…For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. ~ Romans 3:22-25 (ESV)
Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. In this week’s post, we are diving deeply into the thought behind the quote at the top by Oscar Wilde: “Every Saint has a past, and every Sinner has a future.”
What did Mr. Wilde mean when he wrote this? If you think about it, we all descend from Adam and Eve, every one of us, regardless of whether we are a Christian, Muslim, Satan Worshiper, Agnostic, or whatever, we all started with Adam and Eve. When Adam and Eve committed the original sin, and let the serpent tempt them into doing what was forbidden, their descendants throughout time became marked by that sin. It was because of that sin that all of us to this day are born into sin, even a saint like Paul, or Peter, or John, or any of them. The only exception to this, of course, is Jesus, because He is the Child of God. So in Oscar Wilde’s quote, every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future, he is telling us that all of us have sin in our lives, even the saints, but all of us sinners have the opportunity to become something more, to reach beyond our sin, to put it aside, and to become a Child of God. How is that accomplished? By turning your life over to Jesus, by acknowledging that you are a sinner, that you need forgiveness, by asking God to forgive you, by acknowledging that Jesus died for you, and by turning your life over to you. The prayer is very simple, it goes something like this:
Thank you, God, for loving me…and for sending Your Son to die for my sins.
I sincerely repent of my sins…and receive Jesus Christ as my personal savior.
Now, as your child…I turn my life over to You. AMEN
If you pray that prayer, and pray with your whole heart, you will be saved, you will be a Child of God, and you will go to Heaven when you die. If you have never prayed a prayer like that before, please consider doing so. Now, please continue reading and praying with us in our Prayer Requests this week.
Prayers for Health
- Please pray for my friend Sherry and her health concerns.
- Mark — having surgery on September 25th on his arm and shoulder. It’s risky surgery, please pray for him as well as for his wife Jan and her Peace.
Prayers for Jobs
- Please pray for my friend Maureen who is looking for a job. She also has other prayer requests, so please pray for her entire being, her Peace, her Comfort, her Strength, her Family, all of her needs.
Prayers for Peace
- Please pray for my Aunt Ti, for her transition as well as her Peace.
- As I mentioned, please pray for Maureen and her Peace.
- For my friend Chris, please pray for their friends the Slagle family, who lost one of their loved ones suddenly.
- For my friend Nikki, please pray for her friend Denise, who just lost her husband. Please also pray for Denise’s comfort and strength.
- For my friend Tim, his step dad passed away, please pray for his Mom and her Peace, Comfort, and Strength in the days to come as she grieves the loss of her husband.
Prayers for Enemies
- Pray for those that put themselves first, and don’t look to God first. That includes all of us at some time or another, but please pray most for those that deliberately go out of their way to impede on the lives of Christians.
Prayers for the Lost
- Please pray for those that think they are above God, that they don’t need anyone or Him to help them in their lives. Please pray that they would wake up and realize that their life is not going to be any easier if they try to go it alone.
- For the men that will look to learn more about God in the Men’s Study Bible Study. I personally give Praise to God for leading me to help out as an assistant leader. Please pray for me that I would be able to do all that is required of me to help these Men become closer to God.
Thank you for praying with us each week! The Peace I feel as I write these out tells me that God is with us. 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 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. Amen.