Jesus' Triumphant Entry

Prayers for the Week: Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

Jesus' Triumphant Entry

12The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” ~ John 12:12-15 (ESV)

Welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today in the Christian calendar is Palm Sunday, the date that we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem.  It is a day of celebration, a day when all the world seems right, a day when it seems like nothing can go wrong.  But for those of us that are Christians, we understand all to clearly that this is, in many ways, a smokescreen, a day which will lead to much distress throughout the coming week, a day when we learn that just as we praise Jesus today, later in the week we will be shouting “Crucify Him!”

The rollercoaster of emotion in this week is real, and it is something that I see in myself each year at this time.  For those that may not understand the calendar of events this week, here is a brief summary for you:

  1. Today, Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry – the fulfillment of prophecy – into the city of Jerusalem.
  2. Thursday is called Maundy Thursday, and on this day, we remember the Last Supper of Jesus and His Disciples in the Upper Room before His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  3. Friday is Good Friday, the day when Jesus is Crucified and dies on the Cross.
  4. Next Sunday is Easter, the day when Jesus is resurrected from the dead, proving that He is the Son of God.

Today we celebrate. Thursday we watch and scatter as Jesus is betrayed.  Friday we are the mob shouting for His Crucifixion.  Sunday we celebrate because despite our sins, Jesus died for us to pay the penalty so we don’t have to, and we learn that Jesus really is our Savior if we just Believe in Him and put our faith in Him.

Welcome to Holy Week, everyone, the week when the roller coaster of our emotion is in full display.

Now, please continue reading and pray with us our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Kelly has a prayer request: Please pray for my GodFather – Uncle Alan. Went to the doctor about a week ago and he will be having a quadruple bypass next Wednesday. Thank you.
  • Continued prayers for Stephanie: Thanks for the prayers guys. I seem to still be battling it to an extent. I feel like I can’t get rid of the fluid in my ear and it’s effecting my hearing so another call is in order for the doc!
  • Continued prayers for Barb’s husband, who is getting better: His DVT is feeling better, still there, but the Lovenox seems to be helping. Thanks for asking, and for your prayers!
  • Continued prayers for Jodi’s brother Ken, who is also getting better: Ken was finally moved out of ICU today!!!! Talking about moving him to a recovery/therapy center for about a month. Meanwhile, his spirits are down, because he is confined and bored and is stressing himself out about everything from hospital bills to taxes to missing Sue (his late wife who passed away in Sep.)…Please continue prayers!!!
  • Praises for Ivon’s prayer request: Update… Grandma had her surgery yesterday and it was a success. Her new pacemaker is in and she’s doing great! Thank you so much everyone for all your wonderful, answered prayers.
  • Lastly, continued prayers for my brother-in-law Jerry, who had his knee surgeries.  He was in a lot of pain but he is doing much better now, so prayers and praises are the rule of the day today!

Now, please wrap things up with us 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 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 – Easter 2015

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He Is Risen!  He Is Risen, Indeed!  My friends, on this Easter 2015, with those words, today we acknowledge that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has conquered death, even death on a cross, and has paid the penalty for our sin, for our selfishness, for our misdeeds.  Put bluntly, Jesus has saved those of us that love Him and Believe in Him, Jesus has saved us from ourselves!

Here the words given to  us in the Bible in the Book of Luke, the 24th chapter:

1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8And they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. ~ Luke 24:1-11 (ESV)

My friends, because of these words, and because God is who He is, and Jesus is who He is, because of that, we have hope — hope that, despite all that is happening to us in this day and this age, we have hope that we have a wonderful future, and when we pass on from this life, we will be reunited with Jesus, and with all of our loved ones, our friends, our families, but most importantly, with Our Lord and Savior.

On this beautiful Easter morning, please take a moment, pray with us, pray for us, and let us pray for you.  Please pray along to these words:

Our Heavenly Father, on this Glorious day, we remember that Our Lord and Savior, Jesus, conquered death.  We remember that He gave himself up for us, to save us from our sin, from our sinful natures, and in doing so, he gave every one of us Hope for the future.  Father, please be with us all, whether we have chosen You or not, show us Your love, show us Your kindness, and reach those that don’t know You, that they would choose to follow You, to love you as You love us.  It is in the precious name of Your Son Jesus that we pray, each and every day, with wonderful Thanksgiving. Amen.

Now, please join us in praying with our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Prayers please for Cindy’s Uncle Ted. We have prayed for him — he is battling cancer. We have found out that Uncle Ted was in the hospital — his cancer has spread to his liver — and while he is now home, they are calling in Hospice. Please pray for Uncle Ted, for his wife Connie, and for all of the family and friends that love them. Please pray for Healing, for Peace, for Comfort, and for Strength in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Thank you.
    • UPDATE:Please keep praying for Uncle Ted, his wife Aunt Connie, and the rest of the family. Uncle Ted was taken into Hospice in Newport, NC yesterday. Please lift them up in prayers for Peace, Comfort, and Strength. Thank you.
    • UPDATE:Uncle Ted told us that he won’t go back home, that he will be in Hospice until the Lord calls him home, whenever that is.  Uncle Ted is a strong Christian, and we have no concerns as to where he will be — at this point, we are worried about Aunt Connie and all of the family.  Please keep praying with us.
  • Please pray for my Uncle Donnie. He is the husband of my dad’s sister, my Aunt Ti, and he has been sick. We learned today that he has been sick, and is now in ICU. This story doesn’t get better, though, because Uncle Donnie’s organs are shutting down, and they are going to disconnect him from life support tomorrow. Please pray for Aunt Ti, for her Peace, for her Comfort, for her Strength, and for all of the family and friends that love them.

    Thank you.

    • An update on Uncle Donnie, from his wife, my Aunt Ti:

      For those of you who don’t know yet, my husband Don Trent passed away on Wed. April 1. After looking like he was kicking butt with the pneumonia for days his heart, then his kidneys were just too stressed. He went downhill pretty quickly and by last weekend we were realizing he was too sick and weak to heal. Letting him go was very hard but thinking of months of ICU care, then heart surgery and rehab,and finally coming home to be in as much pain as he’s been in this past year was just more than we could bear. He is resting now, finally, after so many years of working himself to the bone. Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts.

  • Please pray for the family and friends of Lillie Grissom. She was our neighbor across the street, and she had a series of strokes. She was at Peace, though, and was getting better, but we learned that she went downhill, and passed away on Friday the 27th. Her funeral was on the 31st. Please pray for her family and friends, for those that knew her best and will miss her gentle spirit.

    Thank you.

  • Lastly, on a wonderful moment, please give God Praise for the twin children of our friend Becca and her husband!  Their twins came home from the hospital yesterday after 16 days in the NICU!

Now, please pray with us that prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Prayers for the Week – Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Palm Sunday edition of the Prayers for the Week Post.  Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entry by Jesus into the city of Jerusalem all those years ago.  It represents the best that we had to offer our Lord and Savior, because by the end of the week, we would be showing our absolute worst side to Him.  Today is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar.  The video I’ve got here shares some words about Palm Sunday — please have a look.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about today.  The world today, by and large, does not know what this day is about.  If they worship Jesus, that is great, but so many don’t, so for them, today is just one last Sunday before Easter comes next week, when they will eat candy and get presents and have friends and family over or go visit them.  Last year, on Palm Sunday, there was a marathon going on in Raleigh, where we live, and it really disrupted access to the downtown churches that day.  Fortunately, this year the marathon is going on the weekend after Easter, so hopefully it will not be a big issue.

My friends, my brothers and sisters, my prayer for you today is that you are closer to Jesus today than you were yesterday.  My prayer is that you have given your life into His loving hands, and that you worship Him, Praise Him, Pray to Him, and that you see how much better life is with Jesus in your life than without Him.  Now, please read our prayer requests and praises this week, there are a lot of them, and a lot of sad and hurting people that need our prayers, comfort, support, and love.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for my Aunt Ti and Uncle Don. Here is what Aunt Ti wrote on Facebook:
    What a week…again. Don is now in U Va Hospital in Charlottesville. They finally had to intubate and sedate him because he was so exhausted from trying to breath. They still have him on 4 different antibiotics and haven’t seen much progress. His blood gases are showing better but his kidneys and lungs aren’t yet. Monday am he was flown down to Cville because they thought he was having a heart attack but then they said no. There is a slight problem with his heart but Dr. said the muscle itself is pumping good. All we can do is wait for them to find a more specific bacteria and antibiotic so please pray that they do that soon. I was relieved when they put him ‘under’ because of how exhausted he was. Rest peacefully my love. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts, please keep it up cause we still need His help.
    Please pray for Uncle Don’s healing, for their Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and for the medical team as they work to get him mended quickly. Thank you everyone!
  • My friend Kelly has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Could you add a young couple that my daughter babysits for. They just turned 30. 4 Children. Amazing Christian family. He may be facing cancer for the 6th time. Waiting for reports right now. Thank you.
    Please pray for his healing, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for the whole family. Also please pray for the skill of the medical team that is treating him. Thank you!
  • Please pray for my friend Jennifer’s grandchild! Here is what she wrote:
    Please say a prayer for my grand daughter. She is in emergency surgery now due to her shunt malfunctioning. She’s a tough little girl but she can use all of your prayers. Thank you.
    Please pray with me:
    Heavenly Father, please be with your servant Jennifer and her family and especially her granddaughter as she battles this serious medical problem. If it is Your Will, please grant her Healing, Your Healing Touch on her life, and guide the hands and eyes of the medical team so that they may perform Your Miracle. Please grant Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to all of the family and friends, and hear our prayers, please. It is in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus that we pray. Amen!
  • My wife’s co-worker Dee has had a loss in her family.  She and her husband Robert have lost their cat, Pickles.  For people like Dee and Robert, who don’t have children, their pets become their children, and Dee is heartbroken over the loss of Pickles.  Please pray for them, that they remember the good times and good memories they have with Pickles, and that they remember that Pickles isn’t hurting anymore, and that they remember the long life that Pickles had.  Thank you for remembering them in their time of need.
  • For all of those out there that are coming up against tax issues, please pray for them.  I know that taxes are a thing we all have to deal with, but please pray that taxes would not be something that burdens us too much, that we would be able to put it all in perspective, and that we would all pay our fair share.
  • Next, I have a prayer request and a praise to share, all in the same event.  I would like to give God Glorious Praise for the marriage of Torri and Michael!  They were married yesterday in a beautiful ceremony, and now begin their life as husband and wife.  Please pray that God would Bless their marriage, that He would guide them in all of their steps, and that they would call on Him each day as they walk their walk together.
  • Lastly, please give Praise to God today for Sophie and her dance partners at Church, under the wonderful leadership of Ms. Sarah and Ms. Brook.  They are dancing a very complex dance for Palm Sunday today, so please give Praise to God for them and their worship in dance, and please pray for their nerves (if they have any!) and that it would be a wonderful display of their Love for God!

Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Prayers for the Week – The Cross

Cross

The Cross is perhaps the most important symbol of Christianity.  The Cross, such a simple structure, is the point of our salvation.  Our lives, as sinful, as hurtful as they are, take on a new meaning when we believe in our hearts these wonderful facts:

  1. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to save us.
  2. Jesus taught all of us how to live, and what is truly important.
  3. Jesus died for us so that we might be saved from our sin.
  4. Lastly, Jesus was resurrected, and, in being resurrected, conquered death.

It is a simple thing to believe, but it is also something that we have convinced is not as simple as that.  We have taught ourselves, or allowed ourselves to be taught, that it isn’t that simple.  We have allowed ourselves to believe that it isn’t God’s Gift to us, that we must earn our salvation.  That is not true or possible.  Salvation comes in believing that God sent His Son to die for our sins, and that Jesus died, and was resurrected from that death.  When we believe that and put our trust and faith in Jesus, we are saved.  After we are saved, if we have truly been saved, then our actions, our words, our deeds, will evolve over time, and we will act more like Jesus would have us act.  This is because when we are saved, God sends the Holy Spirit to us, and we are indwelt with the Spirit of God.

My friends, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, when you read these prayer requests, you are praying to God on behalf of these requests.  When you give God Praise for the good things that happen in our lives, you are thanking God for giving us those good things.  Thank you for choosing each day to read these and pray and praise with us.  If we can pray for you, please leave us a comment, and we will add it to our prayer post and pray for you.  Now, please pray with us this week.  Thank you!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Prayers please for Decatur, Alabama police officer Josh Driggers and his family. Here is the press release:Press ReleaseOn February 4, 2015, Decatur Police Officer Josh Driggers went to his
    doctor after experiencing persistent headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Medical
    tests were conducted and it was revealed that Josh had a tumor on his brain.
    After initially scheduling Josh for immediate surgery in Huntsville, his
    physicians reconsidered and referred him to Duke University Medical Center.
    Josh and his family will leave for Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday.
    His surgery has been scheduled for Friday.Josh has been with the Decatur Police Department for almost five years
    and is married with two young children. In addition to his work as a patrol
    officer, Josh serves on the department’s Honor Guard. His condition came on
    suddenly, with very little warning. In addition to his concern about his
    condition, Josh is dealing with the financial impact it will have on his family.
    An account has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union under Joshua
    Driggers Love Offering.

    We ask that everyone remember Josh and his family and keep them in
    your prayers as they go through this difficult time. We will provide updates
    on Josh’s condition as we receive them.

  • Earlier this month, we had this prayer request on behalf of my friend Jodi:My friend Jodi has a prayer request for us. Here is what she wrote:Can you please add my friend Laura to your prayer list this week? Her brother Todd, to whom she’s always been extremely close, has been fighting cancer. They learned yesterday it has spread to his brain. He has been sent home with hospice care. Todd is Laura’s son’s favorite uncle, and this is very hard on him too (Sam, age 9). Thank you!Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, we hear daily of struggles that people are going through with that horrific disease — cancer. We really are at a loss to understand how these things invade the lives of Your people, but we also know that You have a plan for all of us. We take heart in Your Words from the book of Jeremiah: “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.” So we know that, despite the disease that Todd is fighting, we know that his life has a purpose, and it is a purpose that You have written for him. Please be with Todd, with his sister Laura, with her son Sam, and with all of their family. Please give Todd the Peace, the Strength, the Comfort, the Love that he needs. Please be with all of them and enfold them in Your Loving embrace so that they would know You are with them. Also, Lord, if it is Your Will, Lord, we pray for healing for Todd. Show us Your Power, Your Glory, and show us that all the medicine in the world means nothing when compared to what You can do. We ask all of these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen

    Unfortunately, I learned from Jodi that Todd passed away. Please continue to pray for his family, for his sister Laura, and especially for her son Sam, who is missing his Uncle right now. Please pray that God will be with them all in the days, weeks, and months to come. Thank you.

  • Please pray for my Mom — her breast cancer surgery is on Wednesday the 25th.  Please pray for her, for her medical team, and for God’s Healing Touch on her.
  • My wife Cindy and I would like to give Praise to God for the news that our daughter Sophie received!  We learned that she was accepted for her school of choice for the fall!  She will be going to Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, and will be studying Simulation & Game Development!  Cindy and I are very excited for Sophie, and we give God Praise for this great news for Sophie.
  • Please pray for all of those that are participating in the season of Lent.  I have made a commitment to track all of my food on Weight Watchers — this is disciplining me.  Cindy has given up all soda during Lent, and others are doing their own Lenten sacrifices.  Please pray for all of us to be closer to God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us during this season.
  • Date: February 20: Prayers urgently needed

    Here is an urgent prayer request for all of us!!
    She asked that it be forwarded ASAP to as many people possible:

    Dear Friend: Just a few minutes ago, I received the following text message on my phone, from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI), We spoke briefly on the phone, and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all our contacts.
    We lost the city of Queragosh. It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Kurdish Forces, and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!!!.

    Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of people of northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians in this area.

    May I plead with you not to ignore this email? Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.
    Send it to friends and Christians you know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastors. Any one you can think of. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.

    In His Service,

    Beverly Bassett
    beverly@fbcmilton.org or prayerwarriorfbc@aol.com

    First Baptist Church
    6797 Caroline Street
    Milton, FL 32570

  • My friend Shannan has a prayer request.  We have no details, but we know that God knows all, so please pray for Shannan and for God’s Will in her life.

Now, please pray with me the words 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.