm's way and someone must wage war against the evil that holds them. Please help.