Prayers for the Week – Ryan’s Joy

Image Courtesy Ryan's Aunt Kourtney

Image Courtesy Ryan’s Aunt Kourtney

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I’m sharing with you a picture of beautiful Ryan, who, despite all of the tribulations he has been going through in his short life, still knows what it is like to Rejoice.  I titled this post Ryan’s Joy in honor of him.  Here he is smiling at some of his family.  My friends, that one picture alone is a sermon, but you know me — I’m going to add a little to it.  I think this Bible Verse sums it up perfectly, as I think this is what Ryan is doing in this picture:

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!

Those words come to us from the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians.  When I saw that picture, what I saw was Ryan smiling at his family, but also smiling knowing that God is watching over him.  The children are so knowing, even at just over 4 months — Ryan knows he has God on his side!

My friends, looking at Ryan in that picture convicts me of all the times when I could be more Joyous than I am.  My prayer is that I will learn to love God more than ever, and be Joyous in all circumstances, good or bad.

Now, please read and pray for our prayer requests and praises, and thanks!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Kelly is having surgery — I don’t know the details of when, where, and how serious — but what I do know is that the surgery and recovery timetable is significant enough that it will force her to have to change her plans for her next Disney trip in June. Please pray for Kelly, for her successful surgery, for a great recovery, and for her light at the end of the tunnel being the day she steps through that tunnel into Town Square in the Magic Kingdom. God knows all the details, and will take it from there. Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Shannan asked for some prayer requests. Here is what she wrote:I’m having hip surgery this week and will be on crutches for 4 weeks and in therapy for 10. My childhood friends Jerry M. He just got diagnosed with an aggressive cancer (3rd time since childhood leukemia). He will be having a major surgery in April to remove his lymph nodes. He moved to Memphis after graduation to work at St. Jude as he wouldn’t be here today without them. He still works there. This doesn’t sound good but I know all things are possible through prayer.Please pray with me for them:

    “Heavenly Father, we know that with You all things are possible, and tonight, we share with you the health concerns of your children Shannan and Jerry. Please cloak them with your healing touch, and guide their doctors as they do what is needed to heal them of their illnesses. Please grant them Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength — both for them and for their families and friends as well. We ask these things in the name of Your beautiful Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen.”

  • A prayer request as seen on my Twitter feed:Pray for those who are struggling against the demons of addiction, temptation, and depression. The devil takes these forms daily!
  • My friend Kourtney left me an update on her nephew Ryan that I’m sharing with you. Prayers are continued to be needed for that little guy, here is what she wrote me:Ryan got to go home for a couple of days at the end of January. Unfortunately, he went into respiratory distress and had to be airlifted back to Children’s Hospital. He still has his trach and NG tube so they’re not sure what the problem is. They decided to keep him until his next surgery (originally scheduled for March 6th) just in case there were any more problems.

    On Friday they decided that maybe he’s outgrown his shunt and that could be what’s wrong. He’ll be going in to the cath lab today with the assumption that he will have his 3rd open heart surgery tomorrow. The plan is a 3-4 week recovery time after this surgery and then home (hopefully without any machines)! However, we’ve learned that Ryan has his own plan and all we can do is hold our breath and wait.

    This poor little guy has been in the hospital since the day he was born at the end of September. All we want is for him to be home with his parents and brother.

    thank you again for your support and prayers and please be thinking of him tomorrow as he undergoes his 3rd open heart surgery!

    Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, the wonder and beauty of Ryan’s delightful smile shows us that You are keeping him close to You. Despite his struggles, still he is able to find joy in his life. Father, we know that You have Ryan and his family’s best interests in mind, and that Your Will will be done for Ryan. Please continue to shower him with Your love, keep healing him as we know You are, and keep close to his family as they struggle to keep strong in the face of everything that is going on. Please have your Peace descend upon Ryan, his family, and all of his many followers, and guide the skillful hands of Ryan’s surgical team during this latest trial for him. Ryan is a miracle baby, and every trial that he faces is one more miracle that You, Father, grant for him. We love you, and ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, the wonderful Healer, with Thanksgiving, today and every day. Amen!

  • My friend Tabitha has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:OK, I have a client that I have been helping that has cancer and now she needs prayers more than ever! She had a cruise scheduled for next month but I just got an e-mail from a friend of hers that she is in the hospital having trouble breathing with water on her brain. Please pray for her and her 17 year old daughter and her parents. I so wanted to make this a special trip for her!

    Please pray for her client, for her health, her family, her Peace, her comfort, her strength, and that for her family as well. Thank you everyone for praying!

  • Tabitha has an update on her client. Unfortunately, it is not looking good. Here is what she wrote:
    Update on my client. I talked to her dad and he said she is in bad shape and he doesn’t think she will make it out of the hospital.
    My comment to Tabitha was this:
    I’m sorry Tabitha — I’m praying for her salvation as well as for God’s Healing touch to come to her and her family. It is an absolutely terrible thing to go through. Please tell her Dad that there are people all over the world praying for his little girl and all of them. Thanks my friend, if you need anything at all please hit me up.
    Please pray for her salvation as well as for her healing, and please pray prayers of Peace, Comfort, and Strength for her and all of her family. We know that it is in God’s Hands and that He will do for her and her family what is best for them, but please keep the prayers coming. Thanks everyone.

     

  • My friend Chelsea would like prayers lifted up for her cousin. She requested these a while back, but we’re going to refresh the request now too. Here is what she wrote me:Also a few months ago I asked for prayer for my cousin who tore her ACL two weeks before her wedding… Not sure if you remember but just wanted to thank you again for praying… Her ACL is slowly healing… But her fiancé called the wedding off 10 days before the wedding…. She was crushed but is slowly healing.

    Please pray for Chelsea’s cousin — for her physical as well as her emotional healing. While we don’t know why this happened to her, we can certainly understand how hard it is for her. Please lift her up with prayers of love, Peace, comfort, and strength for all of her ailments, and help her to know that God is with her, always. Remind her of Jeremiah 29:11, in which the Lord tells us:

    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.

    Thank you everyone for your prayers!

    • Continued prayers for my friend Chelsea’s cousin — she’s experiencing complications from her ACL surgery, so please send up healing prayers for her. Thanks everyone!
  • Prayers for my friend Heidi, who is about to go under some arm surgery today. Here is what she wrote:I have to be at the surgery center at 11:15 this morning. I think I better go wake Ashley to run an intervention for me. I keep wanting to get up and make my morning coffee (but I’m not allowed to eat or drink). Please pray that this “Manipulation Under Anesthesia” is finally the first step in getting this arm healed!

    Thanks everyone!

  • Please pray for my niece Stephanie, who is going through some serious health concerns and needs to have surgery.  God knows all the details, so please pray for healing for Stephanie.
  • Praise goes to God for my Dad’s successful procedure on Wednesday!  Thank you God for seeing Dad through that safely!

My friends, I hope that you are as blessed when reading these posts as I am when I write them.  Please please please add your prayers and praises to our list so that our post can grow exponentially!  God is great, and He is hearing all of these prayers lifted up by us!  Now, to close, let’s recite 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 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 – the Wedding Feast

Image courtesy faithimagined.com

Image courtesy faithimagined.com

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  This week we are focusing on the Wedding parable that Jesus told, and at the same time, giving praise to God for the wedding of Matt and Leslie, who were wed on Valentine’s Day!  It was a wonderful ceremony and a magical moment for those two people, their families, and all the guests assembled there to celebrate their life together.  In many ways it reminds me of Jesus parable of the Wedding Feast, because there were people at the wedding from all walks of life.  I thought I would share Jesus’ parable and how it applies in our lives to this day:

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ But they paid no attention and went off–one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.

In many ways, you may wonder what the parable of the Wedding Feast has to do with Matt and Leslie’s wedding, but I think it is appropriate for a couple of reasons.  The parable of the Wedding Feast teaches me the following things about God and His invitation to us:

  1. God has invited us to enjoy a truly wonderful feast that He has setup for His Son, Jesus.  We should not be so rude as to ignore that invitation, or worse, to bring harm to those that deliver the message to us.
  2. While we have been invited, it is up to us to choose to follow the right path that actually leads to where the Wedding Feast is being held.  For us, that wedding feast is being held in Heaven, but the road that leads there is a narrow road.
  3. Lastly, can you imagine?  The feast that Matt and Leslie had was great, and full of wonderful food.  Can you imagine what the feast will be like when we get to Heaven, my friends?

I hope that this makes sense to you as it does to me — or rather, that I am able to put into words what I am trying to express here.  Thank you for praying for these prayers and lifting up these praises, please feel free to add yours in the comments below.  Thanks for following each and every week!

Prayer Requests…and Praises!

  • Prayers please for my friend Sherry and her Mom, who was admitted to the hospital with chest pains.  Sherry has had a lot on her plate, so please lift them all up.  Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Theresa left this comment:
    Mike, as always, first a thank you for reminding us all that God and Jesus are the beginning and the end. Through them all our graces are received. I would share the same concerns that you have regarding requests for money as well as specifically asking the congregation for money. I agree that once prayed on, we need to look to God to help us (leave it with God). I think I was especially taken aback by the communion envelops. (In a Catholic church, there is always a collection but it is not “collected” during communion; rather at a different point in the service).Also, congratulations Sophie! You must be a proud papa and it’s wonderful to see a young woman put herself “out there”. Clearly she is being raised by loving and supportive parents which gives her the courage to make these attempts. Wonderful to hear all around.
  • My reply back to Theresa:
    • Thank you Theresa!  I totally understand the need to raise funds to support a church and it’s ministries, so I prayed very hard for God to lead me in how I should write this post today.  It was a hard decision, but I feel right about writing about it.  I have also determined that should the necessary funds be raised for their projects that I will support it 100% because that would indicate that God’s Will was what won the day.  Thank you also for your comments about Sophie — she is a great girl and I am very proud of her putting herself out there in front of her peers — it takes courage to do that!
  • Dustin, a young man who has been suffering from ailments and has been featured in our prayers for the week posts in the past, is heading to Michigan for treatments — a week early.  Please lift him up, as well as all his family!
  • My friend Lori left this comment:
    Praying with you. We had a building campaign last year and we very prayerfully approached it as a moment to step forward with what God called us to do. I pray that God’s will be done in your church as well!
  • My friend Jodi left this comment:
    We’ve run into that very same issue at a church we used to attend, except it was during the month of December and they were telling people to give year end donations so they could meet budget. It was sickening. Joining you in prayer over this and the other requests listed!
  • My friend Torri asks for prayers for her Grandma. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Please send up a little prayer for my sweet little grandma. Having a Cardioversion today to shock her heart back into Rhythm. She has had a tough week, and I am sure she is ready to just feel better!!Please pray for her Grandma’s healing, peace, comfort and strength, as well as that for the entire family. Thanks!
  • I finish up with the words my sister Robin left:
    I am constantly uplifted by the spirit you show and the discernment you show when you post on this blog. Money unfortunately is a very necessary part of the church, but the way in which it is asked for and handled needs to be done correctly. During the Lords Supper is not one of them, nor is the end of the year to meet budget. One shows a total disregard of the sacrifice of Christ, and the latter shows a total disregard of faith. Of course, this is my opinion. I think that the way you and your small group have handled it with prayer, asking forgiveness and petitioning God in the manner you did is wonderful, and He will bless that. Just as you have blessed me! See you later this week, I cannot wait!

My friends, I hope that you are as blessed when reading these posts as I am when I write them.  Please please please add your prayers and praises to our list so that our post can grow exponentially!  God is great, and He is hearing all of these prayers lifted up by us!  Now, to close, let’s recite 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 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.

Merry Christmas – Jesus is Born

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Image ©fellowshipoftheminds.com

Good morning, my friends, and Merry Christmas to you all!  Today is Christmas Day, one of the most important days in the Christian Calendar, and I hope you all are waking up to a beautiful day, full of love, hope, peace, goodwill, and joy.  While I hope that you all have had a visit from Santa today, I also hope that you all remember that today is the birthday of my Lord, Jesus, and that you keep Him in mind on this day.  If He wasn’t born, none of this would be happening today.

For my non-Christian readers, I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season, and that you have a wonderful day, whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

As we begin to close out the 2013 calendar year, I want to take the time this day to thank all of you — our readers — for stopping by and visiting as often as you do.  It is an honor to me that you take time out of your day — and your Disney planning — to visit with us, and I am humbled that you do so, particularly when there are so many incredible Disney fan sites out there!  Thank you very much, it truly warms my heart that you visit with us.

Once again, my friends, Merry Christmas, from all of us here at My Dreams of Disney, to all of you.  May you experience the true joy that the season brings, and if there is anything at all that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to comment here, or on my Facebook Page, or even send me an email to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com.  God Bless Us, everyone!

Prayers for the Week – Faith

On this Sunday before Christmas, let's take a moment to remember the most important part of the season.

On this Sunday before Christmas, let’s take a moment to remember the most important part of the season.

Merry Christmas, my friends!  Today is the Sunday before Christmas, and like you, I’ve been spending some time looking for and buying presents for the loved ones in my life.  However, one thing I’m trying really hard to make sure I don’t do is putting the secular celebration of Christmas, with Santa and all of that, before the true reason that I and my family celebrate Christmas — the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

His birth is the ultimate expression of love that God has for us.  God sent His Son Jesus to earth in the form of man to pay the ultimate penalty for our sins — and Jesus did so willingly because He loves us.  For us in the 21st century, it truly is an act of faith to believe that this happened.  I believe, and I think you believe also — and it is because of that belief that you and I are saved on this day.

So, my friends, while it is perfectly okay to celebrate Christmas with the exchanging of gifts, and seeing what Santa brings us, and all of that, it’s equally important that we not forget exactly why we have Christmas to begin with — to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Praises!

Luke 1: 31-33 (ESV) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

  • Lord, first and foremost, we have You and the birth of Your Son Jesus to give praise for — without Jesus we all would still be slaves to our sin — and even if we struggle with it, we know that through Jesus we are saved, and our sins are forgiven when we ask You to forgive us.
  • Cindy’s Uncle Ted is doing quite well, and he was able to have his treatment on this past Monday and now won’t need a treatment until after Christmas!  Thank you God for all that healing that you are giving to Uncle Ted, and please keep Uncle Ted and Aunt Connie safe and continue to heal them as they need it.
  • Lord, we were able to celebrate with family twice this past week, and it was a great, joyous time both times.  Thank you Lord for giving us family that we can visit and love and laugh and cry with, and please keep them all safe this Christmas season.
  • Lord, thank you for putting it on all of our hearts — Christian and non-Christian — to be caring of our fellow human beings.
  • Lastly, Lord, thank you for the wonderful gift of music that you have given Sophie — our Christmas concert this past Tuesday was a blessing to listen to.  Lord, also, thank you for making Sophie’s transition to braces fairly easy.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for my friend Vickie.  Here is what she wrote:  Mike I have been having severe pain in my jaw for a week now. Both the my dentist and doctor have failed to stop the pain. It has kept me from work as it becomes so severe I can not concentrate on driving. I drive a semi so being able to keep my mind on the road is important. A change of careers may also be needed. I pray that God will lead me to the solution of my pain and open up a door if getting off the road is what I need to do.
  • Lord, please be with those people in this world that, through no fault of their own, find themselves falling on hard times.  One such person is a man who was a manager, but the owner was stealing money, and as a result, the manager came into a lot of trouble as a result, and ended up being homeless.  Please remind him that although he is facing tribulation at this time, there is a beautiful verse that You have given us that will help him if he but listens to it:
    Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
  • God, thank you for putting services such as Facebook to work for good instead of evil.  It was through Facebook that I learned of a senseless death and accident at the hands of a drunk driver.  The blessing is that it didn’t result in more deaths, although it certainly could have, but at this point, please pray for all the victims, but especially for the salvation of Cynthia Kirk, the 64 year old lady who died that night.  Here is what I wrote as a comment to Jeffrey Sherman, who, along with his wife, were eye-witnesses to the death from about a foot away.
    “Jeffrey, even though we have never met before, I am very glad that you and your wife were all right physically. Unfortunately, I worry that the emotional scars may take a little more healing. My prayer for the victim is for his salvation, and for you all, Peace and comfort and also the realization that there is something great in store for you — a bigger legacy than you may even know or have realized. It is truly sad that people do things like this, and I am angry that it happens, but I’m also sad, because so much hurt has now been caused because of some totally senseless acts by the driver.”
    If you haven’t heard about this, you can click on this link to read all about it.  A word of caution, you will be able to visualize it all because of the poignant writing of Mr. Sherman.
  • Lord, I know that there are a lot of other prayer requests out there that I don’t know about.  Lord, please hear those prayers — those calls for mercy — and lift up the afflicted and grant them Your Peace.  It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray. Amen.

And now, Lord, just to be sure that we are praying for Your Will, we will close with the Lord’s Prayer as Your Son 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 the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayers for the Week – That Perfect Bible Verse

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Prayers for the Week post.  Have you ever been thumbing through your Bible, with some problem or quandry or concern or whatever on your mind, and all of a sudden, you find a Bible verse and it just hits you that this is the exact verse that you needed to read?  Well, it happens to me every day!

This past Wednesday, I found that my daughter Sophie had been drawing when she shouldn’t have been; it is something that we are working on because it is taking away from her school studies.  Sophie is a very creative person, and she draws very well, at least, in this biased father’s opinion.  Well, we talked a bit about it, about how she needs to not do that during school, and all of that, and she told me that it is hard sometimes to not do it, even though she knows she ought not to do it.  We both agreed that she would try and prevent it in the future.

Well, later that same day, I was on the computer, checking my blog feeds that I look at, and some of them are Bible related sites that share a verse every day.  Well, that day, it just so happened that one of the verses was 1st Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

My friends, I wasn’t searching for a verse, I wasn’t in my Bible, I was online — and still God found the right verse for me to share with Sophie to help her in her struggles!  God is Great, my friends!

In short, I have one last thing to say before we get to the prayers and praises for this week, and this is it: Trust God, look in His Word, search for some inspiration; you will find it and then some in the Bible — all you need to do is open your eyes to it.

Praises!

  • Yesterday Cindy, Sophie and I went to our church to participate in the morning shift for Stop Hunger Now, an organization that gets people together to package the ingredients needed to make meals for people in challenged countries — for example, the Philippines.  Our shift was from 10A-Noon, and when we were done, we had packaged over 41,000 meals for the organization!  If you have never done this, look them up — it is a joy and a blessing, and it is fun too, and in the end, you will know that you made a difference in the world and that you did what Jesus describes in Matthew 25:31-46:
    31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
  • Huge praise for my friend Bambi! Thank you all for praying for her as she underwent treatment for cancer. Here is the best status update of the day! Praise God, to Him be the Glory — great things He has done, and continues to do!Hope Everyone had a great weekend.
    My wife had surgery and everything went great she is NOW CANCER FREE. PRAISE GOD!!!

Prayer Requests…

  • Please pray for my sister Robin — here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Sweet Flash crossed the Rainbow Bridge tonight. He was an amazing dog who brought joy into our lives while stealing the couch!
    Flash was a Greyhound that they rescued. He is survived by Lotto, another Greyhound, and was 12 years old — the normal life expectancy for a Grey is 9-10 years. Thank you for praying for Robin and her family.
  • My friend Stephanie left a prayer request for Lilly, a little girl who is battling cancer. Here is what was written:
    Sometime today the phone will ring with the results from Lilly’s MRI . We will know if the spot they detected on her cat scan is cancer or not. I ask everyone to please pray harder than you ever have for my Lilly. I just want my daughter to be cancer free, to LIVE. To have a life outside those hospital walls. She’s had 4 months living a life outside the hospital, only 4 months in her whole life. We need a miracle, again. Please pray, share, think happy thoughts that our Lilly is cancer free!
    Please pray healing prayers for Lilly, lift her up to the Lord, and use the power of prayer to help her overcome her illness. Thank you everyone!
    UPDATE: I received this update later that day:Great news!! Lilly is cancer free!! Thank you so much for the prayers!! God is great!!
  • My friend Emily needs prayers for her Dad, who is in critical condition. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Thank you so much for those of you who have checked on and prayed for our dad. His condition is very critical right now. His heart, which is normally the culprit, is actually a doing okay. The doctors told us he is “very critical” due to liver failure, which is now causing kidney failure. We just don’t know what is causing it.
    Right now, we covet your prayers for healing from our Heavenly Father. We ask that you pray for his speedy recovery, and that God would be glorified in it. Thank you so much for your calls, cards, prayers and support.
    Thank you everyone for praying!
  • Please pray for my friend Lori, who has battled cancer for far too long. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Sometimes I want to wave a white flag. Yesterday my doctor called with the results from my biopsy. It came back positive for cancer. The extent of the lymph node cancer is still not known and this is separate. Thursday I will get shots to boost my white count and my surgery is Friday.
    Please pray with me:Father God, it is in times of tribulation such as what Your servant Lori is going through that we turn to You for help. You are the Great Healer, and if You are willing, Lori will be healed of her cancer. Lord, please carry Lori as long as You need to — grant her Your Peace, Your Comfort, and Your Strength to see her through all of this. Lord, please look after her medical team and guide their hands so that they may treat Lori the way You need her to be treated and so that she may be healed of this horrific disease. Despite all of the worry and heartache that Lori is going through, I find comfort in Your Word, specifically Jeremiah 29:11, which fills my heart with Your Peace every time I read it:

    “For I know the plans for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    Lord, please let Your Word remind Sister Lori of all the good that You will do for her, and let it help her to find the Peace that she needs.

    We ask all these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, with Thanksgiving. Amen.

In the end, my friends, what it comes down to is this question, at least for me:

“How much does God mean to you, and how far are you willing to go to be closer to Him?” If you are willing to make the effort, then I urge you to make the Bible your friend, carry it everywhere, whenever you have a moment, turn in the book to somewhere, anywhere, and read a few verses. You will be amazed to see how much you will get out of that little time investment, and how often God will point you right to a part of Scripture that you needed to hear!

Until next week, my friends, may God keep you safe from harm, may He take the sorrows and trials and tribulations of your life and turn them into beautiful Glories; and may He see you back here, next week, for our next Prayers for the Week post.  Until then, my friends, please pray over these requests and praises, and please add your prayer requests to our comments so that we can pray for you!