Prayers for the Week: Beware the Roaring Lion

8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 5:8-11 (ESV)

Hello, and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post.  This week has seen a lot of the roaring lion better known as Satan.  It is imperative to us all that we resist that roaring lion, that we resist Satan, and that we remember that with God by our side, no one can defeat us! Just remember, when you find yourself beset by tribulation on all sides, just pray to God and tell the roaring lion of Satan to get behind you in the name of Jesus! That will do the trick every time! Now, please continue reading and praying for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Rebecca and Sheila have a prayer request: I just got this message from Rebecca: Hey my prayer warriors! Please keep praying for Cordy’s Godfather Scott!! It has been a tumultuous week of highs and lows. Steps forward and backwards. He is not out of trouble yet. And I apologize if you haven’t heard much from us, we’ve been trying to balance everything else in our usually busy barely managed chaos of a life, and 2 trips a day to the hospital. And figure out a path forward. So please keep us all in your prayers!
    • This was the original prayer request for Scott from Sheila: I just added my friend Rebecca she needs our help ! Her husbands best friend & Godfather to her daughter, Scott, is in very critical condition. Scott is one of their families oldest and dearest friends. We would appreciate any and all love and prayers and positive thoughts sent his way. From what I understand he had a aortic dissection, which most people do not survive. After 9 hours of surgery. He now needs our help and prayers to recover.
  • Pam has a continued prayer request for her husband Ronnie: My husband Ronnie is in the hospital for the second time this week with his fourth anaphylactic reaction. Praying we get home today and have no more problems.
  • Jodi has a prayer request also: My friend Kimberly has had a mild stroke. Please keep her and her family in prayer! Thank you!
  • We met someone at dinner tonight, Deron, who has had a hard life.  Please pray for him, for God to watch over him.  Thank you!
  • A co-worker of Cindy lost a friend recently. His name is George. Please pray for them and for George’s family in their time of grief. Thanks!
  • Vonni has a prayer request for her friend Randy and more importantly for Randy’s son Brandon: PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SON BRANDON! He was involved in a near fatal car accident this morning on his way to work at Costco. He was run off the road on a blind curve. He lost control of his car and hit a tree. He is currently in Neuro ICU at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. He has extensive damage to his spinal cord. He is paralyzed from his chest down. He needs a miracle right now. Please help him receive one by keeping him in your Prayers and good thoughts. Bless you. A heartbroken Dad, –Randy
  • Lastly, please pray for the lost, for those that don’t know Jesus, for those that don’t know what to pray, and for those that are afraid to ask for prayers.

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and 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.

Prayers for the Week: Happy Mother’s Day

mothers-day

28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.” ~ Proverbs 31:28-29 (ESV)

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms out there!  Officially on the calendar, today is Mother’s Day — but in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day!  Today we give Praise and thanks to God for Mothers across the world, spanning this day and age and throughout eternity.

The Bible is filled with incredible Mothers — starting with Eve, continuing through Sarah, then Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and on and on.  In all of my studies, the one thing I’ve learned is that none of us are perfect, the only perfect one is Jesus, of course, and Mother’s are no exception.  But one thing that is important to remember is that, despite the flaws, despite the frustrations of husbands, children, and life in general, despite all of that, Mother’s across the world still put their families first, and that continues on to this day.

On this Mother’s Day, I wish to leave you with a poem I read yesterday that I think you all will enjoy:

If life were without water, where would we be?
If life were without mothers,
There would be no you or me.
We all need to take hold, of how precious life really is,
and not take for granted the gift of love and the ability to give.
Thank you to God for creating us all
For giving us our mothers
So we can stand proud and tall.
Humans are no accident, no mistake or error
We sometimes live our lives in fear of this,
Even to the point of terror.
But when the truth is told, and recognised by all,
God does not create rubbish. He knew what he was doing when he created
me and you, but the best gift of all, is giving us loving, caring
Mothers who love us unconditionally through and through.
None of us are perfect, that includes ourselves and family.
Hold onto how precious we are and thank God for our mothers.
Amen

Now, please join me in praying 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. Amen.

Prayers for the Week – We Will Serve the Lord

Joshua 24:15

15And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” ~ Joshua 24:15 (ESV)

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  We have had a busy week, full of a lot of news, some good, some not so good, so let’s get started right on it!

Whom do you serve?  Do you serve the Lord, or do you ignore the Lord (at best) — or serve someone or something else?  There comes a time in our lives when we need to choose a path.  Remember the words of Jesus, as found in Revelation 3:15-16:

15“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. ~ Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV)

We live in the world of the politically correct — in the world where youth soccer games aren’t scored because we don’t want children growing up knowing what it feels like to try your best but not win.  We live in a world where we must stop and consider each and every word anyone has ever said or will ever say because we don’t want to be labeled with some hateful label.  Well, my friends, on this day, I say to you that I am a Christian, my wife and daughter are Christians, and we will serve the Lord!

For many months, we have been praying for my sister — for her to complete the education she so wanted, to teach special needs children, to get a job interview, and to find a job.  Well, my friends, this past Monday Robin had a job interview, and on Wednesday, we found out that SHE GOT THE JOB!!!

I am so proud of the Christian my sister is — in many ways, it is because of her that I am a Christian today.  We prayed and prayed and prayed, but we always prayed for God’s Will be done, knowing that His Will would see Robin to the job she was meant to have, and on Wednesday, that prayer was answered for Robin.  For all of you that prayed for her, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Which brings us to the not so good news.  On the same day, on Wednesday, I received a phone call from my parents.  During the course of that phone call, I learned that my Mom has Breast Cancer.  It is believed that they caught it early, and that things will be okay, but despite all of that, it is my Mom, and it is Cancer, and putting those words down on paper fills my heart with a bit of nervousness.  I know that fear and anxiety is not of God, as it is written in 2 Timothy 1:7:

7for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

But my human side is nervous, but I’m going to turn to Scripture, and use my prayers to allow God to fill me with the power of love.  Still, we all would love your prayers for my Mom, so thank you for praying for her. Her name is Ellen.

Now, please continue your prayers by lifting up the rest of our prayer requests and praises!  I’m sorry I’ve run so long, but I know you understand why.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Big Praises from my friend Amanda regarding her husband Daniel. Here is what she wrote:I guess it’s a good thing these updates are becoming more or less monthly! We hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season and are braving the winter! We have lots of good news this update.
    First, Daniel had a PET scan on Christmas Eve and it came back “unremarkable” meaning no cancer was detected. That was obstacle #1. Because of the chemo he is one, the PET scans don’t always get a good read on the intestines so he is going in for an EGD and Colonoscopy on February 4th to check everything out. At that time he will also have a polyp removed from his duodenum that they couldn’t get before we started all this treatment. With those results they can give us the all clean or the more treatment needed decision. Obstacle #2.
    Second, because his PET came back unremarkable, he was able to have his last round of chemo on January 12th. YAYYYYY!!! His hair is growing back already and his energy levels are rising. He is still having a lot of side effects from the chemo but it takes 5-8 weeks to start to leave your body so we expect those to last a little longer. Obstacle #3.
    Third, his osteonecrosis in his mouth seems to have healed. The oral surgeon is watching it but the bone is no longer exposed. We are just making sure it doesn’t get reaggravated before it heals completely. Obstacle #4.
    Next steps: After the EGD/Colonoscopy, we meet with the surgeon to schedule and plan the hernia repair. That appointment is scheduled for mid-February so we should know if we have the all clear to proceed by then. We are hoping the surgery can be scheduled the end of February/beginning of March but that will depend on the surgeon. It would be wonderful for Daniel to start spring on the mend to a “normal” (whatever that is!) life! The oncologist will follow up monthly with a PET scan every 3 months for the first year or so to be proactive in catching any recurrence since it came back so quickly last time. So, with any luck, he may be able to be back to work and active living in the next few months!
    Praise be to God and all our prayer warriors! We thank you all for traveling on this journey with us and offering prayers on our behalf. It definitely appears they are working!!! If we can ask for a few more, please pray that the EGD/Colonoscopy is clean and the polyp removal and hernia repair go smoothly with speedy and easy recovery. Also pray that his osteonecrosis fully heals and that God provides him the right job as he begins the job hunt again. And last but not least, please pray for the clinicians and staff that worked to get us here. I have never met so many wonderful strangers willing to fight for someone’s life (except maybe any time I’m around our armed forces or police officers).
    We pray for you all every day! You have made this journey so much easier and caused more than a few miracles to this point! It’s not over yet but we are through the biggest obstacles! If you ever need specific prayers (or extra) please don’t hesitate to ask! We would love to return the favor!Please continue to pray for them, and give God the glory for all that he has done for them so far. Thank you everyone!
  • Prayers go out to the family of my friend Thomas, who lost his father. Here is what he wrote:Thanks you all for your thoughts and prayers. My dad had a massive hemorrhagic stroke last night and passed away around 1am this morning. Ironically this had nothing to do with his triple bypass heart surgery scheduled for tomorrow. Blessings to you all. I will post arrangements later today.Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to envelope Thomas and his family in their time of sorrow.
  • My friend Kelly has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote:Our little family is going through a tough trial right now. We know we need to have more faith in who our God is than who the enemy is not. We are asking for prayer. Asking that God provides. That He covers us with safety and protection. But most of all that we, especially the girls, can find comfort and peace.Please pray for them, and remember, God’s Peace and Comfort is a wonderful thing.
  • Please also pray for the unspoken prayer requests, the ones that need to be prayed, but the person is to nervous to ask for prayers.  Please pray like this:“Heavenly Father, we lift up the unknown prayer requests to you. We know that You know the details, and that we do not need to know them, we know that You hear all the prayers, even the ones that we don’t know how to speak, and we know that You will answer them as Your Will dictates. Please be with those that are hurt, and suffering, and allow Your Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon them so that they would know that You are Lord. It is in the name of Your Wonderful Son Jesus that we pray. Amen!”

Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by 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.

Prayers for the Week – Faith

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Faith.  Perhaps the most powerful word to be found in the Bible.  When it comes to Christians, what it all comes down to, in the end, is Faith.  Perhaps the greatest statements of Faith come from the 11th Chapter of Hebrews.  Throughout the entire chapter are examples of the kind of faith that God’s children had for Him; the belief that they had that God would not let them down — and He didn’t.  Read the entire chapter — you won’t be sorry if you take the time to do so — but for today, I’m going to share three verses with you.  Here is Hebrews 11:1-3:

1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

In my mind, the verse that catches my eye most is verse 2 — “This is what the ancients were commended for.”  It is unfortunate, isn’t it, that the world has fallen as hard as it has, and so many people go through life without that faith that the ancients had.  Faith, like Abraham had with his son Isaac, knowing that God would spare him and not sacrifice him.  That kind of faith is almost non-existent today.  It is time for us all to find a stronger measure of our faith.  If you have some faith, that is good, work on making it stronger.  If you have a lot of faith, take it to the next step.  If you have no faith — tell us, and we’ll share with you all the ways that God will help you find your faith.  Now, let’s take our faith and pray over these requests.

Prayer Requests

  • You may remember this prayer request from my friend Carol last week: My friend Carol passed along this prayer request for her friend Cindy. Please read it and pray for them:My mom just called crying to say that my sister, Melissa, was diagnosed today with melanoma of the eye. They will be testing her to see if it has spread to her liver. I feel numb with disbelief. She will have a few radiation treatments as well as needing the eye removed. PLEASE everyone PRAY for her and ask everyone you know to pray for her. I and our family would appreciate it so very much. Cindy
    • I have an update from Carol, and it’s good news!  Here is what she wrote: God’s Grace is sufficient – and your prayers are appreciated.Cindy reported to me last night that Melissa found out yesterday that the melanoma has not spread and they will only have to remove the tumor and not the eye!!!!!  She will still need radiation treatment.  We do not know how her sight will be affected – but our prayers have been answered.  Cindy asked me to thank all of you for your loving prayers.

      In Christ,
      Carol

  • Please continue the prayers for Uncle Ted and Uncle Bob.  Uncle Bob has Stage 4 Lung Cancer, and a partially deflated lung.  Uncle Ted went for a second opinion.  In neither case do we have an additional update, and both are very serious. Your prayers mean the world to us — and we work on the Faith that we know that God will take care of his servants Ted and Bob in the way that is best for them and best for His Glory and Will.
  • Please also pray for Cindy’s family as her cousins Kathy, Earline, and Sandra lost their Aunt Joyce this week.  We all know that she is in a better place, but death is always hardest on the living, so please lift them up in your prayers and pray for God to send His Peace, Comfort, and Strength to them in their time of need.  Please also pray for Mr. Jack, Joyce’s husband, and their children Mike, Tammy and their families.
  • Please continue to pray for Sheila — she hasn’t heard back from her job interview, but she has Faith and should hear back from them in a couple of days.
  • Please pray for my friend Melissa — her dog Liam is really sick — not eating, having other difficulties, and the vet is having trouble figuring it out. Please pray for Liam, and for Melissa, because any of you with dogs or other pets in your lives know that when your pet is sick it is like your child is sick.  Please pray for healing and for comfort and Peace for Melissa.  Thanks!
  • Please also pray for Cindy’s co-worker Dee and her Mom, who has some health issues that she is dealing with.  Please pray for their healing and comfort and strength as needed, thanks!
  • Please, please, please pray for the prayer requests that we don’t know about.  Pray that God would lift up everyone that is hurting, and pray that they would turn to Him so that they may be helped by Him!

While there are a lot of prayer requests, there are also some incredible praises to lift up to God and thank Him for, so please read along!

Praises!

  • The single biggest praise I have this week is that my niece Stephanie is re-united with her husband Shane!  Shane was at basic training and AIT, and they have been apart for 5 months!  However, that is now over, and they are back together!  It was so great talking with them on Thursday night, and I am so proud of both of them.  Shane recently celebrated a birthday, and I know that being back home with his wife and their dog Zazzy is all the present he needs!
  • I also want to give praise to all the other graduates from the latest class of military training!  My friend Jessi saw her husband graduate, so congratulations to them and their son also, and thank you to all of you that serve our country!
  • Praises also go out to the Men’s Study bible study, which is now in full swing.  Please pray for our study to continue as strong as it has started, we have a great group of men this year!
  • Lastly, please give thanks for our great buddy Regan, who has really settled in nicely in his forever home.  We love having him in our lives, and he loves being a part of our family too!  Special praises continue to go out to our friends Bettie and Hannah and their family for fostering him before we adopted him.  They are really sweet people and we are truly grateful for the loving care that they gave him.  Here’s a picture of Sophie and Regan from yesterday in the car.  Thanks everyone!

Sophie and Regan

My friends, I hope that this week finds you well, and that you are able to pray and lift up these requests and praises.  Thank you for helping to bring good to the evil that the Internet is full of — it’s my honor to write these up each week, and if all works out, starting next week perhaps we’ll have a partner site that will also start lifting up their prayer requests and we’ll share our link with them and they’ll share their link with us.  The more of us that pray, the better we will be.  God Bless each and every one of you, and in closing, remember this verse from Philippians chapter 4, verse 13:

13I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

May God strengthen you this week, and remind you of the Faith that is stored within you, just waiting to be shown the light again.  Amen.