Prayers for the Week: It’s all about Love

Prayers for the Week: Love

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

A four year old girl battles a rare form of cancer and looking for a miracle.
A family struggles with how to live life after their husband/father passes away.
A friend with two teenage children is put in hospice from a cancer diagnosis.
A middle aged woman struggles with doubt, wondering if she will be given the opportunity to show what she knows in a new job situation.
A very close friend is experiencing seizures, and they can’t figure out why.

These are just a handful of the prayer requests that we see during the week. Over six years ago, on March 3, 2013, I wrote the first Prayers for the Week post. It was a simple post, mentioning that I was feeling led to lead us in a weekly prayer post. Other than a period of about a year when I felt like it wasn’t something I was to keep doing, our weekly prayer posts have been going on since.

Over the years, our prayers for others have shown others that they aren’t alone; that the huge problems they are facing have others facing them with them, at least in prayer. Our prayers have shown the world that there is something to be said for praying to God for help when we need it. Lastly, our prayers have shown the world that God loves them, and that He is using our hands and feet to love the world for Him.

For many of our prayer requests, the end result was not the result we wanted. Many of our prayer recipients have passed away, and we grieve their loss. However, the sorrow we felt in losing them was replaced with God’s Peace, that Peace that defies understanding, that takes our grief and sorrow and gives us in return a calmness, a knowing that our loved one is better now, and that he or she has a perfectly healed body, mind, and soul, and that they are with Jesus, waiting for our turn to come home to Heaven.

It is because of that Peace that we pray for others in their need, and why they pray for us in our need as well. It is because of that Peace that we know that our worldly afflictions are light and momentary, despite their severity, because we know that our glorious reward will be so much more in the end.

Lastly, we pray because we know that Jesus came to save us from ourselves, from our sin, and He paid the ultimate price — His life — so that we could be forgiven if we but Believe in Him. That ultimate sacrifice of Love is a reminder to us of just how much God loves us. That is why we shared John 3:16 with you today — as a reminder of His love for us.

That is why we have our prayers for the week posts, and why we have our Prayers for the Week Facebook group. Join us in the group by clicking the link, and leave us a comment and let us know what we can pray over for you and your family. Now, please pray for this week’s prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • We start off our prayers with a call for prayer for Georgia Mae. Here is what I wrote: “Georgia Mae is a beautiful 4 year old, she is the granddaughter of the pastor of Kipp’s church in Knightdale. This wonderful child of God needs our prayers in a huge way. She has been fighting cancer for a long time, and just when they believe that they have it beat, it rears its ugly head again. Please be in prayer for this wonderful girl and her family. Pray for healing. Pray for peace. Pray for comfort. Pray for strength. Thank you.”
    • If you are in the Raleigh/Durham area, there is a prayer service for Georgia Mae Sunday night at 6:00PM. Here is the info: “Please join us this Sunday night, September 29th, at 6:00 PM at Cross Point Community Church, 1001 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, for a prayer service lifting up Georgia Mae Webb and her family. #prayforgeorgiamae
  • Ivon has a prayer request: “My prayer warriors.. I come asking for prayers for a very special, dear friend of ours, she is more like a sister to us, and she is currently in the hospital because she’s been having seizures and the Dr’s can’t figure out why? Please pray that she gets better soon and that the Dr’s find out why she is seizing. Her name is Christina. Please say a special prayer for her and her family. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.”
    • Update: “My wonderful prayer warriors.. Thank you so much for your prayers! God certainly heard you loud and clear.
      Update: Our Dear Friend/Sister Christina is finally out of the hospital.
      She had an MRI, CATSCAN, 2 EEG’s, blood work, you name it, it was done. The Neurologist found an abnormality in her brain waves. Consistent to epilepsy, however she’s not epileptic. It’s called Epileptiform to keep it short.
      These are Her words: “God is good! I am doing well. Thank you for praying. I share my time because I am thankful and grateful for the God I serve. I have not one complaint. Every nurse, doctor, specialist… took great care of us. I surely felt the favor of the Lord in every part of this. I laughed quite a bit with them all. These types of times are perfect times to let God show up!” Again, Thank you all!”
  • Lori has a prayer request: “Not doing so well tonight. Everything was going well today until the computer started slowing down. Unfortunately for me, it was the same time my boss came out and stood behind me. I looked like a moron.
    I get in my car every day and Pray for His guidance and help. I KNOW I am not too old to do this job, but if they cut me, I know I cannot do another round of unemployment.

    I can’t do or withstand anymore , Lord.”
  • Scarlett has a prayer request and praise for us: “Please pray for Mike’s family as Mike lost his valiant fight with cancer! Mike, age 50, leaves behind a beautiful wife and four children! He was blessed with friends and he was a blessing to many!
    Thank you!”
  • Jodi asks for prayers for her brother’s family: “Please keep my sister-in-law in prayer this weekend. She has sold all belongings except what she needs and, of course, special items, and she is moving from their family home in Dallas to an apartment in Oklahoma. Her hope is to gain employment with the University of Oklahoma where her daughter now attends, thus having free or greatly discounted school tuition for both kids (son would transfer), as well as steady income and benefits. She also has family in the area and is originally from the area, so this helps, but as you can imagine, this is a HUGE adjustment for all of them as they continue to go forward from the loss of my brother. Please also continue prayer for both kids. I understand my niece had a pretty good breakdown the other day and is struggling emotionally. Thanks!”
  • Lori has one last prayer request for us: “Please add Tammy to your prayers today and tonight. She’s a beautiful woman who beat Heroin addiction for 5 years and I know she can do it again. When she reached out to me just now in Houston, I can do nothing but ask for Prayers. At least she promised me that she would call me tomorrow.”
  • Lastly, please pray for those who don’t know what to ask for, as well as for those that are lost, and don’t know Jesus in their lives. Finally, please continue praying 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Feed My Sheep

Prayers for the Week: Feed my Sheep

Feed my sheep

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

John 21:15-19

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today we are looking at John 21:15-19 for our Scripture. This is the scene where Jesus appears to the Disciples after His Ressurection, and He instructs Peter to take care of His sheep. We are the sheep that Peter is to take care of.

This passage of Scripture has all of the obvious symbolism that we expect to see from Jesus, and that we all should take to heart and commit to doing. We profess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and that means that we need to help those in need — we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

However, it may surprise you to know that that isn’t the reason why I chose this Scripture for our reading today. As I have mentioned before, my wife and I and our friend Sheila are in the middle of reading the Bible chronologically over the course of the year, and right now we are in the book of Ezekiel. Yesterday’s reading was Ezekiel chapters 34, 35, and 36. Read this section of Scripture and see if it convicts you like it does me:

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God : Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. As I live, declares the Lord God , surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God , Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.

Ezekiel 34:1-10

My friends, my brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, God convicted me yesterday in His Scripture. He reminded me that I don’t follow His commands nearly as well as I think I do, and He put it straight out for me to realize that there is a lot that I need to do — a lot that I can do. Our God loves us, and He wants what is best of all of His creation. He wants me to be the best follower of Jesus that I can, and He reminds me that He will take care of us when we are unable to take care of ourselves. I didn’t reference it here, but the beauty of Ezekiel 34 is that the next set of Scripture tells us how God is going to seek us out, that He is going to search for us, and that He is going to rescue us. What a powerful promise it is!

So, before we get to our prayer requests and praises, let me ask you a question. Do you Love Jesus? If the answer is yes, then feed His sheep.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Friends, please pray for my friend David. He suffers from kidney disease and has been suffering for a long time now. Please pray for Healing, Peace, Comfort, and Strength for him and his family. Thanks!
  • Tanya has a prayer request: “I’ve never posted here, but I read your requests and pray for you. I’ve hit a rough patch in life and the Enemy has a hold big time. I’d love your prayers for positive changes and peace. Thank you.”
  • Please pray for all of those that lost loved ones due to Hurricane Dorian, and for those in the Bahamas and everywhere that the storm went.
    • Lori has friends in the Bahamas, here is a PRAISE that she reported to us: “I got confirmation last night that friends in Freeport are alive! Praise God!
      He is a contractor and they have been temporarily living there since early May. They lost what little they brought with them and are on “high priority” to get home to the U.S. through the Red Cross, and his company. It is purely a MIRACLE that they both survived as his wife is wheelchair bound with MS. Her wheelchair was the first thing to go as he had to carry Mary from their apartment when the water started pouring into their 1st level apartment.
      Praying to hear they are headed home soon.”
  • We’ve been praying for Mrs. Lucas’ friend that had brain surgery last month. Here’s the latest update from Mrs. Lucas: “UPDATE: she is now out of ICU! She had a brain bleed. As the swelling goes down in her brain, the protruding brain through a hole they left in her brain to relieve pressure, will go back to its original space! She is getting better and your prayers helped her immensely! Thank you, All!”
  • The Men’s Study Bible Study here in Raleigh starts back up on Tuesday the 10th. Please pray for all of the men that are coming to this study, and for the teachers and leaders that help shepherd their small groups towards a closer relationship with Jesus.
  • Lastly, please pray for those that don’t know what to pray and those that are lost. Now, please join us in 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Truth

PFTW: The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Truth

The Way, The Truth, and The Life

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:6-7

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today for our Prayers for the Week post. Two weeks ago our post was titled “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” and we were focusing on the first four verses of the 14th chapter in the book of John. Those well versed in Scripture will recognize that today we are continuing in that chapter, with the sixth and seventh verses.

John 14:6 is one of my favorite verses in all of the Bible, in part because it tells us so clearly how we approach God. We do so by coming to Jesus. If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then John 14:6 tells us in very clear terms who Jesus is. Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life. More importantly perhaps than even that is that no one comes to the Father except through me. And even better, if you know Jesus, then you know the Father as well.

My friends, the problems of this world really come down to one thing in my humble opinion. The fact is that this world has for the most part turned it’s collective back on God, and by extension, Jesus, and instead, has put it’s lot in with the evil one, Satan.

There will come a time when God will call for a reckoning on what we believe. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that God sent His only Son down to the earth in the form of a man, that He died on the Cross after living a sinless life as a payment for all of our sins? And do you believe that He was resurrected from the dead on the third day, and that He is going to come back to earth a second time? If you believe that, then you will be saved. If you don’t believe that yet, well, you may come to believe it one day. However, if you die without believing that, then you will be separated from God for all eternity, and you will not reach Heaven.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

My friends, it really comes down to that one verse. If you believe that, and believe it in your heart, not just speaking the words, then you will be saved. I urge all of you that are unsure about all of this to reach out to someone you trust that is a Christian and ask them. If you don’t know anyone, then reach out to me. You can do so by leaving a comment below, or by joining our Prayers for the Week Facebook group. Now, please continue reading and join us in praying for our prayer requests and praises below.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • We start off with Jodi. She has had a big time prayer request for her brother Tom: “Here’s the latest on Tom: They have gotten almost all the fluid drained. Did 2nd echo yesterday to check the valve that they suspected of leaking. It looks OK and does not need further surgery at this point. He is still on ventilator, but only using the full mask overnight. Today is the first day with just the nose tube. Ken (my other brother–who had a heart attack 4 years ago) said Tom’s been sitting upright in his chair and is awake and alert! Still in cardiac ICU for foreseeable future. (Btw, Tom turned 51 on Sunday. Our dad died from a heart attack at 59, after a quintuple bypass a few years earlier and stroke before that. His dad, my grandfather, died from a heart attack on the same day, 12 hours later, after at least 2 prior attacks. All 3 of my dad’s brothers have also had heart attacks. I’m sure all this, and especially the age correlation, is weighing on Tom too.)”
    • Earlier, we had these updates: “URGENT!! My sis-in-law’s friend is sending updates for her. My brother is not doing well.
      (This is reina for Vicki) Tom needs your prayers, they are not seeing any improvement, having problems stabilizing his breathing. Vicki is is back with him trying to help calm him. He can’t have any visitors at this time. We are asking for prayers. We will keep you updated as soon as we can.”
    • Another update: “Please continue prayers for my brother Tom! 1 artery had 100% blockage. He received two stents. He is in ICU having difficulty breathing.”
    • This is the original request: “Please pray for my brother Tom! Yesterday, he turned 51; today, he’s being admitted to the hospital. He has pneumonia on the entire left side, and they’re screening for a possible blood clot. The ER he is in right now has administered meds, but they are trying to find a hospital with availability to admit him. He’s in the Dallas area. Thank you!”
    • The reason I’m giving all of this detail is because it shows how much God works in our lives. It actually turned out that Tom had a heart attack on July 4th and didn’t realize it, and that is what led to all of this. So on top of our prayers for Tom’s healing, we are also giving huge Praises to God for looking after him until he received the help he needed! God is Good, my friends! Tom is just one example of how Good He is!
  • We had a prayer request for Stephanie’s grandson James last week. This week we have an update on his condition: “James was finally moved out of ICU!! His temperature has stayed down, so hopefully he’s on his way to a full recovery!! Thank you for the continued prayers!!!”
  • Please pray for our brother Don — he had a medical condition recently, and he’s fine but he’ll be on medication now as a result. Please pray for him and that he doesn’t have any additional occurrences of this.
  • Bridget has a prayer request for her son: “Please remember my son as he starts a new job tomorrow.”
  • Jennifer has a prayer request: “Please pray for my family as I am ill and have ALS. Please pray that I’m not a burden to them and they can survive spiritually and economically. Please pray that they can find peace in God because their hearts are restless.”
    • Please pray hard for Jennifer and her family and friends. There is so much tragedy in her statement. She is married and has a 12 year old daughter.
  • Please pray for my travel this week. I’m traveling to Virginia on Tuesday, please pray that I would have safe travels.
  • Also, my dad has lung surgery on Wednesday. Please pray for him, for his medical team, and for my Mom and family. Please pray that God would guide the hands of the medical team, and that He would give him complete healing and an easy recovery.
  • Remember, if anyone wants to join our Daily Scripture group, just click the link.
  • Lastly, please pray for any unspoken prayer requests. Pray for those we don’t know and that God would hear their prayers.

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

The Lord’s Prayer