Prayers for the Week: Palm Sunday

I have switched my prayer posts back to my site “My Dreams of Disney”.  Please click the link below to read today’s post.

Prayers for the Week: Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

Advertisements

Prayers for the Week: God is Knocking, have you let Him in?

20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today we are going to focus on whether or not we have answered the door and let Jesus into our heart.  It is my prayer that this post would reach out and take all of us in, and help us to realize the answer to that question.  God is knocking at our door.  Have you answered and let Him in?

The obvious answer to that question is that no, far too many of us have not answered the door, and have not let Jesus in.  One look at the state of the world answers that question quite quickly.  Unfortunately, though, the question is not so cut and dry with a lot of us.  How many of us (I’m raising my hand here) have answered the door, invited Jesus in, but only let him as far as the foyer to our heart?  How many have let Him in further, but then later on, have told Him that we need Him to come back at another, more convenient time?  And how many of us have said that they have invited Him in, but in reality have not answered the door at all, or have only answered the door in our minds, but not in our hearts?

It saddens me that so many of us do not truly know Jesus, and do not have Him in our hearts.  I think it saddens Jesus as well.  In John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible, the words are simply “Jesus wept.”  You may remember that John chapter 11 is when Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, died, and Jesus reflected that his death would be for the glory of God.  But read what Scripture tells us of that time:

28When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus wept. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” 38Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” ~ John 11:28-44 (ESV)

To me, Jesus was weeping for several reasons.  He was weeping because He loved Lazarus, and Lazarus was dead.  He was weeping because in her grief, it sounds to me like Mary was accusing Jesus of not saving her brother.  Lastly, I think Jesus was weeping because of all of those people then and now that truly are lost, and did not have the faith to believe in what Jesus came to us to do — to save us from ourselves.  I think Jesus was weeping for all of those that are lost and don’t want to be found.

The reason I mention the verses from John in conjunction with the Revelation passage is that to me, the story of Lazarus points out to us what often happens when something bad happens to us or those we love.  When that happens, it seems like we withdrawal our invitation for Jesus to reside in our heart.  It’s almost like we feel betrayed that something bad should happen to us when we have faith in Jesus.  Remember, though, that Jesus told us directly that the world would hate us because it first hated Him.  When we become a follower of Jesus, when we accept Him in our heart, at that moment, we are no longer of this world, this fallen world.  Instead, our world is Heaven, our home is Heaven, and that is where we will live for eternity.  That’s where our focus needs to be, and we need to remember, Jesus is knocking at the door to our heart.  We need to make sure that we answer the door and let Him in.  Now, please pray with us on our prayer requests.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Ivon has a prayer request: A friend of mine and her family could use some prayers. Her Grandma needs to have emergency surgery tomorrow (3/31) because she has an infection around her pacemaker and heart. Please keep Grandma and Family in your prayers. Thank you so much!
    • UPDATE: Grandma had her 1st surgery yesterday to remove the pacemaker and clean up the infection around her heart. They have her on medication and monitors over the weekend to clear up the infection and get her heart stronger till Monday to hopefully do the the next surgery of placing her new pacemaker. Will definitely keep you all updated. Thank you sooo much.
  • Prayers for Stephanie who has been fighting a sinus infection for far too long. A little birdie told me. Feel better Stephanie!
  • Barb has a prayer request: I’d like to ask for prayers for my husband who is suffering from DVT as a result of his chemo treatments. He’s in considerable pain, and other than the blood thinners, there is not much else they can do for him. It’s been 3 weeks.
  • Hayden has a prayer request: I’d like to ask for prayers for wisdom, guidance and strength. Got a lot going on these next few weeks and need God’s grace and His strength to get through everything. Thanks guys!
  • Jodi has prayer requests and updates on her brother Ken: My brother Ken is not doing well. The knee replacement itself seems ok, but he has had excessive fluid retention and leakage at the incision site. Yesterday they xrayed his lungs to see if he had pneumonia–negative, but trying to resolve fluid issue. And this evening, he was taken to ER and then admitted to hospital with some problem with his pic line. Waiting to hear more details. Please keep him in prayer! Thank you!
    • Ken is still not doing well. Thankfully no infection, but he is having trouble breathing, and they are running more tests. I can’t help but think anxiety is playing a big part here, but also hoping he’s not having heart trouble (had heart attack 2 years ago).
    • *revision* There IS infection in the lungs — 80%!!! He is moving to ICU & will be on ventilator and not allowed to speak (that’s gonna be very hard for him, lol). Infection is either caused by antibiotics or is type of pneumonia. They will sample infection once he’s moved to ICU. Please keep praying!!!
    • Update 3/30: My brother Ken is making amazing progress! Tubes are out and he’s rapidly improving. Will stay in ICU until tomorrow probably. He is also able to eat today (had feeding tube since yesterday), and he actually has an appetite and more energy. Thank you for continued prayers!
  • Leslie needs prayers for her baby Paisley: Paisley has bronchiolitis and RSV. Her cough has gotten worse as of tonight- so please send prayers and good vibes that this sickness subsides…SOON!
  • Kimberly has a prayer request: When you love someone so much and they are going through something you can do nothing about all you can do is love them, pray for them and have faith for them. Unspoken prayer request please. God knows the need.
  • Sheila needs prayers for a serious eye issue that came up yesterday.
    • Sheila’s eye is healing, thank you everyone for your prayers for her.
  • Vickie has a prayer request: Prayers for Betty Oliver. At the hospital.
    • Update: Betty was taken to hospital last night to get checked out. Hopefully she can come back home today
  • Mrs. Lucas has an update on the little girl we were praying for last week: Little Justice went home yesterday! I know your prayers for she and her family brought comfort! Please continue to pray for the family! Thank you all!
  • More healing prayers, this one for Debbie: Everyone please say a prayer for me. I had tests done today on my leg. I have a very infected knee. I am heading to the ER.
    • Update from Debbie: On my way home. Drained fluid from my knee was clear. Sending off just to be sure. Referral to bone and joint specialist. Whew! Not as bad as they thought. Thanks for all your prayers.
  • Lastly, a praise from me to God: Praise to God for seeing me through my illness last week. Special praises to God for Cindy, Sophie, and River (our Golden) for their nursing expertise.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Psalm 118:24

24“This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ~ Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Have you ever woken up and remembered the words of the Psalmist as mentioned in Psalm 118?  I try and remember them each and every morning as I walk our dog River, it’s the opening to my morning prayers each day.  This week has been a crazy one, so I’m going to get right to the prayer requests and praises in a minute, but before I leave, I want to ask you to make sure you give thanks to God each and every day, as often as you can, despite the struggles in your life. Thank God for the good things, thank God for seeing you through the bad things, and thank God for all of the blessings you have been given in your life.  Now, please pray with us on our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • I want to start by praising God for seeing me through a stomach bug I had last week. It started Sunday after church, and I was down and out until Thursday.  I also want to give thanks to God for my wife Cindy and daughter Sophie, and even for our dog River, who stayed upstairs with me while I slept during the day.
  • Jodi has a prayer request: I need prayer for work I can do from home. I have applied to tutor locally and to an online teaching resource that teaches ESL to kids in China. They want you to have 3 months experience, which I don’t have, so don’t know if that will work out or not. Meanwhile, looking for ESL volunteer opps at our church/community. If anyone has suggestions for legitimate ways to earn money from home, please let me know or message me. If not from home, I could do something parttime weekday mornings. Suggestions??? [Btw, I have BA in Literary Studies, experience as freelance writer, freelance editor, managing editor for online publications, 16 yrs home educator, and 12 yrs in accounts payable.] Thank you!
  • Mrs. Lucas has a prayer request: Mike, one of Brent’s friends is losing his 10 year old daughter to failing intestines. The Dr.s say there is no more to be done. They sent her home under hospice care. Please pray for little Justice and her loving family. Thank you and the other Prayer Warriors!
  • Lori has a prayer request: 96 years is a whole lot of living but a friend of mine is asking for prayers for her grandpa – she’s not ready to give him up. She is hurting and therefore I hurt. Please pray that the Lord make his transition peaceful and bring her comfort at that most glorious moment!
  • Lastly, a big praise to God that no one was seriously hurt or died in the historic fire in Raleigh a week ago.  Our church suffered some small damage, and the construction project is a huge loss, but God enabled the fire personnel to do a wonderful job and they all saved it from being a lot worse.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Look towards things above

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:1-17 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I’m sharing with you verses from the book of Colossians.  The Word of God is often complex and hard to understand, but to me, these verses speak plainly and tell us exactly what God wants from us.  If you are one with Christ, if you have, as the Bible reads, been “raised with Christ”, then God wants you to turn your sights away from the things of this world and instead turn them to the things above.  Look to God, look to Heaven, look to Jesus, and follow His direction, his leading in your life, rather than looking at the things of this earth.

In today’s world, there is so much hate, so much anger, so much malice.  You can’t avoid it, it is on the radio, it is on the television, it is experienced in the newspapers, on the streets, in social media.  It is everywhere.  The biggest concern I have about all that anger is that it will settle in the hearts of people, Christians and non-Christians alike, and when it does, the only one happy is Satan.

Social injustice has been a fact of life for hundreds of life.  In Jesus’ day the Romans were in charge, the Hebrews were oppressed, and the corruption was rampant.  Today people are angry at the Republicans like other people were angry at the Democrats before them.  I guess the point I’m trying to make, and likely failing miserably at, is that regardless of what we do to end social injustice, the likely fact is that we are not going to be completely successful.  The key to our struggle, to the human struggle, if you will, is that we need to change the one person we can — ourselves.

A great Biblical scholar, a man of God who devotes his time in sharing the Word of God, the Truth, with hundreds of men each week, recently told us these words of wisdom:

The Bible is not a book on social reform.  The Bible is a book on Salvation.

My friends, everyone wants to be that change for good.  Be the change for good in yourself, and be the change for good in your family.  Don’t let the anger that pervades this world settle in your heart and turn you from God.  Now, please pray with us for these prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Please pray for Patti.  Here is her prayer request: Asking for prayers for my mother in law. She has been hospitalized with congestive heart failure.
  • Vickie has a prayer request for her sister: Please pray for my sister Betty. I took her to the local ER and they flew her to Charlotte. She was having a heart attack. I should have gotten there sooner. They have not told us anything yet.Update: It isn’t good. Doctor said this has been building for some time. They can only treat her with medicine for now because there is too much damage and her kidneys are too weak. Surgery may be possible later on but doubtful. Update 3/17: Betty is no longer in ICU. They started dialysis yesterday. Hoping this will help stabilize her and then maybe they can address the blockages in her heart. Thanks for the prayers!
  • Lori has a prayer request: Asking for prayers for a good friend of mine, Colleen, and her family as her husband is having major colon surgery in the morning. I am thankful her husband’s sisters will be there for her tomorrow! God Bless the hands of the surgeons, and grant a successful operation and healing!
  • Please continue praying for Aaliz’s nephew. The latest update on his condition: He keeps having fevers and then they go down. It is very hard on my sister right now. Her name is Angie please pray for her and her husband Charles. They have been by his being at bedside for months now.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Submitting to God’s Will

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8 I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me! ~ Psalm 40:1-11 (ESV)

My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today we’ve got some good news and some bad news, some joys amongst the sorrow, and some prayers that continue on.  Today seems like a good day to remind ourselves what David wrote in Psalm 40: no matter what befalls us, no matter what trials and tribulations we experience in our lives — and believe me, we all face trials and tribulations — no matter what, we can overcome it if we make sure to turn to God for help.  Our prayers today are no less than any other day, our struggle is no less than on any other day, but the beauty of all of that is that God is certainly no less now than He has ever been.  Take heart in that, my brothers and sisters, and remember to turn to Him for all of our needs.  Now, please continue reading our prayer requests and praises below.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Amanda has praises for her husband Daniel’s latest health report and also continued prayers for his healing: I realized this morning that I never posted the results of my husband’s scan here. God is great and our prayer warriors are awesome! Daniel’s results show he is responding to the chemotherapy. We aren’t in the clear yet but we did make progress. From the scan results: “Multiple lung nodules with some increased in size from the prior scan but with previously noted hypermetabolism in some of these nodules no longer present.” Basically, 3 of the 4 tumors in his lungs are no longer active but some did get a little bigger. The one tumor in his lung and the tumor in his abdomen are less active but still active. The tumor in his abdomen is also slightly larger. YAY! So we moved ahead of the cancer on this fight but haven’t won it yet. We will continue with the chemotherapy as long as it is working or as long as Daniel can tolerate it. Thanks for all of your prayers!
    • We’ve been praying for Amanda and Daniel for three years now.  We’ve seen good praises and heartfelt prayer requests. We’ve seen ups and downs, and we know that it’s not finished yet.  But we also know that despite the circumstances, Amanda, Daniel, and their daughter Cate have their eyes to God, and He is working miracles in their lives.
  • Please pray for Tabitha’s family.  Her sister’s father-in-law recently passed away in an accident, and everyone is grieving.  Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround them all.
  • Jodi has some prayer requests and praises: No wonder my friend was nervous about this procedure! Please pray for Christine as she has radiosurgery on brain tumors today. Please also pray for my brother, Ken. His knee re-replacement is at 1PM Central time. Thank you!
    • Great news, Christine’s surgery went well and she is resting, and Ken’s knee surgery went well also!
  • Sheila has some prayer requests:  My friend Aaliz her nephew is very ill and had a brain tumor removed. Please pray for him.  Here is her note:UPDATE: Jesse really needs prayers. He is running a high fever. We are now praying that he did not suffer brain damage! Please continue your prayers and healing energies!! HEAL CANCER :PRAYER 🙏🏼 REQUEST FOR MY YOUNG 25 YEAR OLD NEPHEW AND HIS FAMILY!! Colton his five-year-old son really needs him!! RE: Jesse’s had a bleeding brain tumor, which was removed. Please reach out to any prayer warriors you know!
  • Mikel has a prayer request: For my daughter’s good friend Megan who is having medical issues.

Now, let’s pray the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Finally, one last reminder of all that God has in store for us, from the Prophet Jeremiah:

11For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

Prayers for the Week: The Sermon on the Mount

sermon-on-the-mount-bryan-ahn

1Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ~
Matthew 5:1-12 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This week we’re taking a look at the lessons that Jesus has for us from The Sermon on the Mount. The Word of God stands before us all, it convicts us, it sharpens us, it strengthens us, and it reminds us of the type of people that God wants us to be.  Perhaps his strongest lessons came from His teachings on The Sermon on the Mount.  Look at the verses above, read them again, and look at the qualities that Jesus wants us to have to be called Christian.  If you can exhibit the qualities that Jesus is referring to in the verses listed above, you will be doing well in showing that Jesus lives in your heart.  Now, please continue reading and pray for our prayer requests and praises below.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Vickie has a prayer request along with sad news: Please pray for Jamie Shue. He is a husband and father of two young girls. He was move to Duke Monday as the local hospital could not find answers. He is in ICU. I do not know him personally but a friend introduced me to his wife, Heather Shue, via Facebook because we are both Disney addicts. Please pray for them. He is only 42.Update:
    It is with a very heavy heart that this announcement is made and I humbly ask for your prayers for this amazing mans family. Stanly County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jamie L. Shue, 211 passed away today at 1807hrs at Duke hospital. Celebrating his life and by his side was his wife Heather, his 2 daughters and all his wonderful family. Jamie leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, compassion and loyalty to God, family, friends and the Sheriff’s Office. I’m so honored to have known my friend, “Boots” and will forever cherish my memories of him. Detective J.L. Shue my friend you are relieved of your duty sir. We will take it from here with the same honor, dedication and loyalty as you have for the last 13 years while serving the great citizens of Stanly County. Detective J.L. Shue is 10-42..

    Respectively, 
    Sheriff George T. Burris

  • From Jodi: Please continue prayers for my friend Christine. Her latest update: Next Tuesday is my pre-op and Wednesday I will be having Radiosurgery to get rid of my little alien (Acoustic Neuroma ). I have no idea what is going to happen to me. I’m expecting the worst and hoping for the best. The treatment itself is supposedlying painless but unfortunately unwanted side effects can happen during the treatment or up to years later. Side effects can range from mild to severe. For example: fatigue, skin irritation, hair loss, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, vision and throat issues, seizures, and swelling of the brain. Maybe by some miracle the tumor will go away by Tuesday and will be shown in the MRI that day so I won’t have to go through this. So keep me and my family in your prayers please.
  • Another from Jodi: My brother Ken has re-replacement knee surgery Wednesday too (have to replace the replaced joint to clear serious infection). Thank you!
  • Prayer request for Shannan’s dad: We are at Skyline with dad. He was having some one sided weakness and tingling. A CT scan showed evidence of strokes. They compared it to the CT he had here in 2015 and there are several new spots. They are doing an MRI and admitting him for at least 24 hours.
    • Update from Shannan: Dad did have a stroke. It was a small one but there was evidence of other small ones. They are letting him come home so I’m on my way to get him. Not sure what the course of action is going to be winces he’s already on stroke meds, blood thinners, etc.
  • Continued prayers for Amy’s mother in law Carolyn.  She needed surgery on her knee. Here’s the update: Carolyn is doing well one day post-surgery. She’s getting around her room on her own and physical therapy is going well. She’s had lots of visitors to keep her company. She will either go home (to our house) on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Lastly, a special praise to God for the celebration of my wife Cindy as we celebrated her birthday. I love you honey, Happy Birthday!

Now, please join with us in one voice as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Prayer, Prayer, and more Prayer

7wayspray

15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:15-22 (ESV)

We have a lot of prayer requests this week, so let’s get right to them.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • From Jodi: Please keep my friend Christine in prayer! She’s been diagnosed with a Tarlov Cyst in her neck and possibly some in her spine. It (they?) could be drained, but they usually fill back up, and the only doctors who treat this are in CA, MD, and TX, and she lives in FL. She also has a brain tumor and neuropathy (dead nerves) that affects her walking and arms. She is very weak and falls easily, and the tumor makes her dizzy with lots of headaches and bad intercranial migraines. Medication does not really help, and it makes her sleepy and sick to her stomach, so she is currently unmedicated and awaiting a gamma procedure to try to shrink the tumor. She is only in her late 30s, I think, and is married and has 2 teenage boys. Please pray for her family as well. Thank you!
  • From Laurel: Please pray for my dear friend Barbara’s mom – Ann. She is in assisted living and fell out of her wheel chair this morning. She hit her face and her knee. Both are extremely swollen and bruised. This evening she is having breathing trouble and I pray for her speedy recovery. Thank you.
  • From Hiro: Could I ask for prayers for my friend, sister in Christ, mentor and she is kind of like a mother to me at times, her name is Ilona and she is getting a lot of tests done because she has lumps on her throat. She hopes the results are not cancerous and she is feeling very anxious.
  • From Amanda: My husband’s (Daniel) scan to see where we are with his cancer. Prayers appreciated for strength, trust and results that show improvement towards remission. Thanks!
  • Update from Jodi on her Father-in-Law: Just chatted with my stepmom-in-law, Elaine, about my FIL’s head injury. They just got last week’s CT results. Gerald is healing!!! They are weaning him off meds, and he even rode his bike today! (Not sure if he’s really supposed to be doing that yet, but he did, lol!) Elaine says his mood and attitude are better/more stable but still not normal, of course, but “at least he loves me again!” He still has a long way to go. Thank you for your continued prayers!
  • From Shannan: Requesting prayers for my mom. She’s in surgery right now.  UPDATE: Moms doing good right now. She’s home. They won’t know anything about her hearing until the swelling goes down.
  • From Stephanie: So my dad has a CT scan today basically to see if his tumor has shrunk and if the chemo is helping. We could use your thoughts and prayers please. We find out the results on Thursday. I hope it’s good news!!
  • From Laurel: Please continue to pray for my family through this difficult time. Our Memorial service, for my mother Donna Potter, is this evening. She has been called home and it’s all of us left behind that are still struggling to deal with the huge loss of a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Friend. Thank you so much.
  • From Cindy: Please pray for my co-worker, Alecia. She and her family are struggling with the tragic and sudden loss of her son. Please pray for comfort and peace. Also please give praises for the successful surgery for my co-worker, Tommy. Tommy has been an employee in our store for 43 years so his presence has been greatly missed by all.
  • From our neighbor Beth, her cat Cricket is missing, please pray for her safe return home.
  • So at my former employer, UNC-TV in RTP, NC, they announced that they are going to be outsourcing another department — Master Control and Technical Operations Center employees will be losing their jobs soon. Please pray for them, they find out tomorrow by email (crass) exactly when the date of their termination will be.
  • From Lori: Please pray that I can find a job that fulfills me, keeps me, and allows me to share God’s goodness in any way He sees fit! An answer to that great request will keep me just fine!

Lastly, from Tony Evans, by way of my Brother-in-Christ Paul, a message of hope:

Do Not Lose Heart

The life of Joseph is a perfect example of how life’s disappointments can actually be detours in disguise. At 17 years of age, God gave him a series of dreams that told him that one day, he would rule over his brothers. He told his brothers about his dreams and, in their jealousy and anger, they threw him in a deep pit and left him for dead. Shortly thereafter, he was sold off into slavery. While serving, he was falsely accused of raping his master’s wife and was thrown into prison. All totaled, Joseph spent 13 years enduring one disappointment after another before God brought him out of the pit into the palace of Pharaoh. Why would He put him through all that?

Those disappointments were places in Joseph’s life where God needed to prepare the man for the destiny and the destiny for the man. As a 17-year-old, he wasn’t ready for all that God had in store for him. God also needed to set the stage for Joseph’s arrival; it wasn’t until Pharaoh had his own dreams and could find no one in his kingdom to interpret them that God delivered Joseph from prison and into his destiny. His disappointments, were in fact, blessings. He acknowledges this when he tells his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result” (Genesis 50:20).

You also have a destiny. Maybe you’ve been waiting for God to bring you into it, but lately it seems as though you’re going nowhere or stuck in a rut. It looks like you’re moving further away from this destiny and in those moments, disappointment can set in. Do not lose heart; God hasn’t forgotten about you, He’s just not taking you there in a straight line.

For His kingdom,

Tony Evans

Now, please join with us in one voice as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.