WEEKLY PRAYER FOCUS

“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” Sidlow Baxter 

Weekly Prayer Focus: Leah Remini

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Leah Remini is an American actress and producer. She is known for her roles in The King of Queens and The Exes, has competed on Dancing with the Stars, and was a co-host on The Talk. She is currently creating and hosting the documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

Remini was baptized in a Roman Catholic Church as a child and was raised in the Catholic tradition. When she was nine years old, her mother joined the Church of Scientology. After this, Remini was raised as a Scientologist. She and her mother moved to Los Angeles when she was thirteen. As she grew up and began her acting career, she was defensive of the Church of Scientology when asked about it in the media.

In 2013, Remini left the Church of Scientology, believing that the management was corrupt and that members were being abused. Over the following years, she became more vocal about her reasons for leaving Scientology and how it had affected her life and relationships. She released a memoir in 2015, titled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.

In 2015, in an interview with People magazine, Remini said that she is finding comfort in Catholicism and all the ways it is different from Scientology. She said that she finds peace as she visits a Catholic church “by myself, sitting and praying and doing my rosary….Sometimes I don’t do anything. To me it’s what religion is supposed to be: a beautiful thing.”

Remini’s Scientology documentary series, which began airing in 2016, is hosted by Remini and Mike Rinder. The two hosts invite former Scientologists to tell their stories, detailing the abuse, harassment, and relational damage that happen within and result from being part of Scientology. The show has received critical praise, including winning an Emmy and other awards. The Church of Scientology continues to criticize and discredit the series, attacking Remini and Rinder and claiming that they are telling lies about Scientology.

Let’s pray this week for Leah Remini, and first express gratefulness and thanks to God that she is no longer part of Scientology and is using her public platform to try to help those who are being hurt. Pray that she continues to grow closer to God, and that the peace and comfort she feels will deepen even and especially as she works to expose stories of abuse and pain. Pray for protection over her as well as Mike Rinder, and that they will know God is building protection around them despite the threats and defamation they receive. Ask God to continue to give her courage to pursue justice, and that everyone she encounters during this process will experience God’s love and compassion through her.

 

Weekly Prayer Focus: Boldness and Healing

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We invite you to pray for the women (and some men) in our industry who have been sexually harassed and abused by an overwhelming number of men through the past decades. All too often, the victims are intimidated or threatened into not speaking out, and the other people who know don’t say anything. Harvey Weinstein’s horrific acts have been brought to the surface and now many other people are being revealed for harassment and abuse. Your prayers can make an eternal difference in protecting the women and shaking up the lives of the predators. Thank you for praying for this serious issue. We believe that God is turning this into good because revealing the darkness is the first step in healing the problem. We also pray for the Christians in Hollywood to be bolder in talking about the issue, which brings more light out into the open.

Pray for courage and boldness for those in Hollywood who are devoting themselves to telling the truth about these numerous cases, such as Corey Feldman. We’d like to share HPN member Maria’s prayer for Corey: “Please pray for Corey’s protection as he exposes the names of high profile elites and a major Hollywood studio. I pray for salvation for all as Father shakes up all that can be shaken, that He can pour Himself INTO His own!”

Continue praying for healing and renewal for the hundreds of victims who have spoken out so far, and for those who intimidated and staying quiet. Pray that God would encounter them wherever they are and that they could each experience His restoration, and that He would take away any shame or guilt they may have as victims.

Click here to see our prayer focus from a few weeks ago for more prayers regarding these issues and the many victims.

Click here for updated information on these cases.

If you’d like to suggest a future Weekly Prayer Focus and make a prayer request, email Erin at erin@hpnemail.org.

Weekly Prayer Focus: Women in Hollywood

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For this week’s Prayer Focus, HPN wants to do something a little different. Usually, we would focus on praying for one individual influential person in Hollywood. This week, however, in light of the recent Hollywood sex scandals, we want to pray for all of the women who have spoken out and gone on the record about being targeted, sexually harassed, and abused, including the victims of Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly and most recently, Harvey Weinstein. This age-old treatment of women is being revealed and it’s more rampant than most people realize.

As these are all currently-developing stories, we are doing our best to provide accurate information from multiple sources. But at HPN, our first priority is praying for the people in Hollywood – and as these women in the industry continue to tell their stories, we want to pray for each of them and lift them up to God.

Pray with us this week that each one of these women will experience the presence, truth, comfort, and peace of the Lord. Pray in thanks for their courage to speak publicly about their range of painful experiences, and ask God to affirm them and continue to give them the courage and strength they need as the cases continue to develop. Pray that they will be supported instead of silenced by their friends, family, the media, and the public. Let’s pray for God to encourage any other women who may have had similar experiences, to share their stories with bravery and that God will take away whatever shame they might have. Pray that each of these women will come to know the love of God, and that through Him they may receive true deep emotional healing from these experiences.

Below is a list of some of the women to pray for who have most recently spoken out:

Asia Argento
Rosanna Arquette
Jessica Barth
Kate Beckinsale
Zoë Brock
Liza Campbell
Emma de Caunes
Cara Delevingne
Sophie Dix
Dawn Dunning
Lucia Evans
Claire Forlani
Romola Garai
Louisette Geiss
Louise Godbold
Judith Godrèche
Heather Graham
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Angelina Jolie
Ashley Judd
Katherine Kendall
Laura Madden
Sarah Ann Masse
Rose McGowan
Emily Nestor
Gwyneth Paltrow
Zelda Perkins
Tomi-Ann Roberts
Léa Seydoux
Mira Sorvino
Evan Rachel Wood