34“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” ~ Jesus Christ, Luke 21:34-36 (ESV)
Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the start of this weekly prayer post. Two years of praying for you, of listening, of having your Brothers and Sisters in Christ pray for you. Two years of crying, of laughing, of giving Praise to God for the Blessings that He has given to us. We have seen answered prayers, we have seen prayers answered in ways other than we wanted, and we have hopefully been a beacon to you across the evil that is the Internet.
Today, I feel that my mission is the same now that it was two years ago. I feel led to pray for you, to reach out to you, to offer up my prayers for those things that are troubling you, and to ask my brothers and sisters, those faithful prayer warriors, to pray for you as well. Doing so has not always been easy — I have had people write me to tell me that I should not be doing this, that this is a Disney site, not a religious site, all of those things. I have lost followers to the blog and to the Facebook page. In the end, though, none of that really matters. What matters is serving my Lord, and this is one way that I am able to do so.
So, today is much like every Sunday for the past two years — it is my day to reach out to you, to remind you that God loves you, that He gave His Son Jesus to us, to die for us, to pay the ultimate penalty for our sins. If you are troubled, I urge you, don’t be afraid, don’t worry that you will be ridiculed, if you have a concern, share it with us, and we will pray for you. Now, please read along with our prayer requests and praises.
Prayer Requests and Praises…
- First off, I want to thank all of you for praying for my Mom. She had a very successful surgery, she is back home, recuperating, the breast cancer did not get to her lymph nodes, and the doctors are very confident for her prognosis. Thank you for praying with us!
- Update on my friend Shannan’s prayer request. Here is what she wrote:Thanks to all of you that sent messages, texts and prayers over the last couple of hours. My dad was experiencing some tingling and numbness in his face, arm and hand this evening. We went straight to Skyline and he was in CT before we could even sit down. They believe he’s had another possible TIA. They are going to keep him overnight and do an MRI and full stroke work up. Keep the prayers coming and I’ll update when I know more.
Please keep praying! Thanks.
- Please pray for Cindy’s cousin Lori. Lori’s husband passed away unexpectedly. Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon Lori and all of the family in their time of sorrow.
- Please pray for my friend Kerry. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Heaven got a beautiful angel yesterday. I love you Grammy. Xoxo – your granddaughter
Please pray for her Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and that of her family, during their time of sorrow.
- Please pray for my friend Melissa and her husband Andy. They are having a baby! This is wonderful news, they are such great people, I know they will be great parents! Please pray for Melissa’s health, comfort, Peace, and Strength during her pregnancy, and also pray for the baby’s health as well! This is a praise and a prayer!
Thank you for praying with us! Remember, if you have a prayer request you want to share with us, please leave us a comment, or send us an email to email@example.com, or leave it on our Facebook page, something, just leave it so we can pray for you. Now, please pray with us 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 who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.
Big Praises from my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel! Here is what she wrote:
Hello again! I believe this may be the last update I will send for this particular journey we have been on!
Daniel’s colonoscopy/EGD came back with no concerns. They took a few samples to biopsy and everything came back okay. So, his hernia repair surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. He will spend a few day in the hospital and then we will be home indefinitely! The only remaining planned surgery will be to remove his port if he has 2 more PET scans come back clean. The oncologist is monitoring him every month in case we get another recurrence and the scans will be done every 3 months for a while. I like to say we are doing the finishing work – like when you get new floors and it takes a bit for the baseboards to get installed! (unless the work is being done by a certain family flooring company up north!). So if you can pray that the hernia repair goes well, there are no infections or complications and it works, as well as Daniel remaining cancer free, we would much appreciate it!
We want to also thank you for walking this journey with us. Without your support and prayers, we wouldn’t have gotten here. Almost a year ago, I hoped upon hope that we would make it to this point but I never allowed myself to dream that we would actually get here. We are here because of the miracles your faith and prayers helped happen. I thank you for having the deep faith, trust in God and love for God and Jesus to pray for us prayers that were answered. I thank all of you for being there for us – no matter if it was shuttling Cate around, listening to me go on and on about the what ifs, the notes and gifts to say you were there, or any just being out there rooting for us. These messages have been an outlet for me. A way to organize the chaos into something that seemed doable. Knowing we had a support network filled with so many wonderful people helped in ways you might never understand. Many of you we have never met, but you supported us and we thank you for that. Mostly, we thank you all for loving us enough to care and travel with us while we tackled this challenge God put in our lives. While we have made it through with the best possible outcome, we have also grown in our faith and perspective and, at least speaking for me, are better people for it. I hope that one day you will trust us to return the favor by supporting you when you need it. Maybe when our lives settle down, we can do a victory tour to thank you all in person! Hopefully, God won’t put this nasty obstacle in our paths again. But if He does, rest assured, I will come bother you again!
Love and Thanks!
Amanda, Daniel and Cate
Please pray for my Brother-In-Christ Elisha and his family. Elisha has been fighting back issues, and today it got worse to the point that he had to go to the hospital. Please pray for his healing, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for him and his wife Cynthia. Elisha is as close a friend as I have at work, we’ve known each other for almost 20 years. Thank you for your prayers!