Judgment

Prayers for the Week: Judgment

Judgment

1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” ~ John 8:1-11 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post.  Today I’m feeling led to talk about something that affects us all, and something that it seems is more prevalent today more than ever.  That subject is judgment.

My friends, the world is out of control, and it seems like in one way, the way that everyone is judging each other is a big part of the reason why.  Democrats judge Republicans. Republicans judge Democrats. Someone does something, and everyone seems to judge them.  It seems like no one is exempt from this.  The other day, I noticed a person driving a car cut me off when there was no one behind me.  Then, that same car cut off someone else when turning left.  After that, the first thing that crept into my thoughts was how that person felt they were entitled to do those things, like they were better than I was or this other car was.  Right then, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, He said to me that I didn’t know all the details, that maybe there was some other reason that person did the things they did.  I immediately found myself stepping back on my judgment a bit.

Casting judgment is something that it seems like we all do.  The ultimate question, though, is whether or not we will work to cut down on the judgements that the world so expects of us.  Will we make the decision to move beyond the way the world sees things and instead put our focus on the things that really matter?

My friends, the subject of this post makes me nervous.  I truly hope that I’m not coming off as passing judgment by talking about judgment.  If I have done that, I am truly sorry for that, for it isn’t my intention to be doing that, and I hope you can forgive me.  My prayer is that all of us would take a moment before we speak — shoot, before we even think about speaking — and try to avoid those judgment calls that seem so prevalent in today’s age.  Now, please continue reading and praying with us for our prayer requests and praises.  We have some very hard prayer requests, so please give them every consideration and prayer that you can.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Pam starts us off with prayer requests for her family: Please keep my family in your prayers. We lost our dear, sweet 93 year old mama to cancer this morning at 1am. Thank you.
  • Mrs. Lucas asks for prayers for her friend Madge: Please keep my friend Madge in your prayers! She is a friend of almost 50 years! She is in Cardiac ICU at Duke following heart surgery on Monday! She is still on a respirator and she needs healing! Thank you!
  • My cousin Barb is calling for all the prayers she can get for her husband Tim.  It’s not looking good, but God is good nonetheless: Ok prayer warriors, it’s time to circle the wagons. Tim’s clinical trial was unsuccessful, and we are out of options. We started receiving hospice services this week. I don’t know how much time we have left, but I will cherish each minute. #CancerSucks
  • Torri has a prayer request for her friends who are getting married as well as for all those affected by the wildfires in California: My precious besty, Mary Catherine and her sweet fiancé Dylan lost everything they own yesterday in the horrible wildfires in Santa Rosa, CA. Losing everything you have would be hard anytime but especially hard as this is their wedding week. Pray for our dear friends and pray for us as we head out west tomorrow. So very thankful God kept them and our friends that were staying with them safe.
    He really does bring beauty from the ashes.
  • Jodi asks for prayers for California: Please keep our California friends in prayer! Many are being evacuated and possibly losing homes & property due to wild fires.Thanks!
  • Jodi also has a prayer request for her nephew: URGENT PRAYER, PLEASE! My nephew, Clayton, is a freshman at Texas Tech University, where there are currently 2 active shooters 2 dorms down from him. The shooters have killed a police officer. Clayton’s safe for now, on lockdown, but can hear the gunfire.UPDATE: Shooter (was 1, not 2) is in custody!!! Possibly 2nd officer killed, tho.
  • If you would please pray for Cindy’s Uncle Bud and Aunt Carol. Uncle Bud is the last of her Uncle’s on her mom’s side, and lately his health — and in particular his mind — has been deteriorating. We are worried that it is dementia. Please pray that God would heal him of this, that Uncle Bud would be okay visiting doctors if needed, and please pray for Aunt Carol and Uncle Bud both that they would have God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength surround them. Thank you everyone.

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: 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 – Praising God

Praising God

Let Everything Praise the Lord
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord! ~ Psalm 150 (ESV)

Hello, and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post.  Today we are praising God for all that He does for us.  This is a prayer post that is going to have some prayer requests in it, but let us also be about the business of praising God! Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mark starts us off with a very sad prayer request: A soldier in my Reserve unit took is own life Tuesday evening. He is survived by his mother, father, two brothers and estranged wife. I ask that you put his family in your prayers.
  • Mikel has a big praise from Montana: A big thank you to you all who prayed for Montana! Yesterday it started raining – a nice steady rain that won’t rash away the dirt that is left after the burned trees – we even have snow in the mountains! God is good!
  • Jodi passes along thanks and continued prayers: Just wanted to say thank you for all the prayers during Hurricane Irma! We made it through safe and sound. We had some water leakage that insurance is checking out tomorrow. It may be builder warranty since our house is under 10 yrs old, so hopefully repairs will be covered one way or the other.
    The eye wall passed directly over our area. They were predicting 100+mph winds, but fortunately it *only* got up to about 85. Lots of downed trees, fences, signs, etc., all over town, and power was out for several hours (12 hrs for us). Some areas are still without electricity! We feel very blessed that damage was much less than it could have been!
    Please continue prayers for those who did have major losses and who have a long way to get back to normal.
  • Paul has a praise for his daughter Patricia, who lives in West Palm Beach: Yes, thank-you for your prayers! Praise God! She is fine!
  • Lori has a praise and a prayer request wrapped up together: During Irma, there was one story I never posted but I feel compelled to share now….
    I have a friend in Detroit who has most of her family (30+) in FL (unbeknownst to me until last weekend). None of them would leave and chose to weather it out.
    We waited, prayed…and waited & prayed again…and then finally got word late Monday that all of them had made it through!!! Then very early Tuesday morning, my friend texted me that her 96 year-old “Gpa” had passed away (natural causes).
    I can not help but think that he hung around long enough to make sure his family all got through it! May he Rest In Peace – a life well done!
  • Lori has a praise for the prayer request for “Jeff from Cape Coral, FL” from last week on how he managed the storm: He IS! I just heard tonight and by the Grace of God, with very little damage!
  • Lori has a prayer request for her sister Jan: My sister, Jan, is sick, very sick with what sounds like pneumonia to me. PLEASE she is not as strong as me, and I am really scared. Anyone listening, please say a prayer!
  • Lori also has a prayer request for Ronnie: Please lift Ronnie up in Prayer, he is about to greet those most Heavenly Gates!
  • I’ve got a big praise celebrating my Mom and her 75th birthday!
  • Lastly, another big praise with the start of the 2017-18 Men’s Study Bible Study this past Tuesday!
Praising God

Image ©Stefan Youngblood

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.