Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. This week, we are focusing on the children. Jesus reminds us how we are to be in order to reach the Kingdom of God in the book of Luke:
15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” ~ Luke 18:15-17 (ESV)
Obviously, we will not be born again as children — we are adults, and we will continue to be adults, or will grow up to be adults. However, that doesn’t mean that our attitude on life has to be one that is molded and shaped by life. The beauty of our children is when they explore with the childlike innocence that makes them as special as they are. Our children, in that innocence, believe what we often think of as impossible, and that is what I believe that Jesus is speaking about here. We have to believe with the same innocence that a child has in the wonder and majesty of Heaven, and not with the skepticism that so much of the world is filled with, or we will be hard pressed to see the glory of Heaven.
Now, please read our prayer requests and praises, and add your prayer requests and praises to our list. Thank you all for your constant following and support of those in pain!
Prayer Requests and Praises…
- I read about the story of Kimberly Henderson and her baby the other day. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
Two years ago today I was sitting in an abortion clinic thinking not having Vaida was best for me.
People remember dates for birthdays, and anniversaries. Well this date is forever burned in my brain. It’s a day that I will remember and I remember every single detail of that day. I think that is Gods way of showing me that HIS plan is and will always be greater and bigger than anything and everything I’ve ever known.
I sat in the abortion clinic for nearly 7 hours. I remember wearing a pink t shirt that was soaking wet from crying. Below is my post from that day and I remember crying the entire time I was writing it. I hope that by sharing this that it touches someone.
“Today I was at the abortion clinic. I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself I’m all alone I need to do this. Sitting there.. I could hardly make out anyone or anything through the tears. People were eating fast food around me, laughing, texting. I on the other hand was a wreck. I kept my face down, my face was drenched in tears. I kept telling and giving myself every reason to go through with this even though I did not believe in it. I kept saying I’m on birth control this could not happen..I kept trying to justify it. But my heart was heavy. I felt like I was about to make a horrible horrible decision and God was giving me signs to not do it.. I woke up this morning, my daughter was sick I had to find a sitter, I got lost, my car broke down for about 15 mins and I got here late but they still got me in. I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here..
The lady called me to the desk. Last step before you go back. I fumbled through my wallet to find my drivers license and out fell a card a couple left on the table Saturday night when I was working… It had their church name on it.. On the back was a common verse…
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
I knew God was speaking to me.
Two of my best friends called me just in time and said the most comforting things. “I will be there for you..There’s a reason God gave you that gift.”
I told the lady I changed my mind. As I was about to walk out, a young girl no older than probably 19 says to me..”Are you going to do it?” I told her I couldn’t.. She said..”I wish I could be brave like you..” I told her she was brave and she could do the same thing. She said she had to do it because of some serious circumstances.. As I turned around she said..”When you see your baby’s face for the first time you’re gonna be so glad you walked out of here today.”
Pouring tears I walked out and felt a huge weight off my shoulders. No matter what your circumstances are God doesn’t make mistakes and he is here for you.
This is my testimony. If you have any negative comments you can refrain from making them here. I will let it be known that I do not care what people think. Hence this post. My friends and family mean the world to me. And have my back 100%. Even if I have to do this by myself. I thank God everyday for them.
Most of all I remember the enormous amount of relief and strength I felt when I walked out those doors. No guilt. No shame. No regrets. I remember feeling that this all… This all has to mean something one day. My daughter Vaida Everly has a purpose. Her name means beautiful life. And lord she is just that.. A beautiful life. After a scary pregnancy, and after countless weak moments thinking I just could not do this by myself.. September 12 2013 I welcomed my beautiful Vaida Everly into this world with both my best friends by my side. I remember seeing her for the first time and bursting into tears. And engraved in my head were the words that girl told me before leaving the clinic that day. “When you see your baby’s face for the first time you are going to be so happy you walked out of here today..” She was beyond right. 6lbs 4oz of pure perfection and no matter what pain I felt physically and
emotionally… She gave me a feeling of joy that I can’t even explain. A kind of joy that if a war was going on outside I wouldn’t even know it. I am so in love.
My once tiny 6lb baby is now 18lbs. Full of life. Full of energy. Loves to laugh. Loves to smile.
And last but not least she is that beautiful baby girl I was singing to at midnight in the kitchen. The video that has touched millions of people all over the world. Singing to her in our kitchen for a memory keep sake is the reason our entire life is about to change. For the good. For the better. She was meant to be here.
I’m so lucky.
- Prayers please for my friend Bob and his wife Jen, and all of their family. Here is what Bob wrote on Facebook:Heaven has received a new angel…Jen’s grandmother passed away last night. We love you, Grammie Florida!Marylee Yates Taylor Godwin
October 21, 1928 — March 15, 2015
Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon all of Bob’s family, and that God would remind them all of the wonderful memories they have of their Grammie. Thank you everyone!
- Lisa left us a comment on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:A friend of mine lost her Dad this morning. Thank you for posting….I am sharing with her.She then followed up with this update:
Guys continue to pray. He is still holding on but unresponsive. Pray that his journey is peaceful and pain free.
Please pray for God’s Peace, Mercy, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon all of them in their time of sorrow. Thank you!
- My friend Natalie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:My cousin and dearest friend in the world Tyra Williams is at the University of SC having her pancreas removed. She is undergoing an islet cell transplant as well. This is a very dangerous life threatening surgery. She will remain in the hospital over the next 2 weeks. Please lift up her name in prayer. She’s one of the strongest most caring people I know.Please pray for her Healing, Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and for that for all of her family and friends as well!
- My friend Hiro has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Request: Prayers please or please send positive vibes…
This past week I found out that one of my Karate students has leukaemia. He is only 10 years old. He has been a student at our Dojo since he was 4 years old. He is such a strong and enthusiastic student.
When the Doctor explained his condition to him, his mother said that one of the first things he asked is if he could still do Karate.
And when I talked to his aunt, she was telling me how happy he was when he found out my father was going to visit him in the hospital. He kept saying, “Master Kancho is coming to visit me!”
We were really touched that Karate means so much to him.
If you have a chance to pray for him it would really be appreciated.
(I know some friends are not religious so positive vibes will help too)
Thank you.Please pray healing prayers for him, and pray for his Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and that of his family and friends as well. Thank you!
- My Dreams of Disney reader Kelli gave us a big praise — thank you Kelli! Here are her words on Facebook:I am thankful to be able to share in prayer with other people who love God and love Disney.
My friends, this world is not easy. The temptations are everywhere, the evil is out there, and we do not possess the strength to overcome that ourselves. We can only hope to overcome by relying on Jesus, relying on God to see us through all the difficulties we encounter. Please remember that, and pray with me 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.