Prayers for the Week – Power of Answered Prayer

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Last week, my prayer post was about persecuted Christians around the world — and how they are closer than we realize sometimes.  In the post, I wrote about the events that happened in our life, and for this week, I want to give you an update.  First of all, though, I want to thank each and every one of you for lifting my family up in prayer.  It meant a great deal to me, and it still does, and because of your prayers, I have no doubt that things worked out for the best because of them, and because of God’s hand in our lives.  Answered Prayers are wonderful to experience, and I hope you have seen answered prayers in your life often!

So after the events unfolded on Friday, May 15th, my wife and I had decided that Sophie would not go to school on Monday until we went to have a conference with the counseling staff about what happened.  The last thing we wanted was for their to be any hard feelings left over from the previous Friday, so Sophie didn’t go to school until I picked her up around 1 to take her to the meeting.  When we got there, we learned several key things.  The first was that the other girl’s mom realized just how far she had overreacted.  Second, we learned that Sophie and this other student don’t have any classes together, and it was purely coincidental that they happened to be on the track that day together.  Third, we knew that the only time they see one another is rarely at the carpool pickup location, and there is enough adult supervision there to prevent any problem from happening going forward.

Going into the meeting, I was nervous, and so was Sophie a little, but neither of us was actually scared of what might happen.  We knew that God was on our side, and that, while the path for Sophie may not be known right then, it would be shown to us at the appropriate time.  Inwardly, I also knew that if I could do anything about it, I wasn’t going to deny our daughter the opportunity that she earned because of the actions of some child.

So in the end, Sophie missed Monday at school, but no other days.  We have put the episode behind us, and have moved on.  End of Grade testing is this week, and each day is a day closer to the end of the school year.  Thank you for praying for Sophie and all of us, and let’s give God the glory for the great things that He did for us this week — and will continue to do going forward!  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. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Happy Mother’s Day

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28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.” ~ Proverbs 31:28-29 (ESV)

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms out there!  Officially on the calendar, today is Mother’s Day — but in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day!  Today we give Praise and thanks to God for Mothers across the world, spanning this day and age and throughout eternity.

The Bible is filled with incredible Mothers — starting with Eve, continuing through Sarah, then Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and on and on.  In all of my studies, the one thing I’ve learned is that none of us are perfect, the only perfect one is Jesus, of course, and Mother’s are no exception.  But one thing that is important to remember is that, despite the flaws, despite the frustrations of husbands, children, and life in general, despite all of that, Mother’s across the world still put their families first, and that continues on to this day.

On this Mother’s Day, I wish to leave you with a poem I read yesterday that I think you all will enjoy:

If life were without water, where would we be?
If life were without mothers,
There would be no you or me.
We all need to take hold, of how precious life really is,
and not take for granted the gift of love and the ability to give.
Thank you to God for creating us all
For giving us our mothers
So we can stand proud and tall.
Humans are no accident, no mistake or error
We sometimes live our lives in fear of this,
Even to the point of terror.
But when the truth is told, and recognised by all,
God does not create rubbish. He knew what he was doing when he created
me and you, but the best gift of all, is giving us loving, caring
Mothers who love us unconditionally through and through.
None of us are perfect, that includes ourselves and family.
Hold onto how precious we are and thank God for our mothers.
Amen

Now, please join me in praying 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. Amen.

Prayers for the Week – It’s all about the Children

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This week, we are focusing on the children.  Jesus reminds us how we are to be in order to reach the Kingdom of God in the book of Luke:

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” ~ Luke 18:15-17 (ESV)

Obviously, we will not be born again as children — we are adults, and we will continue to be adults, or will grow up to be adults.  However, that doesn’t mean that our attitude on life has to be one that is molded and shaped by life.  The beauty of our children is when they explore with the childlike innocence that makes them as special as they are.  Our children, in that innocence, believe what we often think of as impossible, and that is what I believe that Jesus is speaking about here.  We have to believe with the same innocence that a child has in the wonder and majesty of Heaven, and not with the skepticism that so much of the world is filled with, or we will be hard pressed to see the glory of Heaven.

Now, please read our prayer requests and praises, and add your prayer requests and praises to our list.  Thank you all for your constant following and support of those in pain!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • I read about the story of Kimberly Henderson and her baby the other day.  Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Two years ago today I was sitting in an abortion clinic thinking not having Vaida was best for me.
    People remember dates for birthdays, and anniversaries. Well this date is forever burned in my brain. It’s a day that I will remember and I remember every single detail of that day. I think that is Gods way of showing me that HIS plan is and will always be greater and bigger than anything and everything I’ve ever known.
    I sat in the abortion clinic for nearly 7 hours. I remember wearing a pink t shirt that was soaking wet from crying. Below is my post from that day and I remember crying the entire time I was writing it. I hope that by sharing this that it touches someone.
    “Today I was at the abortion clinic. I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself I’m all alone I need to do this. Sitting there.. I could hardly make out anyone or anything through the tears. People were eating fast food around me, laughing, texting. I on the other hand was a wreck. I kept my face down, my face was drenched in tears. I kept telling and giving myself every reason to go through with this even though I did not believe in it. I kept saying I’m on birth control this could not happen..I kept trying to justify it. But my heart was heavy. I felt like I was about to make a horrible horrible decision and God was giving me signs to not do it.. I woke up this morning, my daughter was sick I had to find a sitter, I got lost, my car broke down for about 15 mins and I got here late but they still got me in. I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here..
    The lady called me to the desk. Last step before you go back. I fumbled through my wallet to find my drivers license and out fell a card a couple left on the table Saturday night when I was working… It had their church name on it.. On the back was a common verse…
    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
    I knew God was speaking to me.
    Two of my best friends called me just in time and said the most comforting things. “I will be there for you..There’s a reason God gave you that gift.”
    I told the lady I changed my mind. As I was about to walk out, a young girl no older than probably 19 says to me..”Are you going to do it?” I told her I couldn’t.. She said..”I wish I could be brave like you..” I told her she was brave and she could do the same thing. She said she had to do it because of some serious circumstances.. As I turned around she said..”When you see your baby’s face for the first time you’re gonna be so glad you walked out of here today.”
    Pouring tears I walked out and felt a huge weight off my shoulders. No matter what your circumstances are God doesn’t make mistakes and he is here for you.
    This is my testimony. If you have any negative comments you can refrain from making them here. I will let it be known that I do not care what people think. Hence this post. My friends and family mean the world to me. And have my back 100%. Even if I have to do this by myself. I thank God everyday for them.
    Most of all I remember the enormous amount of relief and strength I felt when I walked out those doors. No guilt. No shame. No regrets. I remember feeling that this all… This all has to mean something one day. My daughter Vaida Everly has a purpose. Her name means beautiful life. And lord she is just that.. A beautiful life. After a scary pregnancy, and after countless weak moments thinking I just could not do this by myself.. September 12 2013 I welcomed my beautiful Vaida Everly into this world with both my best friends by my side. I remember seeing her for the first time and bursting into tears. And engraved in my head were the words that girl told me before leaving the clinic that day. “When you see your baby’s face for the first time you are going to be so happy you walked out of here today..” She was beyond right. 6lbs 4oz of pure perfection and no matter what pain I felt physically and
    emotionally… She gave me a feeling of joy that I can’t even explain. A kind of joy that if a war was going on outside I wouldn’t even know it. I am so in love.
    My once tiny 6lb baby is now 18lbs. Full of life. Full of energy. Loves to laugh. Loves to smile.
    And last but not least she is that beautiful baby girl I was singing to at midnight in the kitchen. The video that has touched millions of people all over the world. Singing to her in our kitchen for a memory keep sake is the reason our entire life is about to change. For the good. For the better. She was meant to be here.
    I’m so lucky.
  • Prayers please for my friend Bob and his wife Jen, and all of their family. Here is what Bob wrote on Facebook:Heaven has received a new angel…Jen’s grandmother passed away last night. We love you, Grammie Florida!Marylee Yates Taylor Godwin
    October 21, 1928 — March 15, 2015

    Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon all of Bob’s family, and that God would remind them all of the wonderful memories they have of their Grammie. Thank you everyone!

  • Lisa left us a comment on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:A friend of mine lost her Dad this morning. Thank you for posting….I am sharing with her.She then followed up with this update:

    Guys continue to pray. He is still holding on but unresponsive. Pray that his journey is peaceful and pain free.

    Please pray for God’s Peace, Mercy, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon all of them in their time of sorrow. Thank you!

  • My friend Natalie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:My cousin and dearest friend in the world Tyra Williams is at the University of SC having her pancreas removed. She is undergoing an islet cell transplant as well. This is a very dangerous life threatening surgery. She will remain in the hospital over the next 2 weeks. Please lift up her name in prayer. She’s one of the strongest most caring people I know.Please pray for her Healing, Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and for that for all of her family and friends as well!
  • My friend Hiro has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Request: Prayers please or please send positive vibes…
    This past week I found out that one of my Karate students has leukaemia. He is only 10 years old. He has been a student at our Dojo since he was 4 years old. He is such a strong and enthusiastic student.
    When the Doctor explained his condition to him, his mother said that one of the first things he asked is if he could still do Karate.
    And when I talked to his aunt, she was telling me how happy he was when he found out my father was going to visit him in the hospital. He kept saying, “Master Kancho is coming to visit me!”
    We were really touched that Karate means so much to him.
    If you have a chance to pray for him it would really be appreciated.
    (I know some friends are not religious so positive vibes will help too)
    Thank you.
    Please pray healing prayers for him, and pray for his Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and that of his family and friends as well. Thank you!
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Kelli gave us a big praise — thank you Kelli!  Here are her words on Facebook:I am thankful to be able to share in prayer with other people who love God and love Disney.

My friends, this world is not easy.  The temptations are everywhere, the evil is out there, and we do not possess the strength to overcome that ourselves.  We can only hope to overcome by relying on Jesus, relying on God to see us through all the difficulties we encounter.  Please remember that, and 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 – Worship in Spirit and Truth!

Isaiah 25-8

Do you go to church?  Do you worship God in Spirit and in Truth?  Do you understand what this means?  Welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This week, I’m sharing selected verses from Isaiah 25.  Let’s see if we can come together and learn or remember exactly what worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth is all about.

1O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. 2For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners’ palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. 3Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. 4For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall, 5like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down. 6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” ~ Isaiah 25:1-9 (ESV)

When we worship God, Jesus tells us in John 4:23-24 that “true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.  God is spirit, and those that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

What do you think this means?  From everything I’ve learned, I think that it means that we are not limited to a single place, such as a church, where we have to worship.  We are worshipping in spirit, and this means that we need to put our heart into it, for that is where the Holy Spirit resides in us.  To worship in truth, to me, is to make sure that we are properly armed with the knowledge of God that we have learned.  That means that we need to dive into the greatest Book — the Bible.  That is where the truth lives, and by reading it, we will learn a great deal about Jesus and we will learn why He is the way and the truth and the life.  More importantly, we will learn why no one reaches the Father except through Him.

This can be a confusing thing to learn; in fact, I’m not certain that I have learned it well enough yet.  However, if you have any questions, please talk to your Minister.  Ask him or her what it means to worship in spirit and truth, and then, after they have told you, see if it makes sense to you.  One of the biggest things to make sure of is the church that you attend.  If you attend a church where they are not preaching to true Word of God, then I urge you to think about finding another church.  A church that doesn’t read the Bible and worship God armed with the Word is not a church that worships in spirit and truth, in my opinion.

That’s all I’m going to say on the subject today, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  Now, please read and pray with us our Prayer Requests and Praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for my friend Teresa. Here is what she wrote:Tonight a very dear aunt of our passed on. She was a huge part of our lives – full of love, understanding and always there for you no matter what. We will all miss you and love you forever Aunt Gilda. RIP – Give dad a big hug from me when you meet him again there in heaven.
  • My friend Jodi has sad news to pass along for prayers. Here is what she wrote:Oh my heart is completely broken! Adam’s Little League coach from last spring just lost his oldest daughter Hallie & her 5-month old baby Brayson yesterday. Their jeep had become stuck in the mud, and they were in the backseat, keeping warm when they were tragically poisoned by CO2 coming into the vehicle. Please pray for the Lewis family!
  • Please give praise to God for my cousin Barb — she is a new Grandmother!  Baby Blair was born the other day, and is a wonderful baby girl.  Mother and Father are doing well, so please give praise to God for His Miracle of life!
  • Today is our niece Jenna’s 21st birthday!  Happy Birthday Jenna!  Please give praise to God for Jenna, and pray for her life going forward that she continues to walk with the Lord in all she does!

Now, please pray with us 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 – Eternal Life

John 10:28-30

28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me,is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” ~ John 10:28-30 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  More and more often, we hear of tragic events that are happening in the world, and it’s important to me at times like this that we refocus and remember what our Lord said as recorded in the Book of John.

We are approaching the two year anniversary of when we started our prayer posts, and during that time, we have seen the tragedy that comes with the loss of a loved one. Ofttimes, that loss is of a child.  I think that this is why I was led to John this week — that, despite the loss, if we acknowledge that Jesus is our Savior, and that He died for our sins, and was resurrected, if we believe that, then we will have eternal life when we die, regardless of when that is.  If you are not sure how to be saved, please check out this post.  Now, please take a moment and read our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises…

  • My friend Jeff needs some prayers, please. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:Everyone please say a prayer for my Mamaw Davis this morning. She fell and broke her hip this morning and is currently headed into surgery. She’s 94 years old, but a very strong woman. Much stronger than I ever will be. There is always a risk involved of course, but she needs all of your prayers to pull through this.Please pray for his Mamaw’s healing as she goes through this. Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Natalie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote:I am asking all my friends to remember my cousin when you pray. This is going to be a very hard surgery with a VERY long recovery. I plan to love her through it all and be by her side for the surgery. So, whisper a prayer for her family as well. She has been blessed with an amazing husband that loves her to the moon and back. She also has a 10 year old little girl that deserves to have a healthy mommy.The context of that prayer is her cousin, who wrote this on Facebook:

    With a bitersweet feeling I want to share a somewhat thankful yet somewhat scared announcement! Most of my closet friends and family know that I’ve battled severe debilitating bouts of pancreatitis that have escalated to the point of worrying whether I’m going to make it or not while still clinging to the faith My Lord and Savior holds me in the palm of his hands. … For those who are not familiar with pancreatitis it many cases it is not linked with alcohol abuse or chemical exposures, more times than known until so severe and investigated deeply pancreatitis is found to be genetically inherited. I found out just recently after extensive testing by a team of specialist that is the case with me also discovered that I as well have a pancreas birth defect that in itself puts my body in a struggle that keeps me very sick and that combined w the genetics is more than one can imagine to handle. … With years of high labs, near fatal lapses and close calls w the knowledge of the reasons and where it developed from they were able to determine my risk for pancreatic cancer is not only a risk but most definite. With all that being said a date has been set for my TP/AIT to remove my pancreas and to transplant the cells that will keep me alive. So within the next couple of months I will be having this surgery although very extensive and very scary, I am at peace that this will lengthen my time on earth. … I hope to be a voice of inspiration to some and to share my battle so that those who feel without hope may find some. Prayers are asked in advance for the days to come for me and my family and thanked for most indefinitely from the bottom of my heart…. Warmly, Tyra

    Please pray for her healing, and for all of their strength, comfort, love, support, and most importantly, peace. Thanks everyone!

  • The Brackbill family in Pennsylvania is in need of your prayers. They have recently learned that their daughter, Tori, has Infantile Krabbe’s Disease. The average life expectancy is 2 years, and there is no cure. Please pray boldly for a cure, for healing for Tori, for God to perform a miracle and show all of us that He is in charge, and that He can do anything!Most of all, though, pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon all of them. Thank you. If you want to read their post, click here.
  • Lastly, we give praise to You, God, for all that You do for us.  We know that we are not worthy of any of the blessings that You have given us, but we thank you for them anyway. Our prayer, Lord, is that You would lead us, guide us, to be the type of servants that You would have us be.

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

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

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