Prayers for the Week: No More Tears

No More Tears

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 21:3-5

My friends, welcome to today’s Prayers for the Week post. Our Scripture for today comes from what I posted as the Daily Scripture yesterday, and I felt it important enough to recall it today for our reading. As a reminder, if you want to receive a daily scripture for you to keep you engaged in the Word, click on the link.

Brothers and Sisters of the one true God, and followers of His Son, Jesus Christ, the words of the book of Revelation will come to pass. There will be a day when there will be no more tears, when God will establish a New Heaven and a New Earth, and there will be no more death, pain, and suffering. Sadly, though, we have not reached that time just yet.

That is why the work of Believers is so important. There is death, there is loss, there is pain, and there are tears; perhaps as much this week as we have seen in quite a long time. It is the Commandment of Jesus that we spread His message throughout the world; I pray that this small ministry is helping to accomplish His goal: to make disciples throughout the world.

Until that time when Jesus returns, though, we will have sadness, and we will have tears, and we will have pain and suffering. My heart breaks for my Sister Jodi on the passing of her brother; and my heart breaks for my Brother Richard on the passing of his best friend Chris. But I know that there will be a day when Jesus will wipe away our tears, and brothers and sisters, just imagine what a day that will be!

Until that day, though, we continue on, and we remember those we have lost with love, and we pray for those that are going through struggles. Will you join me please in praying for our prayer requests and praises?

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Lori starts us off with a prayer request: “Please put Barbara Morgan in your prayers. She is the mother of my good friend, Rex. It was so very hard for him to transfer her to hospice this morning. Rex is such a good man. Please blanket their family in prayers for a peaceful transition as Barbara enters the Kingdom of our Lord.”
  • As I mentioned above, please pray for my Sister-in-Christ Jodi and all of her family over the loss of her brother Tom. In particular, please pray for Tom’s wife Vicki, son Clayton, and daughter Tatum.
  • Also please pray for the family and friends of Chris Jordan, who passed away from cancer. Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround them all in their time of grief.
  • Please pray for Samantha and her husband, that they would have a breakthrough on a job that he is pursuing.
  • Laurel has a prayer request for her friend Becky: “Asking for prayers for a very dear friend Becky. She had a brain aneurism and a heart attack yesterday . She had surgery last night and it is touch and go.”
  • Thank you for praying for my Dad. He had surgery this past Wednesday, I had safe travels up and back and he had a great result. Please pray for his recovery.
  • Lynn has a prayer request: “A couple of weeks ago I asked for prayers for my dad as he may have prostate cancer. Yesterday he got his biopsy results. He has an aggressive form of prostrate cancer. The next step is to get a full body CT scan and an X-ray of his bladder. If the cancer has not spread, he will have 9 weeks radiation, 5 days a week. If cancer has spread, not sure what they will do yet. Please keep him and my family on your prayer list. Cancer is something new to our family and never had to fight cancer before. We are genuinely a healthy family and live up in our 90s and even 100 years.”
  • Jodi has another prayer request, this one for her friend Amanda: “Please pray for my friend Amanda as she undergoes major back surgery today. Thank you! Also, another one without insurance, so please also pray for provision.”
  • We had a prayer request for Cheri a couple of months back for a legal situation. We have a praise report from Cheri as well as a request for continued prayers. Here is what she wrote us this week: “I wanted to give a THANK YOU for the prayers. While my legal case isn’t over, we had a huge victory today! Would appreciate continued prayers for a swift conclusion in what should be this final step. #gracealwayswins
  • Sheila has an update on her friend Liz and her breast cancer treatments. Here is what she wrote: “Hey Prayer Warriors please keep up the good work of prayer! Liz has 2 more Chemotherapeutic sessions her last one being September 11. She said she is very thankful for all of the prayers they have kept her going! Keep up the good work.”
  • Lastly, please keep praying for all of those that don’t know how to ask, and for those prayer requests that are unspoken. God hears all of them, and He hears our prayers for them as well.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.

The Lord’s Prayer
Merry Christmas

Prayers for the Week – Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Since this is the last Sunday before Christmas, let me stop and say Merry Christmas to all of you!  The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year — it feels like the world is full of promise, of hope, and it’s all because of the birth of one little child…

Our Scripture verse this week comes from the book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6:

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

Christmas is a time of hope, a time of joy, a time for looking at all that we have been given.  For most of us, our blessings far outweigh our deficiencies, and I hope this is the case for you as well.  I don’t have much to write this week, mainly just a plea for you to take a moment, consider your life, and realize all of the things you have been given — all of the blessings you have received.  Now, please pray with me these prayer requests and praises, and once again, Merry Christmas!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Amanda has an update on her husband Daniel. Here is what she wrote:Merry Christmas! We had a lot of things happen in the past few weeks and needed to get an idea of direction before we could send an update. First, it looks like we are staying off the CPT-11 (irinotecan) indefinitely. Daniel’s liver enzymes came back into normal range after a few weeks off the CPT-11. His Alkaline Phosphatase is still high but is lower than it has been since it went up shortly after surgery. His platelets are still struggling to stay above the level to get chemo so we have had a delay and started round 6 last Wednesday. This round should have started last Monday but he has developed a spot of osteonecrosis of the jaw in his mouth. This is basically an area of trauma that has developed an infection and eaten at the gum so the bone is exposed. As horrible as that sounds, after a consult with an oral surgeon, they determined the infection hadn’t spread to the bone and we are treating with 2 types of antibiotics a total of 5 times a day for 30 days. We go back in a few weeks so they can check progress and determine if the antibiotics are working. We really need the antibiotics to work because as it spreads, the outcomes get worse.
    Because of the osteonecrosis, they have also taken him off of Avastin indefinitely. This means that he is only receiving the 5FU chemo drug. Because we are down to only 1 drug, they are thinking he will need to extend his chemotherapy through February. Not what we were hoping for but we can find the silver lining! Because he is off the Avastin, we can look at getting the hernia repair done as early and mid-January. We meet with the surgeon to discuss the fluctuation in liver enzymes and hernia repair on Wednesday. He should also get a PET Scan sometime the next few weeks to make sure there are no new areas of cancer developing.
    Specific prayers for the next few weeks are for the osteonecrosis to heal as or better than expected, any scans we have to come back with no issues or cancer, a clear plan for the hernia repair and for mental, physical and emotional strength to Daniel to help him weather this additional treatment.
    Thank you all so much for walking on this journey with us! May you all have a blessed and happy Christmas and a safe holiday season!Please continue to pray boldly for Daniel, Amanda, and all of their family. Thank you!
  • Please pray for the family of my friend Dee — we’ve been praying for Jim, her father-in-law.  Sadly, Jim was called home.  Please pray for them all, for their strength, courage, Peace, and comfort, and please also give Praise to God for Jim’s life.  The service is today, so particularly be prayerful for them this day.
  • Please also pray for the family of my friend Carey.  Carey’s Dad passed away last week.  Please be with them during their time of sorrow, but also give praise to God for his life as well.
  • One of my ministers at Edenton Street left this on Facebook.  Please pray for all involved in this:
    52 years old, alone and homeless, he started weeping there on the sidewalk when I asked if there’s anything I could pray for him this Christmas. He said, “I’d like to find my son and tell him I love him.” He spent years trying, to no avail. He was leaving town that day so after 50 minutes of talking I had him record what may be the most heartfelt 50 second message I’ve ever heard and told him I would try and get it to his son. I located his son today and ask for your prayers that I would be led by God in sharing this. His name is Michael.

Now, please pray 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.