Christians are crying out for mercy in Venezuela, imploring God to intervene to put their nation back on its feet amid the chaos and confusion following the declaration of a state of emergency by socialist leader President Nicolas Maduro, CBN News reports. Critics are pinning the economic crisis on Maduro who is under pressure to approve a recall referendum that could most likely remove him from office.

Venezuelans have long been experiencing shortages of food and water and skyrocketing inflation, despite being the fifth-largest exporter of oil in the world. But the situation has worsened in recent weeks with the government taking one desperate measure after another. To save electricity, the government shut down many of its offices for all but two half-days each week, The New York Times reports. FULL REPORT