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Prayers for the Week – What you can do

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16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

Far too often in life we are left seeing circumstances happen where it seems like there is absolutely nothing that we can do to prevent it.  Much like watching a car accident happen, we are left with a feeling of hopelessness that there is nothing that we could have done to prevent it.

While it is true that things happen that we have no control over, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything we can do about it. The other day I learned of a sad situation between friends, and it saddens me because these are friends that have known each other for many years and there isn’t really anything that I can do about their situation. However, that hasn’t stopped me from praying for them and their circumstances. While it may not help with the situation that they are dealing with directly, I know that God will hear my prayers, and He will take the action that needs to be taken according to His Will. That action may not happen immediately; in fact, it may seem like no action is being taken at all. But what may very well happen is that in the months or even years to come, something may happen that will remind them of each other, and that may in fact be the point where God acts upon my prayers.

None of us know what tomorrow will bring. We think we do, and perhaps what happens is what we believe will or should happen, but regardless of what tomorrow brings, I’m going to re-commit myself to following the words in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5, verses 16-18.

Rejoice always.

Pray without ceasing.

Give thanks in all circumstances.

That is what God wants me to do — that is His Will for me through His son, Jesus Christ.

Now, please continue in your prayers with our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mikel starts us off with a prayer request: I would ask for your prayers for my husband Bruce. He has some difficult decisions to make at work that not only affect him, but the people that he manages.
  • Dennis needs immediate prayers for a family member. Please lift up Dennis and his family today. Thanks!
  • Amanda has a prayer request for her husband’s aunt, Diane is her name: My husband’s aunt needs prayers. They have found a mass on her liver and are concerned it is advanced pancreatic cancer. They are currently awaiting a biopsy and further scans.
  • Hiro has a prayer request for her father-in-law: Please pray for my Father-in-Law. He is getting surgery on his eyes tomorrow morning. He is worried about losing his sight.
  • Jo has a prayer request for financial blessings for her family.
  • Lastly, please pray for me as I travel for business this week, and lift up my family as well while I’m away. Thanks!

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 – 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.

Prayers for the Week – Our Favorite Bible Word(s)

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Prayers for the Week post.  This week, I decided to do something a little different, and I asked all of you what your favorite Bible verse is, if you have one.  I got some great responses from you, so let’s take a look at them.  If your favorite verse is on here, leave me a comment and let me know, and if it isn’t, leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite is!  Thanks everyone!

Jeremiah 29:11

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This is one of my favorite verses, and it is also the favorite verse of my friends Lori and Heather!  In times of trouble, when you think that nothing is going to go your way now or ever again, read these words and reflect on the promise that God has for you:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

2Corinthians 1:3-4

For my sister Robin, this verse is her favorite. Not only does she give God glory when she remembers these words, but she also remembers God is the God of Mercy.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

My friend Julie knows that there is a time and a place for everything — she knows this because of Eccliesiastes 3:1-8.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)

Psalm 29:11

Psalm 29:11

For my friend Pam, she turns to the Psalms for her favorite verse:

11May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless[a] his people with peace! ~ Psalm 29:11

2 Corinthians 12:9

2 Corinthians 12:9

For my friend Tanya, she knows that her strength is not of her own — it is given to her in her weakness by God.  That’s why 2 Corinthians 12:9 is her favorite verse:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Philippians 4:13

Philippians 4:13

For my friends Loretta and Crystal, the best verse is the simplest, and can be found in Philippians 4:13:

13I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

Luke 18:1-8

Luke 18:1-8

For my friend Chris, he turns to Luke 18 for his favorite verse, the Parable of the Persistent Widow:

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” ~ Luke 18:1-8

Matthew 25:31-40

Matthew 25:31-40

For my friend Ted, his favorite verse comes from the book of Matthew, in which we are reminded that when we do things for our fellow men and women, we are also doing them for God:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,you did it to me.’ ~ Matthew 25:31-40

Prayer Requests and Praises…

We only have one prayer request this week, but I hope that you’ll pray for Kelly!

  • Reader Kelly has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook, along with my prayer:I am having surgery this week and I am really nervous! Prayer would be appreciated!My prayer for her:I’ll pray right now, Kelly: “Heavenly Father, your daughter Kelly is going through some nervousness related to her medical condition. Please grant Your Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Healing to Kelly and her family and friends at this time. Lord, we also ask that you use her medical team to take care of the issue — be their hands for them, and use their eyes and skill to Your Glory, and for Kelly’s healing. We ask all of these things in the name of Your Wonderful Son, Jesus, with Thanksgiving! Amen.”

    Please continue the prayers for Kelly throughout the week. Thanks!

Now, please pray 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.