15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:15-22 (ESV)
We have a lot of prayer requests this week, so let’s get right to them.
Prayer Requests & Praises
- From Jodi: Please keep my friend Christine in prayer! She’s been diagnosed with a Tarlov Cyst in her neck and possibly some in her spine. It (they?) could be drained, but they usually fill back up, and the only doctors who treat this are in CA, MD, and TX, and she lives in FL. She also has a brain tumor and neuropathy (dead nerves) that affects her walking and arms. She is very weak and falls easily, and the tumor makes her dizzy with lots of headaches and bad intercranial migraines. Medication does not really help, and it makes her sleepy and sick to her stomach, so she is currently unmedicated and awaiting a gamma procedure to try to shrink the tumor. She is only in her late 30s, I think, and is married and has 2 teenage boys. Please pray for her family as well. Thank you!
- From Laurel: Please pray for my dear friend Barbara’s mom – Ann. She is in assisted living and fell out of her wheel chair this morning. She hit her face and her knee. Both are extremely swollen and bruised. This evening she is having breathing trouble and I pray for her speedy recovery. Thank you.
- From Hiro: Could I ask for prayers for my friend, sister in Christ, mentor and she is kind of like a mother to me at times, her name is Ilona and she is getting a lot of tests done because she has lumps on her throat. She hopes the results are not cancerous and she is feeling very anxious.
- From Amanda: My husband’s (Daniel) scan to see where we are with his cancer. Prayers appreciated for strength, trust and results that show improvement towards remission. Thanks!
- Update from Jodi on her Father-in-Law: Just chatted with my stepmom-in-law, Elaine, about my FIL’s head injury. They just got last week’s CT results. Gerald is healing!!! They are weaning him off meds, and he even rode his bike today! (Not sure if he’s really supposed to be doing that yet, but he did, lol!) Elaine says his mood and attitude are better/more stable but still not normal, of course, but “at least he loves me again!” He still has a long way to go. Thank you for your continued prayers!
- From Shannan: Requesting prayers for my mom. She’s in surgery right now. UPDATE: Moms doing good right now. She’s home. They won’t know anything about her hearing until the swelling goes down.
- From Stephanie: So my dad has a CT scan today basically to see if his tumor has shrunk and if the chemo is helping. We could use your thoughts and prayers please. We find out the results on Thursday. I hope it’s good news!!
- From Laurel: Please continue to pray for my family through this difficult time. Our Memorial service, for my mother Donna Potter, is this evening. She has been called home and it’s all of us left behind that are still struggling to deal with the huge loss of a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Friend. Thank you so much.
- From Cindy: Please pray for my co-worker, Alecia. She and her family are struggling with the tragic and sudden loss of her son. Please pray for comfort and peace. Also please give praises for the successful surgery for my co-worker, Tommy. Tommy has been an employee in our store for 43 years so his presence has been greatly missed by all.
- From our neighbor Beth, her cat Cricket is missing, please pray for her safe return home.
- So at my former employer, UNC-TV in RTP, NC, they announced that they are going to be outsourcing another department — Master Control and Technical Operations Center employees will be losing their jobs soon. Please pray for them, they find out tomorrow by email (crass) exactly when the date of their termination will be.
- From Lori: Please pray that I can find a job that fulfills me, keeps me, and allows me to share God’s goodness in any way He sees fit! An answer to that great request will keep me just fine!
Lastly, from Tony Evans, by way of my Brother-in-Christ Paul, a message of hope:
Do Not Lose Heart
The life of Joseph is a perfect example of how life’s disappointments can actually be detours in disguise. At 17 years of age, God gave him a series of dreams that told him that one day, he would rule over his brothers. He told his brothers about his dreams and, in their jealousy and anger, they threw him in a deep pit and left him for dead. Shortly thereafter, he was sold off into slavery. While serving, he was falsely accused of raping his master’s wife and was thrown into prison. All totaled, Joseph spent 13 years enduring one disappointment after another before God brought him out of the pit into the palace of Pharaoh. Why would He put him through all that?
Those disappointments were places in Joseph’s life where God needed to prepare the man for the destiny and the destiny for the man. As a 17-year-old, he wasn’t ready for all that God had in store for him. God also needed to set the stage for Joseph’s arrival; it wasn’t until Pharaoh had his own dreams and could find no one in his kingdom to interpret them that God delivered Joseph from prison and into his destiny. His disappointments, were in fact, blessings. He acknowledges this when he tells his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result” (Genesis 50:20).
You also have a destiny. Maybe you’ve been waiting for God to bring you into it, but lately it seems as though you’re going nowhere or stuck in a rut. It looks like you’re moving further away from this destiny and in those moments, disappointment can set in. Do not lose heart; God hasn’t forgotten about you, He’s just not taking you there in a straight line.
For His kingdom,
Now, please join with us in one voice as we pray 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 that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.