Prayers for the Week – Love

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1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today for this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This has been a busy week, and during the week we have had a lot of prayer requests, so please take a moment, read through our requests, and pray with us.  What better way to start off our prayers than by remembering that Jesus loves us!  Now, please read and pray for our requests and praises!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Maureen left us a comment from last week’s prayer post.  Here is what she wrote:I love this post Mike! Thank you – it is so easy to get carried  away in life’s worries – focusing on Jesus is the best thing we can do.  Thank you for continuing these Sunday posts and prayers.. they are extremely encouraging and fill us with hope :)
  • My friend Shannon has a prayer request that she has learned of. Here is what she wrote:I’ve tagged as many Disney pals as I could. Please add others if you think they can help. There is a 15 year old girl here named Beth and her stage IV cancer has returned and all the doctors are doing now is preventative comfort measures. She’s in the hospital right now with low counts and a fever. She loves Disney. I’m going to do a post today asking all of our fans to send her Disney themed Valentines cards, or anything Disney. Thanks so much, Disney friends are the best friends. Prayers and pixie dust for Beth!

    Please pray for this young lady as she struggles to come to grips with this disease, and works through her anxiety and fear. Please pray that God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love would descend upon her, her family and friends, and that God would guide the hands of her medical team. If it is God’s Will, may she be saved from this disease. It’s in Jesus’ name that I pray. Amen!

  • Please pray for the family of Sabrina Smith-Epley. Here is what my sister-in-law Nancy wrote:Anna Jane and Sabrina Smith-Epley… her teacher last year…Anna Jane was her “mini me”. Sabrina passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last week. This lady motivated and encouraged our girl to be the “scary good” student that she has become. Her influence is her legacy.

    Please pray with me:  Heavenly Father, those of us that knew Sabrina are mourning her passing today. Her family, her friends, her co-workers, her students — all of them are hurting at some level these days. We know that Your ways are mysterious to us, and we know that we can not understand right now why You called Sabrina home, but we miss her. Lord, please grant Your Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon all of us, and please know that we praise You for the time that you placed Sabrina into our lives. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving today, and every day. Amen.

  • My friend Kristin has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote:Please pray for the family of Billy Harrison. He is my cousin in West Virginia. He was shot and killed last night. He has a wife and three children. Please pray!

    Please pray for their grief, that God would hold them in His arms, and that they would have Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love during their time of grief. Thank you everyone for praying!

  • My friend Rebecca has a prayer request — this is what she wrote on Facebook:My dad was just rushed to the hospital. My brothers & I only know that so far. I know I ask this a lot, please pray for him. Thank you.

    Please pray for his healing, for the medical team, for their skill in treating him, and for his and his family’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength! Thank you!

  • Locally here in the Raleigh-Durham area, please pray for Larry Stogner and his family. Larry is the anchor of the local ABC news telecast. Larry is stepping down, having been diagnosed with ALS. Here is a link to the story about him:Larry Stogner Retirement
  • Also, please pray for two teenage boys, both Sophomores from Smithfield-Selma High School. They were killed when they were hit by an Amtrak train. According to reports, one was trying to get the other off of the tracks when they were both hit. Their names are Robert Naughton and Alan Peedin. Please pray for their families, friends, and everyone that is suffering with their loss.
  • Lastly, please pray for my friend Mike.  Here is what he wrote:So I need prayers for Thursday, but I’m afraid to say why. I have a meeting at 6 that may change all that is important to me. Time with family, the people I help, and so much more. If I think about it I am scared and overwhelmed. But if I leave it in God’s hands where it belongs, I have the peace to know that whatever happens is for the best.

    Please pray for the anxiety, nervousness, and fear that Mike has would dissipate.  Please pray that God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love would descend upon him and for Mike to know the path that God would have him walk.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples 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 – Simplify

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Hello my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and those that don’t know how incredible it is to know that you are loved by Jesus.  This is our weekly Prayers for the Week post, and this week, we are going to redirect our thoughts away from money, away from worry, away from the cares that the world hands us, and instead, we are going to simplify — we are going to look at ways that we can simplify our life, and focus our attention and energy on the one that Loves us, the one that died for us, the one that is our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In the book of Matthew, in the 6th chapter, and the 27th verse, Jesus asked us this question:

27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:27 (ESV)

That, of course, is just one verse in a passage on anxiety that Jesus spoke of.  Here is the complete text from Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

There is so much that we can choose to worry over, my friends.  Did you know that fear comes from the devil, the evil one?  It is Satan that would have you worry — he would turn your thoughts to thoughts of fear, to thoughts of anxiety, to thoughts of anything other than where our minds should be focused — on our Lord, Jesus Christ.  It’s all a way for Satan to take us off the playing field in the eternal war, the war between Jesus and Satan for our soul.  If you have given yourself over to Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, as I have, then the war is already one for you.  But, just because I know where I will end up after I die, that doesn’t mean that I should not work towards helping my brothers and sisters in the world become Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  That is why I write this weekly post.  I know that many of you are turned off by it, that you want me to focus on just Disney, and not to worry about these “supernatural” things.  Well, I’m sorry, but I can’t do that.  I feel led to write these each week, and I’ll continue to do so until I no longer feel that calling.

My friends, if you are unsure what to pray when you are worried, let me share one last thing with you.  It is a prayer that I found on RachelWojo.com — here is the image of that prayer.

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If you worry, pray this prayer with your heart, your mind, your body, and your soul, and it will give you Peace.  Now, please pray with me our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Maureen left us a comment.  Here is what she wrote: “Good Morning :) I want to thank you for posting my prayer requests and for your prayer support :) My Nanny had dementia in her later years and it was difficult to go through that with her – Prayers for patience and love go out to all going through that difficult season.”
  • My sister Robin also left a comment.  Here is what she wrote: “Excellent post again, as usual. I am very proud of you!”
  • Last week, Sophie started Confirmand classes at our church.  It is a huge deal for Cindy and I because our little baby — the same baby that was 4 pounds, 2 ounces and just 17 1/2″ long at birth, is now 13 1/2 years old, is taller than Cindy, and will be starting high school in the fall.  For all of you new parents, or parents of children younger than Sophie, I urge you to cherish these moments, because they are GONE in an instant.  Please pray with us and for us, as we see Sophie draw closer to God than either Cindy or I ever did when we were her age.  As we told Sophie, we never went through Confirmand classes because that was something that our churches didn’t participate in, so she is the first in our family that has done so.  Please pray that Sophie would be blessed beyond measure, and truly grasp what it means to Walk with the Lord.  Thank you everyone!

That’s all the prayer requests we have this week.  I urge you, if you are going through anything in your life, and would like for us to pray for you, please, please, please leave us a comment, or shoot me an email to prayer@mydreamsofdisney.com.  We believe in the power of prayer, and we don’t need to know all the details, so if you want to leave an anonymous prayer request, just tell us what you want us to pray for, and we’ll do that.  We don’t need to know the details because God already knows them.  Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples 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 – A New Year

 

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week! Happy New Year, everyone! 2014 is now gone, and 2015 has come on strong. I hope that you have a wonderful year, full of Peace, Love, Happiness, Joy, Success, but most of all, full of the Love that God has for us.

With the turning of the calendar, it is only right, at least in my mind, that we take stock of where we are in our lives.  For me, 2014 was a fairly good year, but there are many things I didn’t finish that I hope to accomplish in 2015.  More importantly, though, the turning of the year gives us a chance to take stock at where we are Spiritually in our walk with God.  Are we on the narrow road or the wide road, are with walking with God, or is God wondering where we are?  All of these questions are ones that we should look at now, and if we are traveling the wrong path, now is a great time to make a change so that we can enjoy a more meaningful, close relationship with our Lord and Savior.  The Bible verse I’ve selected today seems very appropriate for today:

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

Are you in Christ, as Paul writes?  If you are in Christ, you are a new creation.  If you are in Christ, then your life has changed, your old self is gone, and the new you is totally different from the old you.  This does  not mean that you are now perfect, that you never make mistakes, that you never stray from the path that Jesus walks.  However, what it does mean is that you recognize when you stray, you recognize that you have sinned, and you ask God to forgive you when you do sin.  The longer you have been in Christ, the worse it feels when you do sin, at least for me.  When I sin, immediately I feel an overpowering emotion — guilt.  When I sin, I realize that I have just turned my back on God, that I have decided to walk my own path, that I have made a decision that God’s Sacrifice — His ultimate Sacrifice — just didn’t matter at this time.  When that happens, the guilt of my sin hits me, and I immediately ask God to forgive me.

If you are not sure you are in Christ, or if you know you are not in Christ — that is, if Christ doesn’t live on in your heart in the form of the Holy Spirit — there are things that you can do to change that.  First of all, you need to ask yourself, do I want Christ in my life?  Do I believe in God, and more importantly, do I believe that God sent His Son Jesus to earth, and that His Son died for my sins?  Do I even think that I sin, do I recognize it when I do?

Before I turned to God, I would be hard pressed to admit that I recognized when I did sin.  Sure, I knew that it was wrong to curse, wrong to swear, that sort of thing, but did I think of it as sinning when I did it?  I don’t remember, now, to be honest.  I expect that at some level, deep down, I did know that — because how many of us look around the room before we say a curse word to make sure a young child doesn’t hear it.  Our thought is, that child shouldn’t hear those words — well, my friends, I’ve got news for you — none of us should hear those words…

The Sinner’s Prayer

If you want to be saved, if you know that you have never been saved, there is a prayer that you can pray. It is known as the Sinner’s Prayer, or the Prayer of Salvation. This prayer is not the only prayer that you can pray to be saved, but it is a good one. If you want to pray this prayer, follow along with the words below:

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

That’s all there is to it.  If you prayed that prayer, and you believe it in your heart, and you prayed it with all of you heart and soul, then you are saved.  If you did this today for the very first time, please let us know.  Nothing gives a Christian more joy than knowing that a new Brother and Sister in Christ has joined our ranks, so let us know in the comments if you are.  Now, please read our prayer requests, and pray for those that need our prayers.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Chelsea had a prayer request for her husband’s Grandpa.  Here is what she wrote:Thank you all for your prayers for Wyatt’s Grandpa the surgery went well!
  • My friend Carrie had a prayer request and a praise.  Here is what she wrote on Facebook:We made it home! Now pray for Kev as he drives to Plainview for the night shift! It is endless!
    His Dad made a turn-around, he is a living miracle! Thank you so much for the prayers.
  • Lastly, please pray with us as we lift up the families of those that were involved in the wreck of Air Asia.  Please pray for their Peace, their Strength, and their Love as they strive to deal with all of the grief and turmoil in their lives.  Please pray that God would be with them all in their time of need.

Now, please pray one last prayer — the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples 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 – Jesus Knocks

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Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20

The events in our country of the past several weeks have been very distressing.  I’m not smart enough to know the truth with regards to Ferguson, MO or New York City, so I’m not even going to attempt to weigh in either way.  What I’m going to focus on today, though, are the words of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as He relayed to us in Revelation 3:20.  The problem, as I see it, is that for far to many of us, the wrong person is knocking, and we are letting the evil one in more and more often each day.

It is extremely important to me that I try and make my point to you that Jesus knocks on the doors of our lives every day, wanting to be let into our hearts.  Is your heart receptive to Him?  Do you hear His knock?  Or, have you already opened the door to the evil one?  If you are like me, you have opened the door to Jesus’ knock, and you have let Him in.  However, I know also that I have answered the door when someone other than Jesus has knocked also — and I have let the wrong person in far too often.

There is only room for one — room for Jesus or room for Satan, but not both.  When you let one in, you evict the other.  Every day I pray a simple prayer to Jesus, it is so simple that I ask you to pray it with me right now:

“Lord, make me a blessing to someone today” ~ Father Tim, in the Mitford Series “At Home In Mitford”

It is such a simple prayer, but it packs quite a punch.  By making yourself a blessing to someone each and every day, you are showing that the love of Jesus resides right in your heart.  Now, please read and pray for our prayer requests and praises.  Thanks everyone for doing so each and every week!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Rebecca has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook, please pray for her family:My father has cancer again & will be in surgery today. He’s already been through lymphoma, lung, & kidney cancer, so I’m not too worried. He still has not seen the surgeons for the brain tumor, which worries me a little more. If you have a moment, could you please say a prayer for him to get through this surgery & have the strength & perseverance to see the other surgeons afterwards? I would greatly appreciate it. All my love to you all …
  • I have a prayer request for my friend Melissa. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:I have never met a dog who could charm anyone quite like Lucy could. Sadly, last night Lucy left us. We got 18 extra amazing months with her after her original osteosarcoma diagnosis. This beautiful girl was courageous, loving, and strong. She left us with Eliza, myself, and her oncologist all wrapped around her in hugs telling her how much we love her. An entire medical practice took time yesterday to come into the room to spend time with her, give her treats and say goodbye. She touched a lot of lives, and none more than mine. She has been my companion, my snuggle bug (she insists on being the inside spoon), and my confidante for almost 6 years to the day. She listened to me cry, she nuzzled against me and she always tried to make me feel better. Please say a quick prayer for our family and our beloved Lucy – we will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge. And until then, Run free sweet pooch.
  • My friend Pam has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:FB friends please keep Ronnie in your prayers as he has surgery in the morning. Thank you as always from both of us!
  • One of my good friends, Wendy, is in need of prayers. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:PRAYERS PLEASE::: Dear friends, I’m not one to put every personal detail on FB so please forgive the vagueness of this post… But I do believe in Facebook when it comes to the power of prayer, and our family is in GREAT need of it right now for this amazing little guy, Owen. PLEASE join us in lifting him up in prayer for the next several days. Thank you all!!!!
    (BTW in case you can’t tell in this picture, he is showing off his firetruck shoes!)Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, Your Servant Wendy needs prayers for her little guy, Owen. We don’t know the details, and we know that we don’t need to know them, that You know exactly what is wrong, and that You will take care of it. Please be with your Servant Wendy and her family, and take care of everything that Owen needs. We ask these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with thanksgiving this and every day. Amen!
  • Praying for my friend Maria and her family tonight — here is what she wrote on Facebook:Feeling the loss of my dear mother-in-law, Eleanor Lundberg Milnes, who passed away yesterday. She welcomed me into her family 42 years ago and always treated me like another daughter. We were blessed to have her for 93 years. She will be greatly missed, but I have no doubt that she’s organizing an amazing choir in Heaven, and singing like a true angel. Love you, Mom!Please pray for Maria and her family, but also give Praise to God for His Servant Eleanor.
  • December 7th is my Uncle Phil’s birthday — unfortunately, we lost him far too early. On this day, I ask you to remember the wonderful legacy Uncle Phil left behind — his wonderful wife, my Aunt Claire, and their three wonderful daughters, my cousins Cathy, Ann, and Beth.Ladies, I’m remembering you all, and Uncle Phil also, giving Praise to God for his life, and the wonderful women that you all are. I love you all.
  • December 7th is also the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That is so long ago that many of us that know of that date didn’t experience it, and only know about it from the history books. Please remember, though, the sacrifices that our ancestors went through so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today, and never forget.

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.

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Prayers for the Week – Anxiety

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Welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Over the past week, I’ve seen examples of people being scared and angry, and I think that it best that I let our Lord and Savior Jesus tell us about anxiety in His own words:

22And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, seek hiskingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for my friends Monica and Doug, and their daughter Maddie. Monica and Doug have two separate business trips this week, so will both be away from home, and Maddie will be staying with friends and family for a couple of nights. Please pray for safe journeys, happy reunions, and no anxiety or stress for Maddie. Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Alan has a prayer request. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:Heading to Florida. Mom is in intensive care and on a ventilator.
    Should arrive in Jupiter, FL by late afternoon tomorrow.
    Thanks in advance for prayers and thoughts.Please pray for his Mom’s health, for safe journeys for him, for Peace and Strength for all of them. Thanks everyone!
  • Praise and congratulations are in order for my friend Pete, who recently got married to his wife Mimi! Congratulations to the two of them, please pray for them that they would have a lifetime of great memories together!
  • My friend Stephan wrote a prayer request on Facebook.  Here is what he wrote:

    Hey friends please pray for our friend Rob Frolk. He had a heart attack and is at Wake Med tonight. They put a stint in today and he’s doing well. Many of you know him as he’s blessed many.

Now, please join us in praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples 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.