1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. ~ Ecclesiasties 3:1-8 (ESV)
Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Prayers for the Week post. Each week we bring to you prayer requests from around the Internet, primarily ones that we have heard from friends and colleagues, but also ones that we have felt the call to pray over based on current events in the world and things like that. You can read last week’s post by clicking this link. Please continue praying for those requests, and also include these prayer requests this week.
Prayer Requests and Praises
- My friend Hiro has this request: My children’s medical issues (son- severe allergies, daughter- she has OM a rare eye condition)
And for me to keep everything together especially when I feel like I’m falling apart!
Thank you Mike. Please let me know what to pray for you as well.
- Maria has this request: My medical and financial issues
- Shannan has this request: Continue to pray for my friend Beth and her family as they make decisions for her medical care
- My friend Tanya has a very sad prayer request: A family was sailboating on a small lake with their children in our town on July 4th and their 11 year old who is non-verbal and had special needs took off his life vest out of sight and jumped in and drowned. Such a horrible tragedy for them and our little town. Please pray for healing from this family.
- My friend Leslie has this request: That frying my back nerves will get me some pain relief. How about for you?
She also adds to remember her friend: Oh, and the lovely and cheerful Peggy Drechsler who reminds me how good I have it while her backbone disintegrates
- My friend Alex is looking to find the special person to be in his life. Please pray that he would listen to God’s direction on the choice of his wife to be, that He would guide them together, and that they would dedicate their lives to one another and also to God.
- My friend Lesley has a prayer request: Please pray for Lauren possible ankle fracture again at dance tonight try outs in 3 weeks she’s devastated. Heading to get checked out.
- Prayers for the families of all of those killed this week, all of those in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas, and the countless others that aren’t reported in the news. Prayers for our nation, this nation full of so many Believers, but also so many unbelievers, so many that have turned from good and towards evil. Prayers for our leadership, that they would do what is needed — and most importantly, that they would dedicate their lives to serving God and doing what He would have them do.
- Prayers for my family, that those that serve us in the fire department and law enforcement and military would be safe, and that God would use them as He sees fit.
- A prayer request from my friend Sandra: Today is a new day and we face it with strength. Please keep my husband Scott Davis in your thoughts and prayers. He was diagnosed yesterday with cancer. We will know more on Monday but in the meantime we face the weekend with all our friends and family lifting us up and a positive mental attitude. Hug your loved ones tighter and please get your check-ups!! Don’t forget to tell each other I Love You.
- My friend Ami has this request: Please send Annalise some pixie dust today. She’s having a procedure that will hopefully give us the answers we need to get her better.
- Prayers for my friend Chris and his family. They recently lost their dad, and Chris and his family need God’s Peace, Strength, and Comfort to surround them in the days, weeks, and months to come. Chris, know that your father is in a much better place now than we are — take comfort in that.
And now, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, please pray this prayer with me:
Great God, who has told us
“Vengeance is mine,”
save us from ourselves,
save us from the vengeance in our hearts
and the acid in our souls.
Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
to punish as we have been punished,
to terrorize as we have been terrorized.
Give us the strength it takes
to listen rather than to judge,
to trust rather than to fear,
to try again and again
to make peace even when peace eludes us.
We ask, O God, for the grace
to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision
to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people
to understand the fears and hopes of other people.
We ask for the love it takes
to bequeath to the children of the world to come
more than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart & strength it takes
to care and pray for all the people who are victims of gun violence and police brutality.
Give us the depth of soul, O God,
to constrain our might,
to resist the temptations of power
to refuse to attack the attackable,
that vengeance begets violence,
and to bring peace–not war–wherever we go.
For You, O God, have been merciful to us.
For You, O God, have been patient with us.
For You, O God, have been gracious to us.
And so may we be merciful
with these others whom you also love.
This we ask through Jesus,
the one without vengeance in his heart.
This we ask forever and ever. Amen
~ written by Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine Sister of Erie
Lord, be with this nation, it’s people, it’s leaders, and look after all of us. In the name of Your Wonderful Son Jesus we pray. Amen.