Prayers for the Week – Epiphany!

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayer for the Week post.  Today is Epiphany Sunday in the life of my church, so as such I thought the picture shown above was appropriate for today.  I don’t really have a lot to say for today, except that the words listed in the image “The wise still seek Him” are as appropriate today as they have ever been.

I guess, in the end, I’m left with one question — one that I hope I know the answer to for all of us — “Whom do you seek?”  Or, perhaps more telling, “What do you seek?”  If the answer is not Jesus, well, I believe you are looking for the wrong thing.  If you think differently, well, that’s your choice.

Prayer Requests

Please take the time and pray for all of these requests.  It does a world of good for those that are suffering, and I truly appreciate each and every prayer that you lift up for those that need them.  If you have your own prayer requests you need us to pray for, please leave them in the comments.  If you don’t, we won’t know to pray for you.

  • My friend Kuleen has some need of prayers for her friends. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:A friend of mine is in desperate need of prayers. Her 12 year old son has what is believed to be some form of pneumonia. His condition continues to get worse while the doctors try to figure out what he has and how to treat him. He is now intubated and the ICU. Please pray for Ben and his family.Please pray with me:Father God, we know that You are in control of all situations, even ones that scare us to know end such as this one with Kuleen’s friends. Please shower Your love and care upon Ben and his family — show them that You are there for all of us, if we just ask for You, and please also give Ben’s family Your Peace that they so desperately need so that they may be able to help Ben in whatever way he needs. Please also grant them the strength to deal with this, both now and in the future, for as long as is needed until Ben is better. I ask these things in the name of Your wonderful Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen!
  • You may remember we have been praying for Baby Ryan here — if you don’t remember, you can read about him here:http://www.mydreamsofdisney.com/2013/10/prayers-week-praises-midst-trials/(His is the last prayer request for that week).Anyway, we’ve got the potential for a big praise! Here is the latest on this fighter’s plight:

    I just wanted to let everyone know that baby Ryan is being released from the hospital in 10 days if everything goes as planned! Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate each and every one of them.

    Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, the wonders of Your miracles know no boundaries, and we are so close to seeing evidence of Your Healing Touch in Baby Ryan. Please keep his progression moving forward so that he may be released from the hospital when he is supposed to be, and please continue to shower Your Love, Peace, Comfort, and Strength on Ryan and all of his family so that they know that You are with them. Thank You for continuing to show Your love to all of us, no matter what the circumstances are, in all of our lives, and thank You for reminding us all that we are able to move mountains if we just remember to call on You for help. It is in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus that we pray this with abundant joy and Thanksgiving. Amen!

  • A friend of mine has prayer requests for a family that is going through a lot right now. Here is what she wrote:Feel bad but right now it’s looking like my time tomorrow is needed for a friend. Her husband in horrible accident Nov. 5th when 15 yo son pulled out in front of transfer truck….he had surgeries on shoulder, bowel, and knee……b/c of horrific wreck, testing showed that he had mass in chest which was confirmed 3 weeks ago with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma……was suppose to start chemo Jan 7 but just 5 days ago he was admitted back into the hospital for an infection in his knee, well infectious disease drs came in and said its a bone infection and that he will need a pic line and antibiotics to clear infection. Well, now yesterday, her best friends husband died, and she needs to go see her, get hubby home from hospital. She needs me to go to her house, take her son to baseball, gym, clean her house……I don’t imagine I’ll be home by 4:30…..but I feel that her house helping her is where I need to be!Sometimes the struggles we face are daunting, and seem to pile up on us all at once. However, remember that nothing is impossible for God, so please lift all of this up to Him, and ask Him to sort it all out so that all of the tribulations may be dealt with and handled. The biggest thing I can pray for is healing and Peace, and I will do that. Thank you for praying for these families.

Praises!

In addition to our prayer requests, we certainly have some praises too!  Let’s shower God with all of His Glory as we celebrate all that He has done for us!

  • Right off the bat I’ve got two great praises! Here is the first praise, as it involves my friend Deb and her husband. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Hubbly is home from the hospital! Hoozah! He’s feeling good and his spirits are up! One thing was really reinforced by this and that is to continue to live a healthy lifestyle. We’re celebrating every day!
  • Right after that I saw this praise, from my Brother-in-Christ Chris. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:

    Visited a little church in Gretna VA this morning. The preacher knew Early from back when she was a child and hadn’t seen her in about 25yrs, He started the day talking about how prayers do get answered and then asked Early and Viktoria to stand up and explained that the church had been praying for us while we were in Poland during the adoption. Total strangers knew us and about the difficult process we went through. What an amazing group of people!

My friends, the power of God is incredible, and He is working miracles that we don’t ever know about.  I urge you all to put your trust, put your faith, in Him, and Believe that it will be okay, because if you believe that with all your heart, it will be okay.  As always, thank you to each and every one of you for taking time to read over these prayer requests, and for praying faithfully over them.  It means more than you will ever know, and I know I speak for everyone that has ever left a request when I say that.

If you ever feel like there is nothing you can do for some situation, or somebody, please remember that you can always pray for them.  That, more than anything, will help them more than anything else.  Never forget that.

Until next time, my friends, may God grant you all His Peace on your lives so that you may have a safe, productful, joyous week, and return safely to us next week.  Amen.

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7 thoughts on “Prayers for the Week – Epiphany!

  1. My friend Ivon left a prayer request on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:

    To everyone of my friends & family.. Please I ask you all for a very special prayer tonight! I’ve just gotten word that someone that is extremely near & dear to our hearts has been involved in an accident and we don’t have any further news from FHP.

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    • I have an update to Ivon’s prayer request. Unfortunately, it is not good news. Here is what she wrote:

      My heart aches and it saddens me so much to have to share this news. Today we lost someone extremely Dear to all our hearts. I ask please that you keep my Bestfriend, Renee’s family in your prayers. Her 19 yr old daughter, Savannah, whom was like my niece, passed away in a terrible car accident. Please, pray that they may find strength to deal with this tragedy. RIP ‘Pumpkin’ you may be one of God’s angels now but you will never be forgotten.

      Please pray with me:

      Heavenly Father, we know that you are now embracing Savannah in Your loving arms, and that she is in no pain or suffering. That thought alone gives us comfort. However, there are a lot of grieving family members and friends right now that need You to lift them up, to carry them during their intense grief. Please carry them, please hold them close, please give them Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to deal with this tragedy, and to remember Savannah for the loving, caring person that I know she was. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who carries us whenever we call on Him. Amen.

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  2. My friend Vickie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:

    Please keep my daughter and me in your prayers and thoughts today. God knows the reason.

    Vickie, the Lord will keep you under His care today, and knows the reason even if we don’t voice it here! It’ll be okay!

    Mike

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  3. Please continue your prayers for my Cousin Barb’s husband Tim. He has been battling cancer for almost a year, and it is taking a toll on him emotionally. Please pray for his healing, of course, but also for his Peace, comfort, and strength. Please also pray for my Cousin and all of their immediate family. Thank you everyone!

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  4. My friend Sig posted this on Facebook. Please pray for his family in their loss:

    I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to my Aunt Marge and all my cousins in the passing of a great husband, father, grandfather and uncle. My you Rest in Peace uncle Dave, love you Nib

    Please pray for their Peace, Comfort, and Strength and that they will turn to God for their needs. He will comfort them and they will be at peace knowing that Uncle Dave is now in Jesus loving embrace!

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  5. You may remember the prayer request for Ben from a couple of weeks ago. He is still struggling, and we need to intensify our prayers, please. Here is the latest in his struggle:

    Latest update on Ben (my friend Jenny’s son):
    Update 1/9—roller coaster city
    We started the day with nothing new to report, no progress made and nothing new to be worried about. He was fine all morning and he headed into surgery a bit ahead of schedule. The doctors continue to repeat that not worse is good. I’m waiting to hear about something better.
    The surgery went well enough. They completely removed a lesion on his shoulder that was filled with necrotic (dead) tissue. It is the size of a clementine orange, so we are likely going to have issues with it healing. They also removed two lymph nodes in his armpit from a bundle of nodes. This was much easier than expected and the surgeon closed it nicely. Surgery was a success from our perspective.
    Ben’s blood pressure tanked in the evening and we had to do a variety of things to bring it back. The most likely cause is that we were too aggressive on the Lasix which pulls fluid off of him. That may have thrown his other numbers into trouble which caused him to have low blood pressure. It has now stabilized, but we are very worried.
    There are no updates from any of the biopsies today. We can only hope for results sooner than later.
    Please remember to not talk about this with the twins. Not only do they not know any information, but we are also trying to keep their lives fairly normal.
    Prayers of patience for me would be a good thing. I feel very short with some of the staff around here. I know that they are trying to help, but I am frustrated with their lack of answers.

    Just reading Jenny’s updates just wrenches my heart. I’m going to keep Ben in our Prayers for the week posts until I hear that he is better. Please pray with me at this time:

    Our Heavenly Father, we know that you are in control of all that needs to be done with regards to little Ben and his family. His Mom Jenny, who has been updating us, needs your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to continue. She also needs Patience as she is seeing herself becoming short with the doctors and nurses treating Ben. Lord, please work Your healing touch upon Ben, but additionally, work Your healing upon all of the family, because these kinds of situations can lead to more hurt than exists just with the patient. Lord, thank You for hearing our prayers for Ben and his family. I know that it means the world to this family that they have prayer warriors around the country and world praying for them. Lord, I especially want to thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus. Without Him, we all would be lost, despite our health. Lord, hear our prayers, and look after Ben and his family please. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray every day with Thanksgiving. Amen!

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  6. Putting others before you — that’s what Mitchell did in this post on FB. This is both a prayer request — for the homeless around the country and the world — and a praise, that one person sees the blessings he has. God Bless you Mitchell, and I’ll pray for you to get the job you need! Here is what he wrote:

    I feel sorry for the homeless person who sleeps in a doorway at a Dr.office across the street every night. I may not have a job, but I had a lot of peanut chocolate candies and Craisins packages that we got from Mickey’s Halloween party at the end of Oct. So I put them in a bag and put it on that doorway for the person.
    I know its not really healthy, but its something. My good deed for the day.

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