Prayers for the Week: Studying Proverbs

Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Starting today, we’re going to delve into the book of Proverbs.  Studying Proverbs is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but haven’t committed to doing so before now.  I don’t know how many weeks this particular study will go, but for the next several weeks I think we’ll explore some of the incredible testimony that can be learned from this book.  For today, we’re going to focus on the beginning verses, listed below:

1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:1-7 (ESV)

In many ways, these first seven verses can sum up a lifetime of knowledge for us, if we just take the time to learn these verses.  Intelligence can be learned in many ways.  You can learn it in school, in reading, in study, and just by living in the world.  But true knowledge to me comes from wisdom, from knowing what is smart and what isn’t, from understanding those words of insight.  In particular, I like the final verse, verse 7.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

I think sometimes we all play the role of the fool.  We want it our way, we don’t want to do things the way they should be done, we want to do them the way we want them done.  We play the role of the fool, and in times like that, we turn away from wisdom, from instruction, from listening to what might be the best course of action and instead sail directly into the path of the storm.  The key, I think, is that we not play the fool too often; if we do, we need to recognize the outcome of our course of action, and learn from it.  If we can do that, then we’ll start living verse 5: Let the wise hear and increase in learning…

What is your take on the book of Proverbs? Tell us below in the comments, and thanks!  Will you commit to studying Proverbs with us?  Now, please pray with us the prayer requests and praises we have lifted up this week.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mikel starts us off with a prayer request for her sister, Saundra: I would like to ask prayers for my sister Saundra who is having knee replacement surgery this week.
    • The surgery had to be postponed a bit because of some tests, so please pray for those tests to stabilize so this can get taken care of.
  • Lori has a prayer request: I may have an interview this week. They wanted me to come on Thursday but my boss’s wife is having surgery that day, so I have to be in the office all day. I emailed them back asking if they could see me either tomorrow or Friday (with the reason I could not meet them Thursday). That was late in the day today…..no word back….keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Kipp has a prayer request: Guys I have a childhood friend that needs prayer. His name is Len. He is having his kidney removed tomorrow morning. That kidney is so full of cancer. Can we pray for no complications, a rapid recovery, complete containment for the cancer to just that kidney, and wisdom/clarity for those giving him care!!
    • UPDATE: Just literally walked back in from hospital! They are saying ….he is cancer free…. it was confined to the kidney….praise God!!
  • Linda has a prayer request for her husband: My husband has been receiving treatment for years for a-fib (irregular heartbeat). He had open heart surgery and a valve replacement 11 years ago which helped tremendously. Today, his heart began beating extremely fast and he is now scheduled for a cardioversion (electrical shock to the heart) on Thursday to restore its natural rhythm. Prayers that all goes well or even that his heart regains its normal rhythm on its own before then would be greatly appreciated.
    • Update: My husband Dan came through the procedure just fine this morning and is back to being himself. (He even cut the grass this evening)! Now our prayers are that it will “hold”. The doctor said that sometimes this fixes the situation for several years … or it could be for just a few days. Naturally our prayers are that the “correction” will last. Thank you all so very much for your prayers.
  • Jodi has a big praise! My brother Ken is scheduled to go home on Monday afternoon! Will have oxygen and nebulizer as he works on strengthening lungs. He’s been so bored at the hospital & rehab. He’ll be so glad to be home!!! Thanks you for and please continue the prayers!
  • Lastly, thank you to those that prayed for the Raleigh, NC area during their huge rainfall totals last week.  Things have settled back down after over 8″ of rain in some areas.

Do you have any prayer requests you want us to pray over?  If so, please leave a comment below and we’ll pray for you!  Now, please 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.

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!

Happy Thanksgiving

Sophie and Grandpa were reading a story together on Thanksgiving Day, 2008.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at My Dreams of Disney! Today my family sits down for a good Thanksgiving meal with my Mom and niece and her baby girl.  A lot of love goes into our meal prep, and on this day, we here at My Dreams of Disney want to take a moment and wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  My prayer for all of you is that you are able to be with the ones you love on this day.  For those of you that have to work, especially those that are in our law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments, you have our thanks.

If you are traveling on this day, may safe travels be the rule, and may you reach your destination on time and without mishap.

If you have to work because you don’t have any other choice, then you have my sympathy and prayers that next year you would have the ability and means to work because you want to, not because you have no choice.

If you are a Cast Member at any of the Disney Parks, my prayer is that you would be treated with the respect you deserve, both from your boss and others in charge as well as by those Guests that you serve.

Whatever you are doing, and wherever you are, may we all remember that there are those that are so much less fortunate than we are, despite our circumstances, and may we all remember that we are all human beings, and to treat ourselves with the respect that we all deserve and should expect.

Lastly, my prayers go out to those in our armed services, but especially to those on deployment right now, and unable to be with us on these special days. Shane, I’m looking at you, and praying daily for you and your men.

I close with these words from Scripture. Here now the Word of God for renewal of your strength and a reminder of who God really is:

28Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~ Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)

Prayers for the Week – God Has a Plan

Psalms 37:5

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! ~ Psalms 37:3-7 (ESV)

Hello my Brothers and Sisters, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today we’re delving into the plan that God has for our lives.  Do you ever doubt that God has a plan for your life?  If you do, I hope and pray that the Psalmist’s words will answer that doubt in you.  This Psalm is attributed to King David, a man who knew God very well during his life.

This past Friday, of course, was the 9/11 Anniversary, and if there is ever a day for not understanding why things happen, it was that day.  However, out of that incredible tragedy, that horror, the untold death and destruction came literally thousands of stories of one person putting themselves in a position to help someone else, a total stranger.  In fact, there were even stories of dogs helping out their owners and those they don’t even know during this time.  If you haven’t heard the story of Bretagne, go click the link and check it out.

Out of all that, what I’m getting at is that, as hard as it can be to do at times, we need to remember that God has a plan for us, and He will take care of us, if we just let Him.  Now, please continue reading and pray with us on our Prayer Requests and Praises.

Prayers for Healing

  • Please pray for our friends Regina and Steve.  Steve had a bad flareup of his Crohn’s Disease, and may need to have surgery.  Please pray healing prayers for Steve and prayers for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for both Steve and his wife Regina.
  • Please pray for our friends Doug and Monica and their daughter Maddie.  Doug needs to have hip replacement surgery on October 19th, so please pray healing prayers for him, as well as prayers for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for Doug, his wife Monica, and their daughter Maddie.  Maddie, in particular, is sometimes anxious, so please especially pray for her.

Prayers for Jobs

  • Continued prayers for Sebastian and Sherry, as well as for Alex and Maureen on their job searches.
  • Please also continue praying for all of us that are looking for jobs in this uncertain job market.

Prayers for Peace

  • As mentioned, for Regina and Steve.
  • As mentioned, for Doug and Monica and Maddie.
  • For Denise, who lost a co-worker suddenly.
  • For Bettie, who’s friend Amanda lost her husband.  Pray also for her daughter as well.
  • For all of us that need God’s Peace in our lives, whether it is because of some outside influence or for some other reason.

Prayers for our Enemies

  • Vicki
  • Gail
  • Brooks
  • Don
  • Kevin
  • John
  • Norman
  • All of those that would harm us.

Prayers for Finances

  • Please pray for those that need improvement in their finances, that they would ask God’s guidance in helping them through their difficult straights, and that He would help them get on track but also teach them to stay on track so they don’t have these issues again in the future.

Praises!

  • For my Mom, who had a birthday yesterday!
  • For my Dad, and all he does for my Mom.
  • For Stephanie and Shane and Lindsay
  • For Leslie and Matt and Kennedy
  • For Cindy and Sophie
  • For the Men’s Study Bible Study
  • For Charles, my leader, and for the men in our small group.
  • For Russ and Jim as they lead us.
  • For Robin and Jim
  • For Brett and Tara
  • For all our family
  • For God, and Jesus
  • For Answered Prayers
  • For wonderful friends.

Anonymous Prayers

  • For Michele

Thank you for praying with us, please join us as we wrap up by praying 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 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, April 21, 2013

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Well, my friends, the week that lasted a month is finally over!  This past week has been an emotional one for millions of people across the country, even across the world, so let’s get right into the numerous prayer requests and praises that we have for this week!  First, though, if you want to re-read the prayers for the week from last week, please do so!

Praise The Lord!

  •  Lord, today we give a big shout of Praise to You for giving the Police Departments such a great ability to track down and capture the person they believe is responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombing.  At the conclusion of that roller coaster ride that so many people were put through, the one thing that I keep coming back to is how much prayer was lifted up to You during this week!  Despite all of the tragedy — and we’ll go into all of that in our prayer request section — despite all of that, and despite all of the evil that exists in our world, the world is not lost yet, because so many of my Brothers and Sisters call on You to guide and lead us.  Thank you Lord!
  • Lord, I would also like to give you praise for all of the goodness that we saw in people this week from around the world.  The people in Boston, those that helped out with the tragedy in West, Texas, and others that we don’t even know about, witnessing such an outpouring of support and love for our fellow man certainly is uplifting, and I know that Jesus was smiling at all of the help being shown his children.
  • Lord, I also want to give high praise and thanks to You for guiding the hands of the medical staff that worked on my friend Donna’s surgeries.  She was very sick, but through prayer you saw her through, and she is doing much better now.  Please stay with her as she continues her healing, and thank you!
  • Lastly, I have a huge praise!  I want to give the Lord highest Praise for the recent engagement of my writer friend Theresa and her new fiance Chris!  Congratulations you two, I know that you will be happy for years to come!

Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue your prayers for Dustin, he has been through a lot, and has a long road ahead of him, but our prayers, coupled with God’s healing power, plus the incredible skill of the doctors treating him will see him through this latest challenge.  Here is what my dear friend Beth had to say:Thank you so much, for including Dustin, Mike! It is hard to imagine that a two year old would have to endure so much in less than a year. He has beaten cancer and we know he will beat this too. He is the strongest two your old I know!
  • Please pray for my friend Jon and his family. An update on his Aunt is that she is extremely weak, has multiple spots on her lungs, and right now there is not much they can do to treat it. Please Lord, give her the comfort she needs, and Your Peace and Strength to get through this. Everyone, please also pray for her salvation, that she would know Jesus and that He know her as well. Lastly, please pray for Jon and his family, for their comfort and strength, and for God’s Peace to descend upon them as they struggle with this. Help them in their time of need to be able to focus on the things that matter. Thank you everyone!  Jon was able to travel home on Friday, so he is with his family during this time.
  • Of course, the tragedy in Boston — while deserving of praise that the police got the person they believe was in on the bombing — is still needing of some serious prayer for the vicitims and their families, in fact, for the whole community.  Here is what I wrote earlier in the week:Please pray for the victims and injured of today’s Boston Marathon bombing. It is such a terrible tragedy that such evil exists — it truly shows just how much hold Satan has on this world. We live in a fallen world, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and you and I all know that only Jesus can change that. So please, please, please, pray for the families of the victims and injured, pray for the town and the people that witnessed this, pray for the nation, but most of all, pray that these tragedies would strengthen us, and cause more and more of us to turn to Jesus, for without Him, we are truly lost.Thank you, my friends!
  • Please pray for Stephanie and Shane. Stephanie is under the weather and has been for too long, so pray for healing for her, but also pray for Shane. Shane leaves at the end of the month for Basic Training in the Army Reserves, so please see him through this safely and return him home quickly. Please pray for Stephanie at this time — that she and Zazzy not miss him too much, and that the time be done before they no what hit them!We were able to go visit them this weekend, and that was a big Praise, so thank you Lord for that!
  • Please pray for my Mom and Dad also. My mom is battling a shoulder condition, and it has given her considerable pain. Please pray for her for healing, and for my dad also so he doesn’t have any ailments also. They are both getting older, so their bodies are not as easily recovered as they used to be. Thanks!
  • Please pray for all of those affected by the explosions in West, Texas at the fertilizer plant. I don’t have any details, but I don’t really need them — God knows, and He knows what is needed best. Thanks, please just lift everyone up — including the firefighters, the citizens, and everyone else.Since I typed that the night I heard of the explosion, more details are out, and huge praises are in order for the people who have gone in and worked tirelessly at trying to save people from the nursing home or other homes around the area.  The area looks like a bomb went off, it is scary how much damage there was.  Please continue to pray for the town, for the investigators, for the survivors, and lift up those that did not survive, and their families in this time of trauma and grief.  Pray that God would give His Peace upon all of them, that they would feel His comfort and mercy on their lives and know that He is with them.  Thank you everyone!
  • Also, there was a fire at an Exxon plant near Beaumont, TX. One of our readers reported that her friend had 3rd Degree burns over 88% of his body. Please pray for those affected in this separate incident as well. Thanks!
  • My friend Deb — you know her as the creator of the site Focused on the Magic — is going through a bit of a personal struggle right now because her son is on his way to Colorado to start the next phase in his life. Please pray for a safe journey for him, but also, please pray for the Mom and Dad as well — because it’s something you know will happen, but despite that, there is still some feeling of emptiness and worry over your son growing up. Fortunately for Deb, she has another son — so they aren’t total empty nesters yet! Thanks, everyone!
  • Please also pray for my buddy Jay, who has been going through a lot lately physically, and it has us worried. I won’t go into specifics, but please pray for healing, Peace, strength, and comfort for him and his family. Thanks!

My Lord, you know all of the other prayer requests that we have floating around in our heads, spoken and unspoken, and it is my prayer to you that you take care of all of those as well.  Thank you for leading me in doing this Prayer post, it has been a huge honor to me that people would give up their prayer requests to me to lift up to you, and it humbles me that people from all over the world see this post.  Thank you for all that you have given to me and my family, Lord, all of it is because of You and your Grace upon our lives.  I especially give thanks to my family, Cindy and Sophie particularly, but also all of my other family and friends as we strive to do your will in this world.  Thank you, Lord, all of these things I pray in the name of your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving.  Amen.