Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week! This week, my family and I are enjoying our vacation at Disneyland, so I don’t have a whole lot for you. Instead, my friends, I’m lifting this post up to all of you — please comment here or on our Facebook page with all of the Praises that you have in your life, and give thanks to God for all of our Blessings! Try to remember that Praising God is a very important thing to do; so many times we give all of our concerns to God without remembering to thank Him for all of the Blessings that he has given to us. As my Church sings in the Doxology, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!” In fact, enjoy this rendition of the Doxology that I found on YouTube:
I know that, unfortunately, we all have as many problems as we have praises. God wants to hear all of our concerns, as it is written in 1Peter 5:7:
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Write your concerns here, my friends. I implore you to do so! If you do, others will pray for you, I will pray for you, and God will hear us. In fact, it is my belief that just typing the words on your computer is, in itself, your prayer, and God hears that prayer also!
My friends, I do not pretend to know what this world has in store for us; I know that many of us suffer daily, and pray to God to free us from some of that suffering. I do know, however, that God sent His Son Jesus to us to save us from ourselves, if we but ask Him to save us. Have you asked Jesus into your life? Have you confessed to Him that you are a sinner, that you see that you are, and that you need Him to forgive you so that you may be closer to Him? If you do that, Scripture tells us that your sins will be forgiven as far as the east is from the west. I am reminded of the wonderful words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, as written by the Apostle John in John 16:33:
“I tell you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I would like to close, my friends, by sharing with you one of my favorite songs of all time, sung for us by one of my favorite musical groups — Celtic Woman. This song, You Raise Me Up, may be performed by these musicians, but my friends, let me tell you, the words, the melody, and the beauty of this song is given to us by God Himself. Listen to it for what it is — God reaching out to us, reminding us that He will take care of us, that He will raise us up when we are down, if we but ask Him for help. That, my friends, is my closing prayer. Please pray along with me:
Lord, please lift us up, for all of us in some way, some form, are struggling and falling short of Your Glory. Lord, in times of struggle, give us the thoughts, the words, even, to call out to You for help, and allow us to give ourselves over fully to You so that You would take care of us. Starting today, Lord, please instill new hearts in all of us, hearts that are fully dependent on You. It is in the name of Your wonderful Son Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving, today and everyday! Amen!